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By Jane Harrison

Canadian Trials

Canoe/Kayak Canada supporters gathered at Lake Lanier Olympic Park April 20-22 for the Canadian National Team Trails. The Canadian squad has held its qualifying event at LLOP for about a decade. About 100 athletes competed in the in 200-, 500-, and 1000-meter races to win slots on the national team. 
 
About 50 volunteers from the Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club helped with the Canadian National Team Trials last month at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. Volunteers at boat control empty water from boats and dry them off after top finishers paddle to the dock. Tracy Barth, event coordinator from LCKC, reported LCKC volunteers worked various shifts driving officials, piloting safety boats, and performing other tasks to help with the trials. 


College rowers to compete in National Championship

Top college rowing crews will be crowned again on Lake Lanier this month when the American Collegiate Rowing Association returns for its eight consecutive national championships at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. Hundreds of rowers from collegiate rowing clubs across the country will vie for national titles May 26-27. The regatta on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional end of collegiate rowing season, is also the busy start of summer boating on the north Georgia lake. Boaters on the Chattahoochee River channel at the venue are advised to be cautious, courteous and abide by no wake rules. The boat ramp at the Clarks Bridge Park will be closed for the event.
 
Volunteers sought for Dragon Boat World Championship

Those desiring to get in on the excitement surrounding the first international dragon boat championship in the U.S. have a chance to be part of history. Volunteers are needed to mop out boats, translate instructions, and perform dozens of tasks in the ICF Dragon Boat World Championships Sept. 12-16 at Lake Lanier Olympic Park. “We need hundreds of volunteers,” said Robyn Lynch, LLOP manager. She urged folks to sign up at www.lanierdragonboat.com.
 
About 1,000 athletes from more than 20 counties will compete in colorful long boats with 10 to 20 paddlers stroking to drummers’ beats. The spectacle, perhaps the most thrilling and diverse on Lanier, will send fleets of slender vessels outfitted with carved or plastic dragon heads and tails down the Olympic channel. Exotic food, vendors and music are expected to flood the grandstand plaza. Event organizers, Gainesville-Hall ’96, have described it as the largest international sporting event in the area since 1996 when the venue hosted Olympic canoe/kayak and rowing competitions. Lynch reported that international officials she met with last month were impressed with the facility and event organization so far. She said registrations were ahead of schedule, with 15 countries getting their applications in early. By mid-June, organizers will get a better idea about volunteer translators needed for all the countries represented.

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