The competition took place in the beach of El Reducto de Arrecife, where they met ideal conditions to enjoy this sport discipline, constant wind and calm sea with few waves. An event that stood out for the large audience that congregated there to follow the event from the beach and the Avenida Marítima of Arrecife alike.
Lanzarote was also host for another great event that weekend: the 2020 Atlantic Ocean Surski World Cup of Lanzarote, which gathered 350 kayakers from up to 19 different nationalities, among them, high performance athletes such as the South Africans Brigitte Hartley (Olympic medallist in London) and Sean Rice (current world champion of this speciality) and the Spaniards Walter Bouzán and Esteban Medina (gold and bronze respectively, in the 2019 Mediterranean Games). This great event developed in three different stages: departures from Arrieta, Costa Teguise and Arrecife, ending in Puerto del Carmen after 40 kilometres. The second day of the Surfski Cup of the Canary Islands coincided with the third stage of this great event, so the young Onexe Team met these great international canoeists in the water.
The Canary Islands’ cup concluded on Sunday, February 8th, with an award ceremony that was held in Puerto del Carmen and was attended by José Perurena, president of the international federation of Kayak, and Manolo López, General manager of Sports in the Canary Islands Government.
THE MEMBERS OF ONEXE TEAM GOT A TOTAL OF 6 MEDALS (4 GOLD AND 2 SILVER):
-Lennard Kasper, 1st 500m male sub-8
-Fátima Ezzahra, 2nd 1000m female sub-11
-Beatriz Amador, 1st 1000m popular
-Ariadna Solis, 2nd 2500m sub-13 A
-Tomas Giudici, 1st 13km sub-17
-Darwin Mauricio Correa, 1st 13km senior.
We must highlight the excellent performance of the rest of the team members, considering the high level in the Canary Islands:
-Adrián de León, 4th, 13km male sub-17
-Jounaida Ahsaini y Katarina Stefancic, 6th and 7th, 13km female sub-17
-Gabriel Quintana, 5th, 5000m male sub-15
-Sebensui Batista y Borja Giudici, 4th, and 5th 1000m male sub-11
-Timothe Bouis, 8th, 500m male sub-9
The youngest Onexe Team keeps raising their level thanks, among other reasons, to the performance of their trainer, Mauricio Kaminski, ex high performance athlete and an Olympic kayaker who let us know about his satisfaction about the work carried out by the club members: «I have an excellent team in every single category, children from 8 to 17 and senior members. I feel proud for the motivation and effort they show in their training. Thanks to this dedication their level has risen a lot and the team grows year after year. There is a high potential which allows us to keep improving. We started the 2020 season with lots of excitement, and this success means extra motivation to keep working towards the final objective of this season, the Spain and Canary Islands Championships. I’d like to invite all the young people and adults to try this sport with us; we have courses every week day, and it’s a wonderful way to enjoy this island».