September 15th, 2015

World Championships

At the start of the summer I had gone boating and managed to get a concussion. I spent about a little over a month trying to recover from it and keep training for the World championships. About a week before Worlds we still weren’t sure that I would be able to compete, so we decided that I would try surfing Garb during one of our team training sessions and see how I felt after. As it turned out MY HEAD WAS FINE!!!!!!!!!

Prelims were awesome! I had some pretty decent rides and landed myself in 7th place, moving on into semis. most of all it was really fun to be out on the water cheering everyone on especially my teammate.

Photo by Ryan Whetung

Then next day we got to cheer on other teammates and friends and since my grandma had come to support me and my brother, I took her swimming in the afternoon.

The day of semis, i was completely disorganized.my first ride was a mess but after some coaching from my brother the second ride was a little better. I ended up placing 6th overall but at the time wasn’t to happy with how I had done. I had missed the top 5 by 5 points and I knew I could have easily done better.

Photo by Jamie Knechtel

Photo by Robert Faubert

The rest of the event was spent cheering on my brother who placed 3rd!!!!!

Photo by Robert Faubert

The closing ceremonies were really cool and had lots of fire (nothing burnt down)! I even got to take part of it by putting out the Paralymic Torch!!

Photo by Robert Faubert

Photo by Robert Faubert

Photo by Robert Faubert

It was a great event and i am really happy to have been able to be a part of it!

