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Kajak throwers stand tall among national peers

 Chanell Botsis of the Richmond Kajaks earned a silver medal in the girls’  hammer throw Sunday in Langley. - Don Fennell photo
Chanell Botsis of the Richmond Kajaks earned a silver medal in the girls’ hammer throw Sunday in Langley.
— image credit: Don Fennell photo

The future of Canada’s throws team was in Langley last weekend for the annual Canadian Legion Youth Track and Field Championships. And four Richmond Kajaks appeared in starring roles.

Valerie Wideski, 15, led off the competition with a gold-medal performance Friday in the under-16 girls’ one-kilogram discus throw. She hurled the discus a meet-best 39.80 metres on her third throw, after throws of 38.90 and 36.41 metres respectively.

Wideski also placed seventh in the under-16 girls’ three-kilogram shot put event Saturday with a best throw of 11.80 metres. It was the final of six throws.

Camryn Rogers, also 15, continued her summer of success with a sixth-place finish in the under-16 girls’ discus throw Friday (her best throw was 35.13 metres, a distance reached on her third of six throws) and placed ninth in the under-16 girls’ three-kilogram shot put event Saturday with a throw of 11.39 metres.

But Rogers’ best showing came in the under-16 girls’ three-kilogram hammer throw event Sunday in which she placed second with a throw of 53.73 metres. That distance was achieved on just her second throw, after fouling on her first attempt.

Autumn Covington, 17, stepped onto the podium Friday with a bronze-medal performance in the under-18 girls’ one-kilogram discus throw. Her third-place result of 39.30 metres came on her third attempt, after earlier throws of 37.98 and 38.67 metres.

Covington narrowly missed a return to the podium Sunday in the girls’ under-18 three-kilogram hammer throw. She placed fourth with a throw of 51.98 metres, again achieved on her third throw after previous attempts of 47.32 and 49.97 metres.

Chanell Botsis, also 17, placed second in the girls’ under-18 three-kilogram hammer throw event with a best throw of 58.42 metres. That came on her fifth of six throws, leaving her less than three metres back of winner Cyerra Cassell of Ontario.

On Friday, Botsis was fourth in the girls’ under-18 one-kilogram discus throw event with a best 38.11 metres.  It was the final of six throws.

All four Kajaks named to the 25-athlete B.C. and Yukon Command Legion Team that represented the province at the national championships, will now turn their focus to the upcoming Kajaks Throws Festival. The inaugural festival is set for Sept. 6 and will celebrate the opening of the club’s new throws facility built to International Association of Athletics Federation specifications.

Featuring athlètes ranging from Midgets to Masters, the meet will begin at noon with shot put, hammer, javelin and discus events.

Register for the open event at info@kajaks.org.

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