Posted: Saturday, August 2nd 2014 at 10:05am
LCKC embracing every moment in national championship event
By Luke Story Staff
GAINESVILLE –- The Lanier Canoe/Kayak Club is focused on seizing every opportunity and enjoying every moment in its quest for another national championship.
This weekend the LCKC is utilizing the lingering Olympic spirit that once consumed the Lake Lanier Olympic venue some 18 years ago as motivation to reclaim the title after back-to-back championships by rival Gig Harbour.
“The team’s goal coming into the event this weekend has been to beat two-time defending champs Gig Harbour on our own water and so far things are looking good,” said club member and kayak competitor Josh Burchardt, 14.
Looking good may just be an understatement for the club, who after two days of competition has placed in 92 events, 39 of which were first place finishes, 25 second place finishes and 28 third place finishes.
Conditions certainly catered to fast times on the course.
“It’s exhilarating to be able to race against some of the world’s best on these waters, under these conditions,” said club members and kayak competitors Stanton Colling and Aaron Mullican, two young men who just weeks prior returned from training in Europe at the Romanian Olympic Center. “With a little tailwind, you can go out and capture some really fast times, after all this is the fastest course in the world.”
LCKC coach and mentor Morgan House is thrilled with the way his team is performing so far.
“The team is fairing very well in the competition thus far. Each athlete is meeting and exceeding goals, its truly incredible and we are well on our way to another title,” House said.
With another title within reach LCKC is depending on House for guidance and a calming influence.
“Morgan has really pushed this whole club to greatness this year, it's just easier to win with him in your corner,” said LCKC member and kayak competitor Owen Farley, 14, who placed in five events in two days.
Judges are restricted by international rules from releasing official team results until the conclusion of the event.
Official results will be announced at a closing ceremony at the venue on Saturday evening.
While LCKC competitors don’t know officially yet whether they are leading the pack, the club’s confidence is soaring.
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