When constructing this year’s Queen of 6k trophy and tiara, we realized the yellow envelope we were cutting the crown out of had previously held my Kate Leth print, so we incorporated her cool stamp into the trophy as the face of the nominal 6k Queen. Everyone thought it was the coolest?? Pretty sure it was the coolest.
Trophy backstory under the cut!
The grueling 6000 metre event is raced only by paddlers under 16, and it is by far the longest, craziest race at Nationals (the Canadian Sprint Canoe/Kayak National Championship).
For whatever reason, there was no trophy for the girls’ kayak 6k— after duking it out with 30 other competitors for over half an hour, the champions got the same dinky little medals as are awarded for everything else.
Obviously something had to be done! At the 2011 Nationals a group of past 6k champs got together and decided that enough was enough. That day, the ‘Queen of 6k’ trophy was born.
Using the materials we could scrounge up at the racecourse and the power of teamwork, we constructed a trophy and crown worthy of Canada’s long-distance champion. At the medal presentation, we stormed the podium and crowned the victor the Queen of 6k.
In the interest of keeping the tradition going, it was deemed that it would be the winner’s responsibility to craft and award the next year’s trophy (although they were welcome to recruit as much aid as they required).
TL;DR: We made a sweet trophy and this year Kate Leth is on it!