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WCG Team – Meet Liz


When all is said and done, it’s not the shots that won the championship that you remember, but the friendships you made along the way." 

Elizabeth Kraft (Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club – Nanaimo) is one of the few paddlers who began her paddling career in a canoe.  She said after paddling K2 and getting stuck in shallow water with a broken rudder, she decided to make the switch to canoe permanent.  This will be her 2nd year canoeing and Liz enjoys improving her balance, speed and technique, and also loves meeting new people.

Liz’s main inspiration is Ashley Rowe.  Ashley was her coach until her recent maternity leave and has always been helpful, giving her something to focus on for each and every practice. Her goals for this regatta are to try her hardest and come away a better paddler. Watch for her wearing her orange ‘crocs’!  Having tackled the BC Summer Games last year Liz is excited to be a part of the Western Canada Games Team.


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WCG Team – Meet Natasha


"The best thing about sports is the sense of community and shared emotion it can create." 
-Bob Costas

At 14, Natasha Cross (Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club – Nanaimo) is one of the youngest paddlers on this year’s Western Canada Games team.   She owes her success to Nanaimo Regional Coach, Ashley Rowe who encouraged her to switch from kayak to canoe just 9 months ago.   Natasha has been inspired by Nicole Haywood, a World Champion Canoer and member of Canada’s national team who is also from Nanaimo.   

Natasha hopes to medal at these Games and one day race at Nationals.   She is a canoe club ‘groupie’ who spends much of her summer time helping at the canoe club with the club’s successful summer camps when she is not training herself.  Outside of canoeing, she loves to have fun – and enjoys swimming, rock climbing and experimenting in the kitchen!

Watch for Natasha in Kamloops with her ‘crocs’ accompanying her in the boat and her rainbow hat supplying her with all the luck she needs to help her team mates!

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Save the Date! National CanoeKayak Coaches Conference 2011

CanoeKayak Canada


Hello Coaches!


Although we are only in July, information regarding the upcoming the CKC Coaches Conference, SPIN Summit and Petro-Canada Sport Leadership is now available.


National CanoeKayak Coaches Conference – Junior CanoeKayak Development


Save the date! – November 13 – 14th!


Featured Presenters:


           Frank Dick, Leadership Expert and Legendary Track and Field coach.

Inigo Mujika, International Sport Scientist who specializes in Tapering and Peaking, author of Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance.


Plus, members of our National Team Staff (coaches and IST).


Dates:                Sunday November 13th – Monday November 14th

Location:           Fairmont Royal York Hotel



Conference Fees  will include a social gathering Saturday evening, dinner Sunday evening, as well as a conference gift.




Rooms for our conference will be at a 35% discounted rate from the Fairmont Royal York at a cost of $150 per night for single or double occupancy. To book, call Guestroom Reservations at 1-800-441-1414 and quote the conference group code (COACH) or send an email to royalyorkhotel@fairmont.com  and quote COACH in the subject title.  A credit card is required to book your guestroom and a deposit will be applied. Book fast as these rooms won’t last long!


Additional Information about the 2011 CKC Coaches Conference will be posted soon on our website.



The SPIN Summit


Own the Podium will again be hosting the SPIN Summit, which showcases research, SPort INnovation, and sport science.


Dates:                   November 8th  – 10th

Location:             The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON


More Information on the SPIN Summit:





Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference:


Dates:                   November 10th – 12th
Location:             Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, ON


More information about the Sport Leadership Conference can be found at:





Have a great week everyone!



Peter Niedre

National Coaching Development and Education Director

CanoeKayak Canada




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Seeking Nominations for the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards

Communities rely on strong support from a number of sources, including volunteers, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. That support could include activities like raising funds for community projects, giving employees time to volunteer or creating a new after-school program for at-risk youth, to list only a few examples.

Every day, local businesses, not-for-profit organizations and thousands of individuals volunteer their time, energy and skills to improve the well-being of families and communities across the country. They help make Canada stronger by creating change and inspiring hope.

The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards is a new program that has been created to celebrate these Canadians who make a difference. A total of 17 awards will be given at both the regional and national level. Recipients will be eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

Those chosen for the awards must be nominated. The first call for nominations opened on July 12 and will close on September 9, 2011. Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held in early 2012.

Do you know an individual or group, a business or not-for-profit organization that is making a difference in your community? Recognize their contributions and show your appreciation by submitting a nomination.

To learn more about the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards, please visit http://www.pm.gc.ca/awards or call 1-877-825-0434.

