CORA introduced a new initiative for 2022 at the CORA 2021 Pre-AGM that was continued for 2023. To encourage participation by new paddlers at CORA 2023 events, a new Junior / Novice OC Paddle Draw Grant was funded. Every Junior / Novice participant at each CORA Cup Series 2023 event was given 1 entry for the end-of-season draw. It was possible for each Junior / Novice participant to have up to a maximum of 4 entries for the end-of-season draw. The response was impressive with 75 entries in total from 7 Western Canada OC clubs. There were at least 10 entries in each of the Junior Women, Junior Men, Novice Women, and Novice Men divisions such that 2 winners were drawn from each of these 4 divisions.
CORA wishes to extend a round of appreciation to Oddball Workshop, our generous sponsor, for contributing Gift Certificates for each of the 8 Junior / Novice winners to redeem for a paddle of a length of their choosing within 1 year from the end-of-season draw date (22-Jul-2023).
CORA wishes to congratulate the 8 Junior / Novice 2023 OC Paddle winners:
- Zane Halperin – (Kelowna Paddle Centre)
- Roy Yang – (False Creek Racing Canoe Club)
- Aleta Dengler – (Lotus Sports Club)
- Oscar Tessman – (Comox Valley Canoe Racing Club)
- Lauren Gray – (Kelowna Paddle Centre)
- Melanie Mellaart – (Penticton Racing Canoe Club)
- Ayden Dean – (Lotus Sports Club)
- Kendra Shaw – (Kelowna Paddle Centre)
CORA wishes to extend a round of appreciation to the Race Coordinators (Don Mulhall; Carole Fullerton; Jackie Bell; Grace Morissette) from CORA Cup Series host clubs Penticton, Jericho, Comox, and Lotus, and as well as the club reps who collected the names of Junior / Novice participants at these 4 events, and forwarded these entries onto the CORA Board for the draw at the Lotus Awards presentation.
Penticton Racing Canoe Club
Jericho Paddling Club
Comox Valley Canoe Racing Club
Lotus Sports Club