War canoe team headed for London
An 18-member contingent from the Cheema Aquatic Club will head to the Olympics this weekend, to show what they can to do.
The war canoe team will take part in a demonstration event, between the official races. The 15 boys and girls, aged 15 and 16, won a 200-metre race in Ontario last year to qualify for the London event.
Cheema commodore Yvette Hughes said it's been a busy year planning the trip, and raising money to get there.
"Basically it was $60,000 to get 18 people to London for a week, and get them back, so that was our target," said Hughes. "We've had corporate donations — a lot of the members of the club are business owners and they have contributed — we've had spaghetti dinners."
The team held a get-together for friends and supporters Wednesday in Waverley.
"It's getting really exciting knowing that we'll be there in a couple of days," said team member Anna Hetzler.
Tyler Graves is also looking forward to being part of the world's biggest paddling event.
"To see the paddlers over there, the Olympic paddlers, maybe some day I can be one of them," he said. "It will be really nice to go over and see the best in the world paddle."
The team will spend seven days in London, and will stay at the former home of Henry VIII, which is now the home of the British National Sport Training Centre.