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Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Advanced Module: High Performance Athletes Webinars

Upcoming CAAWS webinar: Leading the Way – Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches. Learn best practices and tips to make sport more welcoming to LGBT athletes and coaches on October 24.Live Webinar: November 2, 9, 23 and 30, 2016

There’s never been a more thrilling time to work with high performance athletes in Canada, and CSEP wants to bring you closer to knowing how!

This exciting, four-part webinar will provide you with the unique opportunity to learn from the experts at the Canadian Sport Institute (CSI Pacific) as they share their expertise and knowledge in performance coaching. Each session will draw on sport-specific examples from the team’s experience supporting and working with some of Canada’s most elite athletes and their coaches.

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In memory of whitewater pioneer Heinz Poenn

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It is with sadness that Canoe Kayak Canada and Canoe Kayak BC have learned of the passing of Heinz Poenn. Heinz was a part of the first Whitewater team Canada ever sent to the World Championships in 1965 in Spittal, Austria. He competed in the Men’s K1 at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games when canoe slalom made its Olympic debut.

He was a National Team Coach and served on the ICF Slalom Committee where he was instrumental in bringing the Slalom and Downriver World Championships in Canada in 1979.

He helped to establish the Minden White Water Preserve on the Gull River. The site hosted canoe slalom events at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and Heinz was proudly in attendance.

He will be remembered fondly by those who knew him and takes his place in history for his dedicated role in helping to establish whitewater racing in North America.


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François Hamelin added to Canoe Kayak Canada’s Board of Directors

Canoe Kayak Canada’s Board of Directors has appointed François Hamelin to serve as its Independent Director for the coming year. Hamelin is an Olympic Champion in short track speed skating and has been selected to bring a perspective from outside the sport. This will be Hamelin’s second year serving on the 11-person volunteer board.

The Board is made up of two representatives from each of the Paddling Disciplines, four Paddling Association Directors and one Independent Director. The new Board will have its first in-person meeting at the annual Summit in Ottawa from December 2 to 4. A full listing of the Board with their term lengths is shown below.

Paddling Discipline Directors:

Sean Cannon, Sprint (2018)
Madeleine Hall, Sprint (2016)
Julie Crépeau-Boisvert, Whitewater (2018)
Anne Nicholson, Marathon (2017)
Harold Van Winssen, Whitewater (2018)
Fiona Vincent, Marathon (2018)

Paddling Association Directors:

Peter Giles, Sprint (2019)
Stephen Gallant (2017)
Tom Hall, Athlete Director (2017)
Chris Helyar (2018)

François Hamelin, Independent Director (2017)


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Remembering 1969 CKC Commodore Lawrence Murphy

Lawrence Murphy sadly passed away on September 20. He was Commodore of Canoe Kayak Canada in 1969 when it was the Canadian Canoe Association. He was active with the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club since he was young and served as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president.

He was a member of the famous Crew ‘56 that won the John W. Black Trophy, the first year Nova Scotia competed at National Championships. Canoe Kayak Canada and Canoe Kayak BC extend their condolences to Murphy’s family and friends.


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Peter Giles re-elected as Canoe Kayak Canada’s President

Canoe Kayak Canada has named its Board of Directors following its annual election. This is the second Board to be named under CKC’s new governance structure.

Peter Giles was voted in by members as one of four Paddling Association Directors. The Board then elected Giles to continue as President and Harold Van Winssen to continue as Vice President.

The Board is made up of two representatives from each of the Paddling Disciplines of sprint, whitewater and marathon, as well as four Paddling Association Directors. The Board will soon appoint an Independent Director to complete the 11-person volunteer board.

The new Board will meet by teleconference to decide the Independent Director and will have its first in-person meeting at the annual Summit in Ottawa from December 2 to 4. A full listing of the Board with their term lengths is shown below.

