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Three B.C. paddlers named to CKC’s 2018 World Cups and World Championships Slalom Teams

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Three B.C. paddlers are among the 21 athletes Canoe Kayak Canada recently named to represent Canada at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups and 2018 ICF Junior, U23 and Senior World Championships. The athletes were selected this weekend during the National Slalom Team Trials in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec.

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence paddlers Jakob Kryworuchko, Finley Capstick and Austin Atkins have all been named to the Junior teams. Capstick and Atkins are on the kayak team while Kryworuchko is a member of the canoe team.

“It was great to see our Canadian athletes back on the race course this week-end and we look forward to taking these groups of athletes to compete on the international stage in the coming weeks,” announced James Cartwright, Slalom High Performance Manager at Canoe Kayak Canada. “They have been working hard all winter and they look ready to compete against the best athletes in the world.”

The named athletes will be representing Canada at five Slalom World Cups hosted by the International Canoe Federation starting June 22 in Slovakia. The next World Cups will be held in Poland, Germany and Spain over different week-ends between June and September.

The Junior/U23 teams will also compete at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom Junior/U23 World Championships taking place July 17 to 22 in Ivrea, Italy, and the senior teams will compete at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, September 25 to 30.

The Slalom National Team Trials results are available on-line on the Canoe Kayak Canada Website and more information about the ICF events is on the International Canoe Federations event’s calendar on-line.

Team Announcement

Men’s Canoe

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN Province
Senior Cameron Smedley Dunrobin, QC Whitewater Ontario
Senior Spencer Pomeroy Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
U23/Senior Liam Smedley Dunrobin, QC Whitewater Ontario
U23 Yannick Laviolette Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC Whitewater Ontario
Junior Jakob Kryworuchko Vancouver, BC Canoe Kayak BC
Junior James Risk Ottawa, ON Canoe Kayak BC

Women’s Canoe

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN Province
Senior Haley Daniels Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Senior/U23 Lois Betteridge Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario

Men’s Kayak

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN Province
Senior Michael Tayler Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Senior *Conditional – Ben Hayward Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Senior/U23 Keenan Simpson Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
U23 Trevor Boyd Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
U23 Darius Ramrattan Innisfail, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Junior Mael Rivard Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Junior Austin Atkins Chilliwack, BC Canoe Kayak BC
Junior Finley Capstick Chilliwack, BC Canoe Kayak BC

Women’s Kayak

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN Province
Senior Florence Maheu Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC Eau Vive Québec
Senior/U23 Lois Betteridge Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Junior Jocelyn Taylor Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Alternate Haley Daniels Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak

Men’s Extreme Slalom

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN Province
Senior *Conditional – Ben Hayward Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Senior/U23/
Junior
Mael Rivard Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
U23 Trevor Boyd Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Junior Félix Filion Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC Eau Vive Québec

Women’s Extreme Slalom

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN COACHE(S)
Senior Florence Maheu Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC Eau Vive Québec
Senior Haley Daniels Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Junior Luanda Pronovost Whitehorse, YT Canoe Kayak BC
Junior Olivia Norman Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario

Mixed Double Canoe

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN COACHE(S)
Senior Lois Betteridge Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Senior Yannick Laviolette Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC Eau Vive Québec
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B.C.’s Whitewater Slalom Athletes complete National Team Trials

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Six B.C. paddlers were among the athletes who completed the National Slalom Team Trials of a new season of racing this weekend on the Saint-Charles River in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec.

“Our junior and senior athletes looked impressive on the race course this week-end,” said James Cartwright, Slalom High Performance manager at Canoe Kayak Canada. “The athletes and coaches were well prepared for the races and I was pleased to see Ben Hayward back on the race course after missing last season from shoulder surgery.”

B.C. Results

  • Finn Wakeling (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: C-1 Men Cadet, K-1 Extreme)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 1st (136.02); 2nd Run – 1st (124.51)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 1st (142.60); 2nd Run – 1st (134.11)
    • Best Run: 12th (103.50) [Extreme]
  • Jakob Kryworuchko (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: C-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 2nd (196.11); 2nd Run- 1st (124.14)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 1st (115.74); 2nd Run – 2nd (127.22)
  • Avery Wilkins (Vancouver Island Whitewater Society: K-1 Men Extreme, K-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 7th (122.49); 2nd Run – 7th (119.34)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 6th (123.90); 2nd Run – 12th (176.89)
    • Best Run: 8th (84.34) [Extreme]
  • Austin Atkins (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: K-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 1st (108.64); 2nd Run – 2nd (111.16)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 2nd (103.85); 2nd Run – 10th (169.84)
  • Finley Capstick (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: K-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 3rd (117.64); 2nd Run – 5th (117.95)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 1st (101.15); 2nd Run – 2nd (109.80)
  • Isabel Taylor (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: K-1 Women Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 1st (167.07); 2nd Run – 3rd (258.50)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 3rd (219.55); 2nd Run – 3rd (211.31)

Other notable results

Saturday, Florence Maheu (Québec) won the Women’s K1 in both the first and second round with a time of 108.06 and 103.67 seconds, respectively. Michael Tayler (Ontario) won the Men’s K1 first run with a time of 92.08 seconds while Ben Hayward (Alberta) won the second run with a tim of 93.78 seconds.

