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Letter to the Editor: A big thank you from the Pemberton Canoe Association

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One Mile Lake, home of the Pemberton Canoe Association.

The Pemberton Canoe Association would like to send out a big thank you to the Pemberton Valley Utilities and Service Committee, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Village of Pemberton for their generous contribution to the club through the Pemberton and District Initiative Fund Program.

We are very grateful for their continued support for our programs at One Mile Lake.

We would also like to acknowledge the generous grants that the club received from the Canada Summer Employment grant, the Community Gaming Grant, the BC Summer Games Sport Partner Fund, and the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund. This funding has allowed the club to have a great restart to programming this season.

As well, we would once again like to thank the Pemberton Valley Supermarket for allowing us to take part in the grocery card fundraiser.

We would also like to thank our head coach, Kristina Schrage, and the rest of our coaching staff and program leaders: Brenna Nott, Cameron McLagan, Kiana Clutesi, Anna Prohaska, Kieran Nott, Hana Ronayne, Landon Drain, and Quinn Phare. You guys did a great job running the wide range of programs we were able to offer this year and brought a wide variety of skills and strengths to the club.

On top of having almost sold-out summer camps, we also added 20 new paddlers to our sprint program, which is a credit to all your hard work.

Congratulations our competitive youth sprint paddlers. Landon Drain and Brenna Nott both qualified for and went to Nationals in Ottawa in August. Our under 14 Women’s Crew, which consisted of Maxine Charron, Adelaide Kluftinger, Naomi Robert, and Grace Cleland placed 2nd overall in their age category at the Pacific Cup Regatta, with Maxine placing 1st in the U14 200-metre single-kayak event.

Just recently Brenna, Landon and Maxine competed with sprint paddlers from various clubs at the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival, where the crew picked up a 5th place finish in the Adult Mixed A Final and a 2nd place finish in the Open Final.

A huge congratulations to all the Pemberton paddlers for a successful racing season.

Look out for the return of dragon boat programming next spring! We hope to see lots of you out on the water in the big boats!

Karen Tomlinson // On behalf of the board of the Pemberton Canoe Association