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Gearing up for spring paddling season

Pelly Vincent-Braun competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

This winter I coached a slalom paddling course in the pool. We had a group of dedicated youngsters who came out on Sunday afternoons to take a brake from skiing powder, and to hop into their slalom boats and work on technique.

The pool is an awesome way to get used to a new boat, or to try a new technique because the water is so warm and it’s a safe environment.

When I arrived in the Yukon a year ago, I found out that the very first new slalom boat that I ever owned ( a now defunct APS) had made its way north before I did. It has had a few more owners and is now in the club circulation of boats.

For the final indoor session of the year, I switched hats from coach to journalist and took photos of the paddlers who came out to race at the second annual Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club’s Indoor Slalom Race.

Olivier Roy-Jauvin competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Olivier Roy-Jauvin competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Logan Kruse competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Logan Kruse competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

The timer keeps track of everyone's runs during the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

The timer keeps track of everyone’s runs during the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

From left, Logan Kruse and Mael Pronovost relax between runs during the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

From left, Logan Kruse and Mael Pronovost relax between runs during the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Trevor Braun competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Trevor Braun competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Theresa Landman competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Theresa Landman competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Pelly Vincent-Braun competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Pelly Vincent-Braun competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Mael Pronovost competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Mael Pronovost competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Mael Pronovost competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

Mael Pronovost competes in the second annual YCKC Indoor Slalom Race at the Canada Games Centre last Friday.

 

Throwback to 2008 and my fancy new boat in Charlotte, NC

Throwback to 2008 and my fancy new boat in Charlotte, NC.

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