Four young Kahnawa:ke athletes from the Onake Paddling Club (OPC) took part in a major competition last weekend.
The Provincial Long Distance Championships were hosted in Lac Beauport on October 1 and 2 and the races consisted of 12 km or 15 km with portages every 3 km.
The OPC paddlers included Rotshennoni Two-Axe, Iakorihwiiostha Two-Axe, Kahawakhon Phillips, and Lanuhsisa’as McComber.
McComber placed 18th overall in the K1 U16 15km, Phillips finished in 10th in the K1 U16 12km, Rotshennoni Two-Axe earned a seventh-place finish in the C1 U18 15km, and Iakorihwiiostha Two-Axe did not complete the race due to an injury.
The OPC has enjoyed a great deal of success on the water this year, which also marks the club’s 50th anniversary.
The Facebook page notes updates, and shows that local paddlers performed at many competitions this summer, including the Canada Games and the Canada Canoe-Kayak Sprint National Championships.