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 the links below for the results of the competition.To see some of the pics go to ..... (coming soon)
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.
Canoe/Kayak - Canoe Polo final results, Friday, July 26
This was a very competitive tournament with a preliminary round robin in the morning and a double elimination knockout round in the afternoon. Teams were pressed to use all their players (even the tiniest cadets) throughout the day so they could finish strong when it counted. In the final game the match was a see-saw battle between the National Champion Innisfail club and a powerhouse Edmonton club. It was great to see the progress that the athletes who don't play canoe polo made during the day, improving their game and tactics with each game played.
Many thanks to the crew from Alberta Canoe Polo Association who orchestrated a very well run event that entertained the spectators and kept the event on schedule, despite a hectic and often chaotic scramble to find boats and equipment for everyone.
Canoe/Kayak - Slalom final results, Saturday, July 27
Starting under the footbridge in Nose Creek Park, competitors raced down a very tight series of 15 slalom gates. The slow current and narrow creek provided a challenge for even the best racers to make a fast time.
All the competitors were experienced in kayaks but the C-1's and C-2's were a bit more challenging to push down the creek and maneuver through the gates. With 64 competitors in K-1, 43 in the C-1's and 42 athletes in 21 C-2's there was a lot of race runs completed during the day. And then there was the Team Race for Juniors and Cadets that required 3 boats to weave down the race course together.
Thanks to all the Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak (ASCK) volunteers, Airdrie volunteers and those who came out to warch and cheer. It was challenging to get all the boats through the event in the time allotted.
Final ASG Slalom Results.pdf
Canoe/Kayak - Downriver final results, Sunday, July 28
On a very tortuous and winding Nose Creek, 62 athletes paddled 1.5 km from Yankee Valley Boulevard to the Sierra Springs Drive bridge.
Competitors could race in either the Single Person Kayaks or the Two Person Canoes. They also had to choose between the speedy downriver kayaks which are quite tippy and less maneuverable vs the stable but slower slalom kayaks for the race. The danger being that speeding down a straight away in a downriver kayak might lead to being unable to make a tight corner and ending up jamming into the banks of the creek or worse yet tipping over. The slalom kayaks would be an easy choice but one likely not to win a medal. The choice of the downriver kayaks proved effective this year as the medals were swept by these speedier boats.
Thank you to the Canoe Polo officials and Slalom officials and our cadre of Airdrie and other volunteers who helped with start, finish and safety to make this event a success.
ASG Downriver Canoe Kayak results 2014.pdf