Paddle clubs for kids emerging on Bayou Teche
Breaux Bridge – Petite Tour du Teche, a series of short races for paddlers ages 5 to 17, is developing as a venue for team sports.
The second annual Petite TDT last weekend saw four different teams competing among the dozens of individual competitors.
Team organizers like Brent Miller of the St. Bernard Paddle Club hope to generate more youth paddling competition all along Bayou Teche.
“In the future, we may want to document annual points collected year round at multiple competitions as well,” said Miller.
“I hope to encourage other schools and groups along the Teche to participate next year now that we have the first team competition completed!”
The official scores of Petite Tour du Teche II, which are based on individual achievement, will be posted here next week.
Paddlers competing in teams were the St. Bernard Paddle Club, accumulating 76 points;
Freyou Family Homesteaders, 50 points; Chitimacha, 17 points; and the Central Mississippi Paddling Mafia, 9 points.
For team purposes, a
first place win was worth 4 points, second 2 points, and third 1 point.
Depending on age, the paddlers race distances ranging from 250 yards to a mile. The longer races are done in legs, so that all of the action takes place at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux, where family and friends can watch all the action.
The face is part of Tour du Teche, an annual 135-mile, three-day ultramarathon bringing hundreds of adventurers to the Teche country. Tour du Teche also held a camp for young paddlers at Parc des Ponts last week.
For more information go to www.tourduteche.com or call Executive Director Nicole Patin at (337) 789-0319.