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Olympic hopeful puts her paddles on the auction block

Last Updated Jan 11, 2019 at 7:06 pm MDT

Calgary native Haley Daniels is raising funds as she looks to compete in the debut of her sport, canoe slalom, at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Haley Daniels

Haley Daniels is hoping to be one of the first-ever female competitors on the Olympic stage.

Daniels says athletes have to raise anywhere from 50 to $70,000 dollars a year to compete.

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – An Olympic hopeful is putting her paddles on the auction block for a chance to compete in Tokyo at the 2020 games.

Calgarian Haley Daniels is trying to gain a spot on the national team as women’s canoe slalom gets ready for its debut on the Olympic stage.

2019 marks the beginning of the Olympic qualifiers.

“So traditionally men have been in the Olympics and women have not and we pushed for gender equality, women across the world, and we’re super stoked to say that we’re going to be in the Olympics and it’s really … we’re going down in history,” said Daniels.

“We have to raise anywhere between 50 to $75,000 dollars a year so a fundraiser like this is extremely important because it helps me to get those races,” she said.

Daniels has enlisted the help of local artists to paint paddles that will be made available during a live auction on January 21, 2019.

There will be another 8 made available for auction online along with t-shirts made by T0shirts made by a local YYC company Local Laundry.

“All of the funds raised will help fund my journey to Tokyo and leave a legacy for women canoeists to come,” she said.