Shoulder injury foiled kayaker's quest to circle Vancouver Island

Thursday, 21 February 2008
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Ken Campbell - Photo: Dred Perine/The News Tribune File
Ken Campbell - Photo: Dred Perine/The News Tribune File
A couple of weeks ago we talked about Ken Campbell's quest to become the first person to circumnavigate Vancouver Island during the winter.

That came to a halt when he tore his left rotator cuff in the Johnstone Strait north of Sayward.

"It was tough in the sense that I had been planning for it for a year - budgeting the time, the money, the time off. In that sense it was a very hard decision to make," Campbell said.

"I really noticed the pain level was pretty much unacceptable when I had to brace myself against the waves," Campbell said. "If I had maybe stayed in Sayward for a week, it might have healed up some.

But disappointment eased when his wife, Kathy, arrived in Sayward with their 1-year-old son.

"Micah was just ecstatic. They got there about 11 p.m., and he had been sleeping in the car. But he woke up when they came inside," said Campbell. "He was just giddy for about an hour. You could tell ‘Yeah, he missed me.' That was the nicest reception I could have gotten."

More info: thenewstribune.com
 
Ken Campbell - Photo: Dred Perine/The News Tribune File
Ken Campbell - Photo: Dred Perine/The News Tribune File
A couple of weeks ago we talked about Ken Campbell's quest to become the first person to circumnavigate Vancouver Island during the winter.

That came to a halt when he tore his left rotator cuff in the Johnstone Strait north of Sayward.

"It was tough in the sense that I had been planning for it for a year - budgeting the time, the money, the time off. In that sense it was a very hard decision to make," Campbell said.

"I really noticed the pain level was pretty much unacceptable when I had to brace myself against the waves," Campbell said. "If I had maybe stayed in Sayward for a week, it might have healed up some.

But disappointment eased when his wife, Kathy, arrived in Sayward with their 1-year-old son.

"Micah was just ecstatic. They got there about 11 p.m., and he had been sleeping in the car. But he woke up when they came inside," said Campbell. "He was just giddy for about an hour. You could tell ‘Yeah, he missed me.' That was the nicest reception I could have gotten."

More info: thenewstribune.com


 

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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