Saturday, September 03 2016 @ 11:21 AM
Contributed by: Andrew Botterell
UPDATE 9/11/16: Kristen Kit and her crew won a bronze medal in the LTA 4+ competition at the Rio Paralympics, narrowly missing out on silver. Great Britain won gold in a time of 3:17.17, the US was second in a time of 3:19.61, and Canada placed third in a time of 3:19.90. Congratulations Kristen!
UPDATE 9/9/16: Although Kristen's boat posted the second fastest time in the LTA 4+ heats (behind the US, and just ahead of Great Britain) the boat did not automatically advance to the final. She and her team will race again tomorrow in the repechage. See: https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/rowing-lta-mixed-coxed-four-ltamix4-heat-2
Club member and 2016 Women's Club Champion Kristen Kit is on her way to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. Kristen left for Brazil yesterday, and sent me the following message from Pearson Airport:
"I head to Rio tonight and we begin training at the Lagoa tomorrow afternoon. I am a coxswain in the LTA (Legs, Trunk and Arms) 4+. [AB note: LTA means that competitors have the use of at least one leg, trunk, and arms. Competitors use standard boats and sliding seats and races are held over 1000m rather than the standard 2000m.] The ‘plus’ denotes there is a coxswain in the boat (me!). There are two men and two women in the boat all with varying disabilities. My team and I begin competition on September 9th in the heats. We need to come top two to advance directly to the 6 boat A-Final which is where medals are contested. If we do not directly advance, then we race September 10th in the repechage. If we make the A-Final we race for a Paralympic medal on September 11th mid morning.
We stand a good chance of winning a medal and are Gold Medal hopefuls; we came third at last year’s World Rowing Championships and won gold at the most recent World Rowing Cup this year. Our two main rivals (Great Britain and the USA) were not at the World Rowing Cup so this regatta is the first time we have seen them in a year."
Please join me in wishing Kristen and her teamates all the best in their quest for Paralympic gold.