Golden day for Farquharson

CHRIS OCCHIUZZI -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

A beautiful afternoon at the Rideau Canoe Club turned into a golden day on the water for Cheyanne Farquharson.

The local paddler netted a hat trick of gold medals as the canoe and kayak sprints were held yesterday on Day 1 of the Ontario Summer Games.

Farquharson took top spot in the women's K-1 500 metre, bantam women's K-4 500 metre and women's K-2 500 metre races.

"It feels good to know that all the training paid off and to do well," said Farquharson, whose parents are avid paddlers and introduced her to the sport.

But she wasn't alone with her solid medal haul.

Fellow Rideau member Ian Acelvari took home four medals from the day's events.

Acelvari took gold in the men's C-1 500 metres, silver in the men's K-2 500 metres, silver in the men's C-2 500 metres and bronze in the men's C-4 500 metres.

"It feels pretty good," said Acelvari about standing on the podium to receive his medals.

And his medal haul is something he can brag about to one of his heroes in the sport, who also is a Rideau paddler.

"There's this one person at our canoe club, Ian Mortimer, he can't paddle this year because he has an injured shoulder," said Acelvari, who began his paddling career with the Rideau club in its Canoe Kids program. "He's pretty good and I look up to him."

The pair's seven medals led the way as Rideau crews captured 12 in total yesterday.

The next challenge for Rideau paddlers is the Cloverleaf Regatta in Lac Sargeant, Que. on Aug. 13.

After that event is a shot at Canadian glory when the national championships take place at Wascana Lake in Regina.


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