OC1 Essay Contest Entry - Carole Robert

The following submission was made as an entry to win a OC1 from an amazingly generous donor, who wanted to see the canoe truly enjoyed, rather than turn a profit. Entrants were asked to submit an essay answering the following:

  • Part 1: “Describe how paddling has changed your life.”
  • Part 2: “How do you plan to use this canoe, and perhaps someday pass it along?”

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Carole Robert, Quebec, Canada


I would like to own an OC. I have always been involved in water sports, but I became really hooked when I discovered Dragon Boat 11 years ago.

I then started with a community team, but I discovered that it was not enough, and I moved to a sports team: 2 world championships and many competitions later, I still love it. I started doing OC as a training tool for Dragon Boat, but it soon became as important if not more important.

The OC allows me to go at my own pace and also to enjoy the moment and the connection with the water. Outrigger respects my body and allows me to exercise both sides. I have scoliosis and OC has really helped me and kept me on the water. I'm now doing OC1, OC2 and OC6.

Having my own OC would add an extra dimension to my love of the sport. I could share my passion with my grandchildren and spend time on the water with my daughters who share my love for water and for OC. We could be together on the lake as a family, each with her favorite boat and me with my own OC!

In addition to spending quality time with my family, my own OC would give me greater freedom. I could train at my own pace and discover new lakes and rivers. I would no longer depend on a rental system that does not not allow me to live my passion to a maximum. I could be on the water more often, improve my technique and continue to enjoy my love of the water. The OC will stay in the family and would pass from generation to generation.


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