Outrigger canoe championship won by team that practises in war canoe

A team from Tsartlip First Nation won the 2016 Canadian championship for outrigger canoe paddling — despite not owning such a boat and having to borrow one for the race.

Len Morris Jr. and others from the Geronimo Canoe Club in Brentwood Bay won the Canadian Outrigger Racing Association's open men's team race last weekend in Gibsons.

"A lot of strong paddlers on the water at the same time. It went good," Morris told All Points West guest host Kelly Nakatsuka. The boat his team used for the race was borrowed from friends in Washington State.

"We practise in our own traditional war canoes," Morris said. "Really, that was our first time in an outrigger all year."

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