See ya on the river

Em

April 21st, 2015

Afrique

Salut !!!!!!!
Donc, puisque je viens de rentrer d’Afrique la nuit dernière, j’ai décidé de faire un petit résumé de mon voyage. Je suis partie le 27 Mars et arrivée au camps le 29 Mars.
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29th Mars
Après des heures de voyage, je suis enfin arrivée à l’aéroport d’Entebbe avec tout mon équipement. Je me sentais comme si j’étais totalement drogué, parce que j’étais tellement fatigué, quand je suis descendu de l’avion. Je suis allé à la douane, obtenu mes baggages, et quand je suis sortie, j’ai rencontré Jacko, mon coach, et le chauffeur de taxi, Tom. Mais j’ai raté le nom de nom Jacko et seulement compris Tom, donc, j’ai associé le nom Tom à Jacko. Une fois dans le taxi, je m’endormais à l’occasion, seulement pour me réveiller une minute plus tard. Apres un bout de chemin nous avons tourné sur une petite route de terre qui n’était pas en bonne condition. Il y avait des maisons et des écoles le long de la route, mais puisque qu’il était deux heure du matin, tout était un peu épeurant. Nous sommes finalement arrivés à une barrière avec une petite pancarte qui disait “The Hairy Lemon Island”. Ma seule pensée à ce point, fût que ces gens étaient carrément bizzards et faisaient juste l’appelé une île. Nous avons attendu pendant au moins 15 minutes pour que quelqu’un nous ouvre la barrière, puis nous avons conduit à l’endroit où il y avait quelques autres voitures stationnés. Je regardais autour pour des tentes mais il n’y en avait pas. Le chauffeur de taxi a mis toutes nos affaires de côté, puis a commencé à taper sur une cloche. Après un moment, j’ai réalisé que nous étions à côté de la rivière. Un bateau a fini par arriver et nous avons mis toutes nos affaires dedans, puis traversé la rivière sur une île réelle. Jacko, que je crois toujours s’appeler Tom, m’as aidé avec ma tente puis est allé se coucher. J’ai lançer mes affaires dans la tente puis rentrée. J’ai commencé à paniquée en pensant que tout ça, c’était une mauvaise idée et je voulais retourner à la maison. J’ai appelé mes parents en pleurant. Après un moment, j’ai perdu la connexion mais Islay, une pagayeuse des Royaumes-Unis, m’a entendu pleurer et m’a fait rester dans sa tente avec elle.
Tout voir dans la lumière du jour le lendemain était incroyable! Je suis allé faire du kayak le matin, et bien que je ne suis pas resté longtemps, c’était génial !! Il ya des oiseaux partout, des enfants sur le bord de la rivière qui sont totalement excité de vous voir, et la vague est parfaite!
J’ai relaxé le reste de la journée.
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30 Mars
C’est ma fête!! Je suis tellement chanceuse, ils m’ont même fait un petit gâteau!
Je suis sorti pour une session de kayak avant le déjeuner avec Max, un pagayeur des Étas Unis, et on s’est bien amusés, par contre, ça aiderais si je pouvais avoir un peu plus de contrôle sur la vague. J’ai relaxée pour le reste du matin jusqu’après le déjeuner. J’ai ensuite embarqué sur  l’eau pour faire une séance sur le plat car il n’y avait personne sur la rivière. J’ai relaxée un peu plus et puis je suis retournée avec Max pour regarder ce qui se passait à Nile Special, une des vagues.
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31 Mars
Rien de vraiment spécial s’est passé aujourd’hui. J’ai dormi la plupart de l’avant-midi et ensuite j’ai essayé et raté de faire du surf sur Nile Special.
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1 Avril
Donc ce matin était essentiellement une répétition d’hier, mais cet après-midi était PHÉNOMÉNAL!!! J’ai joué un jeu de cartes avec Adrian, Nicki, Emma, ​​Lori, et Max, puis embarquée sur l’eau. Vu que Dennis et Jacko, mes coachs, étaient là aussi, ils m’ont donné quelques conseils pour embarqué sur la vague. J’ai encore de la difficulté à utiliser la corde  sauf si mon but est de me rammasser à l’envers, cependant, j’ai été capable d’attraper la vague en pagayant du haut de la rivière et même réussi un backroundhouse!!!! Je suis super excitée et je ne peux pas attendre jusqu’à demain!
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2 Avril
Je suis allé à Jinja, la ville la plus proche, aujourd’hui, avec Max, Emma, ​​et Nicki. J’ai trouvée des choses pour tout le monde à la maison, nous avons manger notre lunch avec Emily, passé un peu de temps sur l’internet, et de retour à l’île. Nous avons bien aimé marcher dans les rues et regarder tous les magasins !!
Nous avons eu une conversation avec Den et Jacko et le reste du programme de développement d’athlète – “World of Champions” pour le début du camp.
