Until its addition to the Tokyo 2020 program, women’s canoe was the only discipline of sprint racing that was not included in the Olympics – and therefore remained unfunded by Sport Canada. The vast majority of my career was self-funded or paid for out of my own pocket. Donations helped defray the costs of participating in international competitions as well as other costs associated with training (equipment, camps, and travel) each year.
Huge thank you to the following contributors. Because of your support, I was able to continue to train and compete as a high performance athlete for as long as I did. I would also like to thank the following clubs for their donations: the Burloak Canoe Club, the Balmy Beach Canoe Club, and the Pickering Rouge Canoe Club.
Finally, thank you to Jim Farintosh and Scott Madill for all of your years of guidance and support – you were, and always will be, invaluable coaches and friends.
Alan & Gay-Lynne Potts
Dave & Wendy Pitson