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The 2012 OLYMPIC War Canoe

CanoeKayak Canada


CanoeKayak Canada is delighted to announce the ICF has asked CKC to select a Canadian war canoe crew to participate in a demonstration of canoeing world-wide at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The event will also include a Polynesian Va’a 6-person boat and various other paddling craft from around the world. The ICF will cover the cost of tickets for participants to access the Olympic Regatta site during all the days of the Canoe Sprint Olympic Competition. All other costs will be borne by the participants.
The CKC Domestic Development Committee is seeking entries for a 200m selection race to be held in Welland , Ontario during the 2011 Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships. Crews must meet the following criteria:

  •          All members of each crew must be from the same club
  •          Each crew must be 50% male & 50% female
  •          The crew members must be current midget age class.
  •          All other Sprint Discipline competition rules apply.

The heats will be scheduled for 20 minutes after the last race on Day One of the Championships. The Final will be scheduled 20 minutes after the last race on Day Two. CKC will modify Padtrac to allow entries to be made through the Padtrac system with the entry deadline of Aug. 10th.  
This is a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase the greatest paddling team boat in the world at the Olympic Games. Since 2008, the ICF’s Canoeing for ALL committee has been highlighting the universality of canoeing throughout the world in all cultures. This opportunity is a part of the committee strategy to connect canoeing to a wider audience. A special thanks to Simon Toulson, ICF Sec’y Gen’l, for enabling ! this project with the 2012 London Organizers.
For more information contact:

John Edwards
Domestic Development Director
CanoeKayak Canada
1 613 260-1818; ex. 2201
Chair, ICF Canoeing for ALL Committee



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Brian Malfesi off to Junior Worlds


“Losers quit when they’re tired.  Winners quit when they’ve won.”

-Author Unknown

Brian Malfesi’s dreams of being named to the team for this year’s Junior World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany have come true.  After two sets of trials his performances secured a spot and days after being named to the team he has departed to acclimatize and train in Germany.

Brian has been paddling for 7 years, and is truly dedicated to this sport.  When asked what he did in his spare time, he replied, “You think I have time for that?” He describes his best performance so far as winning the K1-1000m event at last year’s Nationals in Regina.

Brian is not only an outstanding athlete he is an extraordinary student.  He is headed to Simon Fraser University in September to study biomedical engineering having won the following scholarships: 

SFU Gordon Shrum Major Entrance, Mission Principals, Maple Ridge Trustees, Dogwood Provincial, Jack Fairly BC Sports Hall of Fame and the Miller Thompson Foundation National Award Provincial Academic Scholarship.  He was top math 12, calculus 12, Physics 12 IB, Chemistry 12 IB  student as well as top overall academic student in each of his 5 years of high school.

He plans to continue paddling and hopes to make the U23 National team, go to Senior Worlds and maybe one day, race at the Olympics.

Brian started paddling after his older brother Mike did. He really wanted to keep up with the older group including Mike, Ken and Josh.  In his second year he really wanted to make the Western Canada Games Team and was disappointed missing it by one place.   He used that setback as motivation and trained very hard by himself that summer.  The US Nationals were in Seattle that year and he won his first National title there. 

CanoeKayak BC is thankful and proud of role models like Brian.   Last summer he volunteered as an official and as a medal presenter for the BC Summer Games; doing his own training before and after a very long day on the water.  Upon his return from Germany he will be in Kamloops to cheer on our Western Canada Games Team and share his experiences.

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Meet WCG Coach Sean McBeath


Sean has been paddling canoe for 12 years.  He has competed at two Canada Summer Games and at the Western Canada Games in 2003.  He was a member of Canada’s Junior Development Team for a number of years and represented Canada at the Pan-American Canoe Championships in 2007, where he won a silver medal, and 2 bronze.

Outside of paddling, Sean is a full-time UBC student, studying biological engineering.   After graduating in 2013, he hopes to continue on to become a doctor and work with children.  In his spare time, Sean plays bass and drums and has been known to sing a few bars as well.

Sean is currently the head coach of the flat-water sprint program at False Creek Racing Canoe Club and has initiated a PaddleALL program for the club as well. He is a NCCP Level 2 coach.

His goal for this year’s Western’s team, is to provide a strong and experienced level of support on and off the water and wants to help all athletes achieve their personal goals.  Sean will make high demands on his athletes that will be countered with his great sense of humor.

After the Games Sean will be travelling to Japan and climbing Mount Fuji with his mom before returning to school for the fall semester.