Nova Scotia

Paddle auction raising money for Olympic parathletes

A paddling club in Dartmouth has an online auction underway to raise money for paracanoes and parakayaks now that the sport will be an event in the 2016 Paralympics.

Paracanoe and parakayak will debut at 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This paddle, signed by the 2012 Canadian National and Olympic Canoe/Kayak Teams, is just one of 16 paddles up for auction. (banookcanoeclub.com)

A paddling club in Dartmouth has an online auction underway to raise money for paracanoes and parakayaks now that the sport will be an event in the 2016 Paralympics.  

Jan Kruk, head coach at the Banook Canoe Club, said he's already training a disabled athlete with specialized equipment.   

"Now we're indoors. We've finished paddling because it's cold. We're doing simulators," said Kruk.  

The province is a hotbed for able-bodied paddling with several members of the national and Olympic teams from Nova Scotia clubs.   

Kruk is determined to achieve the same results in paracanoeing over the next four to eight years.    

To achieve that goal the club received a $4,000 grant for new paracanoes and kayaks and now it has to match those dollars.  

Long-time Lake Banook club member Heather Corrigan came up with the idea to have athletes and artists paint paddles and put them up for auction.  

"Mark de Jonge is probably the most well-known sprint kayaker here, so he painted one. So did Joe Murphy and his is fantastic. He's a Dartmouth artist," said Corrigan.  

The online auction for the 16 paddles continues until Jan. 12. They can be seen on the Banook Canoe Club's website.

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