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CKBC club webinar series begins March 12


CKBC is excited to announce our club webinar series begins on Monday, March 12.

March Webinar – Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. online via Go To Meeting

The first webinar focuses on club membership renewal and completing the membership process. These are timely topics as the membership season here.

If you have specific membership questions, please send them to MJ (mj@canoekayakbc.ca) to ensure we cover them during the webinar.

Register on-line now and you will receive log in details on Monday, March 12.

April Webinar – Monday, April 9, 7 p.m. online via Go To Meeting

The April webinar focuses on social media.

Please send your questions and areas of interest regarding social media to me (sandra@canoekayakbc.ca) to ensure the webinar meets your needs.

Register on-line now and you will receive log in details on Monday, April 9.


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Ontario and Saskatchewan to host 2018 Sprint Canada Cups


The Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa and a joint host committee from Wascana Canoe Club in Regina and Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan have been officially selected to host the 2018 editions of the Sprint Canoe Kayak Canada Cup.

For the first time this year, the East and West Canada Cup will be integrated into long standing Canada Regattas in both Ottawa and Regina the weekend of Canada Day, from June 30 to July 1.

“We are delighted to be going back to Ottawa for this year’s Canada Cup and we are very excited to be adding Regina as a venue to create the East and West Canada Cup in 2018,” said Ian Mortimer, Director of Development at Canoe Kayak Canada.

“The Canada Cup allows different age group and athletes at different competition levels to compete against some of the best paddlers in the country. It’s a great opportunity for developing young athletes in Canada,” he added.

The competition will feature Canadian, Provincial and Territorial Teams competing against each other, along with Canadian Club Teams and also teams coming from the United States, Mexico and other countries.

West Canada Cup

For the first time, Saskatchewan will be hosting this national regatta from June 30 to July 1. It will allow more athletes from the west of the country to attend this great event which will be an important part of their preparation for the end of the season.

“We are very exciting to be hosting the Canada Cup for the first time and Lake Wascana is the perfect venue for such an event,” said Dave Robertson, Executive Director at Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan. “Athletes will benefit from this regatta as it is a great experience for them to get ready for the National Championships and other major national events during the summer.”

Event info on CKC website

East Canada Cup

The Canada Cup will be coming back at the Rideau Canoe Club again this year. During the same weekend, from June 30 to July 1, athletes will be racing on the Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa.

“It is always a pleasure for us to host such a great national regatta at the Rideau Canoe Club,” said Hector Carranco, Exectuive Director at the Rideau Canoe Club. “This is an exciting opportunity for club athletes to compete along with athletes from provincial and national teams as well as from other countries!” he mentioned.

Event info on CKC website

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BC Marathon Championships and ICF World Championship Qualifier coming to Kamloops


The Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club is hosting the 2018 BC Provincial Marathon Championships and ICF Marathon World Championships Qualifier this May. Taking place on Shumway Lake in Kamloops on May 19, the event is open to athletes of all ages.

Event Details


  • Laps 4 km long on Shumway lake
  • Always 3 buoys as a turning point
  • No portages
  • 3 motorboats on site

ICF Marathon World Championship Provincial Qualifier/BC Provincial Championship: 

  • Senior Men (24 and older):
    • K1,K2:  28km (7 laps)
    • C1,C2:  24km (6 laps)
  • Senior Women (24 and older):
    • K1, K2:  24km (6 laps)
    • C1: 20km (5 laps)
  • U23 men (19 – 23):
    • K1, C1: 24km (6 laps)
  • U23 women (19 – 23):
    • K1, C1: 20km (5 laps)
  • Junior men (18 and younger):
    • K1, K2, C1, C2: 20km (5 laps)
  • Junior women (18 and younger):
    • K1, K2, C1: 16km (4 laps)

BC Provincial championship – NON qualifier: 

  • U15, U14: K1, K2, C1, C2: 16km (4 laps)
  • U13, U12: K1, K2, C1, C2: 12km (3 laps)

BC Provincial championship – other boats:  

  • Marathon boats, Surfski, SUP, Dragon boat
  • Senior men (19 and older): 28km (7 laps)
  • Senior women (19 and older): 24km (6 laps)
  • Junior men (18 and older): 20km (5 laps)
  • Junior women (18 and older): 20km (5 laps)

Regatta fee:

  • $20/participant
  • additional $20 as a late registration fee will be charged
  • the fee will be paid during the athletes/coaches meeting

Registration: via email ONLY to kckcheadcoach@gmail.com

Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 16

Event website: kckc.sportical.com/events/3661


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CKBC hosting Aboriginal Coaching Module


Canoe Kayak BC is hosting the Aboriginal Coaching Module on May 11 at the Fortius Athlete Development Centre. This FREE workshop is a great opportunity for ALL instructors and coaches!

