As a member of Team Petawawa, the reigning Canadian National White Water Rafting Champions, Vikings Cross Country Skiing Coach Tim Wintoniw, participated in the White Water Rafting Championships in New Zealand this year representing Canada. From the 13th to the 24th of November, teams from all around the world gathered at the Kaituna, Tarawera and Rangitaiki rivers outside of the city of Rotorua, New Zealand, to compete in four events; the Sprint, Head-to-Head, Slalom and Down River. Wintoniw and Team Canada placed 2nd in Men’s Sprint, with Team Canada placing 10th overall in the four events.
“New Zealand was an amazing time. The races were awesome, paddling on class 3-4 water,” says Wintoniw. “The host country did an excellent job putting on a first class race experience. We were pumped about finishing 2nd in our first race, beating out teams like the reigning overall World Champions, Japan, and the most recent overall World Champs, Brazil. In the other races, we had some tough competition with teams like Chile, New Zealand, Slovenia, and the Czechs. At the end of the event, we finished 10th out of 21 countries. We learned a lot and it was a great showing for our first World Championships. It is always hard to compete against some of the top teams that show up with a lot of support staff. But we know we can compete with the best in the world.”
In 2012, Wintoniw also competed in the World Cup of White Water Rafting for Canada and won Bronze. Tim and Team Petawawa look forward to representing Canada again in 2014 at the World Championships for White Water Rafting in Brazil.
A multi-sport athlete, Wintoniw has skied competitively for more than a decade, including three seasons with Augustana. In 2004, he led the team to a gold medal in the 3×5 relay in Edmonton.
On top of his athletic career, Wintoniw works as the head coach of the Camrose Ski Club and the Augustana Cross Country Skiing team.
One of the co-founders of Downtown Nordic, a Winnipeg-based cross-country ski team, which won Manitoba club of the year 2013, Tim coached Team Manitoba at Canada Winter Games in 2011. He also headed up the Saskatchewan Cross-Country Ski team at the Western National Cross-Country Ski Championship in 2012 and at the Canadian Westerns in 2013.