The Clements

Kajaks Track & Field Club co-founders Doug and Diane Clement.

In the early 1960’s, the Parks and Recreation Department of Richmond approached Doug and Dianne Clement and asked if they would be interested in starting up a track and field club based at Minoru park in Richmond. The city of Richmond would build the facilities (track and change rooms) in exchange for the coaching expertise of the two former Olympians. The opportunity was too good to pass up, and hence, in the fall of 1961, the Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club was formed.

Back then there was not much to the club, just a handful of elementary and high school kids recruited by Doug and Dianne who had dreams of one day representing Canada at the Olympics. The athletes first trained on the grassy overgrown remnants of an old horse racing track until the first cinder track was completed in the spring of 1963.

Slowly but surely the club began to gather momentum and membership, and by 1968, Kajaks had their first athlete in the Olympics. While Anne Covell did not win a medal in Mexico, she set a new Canadian record in the 400 metres and helped establish the Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club as a force to be reckoned with.

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Olympic Games

The Kajaks Track & Field Club is proud to recognize our past athletes who have competed as a member of the Canadian Olympic Team.

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