The Aboriginal Coaching Module is a professional development training tool for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal coaches, who coach Aboriginal athletes, as they become certified through the NCCP.

The material in the ACM has been developed to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Understanding the role of sport in Aboriginal communities;
  • Understanding and positively influencing the community in which you coach;
  • Coaching the whole person; coaching beyond the physical to include the mental (intellectual and emotional), spiritual and cultural;
  • Responding to racism in sport;
  • Establishing a code of behaviour for your team that respects differences and addresses racism;
  • Helping those you coach make healthy lifestlye choices.

The course consists of three modules:

Module 1 
Holistic Approach to Coaching encompasses a holistic approach to coaching which includes topics such as creating a positive environment, the Medicine Wheel, a coaching perspective: physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual aspects, values (the Four Pillars), coach-to-community relationships.

Module 2 
Dealing with Racism in Sport encompasses issues on dealing with racism in sport including definitions that may be useful in the discussion of racism and knowing when to use the right word to describe what is happening in a certain situation, i.e. discrimination, racism, prejudice, stereotype, systemic discrimination. It also discusses how to respond to racism and the three choices of response, examples of coaches’ responses, organizational responses to racism, creating a positive environment, and coach-to-family relationships.

Module 3 
Individual and Community Health and Wellness encompasses topics on lifestyle, health, and nutrition, and how to be familiar with the unique lifestyle, health situations, and challenges that Aboriginal youth may face. Topics in this chapter include: understanding the community where you coach, mental health, personal and community health practices, diet and nutrition, health conditions and diseases, and influencing change.su

Course Details

  • Cost: Free
  • Registration deadline: Sunday, May 6 (on-line registration by this date is mandatory)
  • Course includes: Resource materials and lunch

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Help CKC increase promotion of sport and athletes


Canoe Kayak Canada has some upcoming upcoming communications projects that need your help.  In order to enhance their image, especially on social media, they plan to give more visibility to the athletes and different disciplines.

And here’s where you can help:

#ThrowbackThursday #jeudinostalgie of Canoe Kayak Canada

CKC is looking for old photos and archives of our sport!

As part of a campaign under the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday, CKC will publish every Thursday a photo found in the archives. Whether it’s a photo of you as a child, your first paddle out, your first competition or old photos of your club members or of your discipline, we want to see what you have!

Send your photos to jverret@canoekayak.ca with a short description for each photo you send. We will then sort through all the photos received and publish the best archives!

Alumni Event during PyeongChang 2018

During the Pyeongchang Olympic Games, which will take place from February 8 to 25, Canoe Kayak Canada invites you to organize your own Alumni event.

The concept is simple: just pick a date and event in the Winter Olympics schedule and bring your community together for a CKC Alumni event.

Please inform us of your event by writing to alumni@canoekayak.ca. We encourage everyone to use the hashtag #anciensCKCalumni in your publications on the different networks so we can easily follow your activity!

The CKC Alumni Council wants to encourage our paddling Alumni to get together from coast to coast and will offer special CKC swag through Instagram scavenger and to events who use the #anciensCKCalumni, have the most participation on social networks and have the most in-person participation!


An important new feature is coming soon on the CKC website and we will need your collaboration for this new project!

In 2018, CKC wants to hear from you! You will soon have the opportunity to make your voice heard by the Canoe Kayak Canada community!

But before it happens, it will be important for each member to send us photos and participate in our projects so that we can gather, in the coming months, all that you have sent us for our new project!

You will receive more details in the coming weeks, stay tuned!

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Provincial Marathon Canoe Clinic Scheduled


Canoe Kayak BC and Thompson Rivers Interior Paddling Society are hosting a provincial marathon canoe clinic May 12 to 13 in Kamloops. The clinic is open to everyone ages 12 and up.

The clinic will focus on bringing paddlers, literally, up to speed and on all facets of being a proficient, long distance paddling athlete in various watercraft. Clinic topics include coaching, individual/team preparation, nutrition, yoga (tba), tactics and strategies.

Several veteran paddlers, coaches and other professionals will work together to make a quality experience for everyone.

Paddling will take place on the beautiful North and South Thompson Rivers and the dryland portion under local cover.

Need a boat? Extra watercraft are available by letting the organizers know your needs.

Cost and registration:

  • CKBC Marathon Members – $65 (U19 $50)
  • Non CKBC Marathon Members – $95 (U19 $80)

And if you register by the May 1 early bird deadline, you’ll save $10.

Register online at: http://canoekayakbc.sportical.com/events/3662