Flash Back Fridays
WOMEN PADDLE TO NAT’L TITLES
By Tom Unger, the Campbell River Courier, Friday, July 29, 1983
Two members of the staff at Strathcona Park Lodge won gold medals in the women’s events at the Canadian White-water Kayaking Championships held July 13- 17 in Alberta.
Anne Boulding of Campbell River beat out about 11 other women to take the slalom event. Sheila Taylor of Alberta, also on the lodge’s staff, won the gold in the downriver event. Taylor topped two others, including Boulding who placed second.
Taylor was also third in the slalom event. “The competition in the downriver event wasn’t as keen as last year,” said Taylor.
The slalom course was much different. It was only over about 700 metres on the Bow River but included 30 gates which the athletes had to pass through in specified directions.
Boulding ran the course in 232 seconds. She touched three poles so her time was increased to 247. But most of the other competitors drew more penalties than she did and she finished 100 seconds ahead of the second place winner.
“I was feeling the pressure because one of the best girls had retired and I felt I should have been the one to win it,” she said.
Boulding said she began daily training for the nationals last October. The hard work paid off as she feels she is paddling better than ever now.
In total Annie had participated in 5 national championships and had won an impressive two firsts and a third as an individual and three firsts as a team member. She is particularly grateful for all the help and encouragement that she received from her family, the lodge staff, Julie Gibson, Brian Creer, the Munshaws and all her wonderful team mates that made this time so memorable.
Jim got diagnosed with cancer in 1985 and this was tough on the whole family. Annie wasn’t as eager to go away to race with Dad being ill. In the fall after his death Annie went tree planting and suffered a wrist injury that she couldn’t shake which eventually caused her to retire from the team in 1987. Luckily she was able to canoe and has been racing outrigger, dragon boat (the team she was on won world championships in Hong Kong) and marathon canoes ever since.