Accession number: 2009.05.01
Date: circa 2001
Measurements: 210 cm L x 17 cm W x 17 cm H
Marks/Label: Adhered in the middle of the shaft are two Canadian flags
On either paddle are adhered: Mazda
In white on both paddles: Rideau
On one paddle in red: Fraser & Hoyt
Around shaft in white near paddle end without Fraser & Hoyt: Babolat
Narrative: This paddle was used by Karen Furneaux while winning the K1 200 metre at the 2001 World Championships at Poznan, Poland.
Born December 23, 1976, Karen Furneaux began kayaking at the age of twelve in her hometown of Waverley, Nova Scotia. By 1994 she was a member of the Canadian National Team and on her way to being a two-time World Champion and three-time Olympian. Karen has competed with partners in K4 and K2 events as well as solo in K1 events. In the K2 200 metre event at the World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, Karen and her partner won gold and she became the first Nova Scotian in any sport to win a world championship. Her second world championship was the K1 200 metre in Poland using this paddle. At the 2005 World Championships, Karen medalled in all three of her K1 events; the only athlete to medal in every distance in the singles discipline. She competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the K2 500 metre, 2004 Athens Olympics in the K4 500 metre, and 2008 Beijing Olympics in the K1 and K4 500 metre events.
In addition, Karen has won numerous medals at international and national competitions as well as been awarded Nova Scotia’s Female Athlete of the Year award five times and was a finalist for the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year award in 2005.
Description: A kayak paddle with a cylindrical shaft and a broad, slightly curved paddle on either end