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Support Canoe Kayak BC during GivingTuesday on November 27


As someone who believes in paddling and its benefits for both physical and mental health, you can support Canoe Kayak BC on GivingTuesday on November 27. With your donation we can reach even more paddlers in B.C. with events, programs and services.

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

Canoe Kayak BC has positively impacted the lives of many B.C. residents through our paddlesport programs and services. In addition, our young paddlers are exceptional youth who balance school and life with their commitment to the paddlesports.

And as an added bonus all donations greater than $20 are eligible for a tax receipt issued through the National Sport Trust Fund.

Donate to the CKBC Club Development Bursary Fund

Donate to the CKBC Scholarship Fund

Visit our GivingTuesday page for more information.

Thank you for your commitment to Canoe Kayak BC and we look forward to your support on November 27.


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Kamloops paddler honoured with Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport award


Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club paddler, Emma Guertin, has been chosen as one of 47 regional recipients of the 2018 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport. The award was presented on November 8 to Guertin and seven other outstanding Indigenous youth athletes from British Columbia’s Interior Region.

Guertin, a 16-year old Métis youth, had an outstanding paddling season. She qualified for the 2018 sprint nationals where she competed in seven events and finished 9th in the U19 K-2 200 final. She also represented the Thompson-Okanagan (Zone 2) at the 2018 BC Summer Games. In seven events, she won three medals (one silver, two bronze).

In addition to competing in sprint canoe kayak, she is also a decorated trampoline gymnast who represents the Kamloops Gymnastics & Trampoline Club.

The awards were presented during a formal celebration held at the Outma Sqilx’W Cultural School in Penticton, BC. The Interior is the third of the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council’s (I·SPARC) six regions to honour Indigenous athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.

SPARC, in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the regional nomination process in August 2018, receiving nominations from across the province for Indigenous athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.

A total of 47 recipients were chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island.

The 2018 Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport – Interior Regional Recipients

  • Jordyn Elliott, age 14, Basketball, Williams Lake Indian Band
  • Lincoln Yarama, age 16, Rodeo, Hockey, Trap Shoot, Adams Lake Indian Band
  • Renay Willier, age 15, Fastpitch, Baseball, Sucker Creek Band
  • James Hamming, age 17, Snowboard Cross, Splatsin
  • Emma Guertin, age 16, Trampoline Gymnastics, Canoe Kayak, Métis
  • Jadyn Johnston, age 14, Swimming, Tsilhoqot’in & Carrier
  • Brianna Billy, age 15, Softball, Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band
  • Brendan Mucha, age 18, Baseball, Hockey, Métis Nation BC

“I’m very proud to support these awards, which provide much-deserved recognition for our top young Indigenous athletes,” said Premier John Horgan. “It’s great to see these young champions achieving top results in such a wide variety of sports.”

“These talented young athletes are rising stars in their sports and role models in their communities,” said Minister Lisa Beare. “I hope these awards will encourage them to keep pursuing their dreams on and off the field of play.”

“We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our First Nations and Métis athletes in the Interior,” said Bruce Baptiste, Interior Regional Lead for I·SPARC. “The recipients we have honoured tonight have dedicated their time to achieving excellence and we look forward to the continued success of these young role models.”

These regional recipients automatically serve as nominees for the provincial awards. A total of 12 Provincial Awards (six male and six female) will be selected in January 2019. Provincial recipients will be presented with their award at Gathering our Voices: Indigenous Youth Leadership Forum in Port Alberni March 19-22, 2019.

Throughout November, the three remaining regions will host formal celebrations to honour their 2018 Regional Premier’s Awards recipients.

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Brian Malfesi among paddlers confirmed for Canoe Kayak Canada Athlete Assistance Program


Ridge paddler Brian Malfesi is among the 33 sprint athletes confirmed by Sport Canada for the 2018-2019 Canoe Kayak Canada Athlete Assistance Program (AAP).

