Parry Sound Canoe Club

 

PARRY SOUND CANOE CLUB AGM REPORT

2017

The Parry Sound Canoe Club has seen another successful year. We continue to strive for growth. We want to get as many kids out on the water as possible and teach them the love of paddling safely. The Increase in membership for 2016 would suggest were moving in the right direction. Our membership last year grew to 75 members, many of which continued to paddle though out the summer.

Dragon Boat continues to be our most popular program. With three teams entered in the Rotary Parry Sound race last June. We were U12, U14 champions and the fastest local team. The high school team (EAT TROUT) continued to race throughout the summer. At the Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival we were youth champions and 4th overall.

One of those paddlers Audra Nicholson has been invited to the final tryouts in Vancouver for the National Junior Dragon Boat team. She has an excellent chance of making the team.

In Marathon Canoe Parry Sound was well represented also. Linsey Raymond and Elizabeth Edington finished 110 km General Clinton race. The 1st Parry Sounders to do this race except coach Gord of course. In the 64 km North Bay to Mattawa race Elizabeth Edington placed 2nd in womens rec.

Overall all those involved had a lot of fun, whether it was at weekly practice, camping, racing or the legendary fish fry in Sept. Thanks Gord Cole for a great season.

The Sprint kayaking program also had a great season. Under the guidance of Cory Brunatti, Chris Colson and Aurey Colson Parry Sound was well represented at several regattas though out the summer. Early in the season Parry Sound Canoe Club participated in the North Bay Regatta. The club came away with many ribbons in a variety of categories. This proved to be a great warm up as 7 athletes went on to compete in the Provincial championships. This is where we won our first gold medal in the boys K4 U13. Nolan Henry, Cullen Henry, Ben Pilon and Evan Volpini did a fantastic job.

The 2017 season will see some changes as we will not be running a competitive sprint program. We hope that in future there will be enough interest to run this program again.

This summer we plan to launch a recreational program. This may include kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board. It has come to our attention that there is a need for this type of program in our community as many families shy away from a more competitive style. It is our hope that we will see an increase in membership and thus giving youth in our community the opportunity to experience the joy of paddling safely.

Dragon Boat and Marathon Canoe will continue to run under the guidance of Gord Cole. We hope that this year we will see some parents become more involved and assist Gord as these programs grow.

I would like to take a moment to thank GNSCC for their guidance and support, as we evolve and grow as a club. We are looking forward to our 2017 season and all it has to offer. Hope to see you out on the water.

LISA ROBINSON

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