Seabird Island Festival finishes with gold medal games

Canoers head to the starting line for the junior buckskin double paddle during the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)Canoers head to the starting line for the junior buckskin double paddle during the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
It’s a team effort to bring canoes in and out of the water for the war canoe races at the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)It’s a team effort to bring canoes in and out of the water for the war canoe races at the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The winners of the junior buckskin double paddle moments after crossing the finish line in Maria Slough during Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)The winners of the junior buckskin double paddle moments after crossing the finish line in Maria Slough during Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The winner of the men’s single paddle gets ready at the starting line during the war canoe races at the 50th annual Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)The winner of the men’s single paddle gets ready at the starting line during the war canoe races at the 50th annual Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Canoers in the men’s single paddle break from the starting line for their loop around Maria Slough in the final day of the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)Canoers in the men’s single paddle break from the starting line for their loop around Maria Slough in the final day of the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Canoers in the men’s single paddle break from the starting line for their loop around Maria Slough in the final day of the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)Canoers in the men’s single paddle break from the starting line for their loop around Maria Slough in the final day of the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Squamish United (black) and the Saanich Hurricanes (white) battle it out in the women’s gold medal game at the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)Squamish United (black) and the Saanich Hurricanes (white) battle it out in the women’s gold medal game at the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Squamish United (black) and the Saanich Hurricanes (white) battle it out in the women’s gold medal game at the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)Squamish United (black) and the Saanich Hurricanes (white) battle it out in the women’s gold medal game at the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
The Saanich Hurricanes goalie saves a shot on net during the women’s gold medal game for the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)The Saanich Hurricanes goalie saves a shot on net during the women’s gold medal game for the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Squamish United (black) and the Saanich Hurricanes (white) battle it out in the women’s gold medal game at the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The observer)Squamish United (black) and the Saanich Hurricanes (white) battle it out in the women’s gold medal game at the Seabird Island Festival. (Grace Kennedy/The observer)
Saanich Braves (blue) take the ball during the men’s gold medal game at Seabird Island Festival Sunday. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)Saanich Braves (blue) take the ball during the men’s gold medal game at Seabird Island Festival Sunday. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Saanich Braves (blue) attempt to take the ball during the men’s gold medal game at Seabird Island Festival Sunday. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)Saanich Braves (blue) attempt to take the ball during the men’s gold medal game at Seabird Island Festival Sunday. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Drum beats celebrated goals during the men’s gold medal game at Seabird Island Festival Sunday. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)Drum beats celebrated goals during the men’s gold medal game at Seabird Island Festival Sunday. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

The sun finally came out from behind the clouds for the finale of the 50th annual Seabird Island Festival on Sunday (May 26), which saw teams from across the province compete for first place prizes in soccer, three-pitch and war canoe races.

The festival saw 12 men’s teams and eight women’s teams compete for soccer glory over the weekend, as well as more $7,000 in prize money. The more than 34 kids teams in various age categories also competed for top place in their respective soccer tournaments.

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War canoe races took place throughout the weekend, and saw competitors from as far away as Lumby, B.C. take to Maria Slough. Races started as young as the under 10 division, and canoes went from single paddle races up to the 11-man competition.

The three-pitch tournament was scheduled as a round robin between the six teams for most of the weekend, but Sunday evening the top four teams went head to head for just over $2,100 in prizes.

Final results from the Seabird Island Festival will be available in the coming days. Check this story for more updates when they become available.



grace.kennedy@ahobserver.com

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