Team: Boundary Bay Brewery Women's Team
"I have been on the Boundary Bay Brewery Women's team from 2000 to present. Our team is composed of some truly amazing women from Can and the U.S. It has been and still is a privilege to race with them. Ski to Sea is definitely a highlight in my race season. The team is wonderfully supportive of each other even though many of us only get together for Ski to Sea weekend. Janet and Ed of Boundary Bay Brewery are truly awesome and have always treated the team like we are queens!”
What has kept you together as a team for so long now?:
Janet's great organization and excellent food!
Present Occupation: Teacher
Length of Employment: 13 years
Education: Bachelor of Arts
Favorite Sport: Paddling
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a (wo)man's determination." - Tommy Lasorda
Last Book Read: Eat, Pray, Love
Long Term Dreams/Goals:
To help promote the wonderful sport of Marathon Canoe racing by encouraging and helping others to get on the water and enjoy it.
About the Boundary Bay Women's Team:
Our first women’s Ski to Sea team for Boundary Bay Brewery was put together by a group of employees in 1999, but 2000 was the first year for a competitive team.
The idea of a competitive women’s team was suggested to us by Brian Boatman, of Beavers Tree Service. He thought it would be interesting to put together a top-notch women’s Ski to Sea team and he already had a core group of women in mind…including Debbie Chadwick (a paddler from Prince George) who continues to race for us! The search began for a
cross-country skier and a kayaker. Many hours were logged comparing times, figuring out the style of boat and the type of skier we needed. What was a surf ski anyway? We certainly had a lot of learning to do! We finally decided to go big and locate athletes training in Olympic training centers, because what did I have to lose (well, besides the race)?
It took many weeks and race day was closing in. I found Barb Jones a member of the US XC Ski Team training in Bend and she agreed to do the race, but we still needed a kayaker to bring us home! Our search continued with dozens of phone calls to racing centers up and down the West Coast,
and then we found Leanne Wood. She had been training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista California and just happened to be visiting her family in Seattle for Memorial Weekend. Thankfully, she agreed to do the race, but now we just had to find her a racing surfski since her kayak was back in CA. This was Friday night and the race was on Sunday, but we didn’t worry. Instead, we used the terrific network of Boundary Bay fans and were able to secure a boat for Leanne (Whew!) and finally it seemed like we were all ready to race!
The first Boundary Bay Women’s Team was born of determination, networking, and a little luck. It has been such a thrill for us to meet these talented, hard-working women. Their dedication to their health, fitness and their individual sports is an inspiration for us all. Their energy is contagious and we feed off of one another over the Ski to Sea weekend. It is an honor to have them be a part of Boundary Bay Brewery... even if it is just for a couple of days! They feel like our family and we have a very special connection with them.
That first year, the Boundary Bay Brewery competitive team came in 13th overall, which made them the fastest women’s team in the history of the race. With the 2010 win for our Women’s Competitive Team, the Boundary Bay Brewery team is now the ONLY team in Ski to Sea history to win their division 10 years in a row!
And, it turned out that our scouring Olympic training centers for serious racers really paid off. In 2010 Dasha Gaiazova, one of our athletes from the Boundary Bay Brewery Ski to Sea Team, raced for Team Canada in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver and Ed and Janet (the owners of Boundary Bay Brewery) were there to cheer her on!
We love being a part of Ski to Sea! It’s a great chance to come together as a community and build relationships. Cheers from all of us at Boundary Bay Brewery and we’ll see you at Ski to Sea 2011!