New awards to honour the spirits of Peter Forand and Hugh Town

January 11, 2017 · 2 comments

The Peter Forand Masters Challenge Trophy

The Canadian Outrigger Racing Association (CORA) and the Pacific North West Outrigger Racing Canoe Association (PNWORCA) are pleased to announce the creation of a new trophy for the 2017 Winter Series small boat races.

Created to acknowledge a male or female Masters age OC-1 paddler for both participation and performance throughout the 7 race series, The Peter Forand Masters Challenge Trophy is named for the late Peter Forand, who passed away unexpectedly during a Winter Series race in Vancouver last year. Peter was an avid paddler throughout his life and a keen racer of the CORA/PNWORCA Winter Series since its inception.

Points for participation in each race, as well as finish results within an athlete’s respective division at each race in the series will determine the annual winner of this trophy.  To qualify, Masters age paddlers must race the same age/gender bracket (Men’s Masters, Women’s Senior Masters, etc.) for the duration of the series.

“Peter Forand was a great ambassador of the culture and camaraderie in the outrigger community, and we’re pleased to partner with PNWORCA and help bring this award to life” says Gralin Doubleday, CORA president.

Fellow Jericho Outrigger Canoe Club paddler Ross Creasy added “Peter’s legacy as a competitive paddler on both sides of the border will live on through this award – acknowledging his peers and showing that outrigger really is a lifetime activity”

On April 1st 2017 the trophy will be presented at Sail Sand Point, in Seattle, WA - the site of the 2017 Winter Series Championships to the Masters paddler with the highest number of points at the end of the series. All CORA or PNWORCA registered Masters  OC-1 paddlers, who race the Winter Series are eligible to win this trophy.

The Hugh A. Town Memorial Builder Award.

Following their Annual General Meeting, CORA announced the creation of a new award to acknowledge Builders in the sport of outrigger canoeing in Canada.

This award is named in honor the late Hugh Allen Town, a long time paddler, coach and builder of outrigger clubs in Vancouver, BC and Maui, HI. Hugh passed away in January 2016.

The annual award acknowledges individuals who have made outstanding and extraordinary contribution(s) to outrigger canoeing in Canada, other than as a competitor - demonstrating exemplary values and personal characteristics in their contribution.

“Since 1992, outrigger canoeing has continued to expand in Canada, and as we move forward, it’s important to look back and acknowledge those individuals who helped build the sport of outrigger canoeing in Canada” says Rob Varnel, CORA executive member.

“Hugh was a versatile paddler, a fundraiser, a coach, and a friend to the sport…always willing to lend his support and experience – the epitome of aloha”

Based on nominations, the award will be presented at the Canadian Iron Championships each calendar year. Nominations for selection may be made by any CORA member or club representative of any active CORA club in Canada through the CORA website.

Nominees may be either active or inactive at the time of their nomination.

Nominate a Paddler for The Hugh A. Town Memorial Builder Award.

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Ross Creasy January 12, 2017 at 10:17 am

Mahalos to CORA and PNWORCA for their approval of these two awards at the recent AGM – such a great way to honour these two fellows, and acknowledge our masters racers and builders of the sport going forward.

consider nominating a builder using the link above 🙂


Steve Palmier January 12, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Congratulations to CORA and thanks to Ross for setting up these two fine paddlers with awards recognizing their great contributions to Outrigger and Aloha in Canada and PNW.

Wishing all paddlers well from Hong Kong!

Cheers, Steve


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