Canoe racing season opens in Burrell Boom Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

It’s open season for river water lovers. The Belize Canoe Association kicked off its 2016 canoe racing season on Sunday, January 10th at the Old market Area in Burrell Boom Village. The race featured paddlers from eighteen teams who assembled to make the river journey from Burrell Boom Village to Manatee Lookout located at Mile 9 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. At the sound of the whistle at 10:00am sharp, the canoes took off like speed motorboats each with a view to capturing the Burrell Boom Bridge $50.00 station prize. Koop Sheet Metal Male Team would prove the fastest and captured the prize five minutes and fifteen seconds later.

The race consisted of six categories – Male (8), Female (2), Mixed (3), Masters (3), Intramural (1) and Pleasure (1). At the finish line the first teams from the male category made quite an impression on the spectators with a sensational finish sprint with the Belize Bank Bulldogs securing first place in a time of 1hour 19minutes and 24seconds. Hot on their stern was Team NICH who came in a second too late. The third place winner was team Guydis in the Male category.

Intramural was captured by Team Wateva Boys in 1 hour 23 minutes and 47 seconds while the Pleasure category was captured by Team Print Belize 7 Minutes and 27 seconds later. The Female Division was won by The Belize Bank Girls while Challenge Gobie Foundation captured the Mixed Division in 1 hour and 27 minutes. Belize Coast Guardian came in second while Team Butterflies settled for third in the Mixed Division. The Masters Category featured Grumpy Old Men as the top finishers followed by Watt a Ting in second place and Masters Paddlers in third.

On hand to distribute the prizes was Mrs. Adele Catzim Sanchez, CEO in the Ministry of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture. The Canoe Association says Kudos to the winners and thanks all teams for participating, fans for supporting and Manatee Lookout for hosting. The next race, the Haulover Creek Upstream Challenge will be held on Sunday January 24, 2016.