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Whitewater BC Team Announcement

It’s been a great race season on the river this year, and the BC Team
Selection process is complete. There has been lots of promising
performances not only from veteran BC athletes, but also many new
athletes racing for the first time this season. The team is a mix of old
and new paddlers which is great to see. The selection races this year
included the Rich Weiss Memorial Race, the Hope Slough Race, the
Cowichan River Race, and the BC Championships held in conjunction with
the Tamihi 5-O, as well as the National Rankings determined at Team
Trials and the National Championships.

The ranking races along with other criteria is used to determine BC
Athlete Assistance Program Funding. This season CKBC is proud to
announce that Jazmyne Denhollander and Sam Fletcher have been selected
for the BC AAP Funding. Jazmyne will receive $1000 for her 8th place
performance at Junior World Championships, as well as her 1st place
finish at the Senior and Junior National Championships. Sam Fletcher
will receive $500 for his performance at local races and accumulating
the most points of an competitors in the Final BC AAP Points Standings.

The BC Team for the 2013 Season will included the following athletes
listed by class and order of points accumulated:

K1 Senior Men

*
Jon Allen
*
David Ford
*
Craig Allen
*
Nigel Floyd
*
Lawrence Allen
*
Rob Fletcher

K1 Junior Men

*
Sam Fletcher
*
Finley Capstick
*
Rhys Taylor
*
Avery Wilkins
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Cam Desloges
*
Jacob McBride
*
Austin Atkins

K1 Senior Women

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Kelsey Allenby
*
Barb Taylor
*
Teena Shaw
*
Shonnet Allen
*
Debbie Fletcher *
Patsy Capstick

K1 Junior Women

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Jazmyne Denhollander
*
Isabel Taylor
*
Beatrice Fletcher
*
Alex Kearny
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Anya Flueckiger

C1 Men

*
Jon Allen
*
Craig Allen
*
Dan Norman
*
Rob Fletcher

C1 Junior Men

*
Sam Fletcher

C2 Junior Men

*
Sam Fletcher

Congratulations to all who raced this season and to all those who have
made the BC Team for the 2013 Season. The goal for the BC Team in 2013
will be to represent our province at the National Championships in
Kananakis Alberta at the beginning of August. Nationals is a great event
with many fun competitions for all levels of paddlers!

Attached is the Ranking List so you can see where you earned points and
where you can improve for next season.

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ICF Press Release: ICF Clarifies Position on Women’s Canoe Category and Gender Equity (20.11.12)

Media Release

ICF Clarifies Position on Women’s Canoe Category and Gender Equity

No increase in athlete quota for Canoeing at the Olympic Games but discussions underway Lausanne, Switzerland, 20 November 2012 – The International Canoe Federation (ICF) would like to clarify its position on the Women’s Canoe category, in light of the incorrect conclusions drawn from the ICF Congress held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

At the Congress ICF President Jose Perurena reported that the IOC would not be increasing Canoeing’s quota at the next Olympic Games in Rio. This means that the same number (330) of Canoeing athletes that participated at the London Games will compete in Rio.

At no point during his report to the Congress did the President or any representative of the ICF, say that Women’s Canoe will not be included in Rio 2016. On the contrary the President informed Congress that he would continue to have discussions with the IOC about the inclusion of Women’s Canoe in the Canoe Slalom Olympic Prorgamme in 2016.

The ICF is in the process of recruiting two Technical Directors for Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom respectively and they will be responsible for developing and monitoring the programme. The ICF is working to develop the Women’s Canoe Category Programme in 3 steps: the first was the inclusion of the Women’s Canoe category in both Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The second step is to conduct Training Camps every year in Sprint and Slalom to increase the level of performance at Junior & U23 World Championships and at Senior World Championships. The final stage is to include the Women’s Canoe category at the Olympic Games.

