Through rain and high water, sisters Kelly and Annie Hellman of Nelson (Kootenays - Zone 1) came on top in Friday's canoe/kayak events for the 2012 BC Summer Games.
The canoe/kayak events was hosted by the Pitt Meadows Paddling Club at the Alouette River in northern Pitt Meadows.
Thirteen-year-old Kelly placed second in the 2,000-metre single canoe race with a time of 17: 00, and 12-year-old Annie took third with a final time of 17: 47.
With 10 years of paddling experience between them, training almost every day for the past two months has proved to be quite the balancing act with everything else in their lives.
The Hellman sisters are second-degree black belts and instructors in taekwondo, which along with running, biking, and Crossfit, has kept them in excellent shape.
"I think the [BC Summer] Games have been really good for them," said their father, Bob Hellman.
"Their paddling has really improved."
Both Kelly and Annie agreed that it was just fun to paddle together, be supportive, and push each other to their best of their abilities. When asked who was the better paddler, they unanimously agreed that they are equal in skill and are just out to have fun together. It is apparent that the two sisters have an inseparable bond, and paddling has only made that bond even stronger.
Their favourite discipline in the sport is the two person canoes, in which they work together for the podium spots.
Nelson Canoe and Kayak Club is one of the smallest and newest in the province; and with only one racing kayak in the entire club, Annie said prepping for the Games "has been a good adventure."