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Women’s Canoe added to Olympic Canoe Kayak program, bringing gender equity

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Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to share the news that for the first time in Tokyo 2020, Canoe Kayak Sprint and Slalom will have a gender-balanced Olympic program.Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to share the news that for the first time in Tokyo 2020, Canoe Kayak Sprint and Slalom will have a gender-balanced Olympic program.

The International Olympic Committee has approved the International Canoe Federation’s proposal for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Program. This program includes women’s canoe events for the first time in Olympic history.

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe – 2017

“I think it is really a good day for women’s canoe,” Laurence Vincent-Lapointe said. Vincent-Lapointe has won seven world championships since women’s canoe was added to the world championship program in 2010, and has just finished a strong world cup performance where the sprint women’s canoe team won a total of 9 medals.

“We finally get the opportunity to be seen as the athletes we are, and get the place we have been waiting for all this time” Vincent-Lapointe said. “ Having just come back from the world cups tour, I have seen many incredible women canoers and I’m proud of what we have all accomplished until now. Now we will all be striving towards the highest form of recognition, the Olympic Games. It is with a lot of emotion that I received this news and I’m happy to share it with everyone who have supported us all this time.”

Women canoers will compete at the Tokyo Olympics in Sprint C-1 200m and C-2 500m, as well as in Slalom C-1.

2020 Canoe Kayak Olympic Program

Men’s Kayak Women’s Kayak Men’s Canoe Women’s Canoe
K1 Slalom
K1 200m
K1 1000m
K2 1000m
K4 500m
K1 Slalom
K1 200m
K1 500m
K2 500m
K4 500m
C1 Slalom
C1 1000m
C2 1000m
C1 Slalom
C1 200m
C2 500m

Haley Daniels – 2016 

“I am proud to say that we will finally be able to follow our dreams to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020” Haley Daniels, Canada’s top Women’s Canoe Slalom paddler said. “This announcement is history in the making where we can truly say that Canoe Slalom is gender equitable and moving forward.”

Women have a long history of racing canoes of many types in Canada.  Races between women’s war canoes have been a regular fixture at championship regattas as early as the turn of the 20th century.

Yet the road to equal competitive opportunity in the sport has not been short or easy for women’s canoe athletes. Through years of advocacy, and sometimes disappointing setbacks, pioneering athletes, and leaders within the Canoe Kayak Canada community have led the way in the push for equality in the sport.

Canadian marathon nationals were gender equitable across all events from their inception in 1980. The sprint discipline followed by adopting a full women’s canoe race card in 1995, and finally, 2009 saw the inclusion of women’s canoe at the whitewater nationals.

Canoe Kayak Canada led a concerted and sustained push through our representatives at the International Canoe Federation level for gender equity, specifically through the inclusion of women’s canoe events.

Madeleine Hall – 1964

“It has taken 72 years for women to be included as full participants in our sport,” Madeleine Hall, chair of Canoe Kayak Canada’s Sprint Racing Council, said. “Kudos to the International Canoe Federation and the International Olympic Committee for taking this significant step.”

Hall, who was a canoe athlete herself, shared on behalf of Canoe Kayak Canada, a special thank you to our Canadian women canoers who have led the way nationally and internationally.

“You put your hearts and souls into canoeing in spite of its absence at the Olympic Games,” she said. “It is thanks to your skill and excellent performances that this dream has come true. Now enjoy the rest of the road to the Olympic Games!”


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Huge thank-you from CKBC

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The Canada Games trials took place on Shumway Lake in sunny Kamloops on Saturday, May 27. And it was a great event!

From everyone at CKBC – thank-you Kamloops Canoe and Kayak club for hosting our sprint paddlers from around the province.

And a shout-out of thanks to the volunteers and officials. We were fortunate to have all of you help out and make the trials a fantastic event for the athletes.

THANKS!!!!!

 


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Twenty B.C. paddlers named to Canada Summer Games team

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Twenty canoe and kayak paddlers from nine B.C. clubs have been named to the 2017 Canada Summer Games team. The athletes, ranging in age from 13 to 20, were named to Team BC following trials in Kamloops on May 27.

Leading the squad is Team BC veteran Alex Brent (Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club) who competed at the 2013 Games in Sherbrooke and the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. Brent was the Team BC flagbearer at the 2015 Games and is a multiple medal winner at Canadian Championships.

“To be part of Canada Summer Games during its 50th anniversary and during the 150th year of Canada as a nation, will be a unique and exhilarating experience,” said Brent. “Beyond that, multi-sport games are always exciting and I am immensely proud to be a part of Team BC at the Games.”

