An Interview with VPL SUP World Leader Donnie Freens

With Coach Larry Cain


Netherlands Junior paddler Donnie Freens has been shaking up the Virtual Paddle League leaderboards since our launch in April 2020. Throwing down lightning-fast times on his SUP Lightboard, he’s dominating in all categories and leading two at the ripe old age of 15 years old!

In this Zoom interview with Coach Larry Cain, Coach Cain talks with Donnie and learns all you want to know about this super-strong Junior that has the SUP virtual paddle world and the physical world a buzz.  Learn about his past and his future from what he has accomplished to what he intends to accomplish and what races, in this uncertain year, he intends to race.


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Larry Cain began his career in 1974 at the Oakville Racing Canoe Club, now the Burloak Canoe Club, in Oakville, Ontario. Cain competed in three Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal in the C-1 500 m, and a silver medal in the C1 1000 m events. He also won a silver medal in the C-1 1000 m event at the 1989 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Plovdiv. In 1984, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 1997, he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. A trail in Oakville has been named in his honour running along the town's waterfront where Cain trained. He worked as a coach, preparing paddlers for the Olympic Games in Rio. In 2016 Cain co-founded Paddle Monster.