|Irish team at ICF Freestyle Worlds – pic via FACEBOOK|
The Ugandan team had bigger problems than just a lack of funding. They were twice refused visas by the Canadian High Commission and only got the vital paperwork on August 21st – about a week before the tournament started.
Team manager Sam Ward was quoted in Ottawa Citizen saying: ‘They are ecstatic. Amina Tayona, the only female in the group, collapsed in tears when she heard the news that the visas had been granted. Then she went around hugging everyone. It was very emotional. They are very happy.’
|Uganda’s team for ICF freestyle kayaking World Championships pic VIA Ottawa Citizen|
That wasn’t all though. It took so long to get the visa organised that the price of the tickets had shoot through the roof. The internet to the rescue with a heart-warming crowdfunding blitz that replaced the cost of the three visa applications and filled in the ticket-costs.