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Canoe Kayak included for second year of RBC Training Ground


Athlete search to air on CBC Sports

For a second straight year, RBC Training Ground will be crossing Canada in search of the next Olympic athletes. Canoe Kayak Canada is again involved with partners RBC, CBC Sports, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Olympic Foundation (COF), and the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute (COPSI) Network to be included as one of eleven sports in the talent search.

RBC and the COF will invest in identifying, developing and supporting Team Canada’s next generation of athletes. The RBC Training Ground program is an opportunity for enhanced funding and training support for CKC’s NextGen programs and athletes to reach the podium in 2020. This is also a recruitment opportunity for clubs to take in new athletes found through the search.

RBC Training Ground is a talent identification and athlete funding program designed to uncover athletes with Olympic potential and provide them with the high-performance sport resources they need to achieve their podium dreams.

The RBC Training Ground consists of a series of local qualifier events across Canada where athletes between the ages of 14 and 25 will be assessed against performance benchmarks over a series of key tests in power, speed, strength and endurance. Participants will be identified to attend regional finals where up to 100 athletes will perform in front of national and provincial sport representatives. Up to 50 of those athletes will receive additional assistance such as funding, resources, coaching and/or mentorship through the COF and RBC to be administered through the National Sport Organizations. In addition, the top athlete from each regional final will receive a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Similar to familiarization trips taken by Canada’s top Olympians, this opportunity will help prepare and encourage the athletes when they, hopefully, make future Olympic Games.

CBC Sports will produce broadcast features to introduce Canadians to the athletes and their stories uncovered at RBC Training Ground events across the country. These features will follow the journey of the top athlete from each of the five main regional events as they train in their new sport and begin the transition from relative unknown to a potential member of Team Canada. Olympian and former national women’s soccer team member Karina LeBlanc will attend the five main regional events on behalf of CBC Sports and will appear within the network’s weekly TV program, Road To The Olympic Games, online at and via CBC Sports’ social media platforms with reports from each event.

Upcoming Local Qualifier Events

• February 12 – Kamloops, BC (Tournament Capital Centre)
• February 19 – Victoria, BC (University of Victoria)
• March 18 – Grande Prairie, AB (Crosslink County Sportsplex)
• March 25 – Lethbridge, AB (University of Lethbridge)
• April 1 – Okotoks, AB (Crescent Point Regional Field House)
• April 8 – Edmonton, AB (Foote Field Dome)
• February 19 – Fredericton, NB (University of New Brunswick)
• February 25 – Saint John, NB (University of New Brunswick – Saint John Campus)
• March 25 – Antigonish, NS (St. Francis Xavier University)
• April 1 – Halifax, NS (Dalhousie University)
• April 15 – St. John’s, NL (Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre)
• April 30 – Charlottetown, PEI (University of Prince Edward Island)
• May (dates and locations TBC) – events throughout Quebec
• September (dates and locations TBC) – events throughout Ontario

Regional Finals

• March 4, Vancouver, BC (Richmond Oval in partnership with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific)
• May 6, Calgary, AB (Winsport in partnership with Canadian Sport Institute Calgary)
• June 10, Halifax, NS (Canada Games Centre in partnership with Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic)
• Early summer (date TBA), Montréal, QC (in partnership with Institut National du Sport)
• October 7, Toronto, ON (Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in partnership with Canadian Sport Institute Ontario)

Learn more about RBC Training Ground


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Dartmouth to bid to host the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships


After a thorough review process of three Canadian sites, that included independent expert input, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Sprint Racing Council has endorsed the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada to pursue a bid to host the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, NS.

The planning for this bid is well underway and we are working with the Bid Committee in Atlantic Canada to support their efforts to ensure this bid is as successful as possible in winning the rights to host the Championships. We will keep you updated on progress moving forward and will send out a more public announcement later in the bid process.


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Ottawa and Shawinigan to host 2017 Sprint Canada Cups


Two Canada Cup sprint competitions have been scheduled for the 2017 season. The Rideau Canoe Club will host the first Canada Cup at Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa, ON in conjunction with Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations on July 1 and 2. The following weekend, the Shawinigan Canoe Club will host a second Canada Cup on July 8 and 9.

The events are each expected to draw approximately 300 competing athletes from club, provincial, national, and international teams.

