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Collingwood paddlers qualify for provincial races (4 photos)

One 14-year-old paddler has qualified for national competition this year

The Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club (CDBCC) is proud to announce that five of its youth performance paddlers have qualified for the Ontario Championships in Ottawa and one for the national competition in Regina.

Noah Jonsson, 15, will go to the nationals for three races — K2 1,000 metre, K4 1,000 metre and K1 6-km.

Maea Knights and Sunny Valdez brought home the club’s first-ever “snowball” with their first place win in Welland at the Western Ontario Division Championships in girls U12 K2 500M.

Adam Jonsson won first place for boys U13 K1 and qualified with Kai Ullock in the U14 K2.

In the girl's U12 K1 500M Maea Knights placed first and Sunny Valdez placed third – all qualified for provincial times.

Rose Martin-Chase also qualified for provincials in girls U14 K1 (7th place) and K2 1000m with Sunny Valdez (6th place).

Adam Jonsson and Aidan MacNeil, the club’s junior coach, participated in the U16 6-km and did outstanding in this challenging race.

The provincial races will take place at the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa August 17 and 18.

The club’s head coach and commodore Laura Clemenhagen is delighted by the hard work and commitment of all the athletes and is looking forward to seeing them challenge themselves at the provincial and national level.

The Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to establishing, developing and supporting recreational and competitive paddling sport in the Collingwood area with programming running out of Watts Boat House.

The CDBCC is a member of Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC), the national sport organization for paddling competitive sports in Canada, and the Ontario Canoe Sprint Racing Affiliation (OCSRA), a division of Canoe Kayak Ontario.

Formed in 2004, the club encourages paddlers of all ages to take part in a variety of programs including dragon boating, recreational paddling and youth programming. Those wishing to learn more about the club and its programming can email