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CKBC is hiring a Sport Development Coordinator!

Hiring.pngBased 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.

To meet these objectives, Canoe Kayak BC is seeking an individual for full time employment to oversee the sport development activities of the organization. Programs will include but not be limited to: Aboriginal Long-Term Athlete Development, BC Games, BC School Dragon Boat Championships, CanoeKids on the Road and Community Coach Education.

B.C. is home to thousands of lakes and rivers and diverse flora, fauna and wildlife. And with year round paddling opportunities in beautiful, natural settings, British Columbia is a paddler’s paradise.

See the job posting for full details and qualifications. The deadline for applications is October 17.

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Call for Candidates: CKBC Standing Committee – Whitewater

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Canoe Kayak BC is looking for individuals to join the CKBC Standing Committee – Whitewater. The Whitewater Committee manages the development of whitewater paddling within the Participation and Technical Development Pathways.

This is an ad-hoc committee until CKBC’s new bylaws and governance structure are approved at a Special General Meeting. The members of the committee should be prepared for the first meeting in early November and during the winter prior to the CKBC Special General Meeting and AGM.

This is a volunteer position. Interested candidates are required to complete the application form in order to be considered for the position. Deadline for applications is Monday, October 16Note: Please download the form to your computer and open using your PDF reader before completing the form.

The board will review the applications and select those they feel best suited at their October board meeting. A formal election of members will take place at the 2018 AGM.

Please send applications to CKBC, by email to: info@canoekayakbc.ca.

For more information, see the Terms of Reference.


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National Coaches Week is September 23-30. Say #ThanksCoach and help them win a $25 Starbucks gift card from CKBC

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National Coaches Week celebrates the positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by saying #ThanksCoach.

Say #ThanksCoach to your coach


Use our CKBC #ThanksCoach postcard to tell your coach why you want to say thanks. Download, print at home, complete and give your coach.

Win a $25 Starbucks gift card for your coach


  • Complete the #ThanksCoach profile online. Profiles will be featured on the CKBC website and social media.
  • If possible, upload a photo of you with your coach before submitting your profile form or send to sandra@canoekayakbc.ca.
  • For every profile submitted, your coach gets one entry into our draw for a $25 Starbucks gift card. Draw takes place October 3, 2017. (One profile per athlete)

$10 Coaching Clinics


Register for any National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) multi-sport course that’s hosted by viaSport’s Regional Alliance for only $10! See the viaSport calendar for more details!

Surprise, Coach! Contest


viaSport BC is hosting a video contest to show how much you appreciate your coach. The winning entry will be awarded $750 towards team expenses. See the viaSport website for details and how to enter.


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Ydris Hunter concludes successful international debut

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False Creek paddler Ydris Hunter made his sprint canoe international debut September 15-17 at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Racice, Czech Republic. Forty Canadian athletes competed in this international competition where 33 different countries were represented.

Hunter competed qualified for five semi-finals and one final during the competition:

  • C-1 1000 [2001]
    • Heat 1: 3rd (4:29.451); Semi Final 2: 4th (4:24.601)
  • C-2 1000 (with Marc Cinq Mars) [2001-02]
    • Heat 1: 5th (4:15.931); Semi Final 1: 8th (4:22.786)
  • C-1 500 [2001]
    • Heat 1: 6th (2:12.581); Semi Final 1: 5th (2:05.366)
  • C-2 500 (with Marc Cinq Mars) [2001-2002]
    • Heat 3: 3rd (2:03.876); Semi Final 1: 6th (2:04.561)
  • C-1 200 [2001]
    • Heat 3: 4th (47.181); Semi Final 1: 7th (47.321)
  • C-2 200 (with Matthew O’Neill) [2001-2002]
    • Heat 2: 2nd (43.876); Final: 7th (44.421)

Overall, the Canadian team won one gold medal, three silver medals and five bronze medals.

