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Team BC paddlers in final preparations for 2017 Canada Summer Games

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Final Canada Summer Games training camps are taking place this week for Team BC’s sprint canoe and kayak paddlers. Held at Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club (Maple Ridge) False Creek Sprint Canoe Club (Vancouver) and Fort Canoe & Kayak Club (Fort Langley), the camps feature leadership from CKBC’s provincial and team coaches.

During the these discipline specific camps, Team BC’s crewboats (who is in which crew, where they are in the boat), race plans and equipment preparation will be finalized. Additionally, the paddlers will continue to develop team cohesion.

Team BC training camp schedule:

  • Men’s Kayak Camp: July 24-28 (Ridge)
  • Women’s Canoe Camp: July 24-26 (False Creek)
  • Men’s Canoe Camp: July 26-28 (Fort)
  • Women’s Kayak Camp: July 26-28 (Fort)

The Canada Summer Games are the country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes. The paddling events take place from August 7-10, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Learn more about the paddlers representing B.C. at the Canada Games.


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Team BC wins 53 medals at North American Indigenous Games

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Team BC’s paddlers brought home 53 medals from the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto last week. Their impressive results helped Team BC to win the Overall Team title at the end of Games.

During the three days of competition, Team BC earned 21 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 21 bronze medals. Among Team BC’s top medal winners were:

  • Monique Seanez (14U, Saanichton): 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
  • Silas Wilson (14U, Nanaimo): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Breanna Seymour (16U Stz’uminus): 3 gold, 1 bronze
  • Jordana Seymour (19U Stz’uminus): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Ivan Morris (19U, Port Renfrew): 1 silver, 3 bronze
  • Michael Wyse (19U, Nanaimo): 4 gold, 2 silver
  • Trey Gray-Thorne (19U, Duncan): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Brandyn Chappell (19U, Chilliwack): 4 gold

In the Overall Team competition, Team BC competed in 13 sports and won a total of 176 medals (65 gold, 57 Silver, 54 bronze) over the course of the competition week. This put the team in first place, 12 medals ahead of Team Saskatchewan. This is the second time BC has won the Overall Team Title at the NAIG, after winning the award at the 2014 NAIG in Regina, Saskatchewan.

 

 


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Canadian Surfski Championships this Saturday in Squamish

Surfski-Champs.pngOver 100 surfski paddlers from around the world are getting ready for Saturday’s Canadian Surfski Championships (CSC) in Squamish, BC. CKBC member club, Squamish Paddling Club, is among the presenting sponsors for the event.

The CSC is a point-to-point, mass start, downwind surfski race. The 21 km race route tests paddlers’ skills and stamina as it runs downwind through the heart of the stunning Sea to Sky corridor. Racers will paddle from Porteau Cove up Howe Sound into the heart of downtown Squamish.

Last year’s overall champion, Dawid Mocke (South Africa), completed the course in just over 1 hour and 22 minutes.

A surfski is a long, narrow, lightweight kayak with an open (sit-on-top) cockpit, usually with a foot pedal controlled rudder.They are extremely fast when paddled on flat water (only an Olympic K1 or K2 kayak is faster) and the fastest paddled craft available over a long distance on ocean swells.

See the video from last year’s championships:

For more details see the event website.

 


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Team BC training underway in Whistler

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CKBC’s Canada Summer Games team is currently training in Whistler in preparation for the Games in August. The 20 team members, five alternates and four coaches are using this time for training, and team building.

Team BC is staying at Whistler’s Tyrol Lodge whose staff have extended wonderful hospitality to the team. And training is on Alta Lake which the paddlers enjoy as it is clean and there are no weeds or power boats. CKBC also used this venue in preparation for the 1998 Sprint National Championships.

Next up for Team BC is discipline specific camps later this month.

The Canada Summer Games are the country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes. The paddling events take place from August 7-10, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Learn more about the athletes representing B.C. at the Canada Games.


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Over $27,500 raised in 2017 CKBC Paddle-A-Thon

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Five CKBC clubs raised $27,630.19 for much needed equipment and programs during the 2017 Canoe Kayak BC Paddle-A-Thon. Each club hosted a paddle-a-thon event in their community in conjunction with paddlers collecting donations.

