Ottawa kayaker wins gold in honour of her late grandmother

Jean-Marc Leger August 8, 2017 0
Ottawa kayaker wins gold in honour of her late grandmother

Lexy Vincent was well prepared for her first women’s kayak race Monday at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, but she stored a little extra motivation in her heart.

The 20-year-old Rideau Canoe Club paddler wanted to make her 1,000-metre race with Ontario teammate Genevieve L’Abbe of the Ottawa River Canoe Club extra special to honour her grandmother, Liz Vincent, who passed away Friday.

The outcome couldn’t have been better as Vincent and L’Abbe powered through a headwind to win the gold medal in a time of four minutes, 4.67 seconds. They won the race by more than five seconds.

“I wanted to race well, race my own race so she (grandmother) would be proud of me,” Vincent said, after the medal ceremony.

“After the race, it was pretty emotional. I knew I did a good race and she would have been happy, if she could have watched. I did speak to my grandpa (Bob) after the race.”

L’Abbe called their race awesome.

“We just wanted to lay down our best race,” she said. “We pulled some fast times last week and we wanted to see if we could get a medal.”

Quebec’s Katherine Markhauser of Gatineau and Corrina Destiny Higgins of Montreal were fourth in 4:15.49.

Lindsay Irwin of the Carleton Place Canoe Club and Emily Howard of Mississauga collected the bronze medal in the women’s C2 1,000 metres, while Quebec’s Sophia Jensen of Chelsea and Juliette Brault of Lachine powered to a seven-second-plus victory in 4:25.72. Irwin and Howard finished in 4:34.68.

Last month, Jensen, 15, won two silver medals in junior C1 200 and 500 metres at the world U23 and junior canoe sprint championships in Romania.

Rideau’s Isaac Finkelstein scored fourth-place results in the men’s C1 500 metres and C2 1,000 metres with Jack Tutty of Mississauga.

Louis Bertrand captured the bronze medal in the men’s 800-metre freestyle timed final in 8:34.80, finishing seven one-hundreths of a second ahead of fourth-place finisher David Quirie of the Nepean-Kanata Barracudas Swim Club. Xavier Pimentel of Natation Gatineau was seventh in 8:47.12.

In women’s indoor volleyball, Ontario zipped past Prince Edward Island 25-3, 25-9, 25-10 and got by New Brunswick 25-21, 27-25, 25-20. Ella Stewart and Mia Workman of the Ottawa Mavericks program play for Ontario. Quebec, which has Sarah McGlashan of Wakefield and Myriam Kayser-Tourigny of Gatineau on its roster, lost to New Brunswick 25-22, 16-25, 25-19, 25-18.

Ontario outlasted New Brunswick in men’s indoor volleyball 25-20, 25-20, 25-20, and Quebec downed Prince Edward Island 25-14, 25-8, 25-17. Brothers Maxime and Alexandre St-Denis and Ethan Kalef, all of Ottawa, play for Ontario, while Isaac Nesbitt of Wakefield and Alexis Tournier of Gatineau are in the Quebec lineup.

Ottawa’s Malik Bhatnagar needed only an hour to defeat Payton Nicol 6-0, 6-1 as Ontario blanked Saskatchewan 6-0 in its mixed team tennis quarter-final.

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