Keystone Paddlers Post-Nationals Press Release

Keystone Paddlers, Gig Harbor’s Newest Flatwater Sprint Canoe/Kayak team, Brings Home the Medals

GIG HARBOR, WA -- August 23, 2017

by Helen Barker

Keystone Paddlers at 2017 Sprint Canoe/Kayak Nationals in Clermont, Florida

Keystone Paddlers at 2017 Sprint Canoe/Kayak Nationals in Clermont, Florida

Keystone Paddlers, Gig Harbor’s newest flatwater sprint canoe/kayak team, not even one year in existence, brings home the medals: 5 Bronze, 13 Silver and 8 Gold. In addition, Keystone Paddlers ranked 8th in overall team points (out of more than 20 teams). 

Jonathan Barnato, 17

Keystone Paddlers origins began in 2009 in Newtown, Pennsylvania and expanded in January 2017 with the West Coast location in Gig Harbor, Washington. Keystone Paddlers has paddlers of all levels: from development to junior to masters paddlers.

Of note, Jonathan Barnato, 17, a senior at Gig Harbor High School in his 5th year of paddling, qualified for the third year in a row to represent the U.S. at the Olympic Hopes Regatta, this year to be held in Racice, Czech Republic, September 15-17, 2017.

Jack Capper, 17

Jack Capper, 17

Also, Jack Capper, 17, a senior at Gig Harbor High School in his 5th year of paddling, made a B Final, Mens K4, 500m, at the ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships held in Pitesti, Romania, July 27-30, 2017. It has been more than 15 years since a Team USA Men’s K4 has made a Final event.

Finally, Jesse Lishchuk, 22, a senior at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, in his 9th year of paddling, qualified for the third time to represent the U.S. at the ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships.

The Olympic sport of flatwater sprint canoe and kayak requires the refinement of technique, strength, coordination, focus and dedication. We are proud of all of our paddlers and their racing efforts. 

About Keystone Paddlers: The mission of Keystone Paddlers is to promote the sport of paddling for life. We welcome paddlers from all backgrounds, ages and disciplines and are committed to helping paddlers in the pursuit of their individual goals, whether recreational or competitive. 

Contact: Helen Barker 253-279-9444 Hdbarker99@gmail.com