112 paddlers from 11 Canoe Clubs participated in CKO Sprint’s Ontario Cup – Long Distance Regatta this past Sunday in Ottawa. Staring (and finishing) in front of the Rideau Canoe Club, participants completed 12,000m to 24,000m (4000m laps) on Mooney’s Bay which included a 200m beach portage each lap. The competition included U14, Novice, ICF Junior (U18), ICF Senior (19+), Para, Masters and Special Olympic events.
Congratulations to Rideau Canoe Club for winning the event with 253 points, Balmy Beach was 2nd overall with 98 points and Ottawa River was 3rd overall with 56 points. Rideau was awarded the Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Cup for their efforts; the memorial cup is provided by the Boots4Pups organization. Full results can be found here.
The Ontario Cup – Long Distance Regatta was the 4th and final 2019 Ontario Cup Series event. Our 2019 Ontario Cup Series Grand Champion is awarded to the Rideau Canoe Club! In an amazing performance by North Bay Canoe Club’s Avery Durocher during the last OCup event, North Bay moved up the leader board to tie with Balmy Beach Canoe Club as the 2019 Ontario Cup Series Excellence Award winners! The Grand Champion points are a combined club’s total points from all four Ontario Cup events. The Excellence Award points combines a club’s total points from all four Ontario Cup events, divided by the number of club participants in each event. Full Ontario Cup Series points can be found here.
As the competition season has ended, I would like to thank all the volunteers and officials who support our sport and enable us to provide these competitive opportunities for our paddlers. To the coaches and clubs, thank you for providing such great programs throughout the year. To the parents, thank you for all the efforts you put in to help your kids grow both on and off the water. To the athletes, thank you for all you do in pursuit of your paddling dreams, you rock!
Technical Director, CKO Sprint