The paddlers will participate in team training camps and provincial regattas leading up to the Games later this summer. 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.

“I’m pleased with the composition of the team. We have several key veterans and a number of young but enthusiastic and skilled paddlers,” said Blake Dalton following the selection of the team. “It was obvious at the selection trials that each athlete wants to fight for each second. It will be a great Games!”

Canoe Kayak BC’s 2017 Canada Summer Games team:

WOMEN’S KAYAK

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Cassidy MacPherson Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Katrina Loutet Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Jia Kim Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Elisa Robson-Brown False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Meghan Cheung Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Alternates:
Lauryn Cheung Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Mika Asano Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer

WOMEN’S CANOE

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Samantha Loutet Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Anna Zhang False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Zaffia Laplante Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby
Heather Potkins Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club Nelson Lauren Heckley
Melody Oh Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Alternate:
Emily Robinson Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek

MEN’S KAYAK

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Alex Brent Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Dewdney Piotr Majewski
Matthew Koehler Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Cameron Antifave Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club Lantzville Igor Nikitovic
Coen del Valle Chinook Racing Canoe Club Victoria Rhys del Valle
Michael Lanyon Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek
Alternates:
Ivan Strashenko Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Tyler Demidoff Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski

MEN’S CANOE

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Ydris Hunter False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Alexander Demishkevich Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek
Quinn Phare Pemberton Canoe Association Pemberton Jared Trafford
Omar Said Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Noah Said Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Alternates:
Liam Stewart Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Quinn Thomson False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Langley Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin


Team BC Coaches:

  • Diane Tam (False Creek Sprint Canoe Club)
  • Piotr Majewski (Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club)
  • Cory Rublee (Canoe Kayak BC)
  • Blake Dalton (Canoe Kayak BC)

About Canoe Kayak BC

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 online at www.canoekayakbc.ca

Photos by Chris Taylor (Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club)


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Canoe Kayak Canada Names Canoe Slalom National Team

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Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to name its national canoe slalom team following a weekend of trials in Kananaskis, AB. The team will represent Canada at World Cups in Europe starting in June and World Championships in Pau, France in September.

“We had some strong performances at trials and have a good mix of up-and-comers and veterans ready to race internationally,” said James Cartwright, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Whitewater High Performance Manager. “The team has a real sense of opportunity heading into this quadrennial and I’m excited for what’s to come.”

There are three quota spots per event. The top athletes in each class will represent Canada at World Cups and World Championships. Under 23 athletes, who qualified as alternates, will be given the opportunity to race World Cups 3.

Men’s Kayak

1) Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)
2) David Ford (Edmonton, AB)
3) Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON)
Alternate: Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON)

Women’s Kayak

1) Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC)
2) Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB)
3) Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)
Alternate: Reneo Ohler (Calgary, AB)

Men’s Canoe

1) Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON)
2) Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)
3) Yannick Laviolette (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC)
Alternate: Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

Women’s Canoe

1) Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB)
2) Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)

Competition Schedule

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 June 16-18 Prague, Czech Republic
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 2 June 23-25 Augsburg, Germany 
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 3*U23 athletes to compete in quotas 2 & 3 July 7-9 Markkleeberg, Germany
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4 September 1-3 Ivrea, Italy
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup final September 8-10 La Seu D’urgell, Spain
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships September 27 – October 1 Pau, France

 


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Team BC unveils custom art to unite athletes at Games

Team-BC-Unite.pngThis summer, Team BC athletes will represent our province at two major multi-sport Games – the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg and the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto.

The organizers of the two Team BC contingents are excited to unveil a custom art design that was commissioned to celebrate the spirit of teamwork and cooperation.

While both teams compete under the Team BC name, the contingents have traditionally been organized separately. The design, Team BC Unite, was created by artist Jamin Zuroski and represents two teams, two worlds, embracing diversity, respect, connection, perseverance, excellence, and celebration.

At the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Team BC athletes will proudly wear a shirt displaying the Team BC Unite design as they parade into the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Team BC athletes at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will proudly display the Team BC Unite design on their Closing Ceremony shirts.

The design features two animals – the raven is a symbol of Team BC at the North American Indigenous Games and the whale represents Team BC at the Canada Games. Each animal highlights special qualities such as strength, determination, unity, and desire for success both as an individual and as a team. The feather symbolizes a tool that embraces balance of the mind, body and spirit. All of elements together are in the shape of a ball or sphere to highlight momentum of the athletes and all of those who support them on their journey.

The North American Indigenous Games are recognized as an important vehicle to promote Indigenous sport development and recreation in Canada. Toronto will host 5,000 participants including 550 from Team BC, July 16 to 23.

