The 1st World Cup of the 2013 season kicked off last weekend in Cardiff, Wales, UK.  It was a solid week of training and racing. I placed 13th in the semi final race at the World Cup, but unfortunately not good enough to make it to finals. I feel I am continually learning and gaining valuable experience in international competitions.  Although I did not make it into the top ten, I am still pleased with my race result,  Now I am looking forward to racing this coming weekend in Augsburg, Germany.

While in Wales I was able to connect with an old friend from Calgary who is now living in Cardiff. Tess, her husband, and I toured around to an old castle ruin and the ocean side. The UK was very beautiful and exactly as I pictured it with very small roads and sheep everywhere.

It was a little difficult to stay focused on the race as the flooding in Alberta was on my mind. I hope all those affected by the flood will be able to recover from the damage. I am proud to say I am a Calgarian and I know our city and province will pull through these tough times.

Canoa & Kayak by Ettore Ivaldi