When we lived in Montreal, Alan and I were very active members of the Pointe-Claire Canoe Club. We started out with just taking massive sea kayaks out for a bit of paddling around the lake (which is actually a river, but that’s another story) but we soon joined the club’s very first dragon boat team and started playing with the racing canoes and kayaks. For four summers, we were at the Canoe Club every single day during the summer, sometimes twice a day. We competed with the dragon boat team all over the place and had a blast. We went from being a team in which only three people had ever picked up a paddle before to winning a medal in a major competition in 3 years. I had never had as much fun practicing a sport and during our time at the club, we met all of the young athletes who worked and practised at the club. One of those young athletes is Tom Hall, a medal hopeful for Canada at Beijing. It was very exciting to watch Tom overcome a bad start and win his semifinal heat this morning. Go Tom!!