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Thirty-eight paddlers named to 2018-19 CKBC Provincial Team


Thirty-eight of BC’s top sprint and slalom canoe and kayak paddlers have been selected to Canoe Kayak BC’s provincial team. Among the team members are national sprint team member Brian Malfesi (Ridge) and national slalom team members Austin Atkins, Finley Capstick and Jacob Kryworuchko (CCE).

Athletes were selected based on their results from the past season including national team selection, BC performance standard or nomination by the Coach’s Technical Committee. The complete selection criteria is available on the CKBC website (sprint, slalom).

“The selection of the 2018-19 Provincial Team caps a very successful competitive season for our paddlers,” said Blake Dalton, CKBC’s provincial coach. “Our sprint and slalom athletes had unprecedented success at their national championships and that is reflected on this provincial team.”

The CKBC performance program recognizes and supports athletes who have a potential to make junior, U23 and senior development and national teams. They have also shown a commitment to training to achieve these goals.

“I’m excited to see the provincial team numbers increasing and the athletes commitment to improve,” added Dalton. “This is due in large part to our club coaches, CSI- P / PacificSport, volunteers and staff.”

The team members and their coaches receive sport science resources, participation in training camps and support for various regattas, trials and championships.

The 2018-19 Canoe Kayak BC provincial team members are:

Name CKBC Level Coach Hometown
Burnaby Kayak and Canoe Club
Samantha Loutet Level 1a Piotr Majewski Burnaby
Katrina Loutet Level 2 Piotr Majewski Burnaby
Alex Brent Level 3 Piotr Majewski Dewdney
Edward Colhoun Level 3 Piotr Majewski Burnaby
Matthew Koehler Level 3 Piotr Majewski Maple Ridge
Ivan Strashenko Level 3 Piotr Majewski Burnaby
Mika Asano Level 4 Piotr Majewski Burnaby
Chilliwack Centre of Excellence
Austin Atkins Level 1a Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Finley Capstick Level 1a Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Jakob Kryworuchko Level 1a Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Isabel Taylor Level 2 Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Finn Wakeling Level 2 Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Chinook Racing Canoe Club (Victoria)
Lydia Keefe Sampson Level 1a Rhys del Valle Victoria
Patrick Dann Level 3 Rhys del Valle Victoria
Nolan Tomaselli Level 4 Rhys del Valle/Patrick Dann Victoria
Fort Canoe & Kayak Club
Noah Said Level 3 Connor Fehr Maple Ridge
Liam Stewart Level 3 Connor Fehr Surrey
Devon Holcroft Level 5 Connor Fehr Surrey
False Creek Racing Canoe Club (Vancouver)
Ydris Hunter Level 1a Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Marvin Bader Level 3 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Elisa Robson-Brown Level 3 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Quinn Thomson Level 3 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Langley
Tiffany Yau Level 3 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Kamloops Kayak and Canoe Club
Matao Buist Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Michael Lanyon Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Stanley Netherton Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Spencer Robinson Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Abigail Donaldson Level 4 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Aiden Tabata Level 4 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Emma Guertin Level 5 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Nanaimo Kayak and Canoe Club
Thomas Duff Level 2 Igor Nikitovic Nanaimo
Cameron Antifave Level 3 Igor Nikitovic Nanaimo
Nelson Canoe and Kayak Club
Heather Potkins Level 3 Lauren Heckley Nelson
Pemberton Canoe Club
Quinn Phare Level 3 Marie Rousseau Demers Pemberton
Ridge Kayak and Canoe Club (Maple Ridge)
Brian Malfesi Level 1 Fred Jobin/Tessa Nagai Maple Ridge
Cassidy MacPherson Level 1a Tessa Nagai/Keiffer Johnson Maple Ridge
Alex Dmitriev Level 3 Tessa Nagai/Keiffer Johnson Maple Ridge
Vancouver Island Whitewater Paddling Society
Avery Wilkins Level 2 Chilliwack

Based in Burnaby, Canoe Kayak BC actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in paddle sports in British Columbia. Members include competitive and developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of paddling sports. For more information about Canoe Kayak BC and its programs, please visit Canoe Kayak BC on-line at www.canoekayakbc.ca


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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


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CKBC Awards Banquet scheduled for October 19


Join CKBC for our 2018 Awards and Scholarship Banque taking place on Friday, October 19 at the Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion in Burnaby

CKBC will honour our athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers for their achievements from the 2018 season. Celebrate paddling in B.C. with dinner, awards, a silent auction and more!

Time: Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Location: Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion (6871 Roberts Street, Burnaby)

Tickets Required:

  • $25 until October 9
  • $35 after October 9
  • Buy your tickets early  – the banquet has sold out in the past.
  • Athletes with a 2017 or 2018 discount code may use one code to purchase their personal ticket

Silent Auction:

Since 2008, Canoe Kayak BC has awarded $10,000 in scholarships to 20 student-athletes.

Part of this investment in these remarkable young adults come from the silent auction held in conjunction with the CKBC Awards and Scholarship Banquet.

The silent auction features numerous items donated with 100 percent of the proceeds going to scholarships.

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CKBC hosting a Risk Management Workshop from October 20-21


Join us with members of your club board to work with Dina Bell-Laroche of the Sport Law & Strategy Group for a two-day Risk Management Workshop during our 2018 Fall Conference. The workshop takes place at the Fortius Sport & Health Centre in Burnaby from October 20-21.

ALL clubs are encouraged to attend with at least two board members to take part in the workshop. Topics include identifying risks, becoming aware of risks, existing policies, managing risks, mitigating risks etc. Each club will work through the weekend establishing their own unique document.

Day 1 

  • Enhanced risk management knowledge
  • Learn to use and apply the risk management process
  • Identify high level risks and work through the risk management process to develop your Risk Register

Day 2

  • Develop your risk management policy and tolerance for risk
  • Develop a process to bring this back to your organization so that you have a Risk Aware Culture
  • Finalize the risk register

Cost: $200/club. Register on-line (please include who will be attending from your club so we can prepare materials and lunch accordingly)

Limited travel assistance will be available to those from outside the Lower Mainland. Further details will be provided once registration is complete.

Lunch is included on Saturday and Sunday for those who are pre-registered. Please include any dietary requests in the comments section of the registration form.

A block of rooms are being held until Sept 18 at Fortius (604-292-2500) for a partner rate of $101 per night if you cite CKBC Training Camp – Oct 2018.

This is a great opportunity for all clubs to identify, understand and be ready for potential risks. Our provincial board will also be taking part to enhance the CKBC Risk Management documents.

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Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club photo selected as new CanoeKidsPhoto


CKBC congratulates the Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club and Jia Kim on their winning submission in the recent CanoeKids photo contest.

It was a hard decision with great submissions from five clubs. CKBC  will feature the photo on our 2019 CanoeKids marketing and social media.

Ridge has received a Lightening Kayak for use in their programs.