“The level of competition at this regatta goes up every year, this competition is now the equivalent of a World Championships for these age groups,” said the Canadian team chief technical officer, Graham Barton, at the end of competition. “Our athletes have performed very well and now know the level required here against the strongest nations like Germany, Hungary or Poland. It will take a lot of work and collaboration, but I believe that as a nation we have the talent.”

To see all the results of the Olympic Hopes Regatta, go to the event website. You can also find Saturday and Sunday’s races online on Canoe Kayak Canada’s YouTube channel.


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Austin Atkins finishes 20th in extreme slalom at World Cup

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Austin Atkins (Chilliwack) and the rest Canoe Kayak Canada’s Canoe Slalom team was back on the river in La Seu D’Urgell at the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup Final. This was the last event in the five-race World Cup series.

Atkins placed 67th in the men’s kayak event where France’s Boris Neveu returned to world-class form and won the qualification round setting the quickest time of the day of 91.52 seconds. Edmonton’s David Ford finished 58th and  Ottawa’s Michael Tayler finished 69th.

In the extreme slalom event, Atkins finished 20th. Other Canadian results were Florence Maheu of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield who finished 8th overall while teammates Haley Daniels and Cameron Smedley both ended up 14th.

“The extreme slalom event is very dynamic and you never know who will make it through each round. We are watching closely to see how the event will play out at the World Championships in Pau where it will become an official medal event for the first time,” added Canoe Kayak Canada’s head coach, Michal Staniszewski.

The Canadian Team will now take a few days off to recover and before resuming training in Pau, France for the World Championships beginning September 27.

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Chilliwack paddler competes in his first ever World Cup

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Chilliwack Centre of Excellence paddler, Austin Atkins, competed in his first ever World Cup event this weekend in Italy. Atkins was one of eight Canadian paddlers to compete in the fourth stop of the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup series.

The man-made whitewater course flows from the glacial waters of the Dora Baltea river. Ivrea is known as one of the most challenging whitewater courses on the World Cup circuit and is situated at the base of the Italian Alps in Northern Italy.

Competing in the men’s K-1 slalom, Atkins was 62nd on day 1 and 72nd on day 2.

The Canadian team did not participate in the Extreme Slalom competition in Ivrea and is headed to the fifth and final World Cup of the season in La Seu D’Urgell, Spain September 8-10.  The team will spend the next week training in Spain and then move across the Pyrenees mountains to Pau, France where the World Championships will wrap up the season September 27-October 1.

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Sprint kayaker set to compete at the Canoe Marathon World Championships

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Seventeen-year-old Alec Myles won silver at the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships representing Trois-Rivières. Next week, he represents Canada and B.C. at the 2017 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in South Africa, which take place September 7 to 10 in Pietermaritzburg.

The annual event features long-distance paddling combined with portage in both canoe and kayak. And while his medal winning race at the sprint championships lasted about 36 seconds, the marathon will take between 85 and 95 minutes.

Myles, who considers himself mainly a sprint paddler, began marathon racing two years ago. At the world championships, he will compete in the Junior Men’s K-1 21km race. He’s registered with the Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club and representing B.C. as there is no provincial marathon association in Quebec.

As both a sprint and marathon paddler, Myles truly enjoys the sport.

“The part I like the most about the competition or even the sport in general is the fact that your success depends only on yourself,” said Myles. “So, no matter what the conditions or what the other competitors do, at the end it will all come down to you.”

Yet, he also notes a significant difference between sprint and marathon racing.

“The main difference with marathon is the mass start and the possibility you have to ride wash with other competitors,” said Myles. “It brings a tactical element of the race that you don’t necessary find in sprint.”

Preparing for two championships so close together means a heavy training load. Myles’s typical training day includes a morning paddle, followed by a run or weight lifting and then a second paddling session in the afternoon.

“My marathon paddling helps me for my sprint,” said Myles. “Marathon helps me to add more volume to my daily training and it also helps me to see the sprint distance from another angle.”

These world championships are Myles’s first international experience and he has set modest goals.

“My goal will be more to do the best race possible and acquire the most international race experience,” said Myles.

Alec Myles races on Thursday, September 7. See the event website for more details.