Seven local paddlers make provincial team

Canoe Kayak B.C. unveiled a provincial team this week that reflects provincial and national success in sprints and slalom.

The 38-athlete roster includes national sprint team member Brian Malfesi and a national slalom team of Austin Atkins, Finley Capstick and Jacob Kryworuchko.

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A big portion of the club hails from the Burnaby Lake-based club.

Burnaby’s ranks to the provincial lineup features seven athletes: Mika Asano (level 4), Alex Brent (level 3), Edward Colhoun (level 3), Matthew Koehler (level 3), Ivan Strashenko (level 3) and sisters Katrina (level 2) and Samantha Loutet (level 1).

Asano, Colhoun, Strashenko and the Loutets are repeat selections, having earned the honour a year ago.

They are coached by Burnaby Lake newcomer Piotr Majewski.

“The selection of the 2018-19 provincial team caps a very successful competitive season for our paddlers,” said provincial coach Blake Dalton.

“Our sprint and slalom athletes had unprecedented success at their national championships and that is reflected on this provincial team.”

The CKBC performance program recognizes and supports athletes who have a potential to make junior, under-23 and senior development and national teams. They have also shown a commitment to training.

The team members and their coaches receive sport science resources, participation in training camps and support for various regattas, trials and championships.

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