Things got heated at the Chinese City Games this past Sunday when a fight broke out between two canoeing teams.
From China Daily:
Guangzhouquartet intentionally rammed its boat to a Nanchangteam which had once paddled in ''s lane during the 2,000-meter race. The Guangzhou Nanchangfoursome fought back with paddles, cutting the face of kayaker Liao Zhensheng. Guangzhou
Liao''s face was covered with blood when he was rushed to the hospital.
Thanks to Wend Magazine for the tip off.
Paddlers in Jackson Kayak’s Star series of whitewater kayaks claimed 13 of the 18 available World Championship slots in the US National Freestyle Kayak Team Trials that concluded here today.
The All-Star swept the podium and the teams in both the junior and senior men’s competitions. Only reigning champs and members of the US National Team are eligible to compete at the International Canoe Federation World Championships in Plattling, Germany next June. Jackson Kayak founder and president Eric Jackson said the Star may well be one of the most successful boat designs in history. Designed specifically for freestyle kayaking, the Star was among the first boats Jackson released when he founded the company in 2004. With each of two scheduled design updates, the Star has become more dominant in competition results. Since 2004, the boat has been on the US and World Championship podium stage more than all other boats by other manufacturers combined. Founded in 2004, Jackson Kayak is the leading manufacturer of whitewater kayaks and also makes family-friendly boats for the recreation touring and river fishing markets. The following is a list of the new US National Freestyle Kayak Team. Paddlers in boats OTHER than Jackson Kayak are indicated with an asterick.
What are you doing for National Canoe Day? This old man will leave you in his wake and one guy's attempt to paddle to Glastonbury [Paddling Raft-Up]Thursday, 17 June 2010 16:50
If you haven’t already, mark June 26th on your calendar. Why? It will be your reminder to get out on the water and participate in some of the many activities of National Canoe Day.
Organized by the Canadian Canoe Museum, National Canoe Day has been running for a couple of years now. The goal is to, "engage new paddlers and reach across generational and cultural divides to introduce the canoe to those who haven't had the opportunity to experience this great national heritage."
So far this year there are over 33 registered National Canoe Day events so check out their website for something fun taking place in your neighbourhood.
This old man would destroy you in a race.
Former Senator, Bob Mitchler from Illinois has been canoeing his whole life. This year he entered the Mid-American Canoe Race for the 22nd time (after taking a break for five years) and finished in a highly respectable 22nd place. The thing is, Bob Mitchler is 90 years old. Yes, 90…years old.
Eton College, the home of the 2006 World Rowing Championships have donated several boats to a fledgling Afghanistan training club.
Currently the Afghan rowing team can't actually row in Afghanistan because they don't have any boats. Instead they are forced to train alongside Pakistani rowers, in Pakistani boats, on a lake outside of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.
The donation all came together when Britain's ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles persuaded Eton College to donate two coxed fours and two coxless fours to Afghanistan's Water Sports Federation.
Eton's headmaster Tony Little said: "We are delighted to be able to help. It would be wonderful if the Afghan team could come to Eton to compete in the Olympics in 2012. "The boats we are sending them are five to ten years old but in a good condition. They are perfect for training."
More info: worldrowing.com
Photo Credit: dailymail.co.uk