The CKC High Performance Committee of the Sprint Racing Discipline officially announced the confirmation of 33 Sprint athletes in the Olympic Program and 5 paracanoe athletes in the Paralympic Program according to the 2018-2019 AAP Selection Criteria.

For more information about the selection criteria, please download the full document here: http://canoekayak.ca/selection-criteria/

National Team Carded Athletes Olympic Program

Men’s Kayak Hometown Club Coach(es)
Ryan Cochrane Windsor, NS Lac Beauport Frédéric Jobin
Dominik Crête Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier
Marshall Hughes Waverley, NS Cheema Frédéric Jobin / Mike Kerrivan
Mark de Jonge Halifax, NS Maskwa Frédéric Jobin
Brian Malfesi Maple Ridge, BC Ridge Frédéric Jobin / Tessa Nagai
Nicholas Matveev North York, ON Balmy Beach Frédéric Jobin / Peter Martinek
Pierre-Luc Poulin Lac Beauport, QC Lac Beauport Frédéric Jobin
Alex Scott Bedford, NS Maskwa Frédéric Jobin
Jacob Steele Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike


Women’s Kayak Hometown Club Coach(es)
Lissa Bissonnette Sherbrooke, QC Pointe-Claire Chad Brooks
Alanna Bray-Lougheed Oakville, ON Burloak Chad Brooks / Adam Oldershaw
Natalie Davison Ottawa, ON Rideau Chad Brooks
Andréanne Langlois Lac Beauport, QC Trois-Rivières Chad Brooks / Mathieu Pelletier
Michelle Russell Fall River, NS Cheema Chad Brooks / Mike Kerrivan
Madeline Schmidt Ottawa, ON Rideau Chad Brooks / Mike Robinson
Courtney Stott Pickering, ON Balmy Beach Chad Brooks / Peter Martinek
Grace Whebby Dartmouth, NS Mic Mac Chris Chaisson


Men’s Canoe Hometown Club Coach(es)
Connor Fitzpatrick Dartmouth, NS Senobe Andreas Dittmer / Rob Baert
Drew Hodges Ottawa, ON Rideau Andreas Dittmer / Wade Farquaharson
Mark James Dartmouth, NS Senobe Andreas Dittmer / Rob Baert
Mark Oldershaw Burlington, ON Burloak Andreas Dittmer / Scott Oldershaw
Craig Spence Dartmouth, NS Cheema Andreas Dittmer
Phil Turcanu Ottawa, ON Mississauga Kyle Jeffery / Joel Hazzan
Lucas Turnbull Toronto, ON Mississauga Andreas Dittmer / Kyle Jeffery
Roland Varga Aurora, ON Richmond Hill Andreas Dittmer / Helen Savin


Women’s Canoe Hometown Club Coach(es)
Nadya Crossman-Serb Winnipeg, MB Toba Jan Kruk / Jerome Seremak
Sophia Jensen Chelsea, QC Cascade Adam Mayo
Julia Lilley-Osende Dartmouth, NS Mic Mac Chris Chaisson
Hannah MacIntosh Dartmouth, NS Senobe Jan Kruk / Rob Baert
Kate Pennyfather Oakville, ON Burloak Adam Oldershaw
Anna Roy-Cyr Lac Beauport, QC Lac Beauport Jan Kruk / Luc Grenier
Katie Vincent Mississauga, ON Mississauga Jan Kruk / Kyle Jeffery
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Jan Kruk / Mathieu Pelletier


National Team Carded Athletes Paralympic Program

Paracanoe Hometown Club Coach(es)
Christine Gauthier Pointe-Claire, QC Pointe-Claire Marc Creamer
Zacharie Lauzière-Fitzgerald Sherbrooke, QC Sherbrooke Marc Creamer / Nathan Desmarais
Erica Scarff Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Marc Creamer / Peter Martinek
Mathieu St. Pierre Shawinigan, QC Shawinigan Marc Creamer / Hélène Gervais
Trinity Tratch Calgary, AB Calgary Marc Creamer / Edgar Garza