2017 Participating Clubs:

  • Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club: $2,475
  • False Creek Sprint Canoe Club: $15,889.19
  • Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club: $5,772
  • Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club: $1,435
  • Yukon Flatwater Paddling: $1,689

In addition to raising money for their clubs, the paddlers also had the opportunity  to win prizes. False Creek’s Tiffany Yau, who was the top fundraiser, receives $350 towards a new paddle. And every paddler who raised at least $150 receives a special CKBC t-shirt commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday.

Top fundraisers – individual 

Top fundraisers – group 

Thanks to everyone who helped our paddlers reach their goals by donating. Your donation made a difference for our clubs as they improve their equipment and programming.

Contact Sandra at sandra@canoekayakbc.ca if your club is interested in participating in our 2018 Paddle-A-Thon.


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Finley Capstick competes at Slalom World Cup in Germany

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Chilliwack Centre of Excellence’s Finley Capstick competed at this weekend’s Slalom World Cup Slalom in Markleeberg, Germany. The event featured both traditional slalom and extreme slalom.

Capstick competed in both events, finishing 66th in men’s K1 slalom and 24th in extreme slalom.

The Extreme Slalom is a new addition to the World Cup circuit. It features a head-to-head format where four athletes race down the river at the same time while navigating through a series of obstacles. The event will make its first appearance at the World Championships this year in Pau, France at the end of September.

Other Canadians competing included Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB), who recorded her best-ever finish in World Cup Extreme Slalom today, finishing sixth in the women’s K1. Teammate, Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) finished 10th, marking the first time two Canadians have finished in the top 10 in the Extreme Slalom event.

With the first three ICF World Cup Slalom events behind them, Team Canada will now set their sights on preparing for the National Championships on August 5 and 6  in Ottawa and the second half of the World Cup circuit with races in Italy and Spain later this year.

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David Thompson Paddlesport Classic deadline fast approaching

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The deadline for entries in the David Thompson Paddlesport Classic is July 15, 2017.

Entry forms are available by calling the race hotline at 250-814-7473 or by emailing billpollock40@gmail.com.

This event will take place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 18-20. Paddlers will paddle and portage 125km following the path of explorer David Thompson’s canoe on the Columbia River from Mica Creek to the finish line above Revelstoke dam. The “Classic” is expected to become an annual highlight of the BC paddling community with a field of over 200 canoes, kayaks, war canoes, SUP’s and rowboats!

Lake Revelstoke is an ideal environment for this event and the old big bend highway is ideal for the 7 short portages to break up the paddling. The David Thompson Paddlesport Classic will also connect history, awesome mountain scenery and a superior recreational paddling experience in keeping with Revelstoke’s superior hospitality and friendliness. Age range of the participants is 10 to 75 plus in many boat and age classes.

It is hoped that the event will eventually bring an influx of over 2,500 outdoor oriented people to the region. The event will not only attract marathon and competitive canoe enthusiasts but also a large contingent of “in it to finish” folks in the OPEN TOURING Class. Maps of the course are available on the website, http://www.paddlerevelstoke.ca Briefly the itinerary is as follows:

  • Day One: At 5km from the start at Mica Creek is the first 500m portage on an old paved part of the Big Bend road. Another 14km of paddling brings you to the 1.6km portage through an abandoned air field at Bigmouth Creek. The finish line for Day 1 is 21km further at the Goldstream Creek boat launch. The total distance for Day 1 is about 42km.
  • Day Two: 27km from the Goldstream Creek boat launch brings you to a 460m portage north of Downie Point. Then one paddles 1.5km east across the Downie Creek estuary to a 650m portage along the old big bend road on the south side of the Downie estuary. Then back to the lake for a 14 km paddle to another 400m portage on the old highway. Then a short 2km paddle to end day 2 near Mars Creek. Total distance is about 46km.
  • Day Three: Paddle from Mars Creek 19.5km to a 400m portage at the Wadey (Laforme) Recreation Site. Then a 7.5km paddle to Martha Creek Provincial Park and a 1.25km hike through that campground to the beach followed by an 8.5km paddle to the finish line at the 5 Mile Boat Launch near the Revelstoke Dam. Total distance is about 37km. There will be a BBQ and awards ceremony on the playing field at the Columbia Park Elementary School.

The Revelstoke Paddlesport Association is a not-for-profit BC Society whose purpose is to develop, provide and promote recreational and competitive paddle sports activities and events in and around the city of Revelstoke.