Parksville rower helps team to third place

Palton Stewart caps of high school rowing career

Bronze medalists Parksville’s Paiton Stewart

Bronze medalists Parksville’s Paiton Stewart

Parksville’s Paiton Stewart capped off his high school rowing career on a high note recently, as he and his teammates powered their way to bronze medal at the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Associations’s national championships back East.

Played out at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta Course June 3-5 on a body of water known as Martindale Pond which surrounds Henley Island in St. Catharines, Ontario, the 66th annual regatta was open to any registered rower from any collegiate, high school or secondary school student in the world.  

Paiton, 18, and his teammates have had a terrific season in the Mens Lightweight 4s division. 

The week before they garnered third in all the country they garnered gold at the prestigious Shawnigan Lake Rowing Regatta. 

“That was a great win for them — it was their last race of the day on the Sunday in sideways rain and typhoon winds, and those kids, wow, they came out of nowhere and blew the field away,” recalled Paiton’s dad Richard. “That was a cool win.”

This same group of four boys have been training and competing together for the last two plus years.  

Earlier this month iconic Canadian comic Rick Mercer took his show to Brentwood College where he took a spin in one of the boats.

All four rowers are seniors and weigh in between 140 to 150 pounds soaking wet, “and just cut. 

“These kids have shoulder muscles like no tomorrow and thighs and calves there so cut. It’s insane.”

Paiton, 18, didn’t have long to savour the excticing win as it was back to school and preparing for his final exams. 

A regular on the honour roll and the captain of Ellis House, Paiton embraced the sport of rowing three years ago.


Just Posted

Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville will host the 2021 B.C. Junior Golf Championships. (PQB News file photo)
Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville to host 150 of B.C’s top junior golfers

Provincial boys and girls championship begins June 28

Hannes Grosse, left, and Iris Steigemann, right, as they prepared for their 'Moments of Silence' exhibit. The father-daughter duo are showing at The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach until June 26. (Submitted photo)
Cortes Island artists exhibit at Qualicum Beach’s TOSH in first father-daughter show

Both artists will be present at shows on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26

The Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society will get more funding from the Regional District of Nanaimo. (Submitted Photo)
More PQB communities to fund Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society

RDN to introduce amendment to service bylaw contribution

A slide on best practices when reporting a suspected impaired driver that was presented to Parksville city council on June 7 by Margarita Bernard, a volunteer with MADD. The organization’s Report Impaired Drivers campaign involves the installation of informative signs within the City of Parksville. (Mandy Moraes photo)
MADD brings campaign to report impaired drivers to Parksville

Aim is to raise awareness that 911 should be called

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth and Attorney General David Eby attend opening of the first government-run B.C. Cannabis Store, Kamloops, Oct. 19, 2018. (B.C. government)
B.C. government to allow home cannabis delivery starting July 15

Added convenience expected to persuade buyers to ‘go legal’

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

Most Read