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The Banook Canoe Club, in the heart of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is one of the premier paddling clubs in Canada. Members of the club have enjoyed great success in the sport locally, nationally and at World Championships and the Olympics. Lake Banook was the site of the World Junior Canoe Championships in 1989, the first time the event was held outside Europe. In 1997 and, in 2009, Lake Banook hosted the Senior World Championship, and in 2001, the World Marathon Championship. Banook Canoe Club placed 1st at Nationals in 1992 and in 2008. The club placed 2nd in 2009 and 2010. Banook’s athletes have had great success at the national level. Currently, 8 of Banook’s paddlers are Nationally carded athletes.
Andrew Russell represented Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games finishing 5th and 6th in the Mens C2 and Jason McCoombs represented Canada at the 2012 London Olympic Games finishing 13th in the Mens C1.
Ben Russell and Jason McCoombs represented Canada at the 2013 Senior World Championships and both came home with a Bronze in the Mens C1 Relay. Jason added a Silver Medal for Canada in the Mens C1 at the 2013 Junior World Championships.