Kayakers eye Worlds in Rio
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