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3 Avril
Matin phénoménal sur Club (une autre vague)! J’ai réussi à avoir du contrôle sur la vague. le camp ADP – WOC a commencé aujourd’hui, donc nous avons eu quelques discussions et il y aura une analyse vidéo bientôt. L’après-midi était génial!!!!! Une autre conférence à 3pm, puis directement sur l’eau. Cela a pris une éternité, mais j’ai finalement atteint la vague avec la corde !!!!!!!!!!! Je viens de regardé mes vidéos avec Jacko et demain je vais travailler sur mes trucs.
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4 et 5 Avril
Je ne me souviens pas des détails, mais j’ai eu une bonne conversation avec Den et Jacko et un backstab génial!!
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6 Avril
Pas beaucoup de kayak aujourd’hui à cause de mes bras. Je serrais ma pagaie trop fort ce qui a causé à deux de mes doigts de s’engourdir. Claire, la championne du monde actuelle, m’a fait un massage  et nous avons pratiqué certains étirements. J’ai fais de la revision et de la visualisation avec Jacko, puis, je me suis promenée autour de l’île et pris quelques photos pour montrer à tout le monde à la maison.
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7 Avril
La séance du matin était bien. Claire m’a donné quelques conseils pour ne pas tenir ma pagaie aussi serré donc je me concentrais sur ça tout le temps sur la vague. J’ai fait quelques séances d’entraînement, eu une conversation en groupe, une conversation personnelle avec Den et Jacko, et une formation de blunts hors de l’eau avec Claire, et puis de la méditation.
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8 et 9 Avril
Je ne me souviens pas des détails mais ce fût de belles journées.
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10 Avril
JOUR PHÉNOMÉNAL!!!!!! Nous sommes parties pour un voyage de filles à l’Haven River Lodge avec Nicki, Adrienne, Emily, Islay, et Claire pour de l’Internet. J’ai parler à mes parents après les avoir réveiller vue qu’il était 5:30 am au Canada. Ils étaient quand même heureux de me parler. Sur le chemin du retour nous avons dû arrêter pour ramasser de l’eau pour le Lemon, puis le camion ne voulait pas re-démarrer. Nous étions donc là, quatre filles poussant un camion pour essayer de le faire démarrer. Quand nous sommes revenus, nous nous sommes dépêchés à manger notre lunch pour embarqué sur l’eau à temps pour la compétition de Sam. J’ai eu les trois meilleurs rides de ma vie, mon truc avec le plus haut score était un flush très élégant!
Une fois la compétition terminée, une journaliste m’a demandé de faire une entrevue avec elle. C’était assez amusant, elle m’a fait mettre mon kit, l’enlever, le remettre, faire quelques étirements, me promener avec mon bateau sur mon épaule, répondre à certaines questions tout en parlant à ma pagaie, montrer mon gilet de sauvetage, et enfin embarquer sur l’eau.
Après tout cela, j’ai eu quelques rides assez génial avec des blunts, flashbacks, tentatives de backstabs, et des spins! Tout ça sur une vague très “flushy” !!!!!!!! Dans l’ensemble, ce fût une journée assez magnifique!!!!!!!!
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11 Avril
Conversation avec Jacko. Je dois faire un plan pour la competition de demain et pour ma formation générale après la fin du camp. La séance sur Club et la séance sur Special se sont bien passés. Jacko croit vraiment que mon objectif est possible.
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12 Avril
Dernière journée!
Séance de yoga avec Claire, Adrienne, Emily, Nicki, et Islay ce matin. Dernière session avec Den et Jacko; phénoménale. J’ei eu une conversation avec eux par la suite. Je devrais certainement obtenir mes blunts et backstabs plus constantment . Une fois que je réussi ceci, mon objectif est atteignable. Ma tente est maintenant dans le Yak Shack où je vais passer la nuit donc je ne serai pas mouillé demain.
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13 Avril
Ma dernière session était géniale !! J’ai eu une belle ride avec beaucoup de blunts et de backstabs et ensuite je me suis frapper au visage avec ma pagaie. :P J’ai fais mes baggages et j’ai relaxé.
Après un trajet de 4 heures en voiture vers Entebbe, nous nous sommes assis dans l’aéroport pour ce qui me semblait une éternité. L’enregistrements des baggages, la sécurité et l’embarquement se sont bien passés, puis encore sur l’avion.
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Ce fût un voyage incroyable et j’espère que je pourrai y retourner un jour!Em

