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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.

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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.

Order on amazon.ca / Price $14.99-26.52

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.

Order on waterflow.ca / Price $164.95

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.

Order on beyondcanvas.ca / Price $30-$150

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.

Order online at waterflow.ca / Price $263

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

Order online at waterflow.ca / Price $28

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.

Order online at amazon.ca / Price $329.95

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.

Order online at Levelsix.com / Price $32.99

red_paddle_carbonfiberglass_grandeSUP paddles

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.

Order online at LevelSix.com / Price $139.99-$344.99

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.

Order online at amazon.ca / Price $9.53

iheartshirtmns-2_1024x1024-2_41ef28d2-ae53-4354-8662-c229fae2c26b_largeI Heart Canoeing t-shirts

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

Order on canoeing.com / Price $10