“This is a big year for us as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, it is fitting to bring these events and our truly Canadian sport to these two iconic locations,” said Ian Mortimer, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Director of Development. “Since we initiated the event three years ago, the Canada Cups have grown to be  high-quality competitions and we are excited to welcome competitors from near and far to Ottawa and Shawinigan.”

The Canada Cups have attracted international participation with team from countries including Great Britain, Colombia, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the United States. Provincial teams, club teams and Canada’s U17, Junior and U23 teams also compete.

For more information on each event:

Ottawa, ON – Canada Cup 1 – July 1- 2

Shawinigan, QC Canada Cup 2 – July 8- 9

In addition to the Canada Cups in Shawinigan and Ottawa, Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to promote two additional high-level competitions over the same weekend in the Prairie region which will provide quality completion between Provincial and Club Teams from the US and Canada.

Regina, SKCanada Day Regatta – July 1- 2

Winnipeg. MB – Canada Games Test Event – July 9


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Graham Barton to take the reins as Canoe Kayak Canada’s new Chief Technical Officer


Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to announce that Graham Barton will return to lead the technical side of its organization. Barton was Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Director for eleven years from 1999 to 2010, as well as a high performance coach and athlete. He spent the last six years working at Own the Podium as a High Performance Adviser.

“Graham has a strong track-record and remarkable leadership qualities that will be critical in empowering our team to be among the best in the world,” said Casey Wade, CEO of Canoe Kayak Canada. “We are very pleased to have him returning to the sport he knows so well and I’m extremely optimistic for the future.”

As the Chief Technical Officer, Barton will head Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance strategy and National Team Programs in collaboration with coaches, athletes, officials, clubs and funding partners. He will lead the development and implementation of a strategic long-term technical plan to ensure sustainable success across the system. He will initially focus on the sprint program and in the long-term will work to adapt best practices and common services across disciplines. He will also further the implementation of Canoe Kayak Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model which he initially helped to develop.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to Canoe Kayak Canada where we have such a strong history of success and a tradition of excellence in athlete development,” said Barton. “One of the main lessons I have learned from my many years in sport is that excellence is a process. A culture of excellence can have an impact on everything we do. I will to come to the job everyday thinking about how I can be better, how can I make the organization better and how can I make the environment better for the athletes. It will take a collaborative approach to reach our goals as an organization and I look forward to being a part of the team making this possible for Tokyo and beyond.”

With Canoe Kayak Canada’s revamped organizational structure, Barton will work as part of the senior leadership team composed of CEO Casey Wade and Ian Mortimer, the newly named Director of Development, and soon to be hired Head Coach in 2017. This team will work to ensure success throughout the system, stemming from the grassroots and club level, and progressing to the highest levels of competition. Barton will also work closely with the Senior Sprint Team Manager, Athlete Service Manager, National Team Coaches and other staff.

Barton will officially start his post as Chief Technical Officer on January 30 at Canoe Kayak Canada’s office in Ottawa after wrapping up his duties with Own the Podium.


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Ian Mortimer to lead Canoe Kayak Canada’s Development Programs


Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to name Ian Mortimer as its new Director of Development. In his new role, Mortimer will focus on program development to align with Canoe Kayak Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model.

“Ian’s passion for the sport shines through in everything he does,” said Casey Wade, CEO of Canoe Kayak Canada. “He has proven his ability to work collaboratively with people to develop the sport. I know he will play an instrumental role in helping Canoe Kayak to reach its full potential.”

Mortimer will work in partnership with clubs, divisions, Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations, and High Performance management to help develop the sport at the grassroots and club level and allow athletes to successfully progress towards the Podium Pathway to strengthen our high performance system. He will work to improve the quality of coaching throughout Canada and will lead the implementation of the Coaching Association of Canada’s National Coach Certification Program (NCCP). Mortimer will be part of Canoe Kayak Canada’s Technical Leadership Team to support domestic development and high performance objectives.

“Learning to paddle can be life changing — I know that first-hand,” said Mortimer. “In this new position, I am excited to continue working with our entire community to get more Canadians out on the water. Setting out in a canoe or kayak is never truly about the destination. Whether a paddler reaches the highest international level of competition, or more simply spends some of their summer paddling our rivers and lakes, I am confident that their journey in our Canadian development system can serve as a foundation for lifelong success, on and off the water.”

Mortimer has served as Canoe Kayak Canada’s Manager of Domestic Development and Partner Relations since 2015. He was a National Team canoe athlete for seven years and retired in 2012. He grew up paddling at the Rideau Canoe Club and spent three years coaching full-time after his retirement. His international career highlights include a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, two silver medals at the World University Championships and placing fourth in C4 at the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.

He is however, most proud of his accomplishments at the Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships. These include winning 17 medals as both a paddler and war canoe cox, and winning the Black trophy twice in Junior Men’s C4. Mortimer holds a Master’s degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University and was a board member for the Coaching Association of Canada for six years.

Canoe Kayak Canada has recently undergone and full High Performance review in partnership with Own The Podium, and a Human Resources review with the support of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Sport Enhancement Fund. The purpose of these reviews were to look at ways to strengthen our high performance system and to restructure staff roles to improve operational efficiencies. A Chief Technical Officer will soon be hired to lead the High Performance Program.


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Canoe Kayak Canada Approved Sprint Rule Changes


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The Competition Rule Changes for the Sprint Racing Discipline that were approved at Canoe Kayak Canada’s Sprint Meeting of Members which took place December 3 have been posted. 

These revised rules will be in place for the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships. The new Sprint Competition Rule Book will be published in early 2017.

View Competition Rule Changes

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10 gifts for the paddlers on your list

Holiday-Shopping-Web.pngLooking for the perfect gift for the paddler in your life? Here are some fun and useful gifts for paddlers of all ages.

book-coverIn Pursuit of Excellence 5th Edition

Whether you’re an athlete, aspiring coach, or business professional, the ultimate goal remains the same: reaching your potential.

Author Terry Orlick, an internationally acclaimed sport psychologist, has helped hundreds of Olympic and professional athletes maximize their performances and achieve their goals. In this new fifth edition, Orlick provides the most effective strategies and step-by-step plans for you to develop your personal path to excellence.

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image_7f6c9cdc-4d7a-4d72-84dd-84b408e81540_1024x1024A S T R A L YTV PFD

Safety is always in style and show off yours with this PFD from Waterflow. Pure and simple, the YTV PFD (life jacket) introduces ASTRAL’s freestyle inspired torso lock foam platform. A low-profile fit offers plenty of mobility to a wide range of paddlers.

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Capture your favourite photo on canvas

bannerIs your favourite paddling photo stuck in your camera or on your computer? Have it printed on canvas by Beyond Mars to add one of a kind artwork to your walls.

And as a CKBC member, enter promocode CanoeKayak for a 20% discount.

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image_1024x1024IR Lucky Charm Rand Spray Skirt

Nothing says happy holidays like a new lucky charm. And this charm also helps keep the water out of your boat. The Lucky Carm whitewater spray skirt is a rand-style skirt that has become the go-to deck for serious river runners around the world.

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Salamander Bilge Pump

img_1924_1024x1024A swamped craft is dangerous and uncomfortable. The floating Salamander bilge pump can bail out your boat no time.

  • Easy to remove unwanted water from any open boat
  • No hose necessary as the water sprays over the side of your boat
  • Won’t sink in the water.
  • Bright yellow in color makes it easy to find

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81nn1bZOUsL._AC_UL115_.jpgGarmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smart Watch

The Vivoactive HR takes all the features from the original Vivoactive device, but upgrades it with a heart rate monitor and a sleeker new design. Built-in sports apps include running; cycling; golf and swimming plus added support for paddle boarding and skiing.

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mittsNeoprene Mitts

Keep fingers warm with these neoprene mittens. The Mitts are great basic hand wear for cold water sports. You will be amazed at how warm these mittens are as well as how well they grip. They stretch easily and offer surprising dexterity for a mitten.

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Is there a SUPer on your shopping list? How about a new paddle? Level Six had paddles in three different price ranges – something for every budget.

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61yhlyqdnwl-_sl1000_Universal Snowproof, DirtProof Case Bag

Is there anything worse than when your paddler comes home with a wet phone? This case keeps their phone safe and let’s them use it while they’re out paddling.

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Know someone who is happiest in a canoe? Then this t-shirt is perfect for them!

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