Kayak­ers eye Worlds in Rio

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

One of Zachary Zwa­nen­burg's ear­li­est mem­o­ries is of sit­ting in a kayak.

As a child, it was a com­mon sight to see him and his fam­ily kayak­ing on the Raisin River next to their Wil­liamstown home. Now he's 20 and he's as pas­sion­ate about kayak­ing as ever. The for­mer Cana­dian Ju­nior Na­tional Cham­pion has his eyes set on a very lofty goal, at­tend­ing the World Cham­pi­onships in Rio de Janeiro next Sum­mer.

Ear­lier this month, Mr. Zwa­nen­burg par­tic­i­pated in Team Canada's na­tional team tri­als, where he qual­i­fied in three dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. To­day, he's di­vid­ing his time among work com­mit­ments at En­ter­prise Car Rental in Corn­wall, train­ing, and, of course, kayak­ing -- all with an eye on mak­ing it down to Rio.

He and an­other kayaker, Alexan­dria na­tive and Ot­tawa res­i­dent Cheryl McGre­gor, have a go­fundme page set up to fi­nance their $5,000 trip to the world cham­pi­onships.

Mr. Zwa­nen­burg says the big­gest ex­penses will be the flights and ship­ping his three boats to South Amer­ica. Each craft will cost about $200 to ship, and that's just one way. -- Steven War­bur­ton

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