Our Gold medal Bantam Boys WC race against Rideau. Coxed by Kyle Jeffery (Photo by John Pascual)
Hi Youth paddlers and parents,
Wow! What a great Trillium Championships for all our Bantam, Peewee and Atom paddlers. Just to compete at an Ontario level championship is special; but to see so many of you paddlers winning medals is so awesome. When you get back to school, check how many of your classmates competed and won medals at an Ontario championships. You did!
So impressive was that all our Missy individuals and crews had their best performance/results at Trillium. From Matt Lobo and Hayden Kralik in K1 as WOD spares coming 4th & 6th respectively, to a rookie, Sarah Draper, winning medals in both kayak and canoe to our fantastic Silver (Girls) and Gold (Boys) victories in the Bantam war canoes. Everyone gave that “paddle-till-you-puke” effort. And thanks to Kyle and George for their great coxing and paddling.
It was great to see everything you worked on this year – balance, boatmanship, race strategy, starts, teamwork, endurance, speed – being displayed in your races on Sunday. You all have made your coaches proud. And your parents too.
Thanks to those who made Sunday’s boatloading go quick and smooth. Thanks George and Patrick for organizing things.
As soon as I can, I’ll send out a list of our Trillium results. Or check out the OCSRA website under results.
I know you’d all like to join me in sending a special thanks to all the Youth coaches for the great job they did in preparing you all physically, mentally and, yes, emotionally to compete so successfully at Trillium. We’ve got the best Youth coaching staff in all of Canada. Thanks to H.P. coaches, Lucy and head coach Kyle. Thanks to Lee and George, our canoe coaches and to Patrick our Peewee/Atom kayak coach. Big thanks to Rachel, our Girls coach, for helping keep the whole program on track. Good luck at Teacher’s College; you’ll make a great teacher. Also, a special thanks to Doug Tutty for helping with the H.P. canoers.
Next up for some of you – the H.P. Bantams – will be racing up in the Midget class at the Canadian Championships in Montreal next week. The rest of us wish you all good luck. We know you’ll keep up the Missy tradition and make us all proud.
Our Youth program now takes a break. A chance for getting ready for school, an end-of-summer holiday, join your school X-country team, rest up for the Sept/Oct program, etc. We will be resuming our program on Tuesday, September 17th at 4:00pm. The Fall schedule is the same as in the Spring – Saturday, 9:30am-11:30am and Tuesday/Thursday, 4:00pm-6:00pm. See you all there. There will be an end-of-season regatta in October – The Beehive regatta at Missy.
“Medals are awarded in the summer, but they’re earned in the winter”. So, so true. At the end of September we will have registrations for our Winter Program. Whether you sign-up for the 3-4x/week or 1x/week, plan on taking advantage of this great opportunity to prepare for winning medals next summer.
Days will be Tues/Thurs (6:00pm-8:00pm), Saturday (9:30am-11:30am) and possibly Sunday (Cawthra pool).
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge and thank all the parents for all their support for our program and their son/daughters paddling. Driving, healthy eating, cheering, moral support, $$, re-scheduling vacations, double-doubles, regatta volunteering, etc, etc – you guys have been great. They say “No one stands on the podium alone” and the Missy parents along with the coaches are living proof of that.
Thanks to everyone for making our 2013 season so successful. We can hardly wait for 2014.
Youth Program Co-ordinator,
Mississauga Canoe Club