If you’re like us, attending family reunions isn’t necessarily one of your fondest memories, but what about a family reunion at the 2017 Canada Summer Games? The Vincent family is taking it all in this week.
Like many mothers, Fiona Vincent has travelled to watch her daughter compete in the CanoeKayak competitions happening in Winnipeg this week. Fiona also gets to catch up with son Fearghus who is in Winnipeg to coach the Yukon CanoeKayak team. But wait, it gets better. Also joining them in Winnipeg is Fiona’s son, Kenzie, who works as the Athlete’s Village Coordinator for the 2017 Canada Games Host Society. Unfortunately, Fiona’s husband was unable to make the trip due to unforeseen circumstances.
All three kids lived in Regina growing up but have since dispersed throughout the country. Fearghus, who had previously lived in the Yukon, was asked to come back for the summer to help coach their Canada Games team. Kenzie originally came to Winnipeg to coach but was then hired by the Canada Games Host Society. Younger sister Lexy, wanted to combine her love for paddling and education and therefore chose to attend Carleton University, in Ottawa.
Fiona, who competed in the 1981 Canada Games as a swimmer, agrees that athleticism runs in the family. She and her husband Mike recently won the competitive class of the Kingston to Ottawa 200-K20, (a 200 kilometer race) and both Lexy and Fearghus claimed medals at the 2013 Canada Summer Games.
Fiona expressed that it’s been wonderful to see the knowledge, passion; resiliency and love of competition get passed on to her children.
If you’re out and about at the Manitoba CanoeKayak Centre this week and spot a red polka dot hat, it might be a member of the Vincent family. Mike’s father always wore a red polka dot hat when he raced and later made his children wear it to keep track of them in large crowds. Mike continued the tradition and the rest of the family has taken it up as well.
We wish the Vincent family the best of luck over the next few days!