With a time of 0:59:38 for a 200 meter sprint, Summit Elementary (Crew #1) took the title for the first annual Kamloops Elementary School Dragon Boat Championship. Over 150 Grade 7 students from 4 local schools formed crews to compete at the event hosted by Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club on the Shumway Lake course.
Results for the event were:
1st Summit #1
2nd South Sahali
3rd Juniper #2
4th Summit #2
5th Juniper #1
6th Westmount #2
7th Westmount #1
KCKC Head Coach Stanislav Marek has coached world champion dragon boat teams and was asked what he thought of the Kamloops Students. “This was really great to see. For many of these kids it was their first time in a boat or doing something like this. They had great team spirit. They were excited and raced really hard. Although everyone wanted to win I think they all had a good time with swimming and spending time on the water.”
Members of the Kamloops Dragon Boat Club were on hand to help the students; as for many of them this was their first experience on the water in any kind of paddling craft. Coach Marek was grateful for their support “ This Festival would never have happened without the Kamloops Dragon Boat Club (KDBC)” KDBC provided boats, trailers, extra equipment and volunteers with the goal of encouraging Kamloops youth to get and stay active.
Teachers and parents have already asked about booking for next year’s event, which promises to be bigger and with more competition even more exciting.”