September 18, 2021
Congratulations to members of both Aberfoyle School Cardboard Boat Teams for their superb efforts and fine results at the Skills Ontario Provincial Cardboard Boat Championships for intermediate-grade students on March 6.
The event was held at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex where 112 grade seven and grade eight students in 28 teams of four from across Ontario gathered. The day began with a two-hour boat build on a dry floor surface. In the afternoon there was a speed and weight challenge in pool water. Teams had to pre-design their boats prior to the competition, answer questions about nine essential skills and decorate their boats in a chosen theme after construction. Boat decorations were removed prior to the speed and weight challenges.
Total weights were determined by adding the weight of all team members plus volunteer members from other teams who were able to sit in the boat and hold the weight for at least 60 seconds. Aberfoyle Team 1 reached a maximum weight of 500 pounds or 227 kilos and Aberfoyle Team 2 reached a maximum weight of 480 pounds or 218 kilos. Aberfoyle Team 1 placed 13th with a total score of 48 points and Aberfoyle Team 1 placed 15th with a total score of 44 points. To qualify for participation in the provincial championships, teams had to place in the top three positions at regional cardboard boat contests held in pools around the province since early November.
Members of Aberfoyle School Cardboard Boat Team 1, Boat 7 practice full paddle ahead in a decoration theme of the Canadian Olympic Rowing Team prior to the speed and weight challenges at the Skills Ontario Provincial Cardboard Boat Championship on March 6. From left to right, Liam Derderian, Jonathan Sharpe, Asad Syed and Campbell Schnurr.
Members of Aberfoyle School Cardboard Boat Team 2, Boat 22 stand by for full steam ahead prior to speed and weight challenges at the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Championship on March 6. From left to right Myles Klassen, Jocelyn Grant, Sydney Huether and Zain Patel.
Speed challenge paddlers Liam Derderian (in front) and Campbell Schnurr from Aberfoyle School Cardboard Boat Team 1, Boat 7 in their 25-meter race with three other teams in one of the seven heats at the Skills Ontario Cardboard Board Championship on March 6.
Members of Aberfoyle School Cardboard Boat Team 1, Boat 7 hold steady during the first timed portion of the weight challenge at the Skills Ontario, Provincial Cardboard Boat Championships on March 6. From left to right, Zain Patel, Jocelyn Grant, Sydney Huether and Myles Klassen.