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HISTORY OF THE GERONIMO CANOE CLUB
The Geronimo Canoe Club is a team that was established in 1974 by late Ivan Morris and late Madeline Morris (Henry) of the TSARTLIP First Nation. The club was created by late Ivan and late Madeline, for their 4 sons (Wayne, Leonard, Howard and Bruce) and 2 daughters (Sylvia and Ivy) to compete in the traditional war canoe races in different traditional territories of Vancouver Island and the lower mainland.
Over the years GCC has found much success in these competitions. Late Ivan took charge in training the men’s and ladies’ crews not only physically but mentally and spiritually through traditional beliefs. Late Madeline also assisted by instilling her knowledge and traditions into the crew, also she took responsibility for nourishing the club before and after practices and races, which took place on a weekly basis. Now that they’ve passed away, they’ve left behind a great legacy for the Morris family to uphold together.
Respect, Direction and Mentorship
With the guidance of their parents and by following those same traditions of respect, direction and mentorship, the grandsons of late Ivan and late Madeline have won 3 Canadian Nationals outrigger titles and have been selected to represent Canada at the International level.
Geronimo Canoe Club/Team Canada will compete at the World Distance Outrigger Championships in Tahiti, June of 2017, a World Class event, in which they dedicate to their late grandparents.
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