Sprint Racing – TeamworkOn October 9, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
There’s a protocol to these boats
similar almost to rowing in that someone has to be in charge. They’re so big,
they’re unwieldy so everyone has to work together. You learn as a club, as a young
athlete to listen to your coach, to have respect for the boat and your club mates
and everyone needs to work together to make these boats work and I really
really think it’s an amazing development tool for all of our clubs here in Canada.
[2nd Announcer] In fact I think at one point in time one of the winningest war canoe coxswains in Canada is Dean Oldershaw, a veteran of four Olympics but after he came back from the Olympics in
between his Olympic paddling he always focused on the war canoe because he knew the
value the war canoe represented to a club. These kids love this boat, it’s a
rallying cry for them, they enjoy, they spend their summers perfecting their
skills so that’s why a lot of the parents like to get their kids into the sport.
It’s a non-concussion sport, it’s an injury-free sport and a lot of the kids really take home positive vibes from their days in the war canoe. [1st Announcer] we were talking earlier about how difficult it is to line up a boat in in a tailwind like
this and in the boots… Well, just imagine doing it with 15 people. It’s a big long boat, it’s a little hard to maneuver, you’ve got – they’ll call for draw strokes on the right and on the
left. It’s interesting when I think about it this is where we all learned our
fundamental boat skills.You can see in the middle the boat there doing draw strokes, trying to get to the centre of their lane. This is where all paddlers learn their boat skills. [Cox] Check! Sit up! Ready… Go!