April 15th, 2015

Africa

Hi!!!!!!!
So since I just got back from Africa last night, I decided to do a bit of a recap on what happened while I was there. I left on March 27th and arrived there on March 29th.
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  March 29th
After hours of traveling I finally got to the Entebbe airport with all my kit. I felt like I was totally drugged, because I was so tired, when I got off the plane. I went through customs, got my stuff, and when I got outside, I met Jacko and the taxi driver, Tom. But I missed Jacko’s name and only got Tom’s, therefore, I associated the name Tom to Jacko. Once in the taxi, I would zone in and out, fall asleep occasionally, only to wake up a minute later. We kept slowing down to a near stop every now and then, and at some point we turned onto a small dirt road that was not in good shape. There were some houses and schools along the side but since it was like 2 am, it was all really creepy. We finally got to a gate with a small sign that said “The Hairy Lemon Island”. My only thought at that point was that these people were all very weird and just called it an island. We waited for at least 15 minutes for someone to open the gate and then drove to where there were a few other cars parked. I was looking around for tents but there weren’t any. The taxi driver put all our stuff in one spot and then started banging on a bell. After a while I realized that we were next to the river. A boat eventually came and we put all our stuff in it, then crossed the river to an actual island. Jacko, who’s name I still thought was Tom, helped me put my tent up then went to bed. I just chucked my stuff in the tent and crawled in. I started freaking out thinking that this was a bad idea and that I wanted to go home. I called my parents and started crying and hyperventilating to the point where my face went numb and I had no more control over my hands. After a while I lost connection with my parents but Islay, a paddler form the UK, heard me crying and had me stay in her tent with her.
Seeing everything in the daylight though was amazing! I went boating for a bit in the morning, and although I didn’t stay in long, it was awesome!! There’s birds everywhere, kids hanging out on the side who are totally psyched to see you, and the wave is epic!
Chilled out the rest of the day.
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March 30th
It’s my birthday! I am so lucky, they even made me a birthday cupcake!
It’s so weird, I never thought that half of these people even knew my name, yet last night when he showed up, Paul Palmer came up to me and hugged me. Went out for a pre-breakfast paddle with Max and had an awesome time although it might help if I could actually gain any sort of control while surfing. Chilled out for the rest off the morning until after lunch when I got on the water to do a flat water session since I had the whole river to myself. Chilled out some more and then went back out with Max to watch what was going on at the Nile Special.
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March 31st
Nothing really happened today. Slept most of the morning and then tried and failed at surfing Nile Special, one of the waves.
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April 1st
So this morning was basically a repeat of yesterday, but this afternoon was EPIC!!! I ended up playing a card game with Adrian, Nicki, Emma, Lori, and Max and then hitting the water. Since Dennis and Jacko, my coaches, were out there as well they gave me a few tips as to get on. I still quite unsuccessful at using the rope unless I want to window-shade (getting forcefully flipped over), however, I have been able to catch it from above and even pulled off a back roundhouse!!!! I’m super stoked and can’t wait till tomorrow!
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April 2nd
Went to Jinja, the nearest town, today with Max, Emma, and Nicki. Did my shopping for everyone back home, had lunch with Emily, had some internet time, and came back to the island. Had an awesome time walking down the streets and looking at all the shops!!
Had a talk with Den and Jacko and the rest of the Athlete Development Program – World Of Champions group for the start of the camp.
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April 3rd
Awesome morning on club (another wave)! Got control while surfing and was able to move across the feature. ADP – WOC camp started today, so we’ve had a few talks and there will be a video analysis in a bit. The afternoon was awesome!!!!! Another talk at 3 and then straight onto the water. Took FOREVER but I finally got onto the wave WITH THE ROPE!!!!!!!!!!! Just watched my videos with Jacko and tomorrow I’ll be working on my whereabouts and tricks.
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April 4th and 5th
Can’t remember the details but had an awesome chat with Den and Jacko and an epic backstab!!
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April 6th
Okay day. Not much boating because of my arms. I was gripping my paddle to hard which caused to of my fingers to go numb. Claire, the current world champion, did some massage therapy for me and we went over some stretches. Did some review and some visualization with Jacko. Wandered around the island and took some pics to show back home.
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April 7th
Early morning session was okay. Claire gave me some tips as to not grip my paddle as tight so I focused on that while surfing. Awesome off water time. Did some workouts, group chat, personal chat with Den and Jacko, and off water blunt training with Claire, and then some meditation.
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April 8th and 9th
I Can’t remember but they were good days.
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April 10th
AWESOME DAY!!!!!! Went on a girls trip to the Haven River Lodge with Nicki, Adrienne, Emily, Islay, and Claire for Internet. Got to talk to mum and dad after waking them up since while it was 12:30 pm here it was 5:30 am there. They were happy though. On the way back we had to stop to pick up some water for the Lemon and then the truck wouldn’t start. So there we were, 4 girls pushing a truck and trying to get it to kick start. When we got back, we rushed through lunch and then hit the water in time for Sam’s competition. I had the best three rides of my life, my highest scoring move was a very elegant flush! Face with stuck-out tongue and tightly-closed eyes
Once that was over, a reporter asked me to do a bit of an interview with her. That was pretty entertaining, she made put my kit on, take it off, put it back on, do some stretches, walk around with my boat on my shoulder, answer some questions while talking to my paddle, the show off my life vest, and finally go boating. Face with tears of joy
After all that, I got some pretty epic rides with blunts, flashbacks, backstab attempts, and spins! All that on a very flushy wave!!!!!!!!All in all, it was a pretty epic day!!!!!!!!
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April 11th
Chat with Jacko. Have to come up with a plan for tomorrow’s comp and my general training after the camp ends. Club session went well and so did the Special session. Jacko truly believes that my goal is possible.
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April 12th
Last full day!
Yoga session with Claire, Adrienne, Emily, Nicki, and Islay this morning. Awesome last session with Den and Jacko. Had a chat with them afterwards. Should definitely get my blunts and backstabs consistent. Once I do that my goal is right in front of me. My tent and stuff is now in the Yak Shack where I will be spending the night so I don’t get wet.
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April 13th
My last session was awesome!! Had a great ride with lots of blunts and backstabs and then proceeded to hit myself in the face with my paddle :P Packed up all my things and just chilled out.
After a cramped 4 hour car ride to Entebbe, we sat around in the airport for what seemed like forever. Checking in went pretty smoothly and then more flying.
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It was an amazing trip and I hope I can go back someday!
See ya on the water
Em

March 20th, 2015

Winter Recap

Since I am so good at updating this blog, I have decided that I should do some sort of recap of the last seven months.

