Trials one is underway and it’s the first competition of the season for most Canadian canoe kayak athletes. Adam is the only senior missing and that’s because he’s busy winning world cups in the Czech Republic (way to go Adam!!). The rest are here, either watching or competing, with the majority in the latter category. It’s my first time racing at a “new” venue in Welland Ontario, though there was a set of trials here last year that the Olympic team didn’t attend. Sadly the conditions are pretty bleak despite the real potential of the course. It could be a really nice place to paddle but the prevailing wind seems to be a severe cross wind, which in our sport, means very skewed results.
Anyway despite the wind and the first cancelled trials races I can remember, it’s really nice to see everybody here and ready to go. All the juniors are looking fit and ready to go for the Junior worlds in Moscow this year, and all of my peers are looking excited to get the season underway to compete at the World Championships on home waters this year in Halifax.
Personally I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve been working hard on technique and nailing different parts of my 1000m race that I thought were weak last year, and i’m also trying to get faster at the 500m race. This regatta is the first test of a really different training programme and attitude. So it’s really exciting for me.
Results can be found at canoekayak.ca .