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The best 64 young whitewater paddlers in Alberta gathered in Airdrie Alberta for 3 days of competition from July 24-27 at the Alberta Summer Games. This biennial event includes a range of other sports and Canoe/Kayak is privileged to be included in the mix of sports showcasing Alberta's young athletes. This is the one competition that brings all the different types of clubs, athletes and programs together to test their skills. The competitions included canoe polo, slalom in kayaks and C-boats, and a downriver race.It was all held on the flatwater creek and pond in Airdrie but it gave everyone a good test of skill and athletic ability.
It was interesting to see how the Canoe Polo players from Grande Prairie, Edmonton and the Innisfail girls stacked up against the River Runners from Jasper, Canmore and Lethbridge vs the Slalom specialists from Pincher Creek, Calgary and Innisfail. Throw in a few newbies and add on a Pre-ASG camp and there were some interesting results over the weekend. The best part of the event is the intermingling between all of these kids sharing the sport of canoe/kayak and finding camaderie in the competition.
Hit theASG results link for the results of the competition.To see some of the pics go to ..... https://www.flickr.com/photos/125164536@N04/sets/72157645567643480/
Thanks to all the coaches and chaperones who came from across the province to support their zones and who provided great leadership during the event and in the Pre-ASG camp run up in Sundre the week prior to the Games.
The Alberta Summer Games are being held in Airdrie from July 24-27, 2014. There are 3 events held at the Alberta Summer Games for Canoe/Kayak. On the 1st day of competition is the Canoe Polo Tournament. All 8 zones playoff against each other to earn a spot in the Medal Round at the end of the day. This exciting team sport event is a crowd favourite and fun for all the teams playing a game of water polo in their kayaks. The 2nd day of the competition is the slalom race, every competitor gets the chance to participate in the kayak (K-1), one man canoe (C-1) and doubles canoe (C-2) as well as the Team race, paddling through the gates in a timed and judged event. The last day of the ASG is the long distance kayak and C-2 downriver race. It should be fun seeing these long fast boats trying to maneuver down the serpentine bends of Nose Creek.
The age of athletes for the ASG is 11 – 17 as of the date of the Games. Athletes cannot be 10 years of age or younger or 18 years of age or older at the Games.There are 2 age groups, Cadets and Juniors:
Cadet: 11 - 14 years of age, born between Jan 1, 2000 and Jul 24, 2003
Junior: 15 - 17 years of age, born between Jul 28, 1996 and Dec 31, 1999
The registration costs for the ASG is $100.00, payable to the Alberta Whitewater Association . REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - Deadline for Registrations and completion of Waivers is June 20th.
Fax your waiver to 403-628-2336 or scan and email it to: email@example.com
A 4 day camp will be held in Sundre on the Red Deer River from July 20-24. Cost will be $150 for the 3.5 days and includes coaching, meals and camping. Check back for more information on how to register for the camp.
The Alberta Whitewater Association recognizes that the Alberta Summer Games is a critical pillar in identifying, recruiting and developing athletes. Many athletes get their first taste of whitewater competition at the ASG and the experience can be an important stepping stone. The AWA retains athletes after the summer games by organizing and hosting training camps and races. Some of the athletes who have participated in the ASG games have gone on to earn spots on the Canadian Whitewater Slalom, Wildwater and Canoe Polo Teams.