My last blog was about my epic airscrew, I was hoping to be able to pull one off at Team Trials but that didn’t happen since I was (and still am) scared of face planting on Garb. However, I still made it on the team with Claire. My brother is also on the team but in C1 rather than K1 this time.

My rib has healed, however, me being me, I have managed to twist my ankle really bad halfway through October and have been recovering from that all Winter.

At the end of October, we drove up to Halifax for a World Kayak competition. The drive was long but seeing as we had three drivers (my dad , A.J., and Quin) we didn’t have to stop much. I did manage to paddle a bit in Halifax while I was still on crutches. Ocean surfing was cool but I’m not that big a fan, the trip was fun though.

Since then I have been paddling in the pool, doing some Kung Fu and kickboxing.

So, in one week from now, I will be on a plane to Amsterdam where I will be stuck in the airport for a few hours only to proceed on the next plane that will take me to Uganda!I will be in Uganda for 2 1/2 weeks for a training camp with two of UK’s national coaches as well as a few well known athletes. I’m super stoked about this and cannot wait to paddle on the White Nile!!!

 

That is about all I got for now, so I will post some more once a get back

 

See ya on the water,

Em

August 22nd, 2014

Airscrews!!

Blog #3 (yep, I’m really bad at this)

At the start of the summer, Billy got me to work on Blunts and Airscrews but a few weeks after he made me concentrate on Blunts. However, a few weeks back, Billy was making me try to loop and after a few very unsuccessful attempts I gave up and decided to try an airscrew, something I hadn’t tried since the first few weeks I was here. Magically, I actually pulled one off and it would have properly counted if I wasn’t s shocked that I forgot to paddle so that I ended up flushing. I got laughed at for the look on my face.
After that I got quite a few more airscrews at Push Button but I need to commit to throwing one on Garb. It’s still kind of freaky.

So I still have to work on that. But for now I just want to get back on the water. I pulled something in my ribs and this whole not boating thing has been hard. at least it’s was raining almost every day I’ve been off. Thankfully, I get to boat today.

There really isn’t much else except that the judges stand for team trials so it’s starting to feel like it’s real.

See ya on the water,
Em

August 1st, 2014

The Almighty Blunt

Blog #2 of the summer (Obviously, I’m not doing a very good job at updating this).

So there is a point in everyones lives (or so I hope) where you think, “I am so freaking awesome, not a single person can even try to compare to me!” Well that happened to me one night when I was surfing at Push Button on the Ottawa River. It was a beautiful Wednesday evening, I was paddling with Billy and a few other people he was teaching, when all of a sudden after many spins and almost clean spins, Billy tells me it’s time. Time to work on the almighty Blunt. It was a wonderful moment as I was , and am still, very excited to work on this. After many attempts I started getting some down. Obviously, this was exciting but nothing compares to what came later. There were more failed attempts but at long last I DID IT!!!! I stuck my very first proper Blunt! That was the moment I felt so amazingly awesome I could barely contain myself.

But other than boating and feeling blissfully awesome, there is something else I rather enjoy. That would be people who want to accompany me on these great boating adventures. Another perk to that would be attractive guys who want to accompany boating. It’s just so exciting to go boating with other people! This week is gonna be epic!

Other than all this nothing really exciting has happened since the last time I updated this.

Keep rockin’ it out on the river and I’ll see you there!

Em

July 17th, 2014

Summer, boating, and plain awesomeness

Blog #1 of the summer.
I’m currently spending the summer in Beachburg, Ontario, to train for team trials and get better on a wave (seeing as I have a tendency to suck on such featuures).
When I got here, the level was at llike 10 1/2 so there wasn’t muuch for me to do as I didn’t know much people here and I needed someone to run the river with. I’m staying with Billy and Carly Harris but since Carly was working for the first few weeks I was here and Billy had to stay with Macee, neither one of them could come boating with me. So there wasn’t much to do. Finaly the water started to drop so there were places too park and play so I could go out on my own.

