Paddlers with the recently formed Peterborough Canoe & Kayak Club brought home two medals from the 2018 Canadian Masters Sprint Canoe-Kayak Championships, held last Sunday (September 2) at Lac Des Nations in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
More than 2,000 athletes from 40 clubs from across the country — including former Olympians and members of the Canadian National Team — battled for National titles in singles, doubles, and fours.
Sherra Fam raced to a bronze medal finish in the Novice Women’s K1 (Singles) and Tonya Cunningham claimed bronze in Women’s K1 D.
Fam and Cunningham were part of a team of 10 first-time competitors from Peterborough Canoe & Kayak Club, which first opened in the spring of this year.
The club has 14 Masters (adult) athletes in total, ranging in age from the late 20s through to the 70s, most of whom are new to the sport this year. Members trained on Little Lake in Peterborough.
In addition to the two bronze medals, the club had several top-ten finishes.
Here are the complete results for the Peterborough Canoe & Kayak Club:
- Sherra Fam – 3rd in Novice Women’s K1
- Tonya Cunningham – 3rd in Women’s K1 D
- Darren Mossman – 4th in Men’s K1 A
- Stephanie Hughes – 4th in Novice Women’s K1 CD
- Annie Scherz & Tonya Cunningham – 5th in Women’s K2 D
- Bill Thornton, Jim Stewart, Leif Einarson, & Rodney Fuentes – 5th in Men’s K4 CD
- Tonya Cunningham – 5th in Women’s K4 EF
- Darren Mossman & Stephanie Hughes – 5th in Mixed K2 AB
- Bill Thornton & Leif Einarson – 6th in Men’s K2 C
- Tonya Cunningham – 7th in Women’s K1 C
- Samantha Cameron & Sherra Fam – 7th in Women’s K2 E
- Annie Scherz, Leif Einarson, Rodney Fuentes, & Tonya Cunningham – 8th in Mixed K4 CD
- Annie Scherz, Samantha Cameron, Sherra Fam, & Stephanie Hughes – 9th in Women’s K4 EF
- Leif Einarson – 9th in Men’s K1 C
Next spring, the Peterborough Canoe & Kayak Club will again be offering its Masters training program on Little Lake. Many of the current members intend to do cross-training through the winter, motviated by the club’s strong performance at the 2018 championships.
The club will also offer summer programs for youth in 2019.
As a not-for-profit organization, the club is seeking sponsorship and donations to help grow its facilities and support its coaching needs.
For more information about the Peterborough Canoe & Kayak Club, visit www.pckc.ca.