THE SPORTS and Youth Welfare Department added one more feather in its cap on Saturday after enhancing the strength of canoes at the Water Sports Centre, Upper Lake, here by bringing six canoes of C-4 category. The boats are brought for the national championship to be held at the Upper Lake from November 15.
According to the Sports Department, the Water Sports Centre has become the first in the country having canoes of C-4 category. At present, coaches like Sanjeev Gupta, Mohan Shakya, Mayank Thakur and Devendra Gupta are providing training to the State team.
A canoe is a relatively small boat powered by human. Canoes are pointed at both ends and usually open on top The canoe is propelled by the use of paddles with the number of paddlers depending on the size of the canoe.
Canoes are of three categories including C-1 (for one rowers), C-2 (for two rowers) and C-4 (for four rowers). Paddlers face in the direction of travel, either seated on supports in the hull, or kneeling directly upon the hull. In this way paddling a canoe can be contrasted with rowing where the rowers face away from the direction of travel. Paddles may be single-bladed or double-bladed.
The sources said that the C-4 boat costs around Rs 50,000. In the State team 15 players are of the canoe category. The department is hoping for the good number of medals in the national championship.