|Irish team at ICF Freestyle Worlds - pic via FACEBOOK|
Freestyle kayakers from around the world were in Ottawa this week and last racing down some serious rapids.
There were some great stories happening behind the scenes with a few of the smaller teams. I know most about the Irish team - they were out there competing with the big American and Canadian teams powered by cake-sales and pub-quizzes. Yes, cakes. And it takes a lot of cakes to get from Ireland to Ottawa.
Ok, they obviously had funding through Canoeing Ireland as well but there is something special about a team which pulls together like this:
The Ugandan team had bigger problems than just a lack of funding. They were twice refused visas by the Canadian High Commission and only got the vital paperwork on August 21st - about a week before the tournament started.
Team manager Sam Ward was quoted in Ottawa Citizen saying: 'They are ecstatic. Amina Tayona, the only female in the group, collapsed in tears when she heard the news that the visas had been granted. Then she went around hugging everyone. It was very emotional. They are very happy.'
|Uganda's team for ICF freestyle kayaking World Championships pic VIA Ottawa Citizen|
More details on the actual heats and races on the ICF 2015 World Freestyle Kayak website.