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World championship teams for Brian Malfesi and Matthew Koehler

Matthew Koehler (Ridge) wins gold medal

Matthew Koehler (Ridge) won  gold in the junior men’s K1 1000m at the national team trials and qualified for the junior world championships.

Two B.C. paddlers were selected to represent Canada at the upcoming World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. The teams were selected following this past weekend’s National Team Trials in Montreal.

Following a victory in the junior men’s K-1 1000m, Matthew Koehler (Ridge) was selected for Team Canada for the Junior World Championships.

Joining Koehler is Brian Malfesi (Ridge) who will compete at the U23 World Championships, also in Minsk. Despite suffering from illness during the trials, he met the minimum qualifying standards.

Other B.C. results from the National Team Trials

Alex Brent (Ridge) had a positive weekend and placed 12th (10th for U23s) in the Senior Men’s K-1 1000m and third in the U23 Men’s K-2 1000m. He partnered with Zach Cameron from Trois Riviere.

In her first National Team Trials, Lauryn Cheung  (Fort Langley) had a great competition and gained valuable experience for future years.  Cheung was 24th in the Junior Women’s K-1 500m and 21st in the K-1 200m.

About the World Championships

The 2016 ICF Junior and U23 World Championships take place in Minsk, Belarus from July 28 to 31.

Representing Canada are:

Under 23 World Championships Team~ Minsk, Belarus • July 28 – 31
Men’s Kayak: Brian Malfesi (Ridge), Jarret Kenke, Marshall Hughes, Pierre-Luc Poulin, Alex Scott, Charles-Antoine Girouard, Étienne Beauschesne
Women’s Kayak: Alanna Bray-Lougheed, Madeline Schmidt, Madison MacKenzie, Samantha Hall
Men’s Canoe: Craig Spence, Drew Hodges
Women’s Canoe: Hannah MacIntosh, Katie Vincent, Nadya Crossman-Serb

Junior World Championships Team ~ Minsk, Belarus • July 28 – 31
Men’s Kayak: Olivier Courchesne, Scott Braddon, Mathew Koehler (Ridge)
Women’s Kayak: Grace Whebby, Anna Negulic
Men’s Canoe: Isaac Finklestein, Lucas Turnbull, James MacPhee, Connor Fitzpatrick
Women’s Canoe: Tess Peterman, Anna Roy-Cyr, Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent

About Canoe Kayak BC

Based in Burnaby, Canoe Kayak BC actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in paddle sports in British Columbia. Members include competitive and developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of paddling sports. For more information about Canoe Kayak BC and its programs, please visit Canoe Kayak BC online at www.canoekayakbc.ca


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CKBC hires Cory Rublee as Canoe Development Coach

Cory Rublee in canoe

Cory Rublee joins the CKBC team at the end of June as the Canoe Development Coach

Canoe Kayak BC is pleased to announce the hiring of Cory Rublee as the Canoe Development Coach.

Rublee brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Canoe Kayak BC. He began his paddling career at the Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club and quickly ascended the paddling ranks. A member of the National Team for six years, Rublee represented Canada at regattas in Europe, Mexico and Central and South America. Domestically, he is a 21 time national champion and won five gold medals at the Canada Summer Games.

“I am really excited to help develop canoeing in B.C. Over my career I have had the opportunity to work with so many great coaches and I would like to transfer that knowledge to the athletes.” said Rublee.  “I have always believed B.C. has the ability to be a strong force in canoeing and hopefully I can contribute to that goal.”

Beyond paddling, Rublee holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics.

With the assistance of a government grant, Rublee will start his new position at the end of June in time for the CKBC Canoe Camp.  He will be based out of Burnaby.


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Support False Creek in their paddle-a-thon

The False Creek Racing Canoe Club is paddling Saturday, June 25 to raise $5,000 for new boats and paddles.

Help them out by sponsoring the club or one of their paddlers:

False Creek Racing Canoe Club
Diane Tam
Gillian Helliwell
Anna Zhang
Jacob Heath
Ydris Hunter
Kenji MacMartin
Tomoki MacMartin
Noah MacMartin
Asha Cartagena Senanayake
Arjun Cartagena Senanayake
Kristen To
Elisa Robson-Brown
Oscar McManus
Iain St. Arnault

Check out the complete list of clubs participating in this year’s paddle-a-thon


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Four B.C. athletes taking part in National Team Trials

Brian Malfesi on podium

Brian Malfesi (Ridge CKC, left) is one of four B.C. athletes competing this weekend at the second national team trials this weekend

Four B.C. athletes are taking part in Canoe Kayak Canada’s second National Team Trials this weekend in Montreal. Leading the B.C. contingent is Brian Malfesi (Ridge CKC) who recently won silver at the Piestany International Regatta.

Joining Malfesi are: 

  • Alex Brent (Ridge CKC)
  • Matthew Koehler (Ridge CKC)
  • Lauryn Cheung (Fort Langley CC)

Athletes are competing for:

  • Selection to the Junior and U23 World Championship Team
  • 12 Month National Team Carding (Athlete Assistance Program)
  • Selection to U17 Canada Cup Tour Team
  • Selection to the Olympic Hopes Tour Team

Joining the athletes are coaches Peter Majewski (Ridge CKC), Emily Raymond (Fort Langley CC) and Blake Dalton (Canoe Kayak BC provincial coach).

In addition to competition, several Sprint Racing Council Meetings and CKC’s Joint Strategic Planning Session will take place. Representing CKBC are president and flag officer, Rhys del Valle (Chinook RCC) and Dalton as the national coaches’ representative.

Competition gets underway on Friday at 8:30 a.m. EST (5:30 a.m. PST) and continues through the weekend. See more details including the draw and results.


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Wednesday, June 15

Results: B.C. Interior Marathon Canoe/Kayak Classic


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Support Kamloops in their paddle-a-thon

The Kamloops Canoe Kayak Club is paddling this week to raise $7,000 for much needed equipment and programs.

Help them out by sponsoring the club or one of their paddlers:

Kamloops Canoe Kayak Club
Spencer Robinson
Emily Robinson
Aiden Tabata
Jonas Decker
Liam Grover
Mischa Grover
Stanley Netherton
Alex Demishkevich
Matao Buist
Isaiah Buist
Andrew Clark
Elizabeth Clark
Michael Lanyon

Check out the complete list of clubs participating in this year’s paddle-a-thon