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Feature Article - August 17, 2006

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Feature Article - August 17, 2006

Sydenham Lake Canoe Club paddles to success

by Erik Miazga

Development_afterOn August 10 the paddlers of the Sydenham Lake Canoe Club took to the waters of the Rideau Canal in the 19th annual Ontario Summer Games in the nation’s capital. Premier Dalton McGuinty officiated over the opening ceremonies attended by thousands of Ontario ’s best athletes, and onlookers. Sydenham Lake paddlers were ready to compete against the best Ontario had to offer. Christina Grant took home the bronze medal in the Women’s C-1 500m race. The Women’s C-4 Final saw the foursome of Corrina Ostiguy, Robyn Miazga, Alissa Myles-Gonzalez and Christina Grant capture the silver medal. Ostiguy, Miazga and Myles-Gonzalez also had success in the Women’s C-15 500m final,a crew made up of athletes from the Eastern Ontario Division placed third and took the podium for the bronze medallion. It was a fantastic showing by the Sydenham team which fielded only six athletes in the competition and still was able to win medals against much bigger teams. In many cases the Sydenham paddlers raced against athletes two years older than themselves.

Sydenham’s boys were held out of the medals at the Summer Games but made fine showings in their events. Congratulations to Colton Waugh and Tim Ostiguy for their sportsmanship and representing Sydenham in fine fashion.

SLCC paddlers had no time to rest on their laurels when three days later, on August 13 in Lac Sergent, Quebec , they competed against the best paddlers in Ontario and Quebec for the coveted Cloverleaf medallions.

It was a picture perfect day in the Quebec countryside that made for a great day of paddling. Robyn Miazga captured first place in the Bantam Women’s K-1 500m final. The Pee Wee Women’s K-2 500m final saw the duo of Alissa Myles-Gonzalez and Robyn Miazga take the third place bronze medal. The Men’s team of Colton Waugh, Erich Downey, Tim Ostiguy and Nick Willar fought through adversity when their rudder control broke half way through their Pee Wee Men’s K-4 500m race to take the sixth place ribbon. Congratulations to all the Sydenham athletes for a great season!

The Sydenham Lake Canoe Club would like to remind all kids in the Frontenac area that registration for the 2007 season will take place in the spring at the South Frontenac Town Hall in Sydenham. Dates and times will be announced at a later date. Look for flyers in your school newsletters. We encourage you to give Sprint Canoe and Kayak racing a try!

In closing, the Sydenham Lake Canoe Club would like to thank all the local businesses and individuals who have supported our club this year. Their generosity was indeed a great part of our success. Special thanks goes out to The Frontenac News for their willingness to share our news with the people of the Frontenacs.

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