Now I’ve met a whole bunch of people, Push Button is in, and I have a job at River Run, so I’m pretty busy.
I’ve been working on Blunts and Airscrews which, although I usually end up on my face, is a lot of fun.
Unfortunatly, I pulled something in my ribs a few days ago so I haven’t been pushing myself as hard. But I took a day off and took care of myself and I’m back in my boat.

On another, happier note, My brother bought a new boat and I got his old one, which I have named Jeremy, so I now have an awesome yellow and pink carbon boat that has a cow head on the stern along with my plastic boat, Riley. So I’m pretty stoked about that!

I’m having an awesome time up here and I’ve made new friends.

my goals right now are to heal properly, then get my Airscrews and Blunts down for team trials.

See ya on the river!
Em

September 23rd, 2013

Canadian Team World’s Recap

Worlds were awesome! The Opening Ceremonies were after the last Team Trainings so it was in the evening.

As the Canadian Team, we were very loud with our cowbells. That night was a lot of fun and it was great to mingle with a bunch of excited paddlers from around the world!

 

The next day, the competition started off with the Junior Men’s. Zach was in one of the last heats and I was more nervous for him then I was for myself!! Not sure how or even if that makes sense but you know…

After them was OC1 and it’s always cool to watch guys like Jordan Poffenburger throwing McNastys without a skirt.

Plus, Matt Godsoe made it to finals being the first (and only) Canadian to make it!

 

Lets just say, I don’t really know what happened the following day until after my competition.

Women’s Squirt, Men’s Squirt and Junior Women’s were that day.

I didn’t pay much attention to the Squirt and only really watched our team. Brent Cooper did great and made it to Semi Finals!

There was a break between Squirt and Junior Women’s so I basically sat in the Athletes Area and listened to music where no one would bug me.

I was in the first heat while Sydney was in the second. The whole crowd thing was starting to freak me out so I was happy that Zach was at the top eddy making me do stupid stuff to warm up, taking my mind off it.

My first ride was terrible!! Nothing was working and it felt like I was just learning how to spin all over again!!!! So I got a whole lot of nothing on that ride… Thankfully Ryan Whetung and Tyler Curtis were both there as my coaches! They talked to me about it and about the crowd and my second ride was beautiful!!!!!!! I was so happy that I had pulled off a Felix that I really didn’t care what happened after that!

I didn’t know what had counted or how many points I got yet.

After, I watched Sydney and the other girls including Jackie Droujko, who saved our class by competing for Ukraine at the last minute! She did amazing and had great spirits the whole time!!!!!

Then I went to look at the results and for the rest of the day I kinda wished I hadn’t. Seeing as the rules are a lot stricter than your average Hometown Throwdown so nothing counted except my Felix, which two judges counted giving me 66 points.

I wasn’t exactly happy with that but now I know what I have to work on to make it to the top of the podium and I have one year to perfect that.

 

The rest was kind of a blur and I only remember bits and pieces of it but it was really cool watching all my friends compete and being able to be a part of an International competition!!!

 

I had a blast and I can’t wait for the next competition season!

 

See you on the river!

 

Em

 

 

RESULTS:

 

Men’s K1:

-Nick Troutman                                10

-Adam Chappell                                   26

-Tyler Curtis                                      30

-Brandon Fasan                               41

-Joel Kowalski                                  42

 

Women’s K1:

-Ruth Gordon Ebens                      10

-Jessica Droujko                              21

-Cheryl McGregor                           23

 

Junior Men’s K1:

-Kalem Kennedy                             13

-Zachary Zwanenburg                   16

-Jonathan Boily                                26

 

Junior Women’s k1:

-Sydney-Jean Nixon                        6

-Emily Zwanenburg                        8

 

Men’s Squirt:

-Brent Cooper                                    9

-Marc Richard                                   16

-Matt Hamilton                                18

 

Women’s Squirt:

-Shaunna Neil Martin                        12

 

C1:

-Jamie Pope                                        13

-Francois Bergeron Proulx             16

 

OC1:

-Matt Godsoe                                     4

-Matt Cuccaro                                    9

 

 

 

 

August 28th, 2013

Emily’s Post: New Home

I have been paddling for a while now! I missed it so much. I’m happy to be back on the water.