Paddling Discipline Directors:

Sean Cannon, Sprint (2018)
Madeleine Hall, Sprint (2016)
Julie Crépeau-Boisvert, Whitewater (2018)
Anne Nicholson, Marathon (2017)
Harold Van Winssen, Whitewater (2018)
Fiona Vincent, Marathon (2018)

Paddling Association Directors:

Peter Giles, Sprint (2019)
Stephen Gallant (2017)
Tom Hall, Athlete Director (2017)
Chris Helyar (2018)

Independent Director, To be confirmed (2017)


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CKBC Celebrates International Day of the Girl

day of the girl-web.pngTuesday, October 11 is International Day of the Girl. A day designated by the United Nations to recognize girls’ rights around the world.

In honour of the day, we proudly showcase why some of our female athletes think paddling is a great sport:

Asha Semanayake (False Creek)

“Paddling is great for girls because it builds confidence and it’s a really fun sport because you meet a lot of different people.  It also keeps you fit and healthy.”

Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge)

“Paddling is a great sport for girls because it teaches you that with a lot of practice and hard work you can acheive your goals.”

Elissa Elmadani (Fort Langley)

“Kayaking is a great sport for girls! You make friends that will last a lifetime and teaches you how to have friendly competition. It teaches you to leave alone your differences and be able to connect on a different level that others can’t relate to. I have learned that personally and wish to keep that message going. No matter your backround or situation you will always be welcomed with open arms.  If they understand or not they will console you when you’re feeling down, give you a good laugh and push you to strive for your greatest dreams.”

Alena Stenning-Lint (Nanaimo)

“Paddling is an amazing sport for girls. It helps build confidence and raises self esteem. Paddling has become my life and I don’t think I would be as fit, happy or as confident as I am today. Girls need to understand that they won’t always win. But if you keep going you will fall in love with the sport. Sure, making it to the podium feels great, but getting PBs and knowing you did your best just makes you want to improve.”

Have your say… join the conversation in the comments below or on our social media. And to all the girls – Happy International Day of the Girl.


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Atlantic Canada to become home of Women’s Kayak National Training Centre

Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to partner with the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA) and the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada (ADCKC) to develop a world-leading training environment for its National Women’s Kayak program.

A National Team coach will be dedicated to the centre, located in Nova Scotia. Through partnerships with local clubs and the ADCKC, the athletes will have access to ideal on and off-water training environments. Other resources including equipment, housing options, sport performance services and support for special projects will also be allocated to the centre.

“Since we officially designated four National Team Training Centres in 2014, we’ve been working to provide environments for our fastest athletes to train together with support from National Team coaches and sport science staff,” said Canoe Kayak Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, Casey Wade. “We were proud to have four female kayakers on the Olympic Team this year. The creation of this centre, through our partnership with the CSCA and ADCKC, is part of developing a system to ensure our Women’s Kayak team will be successful internationally for years to come.”

National Team Training Centres are designed to bring training groups, National Team coaches and technical experts together along with adequate training infrastructure to ensure the highest quality daily training environment for podium potential athletes.

The Women’s Kayak team will join over 50 other national team athletes from various sports who use the CSCA as their home base.

“The Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic looks forward to working with the ADCKC, CKC and the new coach to create an environment for repeatable success on the international stage,” said Ken Bagnell, President of the CSCA. “Canoe Kayak is one of the most successful sports in Canadian Olympic history and we are honoured to have the opportunity to partner to support the next generation of performers.”

Nova Scotia has a long history of success in the sport and the ADCKC will play an integral role in creating the daily training environment the Women’s Kayak team needs to excel.

“The ADCKC has a rich history both in producing elite athletes and providing the critical infrastructure required to best support them,” said Paul Dean, Flag Officer of the ADCKC. “This includes an off-water weight training centre, boat storage and access to our world class, nine-lane International Canoe Federation race-course, complete with the ability to install start gates. We are thrilled to continue this tradition and are excited to officially add the Women’s Kayak National Team, and coach, to our roster of national team athletes already accessing our top-notch training environment.”

In addition to the two local partners, the centre and Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Program are generously supported by Sport Canada, Own the Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee.