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Brendan Curson joins Chilliwack Centre of Excellence as head coach

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The Chilliwack Centre of Excellence is thrilled to welcome Brendan Curson as their new head coach.

Brendan has been involved in the sport of kayaking as an athlete and coach for the past 30 years. During that time he has built a reputation nationally and internationally as a positive and driven coach, leader, and educator.

For the last 10 years, Brendan has been the Head Coach for the Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club developing top level whitewater athletes in a variety of disciplines in Saskatchewan.

He has also worked with the National Slalom program as a technical coach since 2008. Most recently he spent the last three years with the Junior/U23 Slalom team.

Brendan is a NCCP Competition Development Level III Canoe & Kayak Coach as well as a NCCP Level II Learning Facilitator for Canoe Kayak Canada.

With a background in education and a proud father of three children, Brendan brings with him a strong coaching philosophy and excellent knowledge of student-athlete development in Canada’s sport system.

Please join CKBC in welcoming Brendan and his family to British Columbia.


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Wes Hammer honoured as coach of the year by viaSport

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Last night at the 2017 BC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions, Wes Hammer (Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club) was presented with the 2016 B.C. Regional/Provincial Coach of the Year award.

Founded by the Coaches Association of BC and funded by the Bob Bearpark Foundation, the Coach of the Year Awards were created to recognize the history and dedication to coaching in British Columbia. Each year, B.C.’s best coaches are nominated for their contributions across three categories: Recreational/Grassroots, Regional/Provincial and International.

In addition to Wes, viaSport also honoured:

  • Bruce Kamstra (Prince George)
    • 2016 B.C. Recreational/Grassroots Coach of the Year | Judo
  • Peter Lawless (Victoria)
    • 2016 B.C. International Coach of the Year | Wheelchair Athletics

“When sport experiences are positive and inclusive, sport can have a lasting impact,” says viaSport CEO, Sheila Bouman. “Coaches have always been a contributor to sport. They have this innate ability to shape lessons that allow people to thrive, both in sport and in life. It’s our pleasure to highlight these passionate leaders and the legacies they’re leaving to further the impact of sport and physical activity.”

With eight years of experience as an athlete on the canoe/kayak national team, Wes brought his expertise to B.C. as a coach and changed the landscape for canoe/kayak clubs in the west.

After his arrival at the Burnaby Canoe Kayak Club, the club captured the Pacific Cup three times in the past four years. Wes’ continued dedication to the club has also led three athletes from his senior training group to the canoe/kayak provincial team.

One of his senior performance athletes was the youngest member of Team BC to attend the 2015 Western Canada Games. In addition to being a coach, Wes is also a life mentor as he actively inspires and encourages his athletes to become leaders themselves.

 


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Celebrating CKBC’s sibling paddlers

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Today is Siblings Day – a day to honour your brother(s) and sister(s). So we thought we’d get to know a few of our paddling siblings.

First up is 19 year old Maksym Kryworuchko from the Chilliwack Center of Excellence. He and his brother Jakob are whitewater paddlers who medaled at last year’s Canadian Championships.

Who started paddling first?
Me

Who is the most competitive?
I am definitely more competitive

Describe your paddling sibling(s) in three words.
Awesome; small doses

What is your funniest paddling memory of your sibling?
When I got into a feature cause I wasn’t paying attention, and he was just hysterically laughing at me

What is the best part of paddling with your sibling(s)?
Seeing him get better than me

And what is the worst?
Seeing him get better than me

Do you hang out together when you’re not paddling
I’m at school, but when I’m home yes

Who is the better paddler? And why?
He is because he has been training a lot more than me

If you could change one thing about your sibling(s), what would it be?
Go into finance cause I could help him get a job

Next is False Creek’s paddling duo of 13 year old Asha and 15 year old Arjun Cartagena-Senanayake.

Who started paddling first?
Asha: My brother
Arjun: Me

Who is the most competitive?
Asha: My brother
Arjun: Me

Describe your paddling sibling(s) in three words.
Asha: Annoying, funny, determined
Arjun: Lazy, Annoying, Skillful

What is your funniest paddling memory of your sibling?
Asha: When he was fooling around and accidentally hit his head on a boat
Arjun: Seeing her in a K4 and zig-zagging across False Creek.