The ICF would like to point out that on a global scale, few National Federations are developing the Women’s Canoe category in the Canoe Sprint discipline whereas much progress is being made in the development of the Women’s Canoe category in Canoe Slalom. “The goal remains to have an equal number of women and men’s medals at the 2020 and/or 2024 Olympic Games, but progress is made in stages and the ICF is taking the necessary steps to close the gap between male and female participation in the sport, not only at an elite level but also at a development level. In the next Congress in 2014 in Warsaw, we will set the programme for 2020 and/or 2024 and this is a plan that all the National Federations unanimously approved.

“We have to look at where we were 5 years ago, to see that the women in Canoeing are in a stronger position now. There are more women in leadership positions on every Continent, not just in North America and Europe, and a lot of progress has been made also in terms of participation at competitions.

“The IOC accepted the ICF’s proposal to include a Women’s Canoe Category at the next Youth Olympic Games in both the Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom competitions, and we still endeavour to have Women’s Canoe in the Slalom prorgamme in Rio. Even at London 2012 we added a new women’s event in Canoe Sprint – the K1 200m. “It is good that people are mindful of gender equity in our sport, but it is equally important that people acknowledge the progress that has been made, and even though they wish it could all happen faster, or happen all at once, they have to recognize that Rome wasn’t built in one day.”

Speculation has been rife on the election of the 2nd Vice President at the Congress, where Joao da Costa Alegre (STP) defeated Richard Fox (AUS), but Mr. Perurena said that this was a decision taken by the Congress and not the ICF Excutive Committee.

“There were two candidates in that election, Joao da Costa Alegre and Richard Fox, and both of them presented their programme for election to the Congress,” said the ICF President. “Ninety-three countries voted, it was a democratic election, a secret ballot. The Congress decided for the next fours years that the 2nd Vice President of the ICF will be Joao da Costa Alegre. This is very simple” The ICF will continue to keep the Canoeing Family informed about new developments in the Women’s Canoe category. Following the inclusion of the Women’s K1 200m (Canoe Sprint) at London 2012, the ICF is now commited to having Women’s C1 (Canoe Slalom) included in the Sport Programme of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Videos YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/CanoeKayaktv Photos

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About ICF:

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) is the world governing body responsible for administering the sport of Canoeing, which includes both canoeing and kayaking. The ICF governs eight disciplines, two of which are Olympic sports (Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom). The competition categories of these two disciplines include Men’s Kayak, Men’s Canoe, Women’s Kayak and Women’s Canoe. The ICF has 157 member associations and is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. Its current President is José Perurena López (ESP). To learn more about the ICF visit: http://www.canoeicf.com .

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Lerina BRIGHT

Media & Public Relations Manager

International Canoe Federation (ICF)

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Standing up for gender equity / Défendre l’équité

Standing up for gender equity
CKC Commodore, Peter Giles delivered these remarks this morning at the International Canoe Federation’s Congress in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Canada continues to be a vocal leader in supporting equity in canoeing. CKC will continue to push this issue internationally despite a disappointing proposal by the International Canoe Federation to hold the Olympic program unchanged in 2016.

“Mr. President,

Canada appreciates the progress that the ICF has made in promoting gender equity in sprint and slalom, and in particular the growing presence of women’s canoe on world championship programs. However, Canada is extremely disappointed with the proposal to hold the Olympic program unchanged in 2016. This is in conflict with the ICF’s Equity Charter, distributed at the 2012 Olympic Games; and indeed with the ICF slogan, “Always Moving Forward.” The Equity Charter commits the ICF to increase women’s events in sprint and slalom on the 2016 program, and to achieve “50/50″ – full gender equity – on the Olympic program in 2020. To achieve these goals will require some very difficult decisions. We applaud the efforts of the ICF to lobby for an additional women’s C-1 event in slalom. However, it is clear that the IOC cannot solve our larger gender equity problem. There is no easy way out; delaying the decision is not an answer, and will not satisfy the demands of the IOC, the media, or the public. We strongly urge the Board, as our elected leaders, to take on these difficult challenges; and as a first step, to submit a program proposal for 2016 that includes women’s canoe for slalom and sprint. Thank you.” Peter Giles, Commodore, CanoeKayak Canada

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