Athletes paddle into Regina for CanoeKayak Championships
Hundreds of athletes take to Wascana Lake for Canadian CanoeKayak Championships
People in Regina can expect to see a lot of action on Wascana Lake this week.
Starting Tuesday, Regina is home to Canada's best paddlers. The Canadian CanoeKayak Championships has taken over Wascana Park.
It's a chance to see the country's best paddlers in action, including 2008 Olympian canoeist Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny.
Beauchesne-Sevigny is fresh off a fourth place finish at last week's World Championship in Moscow.
For sure our eyes are locked on Rio 2016,- Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny
"We're two years from the Olympic games, one year from the Pan American Games in Toronto, so really looking forward to making the progression to the podium," Beauchesne-Sevigny said. "But for sure our eyes are locked on Rio 2016."
There are 10 former Olympians competing in Regina, but there are also a number of potential future Olympians in the field.
Lexi Vincent, a 17 year-old kayaker with Regina's Wascana Racing Canoe, shares the dream of many competing this week.
"The big dream would be the Olympics," Vincent said. "I'm sure you hear that from a lot of people. It's kind of small steps to get there. To be able to compete in the Olympics or to be able to compete for Canada anywhere in the world really would just be amazing."
Vincent is on Canada's junior national team. She also has a big advantage this week - paddling at home.
"There's not as much stress," Vincent said. "A lot more support. You can have your family and friends come out watch your races and cheer for you and you can go home between races, which is nice you don't have to sit out all day."
The Canadian CanoeKayak Championships wrap up Sunday. There are almost 400 races in the event.