McBeath named 2011 Hometown Hero

Paddler Sean McBeath was named Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows’ latest hometown hero.

Paddler Sean McBeath was named Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows’ latest hometown hero at the annual Rotary Club sports banquet last week

McBeath, a long-time member of the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club, picked up one silver and two bronze medals at the Pan-Am Canoe Championships in 2007, and hopes to qualify for Team Canada for the 2012 Olympic Games in London next year. When he’s not on the water, McBeath studies at the University of B.C., where he is a full-time biological engineering student, and plans to become a doctor after graduating.

More than 180 attended the annual fundraiser, which raised more than $25,000 for local sports facilities.