Nine athletes from the North Bay Canoe Club travelled to Ottawa last weekend for the Ontario Team Trials.
The Rideau Canoe Club hosted the well-attended event on a very hot weekend.
The athletes dealt with very hot temperatures and high humidity.
The Trials are used to rank athletes for nominations to the 2012 Ontario Team, to rank athletes for Quest for Gold Funding, to compile a ranking list which may be used for various awards or grants, which may become available and finally, to select the 2012 pre-Canada Games Team.
The athletes competed in mixed age heats that were seated according to their times.
The athletes ages ranged from 15 to in their 20’s.
They raced heats, semi-finals and finals in three events; 200m, 500m, and 1000m in each of their disciplines.
The finals were arranged in the following categories; U16, U18, C final (U21 & Open), B final (U21 & Open) and A final (U21 & Open).
The top results were Davis Evans winning the U16 category for kayaking in the 500m race, and Zach Pecore winning the U16 category for canoe in the 500m race.
Davis Evans -- Kayak - 26/52 - 5th --- C Final
Rory Pecore --- Kayak - 30/52 - 7th --- U 18 Final
Tessa Steel -- Kayak - 27/32 - 7th --- U 18 Final
Adam Arthurs -- Canoe - 29/39 - 20th -- U 18 Final
Zach Pecore --- Canoe - 24/39 - 6th --- C Final
Regan Jackson - Canoe - 7/11 - 4th ---- A Final
500 m Races
Davis Evans --- Kayak - 9/49 - 1st - A Final
Rory Pecore --- Kayak - 29/49 - 9th - C Final
Tessa Steel --- Kayak - 27/30 - 9th - U 16 Final
Adam Arthurs -- Canoe - 16/35 - 12th - B Final
Zach Pecore --- Canoe - 15/35 - 1st - B Final
Regan Jackson - Canoe - 6/12 - 4th - A Final
1000 m Races
Davis Evans --- Kayak - 26/50 - 7th - C Final
Rory Pecore --- Kayak - 28/50 - 8th - U 18 Final
Tessa Steel --- Kayak - 22/27 - 8th - U 18 Final
Adam Arthurs -- Canoe - 21/36 - 15th - C Final
Zach Pecore --- Canoe - 28/36 - 9th - U 18 Final
Regan Jackson - Canoe - 6/11 - 4th -- A Final
Monica Hotson, Jeremy Robinson, and Spencer Smith competed in their first Ontario Team Trials and performed very well. Each of these athletes paddled hard and achieved personal bests every time they hit the water.
“Our athletes did an amazing job this weekend," said head coach Dylan Card.
"They have come along way in the last few months. All their hard work is coming together and they are producing very good results. Technically they are getting very strong. I hope this weekend’s racing will encourage them to keep up the intensity of their practices. I am very proud of all of them.”
The next regatta is in Carleton Place and will be an Atom, Peewee, Bantam, and Midget Regatta.
The North Bay Canoe Club will be hosting their regatta on July 28th at Olmsted beach. Athletes from all over the Eastern Ontario Division will be here to compete for a spot on the Ontario Summer Games Team.
The public is invited to come watch some exciting flat-water racing.