What is the best part of paddling with your sibling(s)?
Asha: It makes it more fun
Arjun: Seeing her have fun

And what is the worst?
Asha: Sometimes he can be mean and annoying
Arjun: Having her annoy me during practice

Do you hang out together when you’re not paddling
Asha: Sometimes, it depends
Arjun: Sometimes, it depends

Who is the better paddler? And why?
Asha: My brother, because he’s more serious with the sport and he’s on the water more often
Arjun: Me, paddling longer, more mature, etc.

If you could change one thing about your sibling(s), what would it be?
Asha: No I think he’s just fine the way he is
Arjun: Make her stop calling me names when we paddle.

Siblings Day was created by Claudia Evart to honour the memory of her brother and sister who both died young. It is now a global event with siblings celebrating around the world. So regardless if you paddle with your siblings, take a moment today to let them know you’re thinking of them.


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Dates confirmed for the 2018 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Welland, ON

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The 2018 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships will take place in Welland, ON from August 1 to 5, 2018 with opening ceremonies scheduled for July 31. Three years ago, the International Canoe Federation awarded the Championships to Welland following a successful bid presentation at ICF headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Much planning and preparation has taken place since that announcement was made. Here are five things to know about next year’s Canoe Polo Championships.

5 things to know about the 2018 World Championships

1. 30 countries are expected to participate, making for approximately 60 teams over four classes

2. A test event will take place this year in Welland from September 8–10, 2017

3. Italy and New Zealand are the reigning World Champions in men’s and women’s divisions respectively

4. You can Join the Event on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest news leading in the event

5. Canoe polo is a thrilling sport to watch. Check out the crowd energy at last year’s World Championships in Syracuse, Italy


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ICF moves forward with new sprint programs for World Championships and Olympic Games

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The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has approved its new sprint programs for the Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships as well as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The ICF formalized these program decisions at its latest Executive and Board meetings in Manchester, England.

The new programs for the respective World Championships will take effect this year. A number of events have been eliminated from the World Championship programs which will have a direct effect on Canadian athletes and programming. Canoe Kayak Canada is committed to pursuing equity across disciplines and genders, and the setting of the international race program is an important factor in achieving this goal.

Especially of note for Canada is the removal of C4 from the Senior and U23 programs. As a country with a rich history in the canoe discipline, we are disappointed at the reality of losing an entire boat class from these programs. Canada remains committed to advancing the canoe discipline internationally as an integral part of our sport, for men and women.

The Olympic Program has been put forward with the same events as originally approved over a year ago, including 3 Olympic athlete quota spots for Women’s Canoe. The ICF-approved program still needs to be ratified by the International Olympic Committee. We will communicate the news once the IOC has given official word.

The ICF has not proposed any changes to the Paracanoe World Championships program at this time. Canoe Kayak Canada is also committed to advocating for equal canoe events and gender-equity across Paracanoe programs. The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Program has yet to be determined.

Olympic Program

Men’s Kayak Women’s Kayak Men’s Canoe Women’s Canoe
K1 200m

K1 1000m

K2 1000m

K4 500m

K1 200m

K1 500m

K2 500m

K4 500m

C1 1000m

C2 1000m

C1 200m

C2 500m

Senior World Championships Program (Able-body only)

Men’s Kayak Women’s Kayak Men’s Canoe Women’s Canoe
K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K1 5000m

K2 500m

K2 1000m

K4 500m

K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K1 5000m

K2 200m

K2 500m

K4 500m

C1 200m

C1 1000m

C1 5000m

C2 500m

C2 1000m

C1 200m

C1 500m

C1 5000m

C2 200m

C2 500m

U23 World Championships Program

Men’s Kayak Women’s Kayak Men’s Canoe Women’s Canoe
K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K2 1000m

K4 500m

K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K2 500m

K4 500m

C1 200m

C1 1000m

C2 500m

C2 1000m

C1 200m

C1 500m

C2 200m

C2 500m

Junior World Championships Program

Men’s Kayak Women’s Kayak Men’s Canoe Women’s Canoe
K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K2 1000m

K4 500m

K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K2 500m

K4 500m

C1 200m

C1 1000m

C2 1000m

C4 500m

 

C1 200m

C1 500m

C2 200m

C2 500m