 

Anyway. My mom was supposed to come on the nineteenth with the junior boys team, and, as we got closer to that day, she told us that they would probably get here around noon.

This morning, Cheryl was outside somewhere when someone knocked on the door. So Sydney and I are both like, “Why is Cheryl knocking?”  I opened the door and just stared. My mom and brother were standing there. We were expecting them later so I was kind of shocked. We hadn’t even eaten yet! It was probably around 10:00. So we moved into the bigger cabin and left to go boating. My session was pretty bad. I guess it just wasn’t my day. Everyone seemed to have fun though so that’s good.

When we got back we helped unload and saw a snake trying to eat a toad. This seemed to keep the boys busy, but honestly, it was kind of gross and creepy…

 

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for me on the water, but either way, it’s nice having more people around!

 

See you on the river!

 

Em

April 29th, 2013

Team Training In North Carolina

So last year I tried out for the Canadian Freestyle Team with Cheryl and Zach, and we all made it. So this year, there was a team training camp in North Carolina with Nick Troutman as the coach. As it turned out Jamie Pope, Cheryl and the entire junior team went. So Cheryl came with us and the three other junior boys (Zach had already left a few weeks before) and one of the girls that comes to the youth program in the summer, Zoe. After a two day drive, we got there on Sunday in the afternoon. We met up with Nick and went to Eternity Hole and paddled there for a few hours. Zach met us there and we headed off to find the chalet we were going to stay at. When we got to the driveway, my dad was delighted to find that it was a long, steep hill and that the house was at the top. When we got to the top, Sydney was already there with her parents. We figured out who was sleeping where and finally got to set our stuff up. After hanging our wet gear outside, had supper. There wasn’t enough room at the table, so I went out on the balcony because there was another table there. All the adults stayed inside even though it was a beautiful night while everyone else came out with me.

Monday morning we woke up to snow on the ground and we brought our gear inside because it was frozen in place (honestly, waking up to that basically everyday for a week is not very inspiring, but if I could do it over again, I would. I know, I’m weird that way but anyways). So after breakfast, stretching, and a workout, we were off to Eternity again. We spent the day there. My training wasn’t great that day. Once we were all tired mine and Sydney’s parents decided to make us run up the drive way (this was why my dad was delighted that the driveway was so long and steep. Nick was with us and we watched the videos of the day and Nick pointed out what we were doing.

Tuesday, we repeated the process but this time we went to NOC and, since Sidney needed a new boat and had used Emily Jackson’s boat the day before and it was to big for her, the two of us switched boats. I used Emily’s and Sydney used mine. We watched our videos with Nick and in the afternoon, we went to back to paddle. This time my training was a lot better and my loops were so much better than last year. We watched our videos and went to bed early.

Wednesday morning, we went through our routine but then we did our homework for the rest of the morning. After lunch, we had a competition day,Nick had it planed that we would do it at the end of the week but since Jamie was leaving that day we had one then. But it turned out good because we could all tell how we improved under pressure and stuff.

Thursday, we paddled all day and worked on Helixs. On flat water, I can do them, but as soon as I’m in the hole I get so lost and my paddle ends up somewhere completely different from where it’s supposed to be. I’m still not sure how that happens… Anyway, it was still fun to do even in the cold water. Nick taught me how to cartwheel, and by the end of the day I was actually understanding what I was supposed to do AND putting it all together (just not perfectly). I was so proud of myself!!!

The last day we ended up doing a half day because when we got to NOC, the water wasn’t on yet. So we talked about what we were going to do for the competition and chilled until the water came on. The competition was great! My birthday was the day after and because we were all leaving then, they set up a birthday party for me with cupcakes!!!!! Really, these guys are the best!

Overall, the week was epic! My loops are so much better now, I can almost cartwheel properly, and everyone improved a lot!

Plus this summer I will be going back with Cheryl and Sydney for about a month before the World Championships. Can’t wait!

See you guys on the river!

Emily

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