The Canada Games are a national multi-sport competition featuring top athletes from every province and territory. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Games and Team BC will have 450 athletes, coaches, and mission staff in Winnipeg, July 28 to August 13.


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Sprint competition results to be available on mobile app

Canoe Kayak Canada partners with ImmediaC to continue using app launched at 2016 National Championships

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Paddling fans will now have a handy way to access up to the minute results at national sprint competitions. ImmediaC has become Canoe Kayak Canada’s digital app sponsor and will relaunch the app originally developed for the 2016 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships. The app will be used for Sprint National Team Trials, Canada Cups and National Championships.

“We are excited about our continued involvement in helping get real time race results from the tower into the hands of athletes, coaches and spectators,” said ImmediaC’s John Leahy.

As athletes cross the line, their results will show up right away as the app is connected to the finish line software. Spectators can easily view a list of upcoming races and can even search all the times a particular athlete is racing. The app is currently only available for iPhone and the developers are working on an Android application. The app’s full functionality is also available via the mobile web.

“This app repersents a big step forward in making our sport more spectator friendly by bringing results instantly to fans in the stands and across the country,” said Ian Mortimer, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Director of Development. “immediaC is a valuable partner in engaging our national audience through this technology and speading that excitement of a boat-shoot-finish to our community coast to coast.”

Download “Canoe Kayak Canada” iPhone app from the app store

View App online

Note: In any instance where the app and the draw posted on the CKC website have discrepancies, the version on the CKC website will be upheld.


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Canoe Kayak Canada names first sprint World Cup team of the new quadrennial

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Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to name its first team of sprint athletes of the new quadrennial to represent Canada at two World Cup competitions in Europe. The selections follow a weekend of Senior National Team Trials in Montréal, QC.

“We saw several impressive performances over the weekend and I’m really excited to take this team of athletes to Europe to line up against the international competition,” said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer of Canoe Kayak Canada. “It’s a new quad and we have much to look forward to as we begin this next chapter of working together towards Tokyo.”

The International Canoe Federation will host three Sprint World Cups and Canadian athletes will attend the second two taking place in Szeged, Hungary and Belgrade, Serbia over consecutive weekends starting May 26. Both competitions will include Paracanoe events.

ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 2
May 26-28 • Szeged, Hungary

ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 3
June 2-4 • Belgrade, Serbia

Men’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Maxence Beauchesne Trois Rivières (QC) Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier
Ryan Cochrane Windsor, NS Lac-Beauport Frédéric Jobin
Marshall Hughes Waverley, NS Cheema Frédéric Jobin / Mike Kerrivan
Jarret Kenke Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Andrzej Gronowicz
Nick Matveev Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek
Pierre-Luc Poulin Lac-Beauport, QC Lac-Beauport Frédéric Jobin/Chad Brooks/ Luc Grenier
Alex Scott Bedford, NS Maskwa Frédéric Jobin / Chad Brooks

Women’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Lissa Bissonnette Sherbrooke, QC Pointe-Claire Dave Robertson
Alanna Bray-Lougheed Oakville, ON Burloak Adam Oldershaw
Natalie Davison Ottawa, ON Rideau Diana Deek
Andréanne Langlois Québec, QC Trois-Rivières Mark Granger / Mathieu Pelletier
Michelle Russell Fall River, NS Cheema Mike Kerrivan
Courtney Stott Pickering, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek

Men’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Drew Hodges Ottawa, ON Rideau Wade Farquaharson
Mark James Dartmouth, NS Senobe Rob Baert
Mark Oldershaw Burlington, ON Burloak Scott Oldershaw
Craig Spence Dartmouth, NS Cheema Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki /Jan Kruk
Marc Tarling Pointe-Claire, QC Pointe-Claire Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki / Marc Creamer
Roland Varga Richmond Hill, ON Richmond Hill Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki

Women’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Nadya Crossman-Serb Winnipeg, MB Toba Jerome Seremak
Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh Ottawa, ON Rideau Diana Deek
Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier
Hannah MacIntosh Dartmouth, NS Senobe Rob Baert
Katie Vincent Mississauga, ON Mississauga Kyle Jeffery / Jan Kruk
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier

Men’s Paracanoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Mathieu St. Pierre (KL1) Shawinigan, QC Shawinigan Hélène Gervais
Trinity Tratch (KL2) Calgary, AB Calgary Edgar Garza
Zacharie Lauziere-Fitzgerald (KL3) Sherbrooke, QC Sherbrooke Nathan Desmarais

Women’s Paracanoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Erica Scarff (KL3) Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Mari Ellery

Results

Selection Criteria & Ranking Lists