The Ribero brothers of Morgan’s Grant have grown up on the water.

Julian, 14, Riley, 12, and the youngest, Luka, 9, have been avid paddlers, training and competing with the Ottawa River Canoe Club out of Dunrobin.

The eldest started with a single summer camp eight years ago. He and Riley have graduated from the camps to the Train to Train program. The youngest brother has been paddling with the club since he was four years old “being towed around by the coaches,” says proud Mom, Sharon.

“(Luka) is in every summer camp they offer this year, in the Regatta-Ready program,” Sharon added. “He has grown up there, and his fellow paddlers of all ages are family to him. All three boys are training all year long with the club, on the water, and off.”

The hard work is paying off for the brothers.

Despite a late start to the season for the trio because of spring flooding on the Ottawa River, they managed a strong showing in the 2019 canoe and kayak provincial championships held at Mooney’s Bay from August 17-18.

Julian finished fifth in single person kayak in his age group, improving from his ninth place finish a year ago. Riley brought home a medal, placing third in the under 12 competition, a marked improvement from his 14th place ranking the previous year. Luka, while not competing in any individual events, won a bronze medal in the developmental final in the two person canoe event.

Julian was thrilled with his finish, moving up the provincial ranking in the sport. Riley and Luka were also happy with their performances and rave how much fun it is just being in the water.

The brothers insist there is no sibling rivalry, all maintaining they are happy this is a passion they share.

“It’s mostly support and great partnership between us,” Julian told Your Community Voice.

“It’s wonderful that they share this passion,” Sharon added following the provincial meet hosted by the Rideau Canoe Club. “I am proud of all three of them for what they have been able to do.”

The boys’ mother explained to excel in the sport it not only requires physical commitments, but there is a mental aspect to it as well.

“These boys are dedicated,” she said of their year-round commitment to the water sports.

Article from the OttawaVoice Kanata edition of September 5.

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