Canoer Liam Smedley (Ontario) won the Men’s C1 first round with a time of 99.67 seconds while his older brother, Cameron Smedley (Ontario) won the second run with a faster time of 94.94 seconds. In the Women’s C1 event, U23 athlete Lois Betteridge (Ontario) won the first run with a time of 118.83 seconds and Haley Daniels (Alberta) came first in the second run with a time of 111.73 seconds.

On Sunday, Maheu took first place again in the Women’s K1 final run of the weekend with a time of 98.25 seconds, as well as Tayler in the men’s race with a time of 90.31 seconds.

Betteridge won the Women’s C1 final run with a time of 122.08 while Cameron Smedley repeated a win in the Men’s C1 first run with a time of 95.04 seconds and Spencer Pomeroy (Ontario) won the final run with a time of 96.87 seconds.

On the last day of trials, athletes were also competing in the Extreme Slalom event. Ben Hayward (Alberta) came first with the fastest time of the day (77.64 seconds), followed by Maël Rivard (Ontario) with a time of 80.18 seconds and Trevor Boyd (Alberta) with a close time of 80.40 seconds.

Complete Results

Canoe Kayak Canada will be announcing the selected teams that will be representing Canada at the 2018 ICF World Cups and also at the 2018 World Championships later this week.


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Canoe Kayak BC joins partnership to increase Indigenous participation at the 2018 BC Summer Games

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Canoe Kayak BC has joined a partnership with the BC Games Society and the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC) along with Basketball BC and the BC Lacrosse Association to expand pathways for Indigenous athletes, coaches and officials at the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games.

Building on the inclusion of Indigenous athletes in the sport of archery at the BC Winter Games, the goal of this partnership is to create increased advancement opportunities for Indigenous athletes to compete in basketball, canoe/kayak, and box lacrosse at the BC Summer Games.  With this experience, athletes can increase their potential to move forward to compete at future events such as the North American Indigenous Games or the Canada Summer Games.

“This opportunity for Indigenous athletes and coaches is an extension of a long standing partnership we have with I·SPARC.  More athletes and coaches attending a BC Games provides for greater competition and coaching development, while exposing young people to a multi-sport environment assisting them on their own sport pathway.” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.

Regional Indigenous Trials for canoe/kayak athletes are scheduled for Vancouver Island, Cultus Lake and Canim Lake. Athletes selected to zone teams will compete at the 2018 BC Summer Games on Cowichan Lake from July 19-22. I·SPARC will assist with the identification and targeting of potential athletes.

“The evolution of this partnership is showing true leadership in creating a more inclusive, welcoming sport system and one that provides increased competitive opportunities for Indigenous athletes. We are extremely excited to join with these partners to create a unique experience for Indigenous athletes and coaches at the upcoming BC Summer Games and to continue to work together and grow the opportunities for Indigenous athletes and coaches in the future.” said Rick Brant, Executive Director of I·SPARC.

The athletes will compete in fully integrated multi-discipline paddling events: canoe (singles, doubles and fours), kayak (singles, doubles, and fours) and a whitewater slalom event. Also included in the BC Summer Games are para events for athletes with a disability.

“The BC Summer Games are a great event for young paddlers as they begin their competitive careers,” said CKBC’s Development Coordinator Gillian Fedechko. “It’s exciting to increase the number of athletes, coaches and officials who will experience the Games.”

The 2018 BC Summer Games take place in the Cowichan Valley July 19-22 and will include up to 3723 participants from across BC competing in 18 sports. Indigenous athletes interested in the BC Summer Games opportunities can contact I·SPARC at www.isparc.ca.


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BC paddler among eight named to CKC Wildwater National Team

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Avery Wilkins from the Vancouver Island Whitewater Society is among the eight paddlers named to Canoe Kayak Canada’s Wildwater National Team. The eight were named to the team after competing at the Wildwater Canoeing National Team trials May 5-6 on the Moira River in Ontario.

The race took place on an approximately 5 km stretch of the Moira River in Roslin, Ontario. The race happened in Class 2 and Class 3 whitewater from Chisholm’s Mills to Scuttlehole Rapid.

“For the second year in a row, high water levels on the Madawaska River forced a last-minute change of venue,” said Warren Hastings, Chair of the Wildwater committee on the Whitewater Council at Canoe Kayak Canada. “There were safety concerns around a rapid called Staircase, so we moved it for our athletes’ well-being and to ensure good paddling during a period of elevated water levels.”

Just two years ago, Wilkins competed in the BC Summer Games and is now among the best young whitewater paddlers in Canada.

Four boats were qualified for both the Classic and Sprint events of the Canoe Wildwater discipline for a total of 8 different athletes.

In the C-1 Classic event, Spencer Pomeroy came first with a time of 16 min 28,45 seconds, followed by Gwyn Ashcroft who came second (17 min 34,63 secs). John Hastings came first in the K-1 Classic event with a time of 15 min, followed by Warren Hastings (15 min 15,66 secs) and Neil Gerrard (15 min 27 secs). In the Sprint event, Pomeroy won the C-1 race with a time of 93,54 seconds while John Hastings won the K-1 race with a time of 80,45 seconds.

 Name  Event  Team  Classic  Sprint
 Spencer Pomeroy  Men’s C-1  Senior Team  16:28,45  93,54 secs
 Gwyn Ashcroft  Men’s C-1  Senior Team  17:34,63  103,18 secs
 Avery Wilkins  Men’s K-1  Junior Team  17:22,00  98,21 secs
 John Hastings  Men’s K-1  Senior Team  15:00,00  80,45 secs
 Warren Hastings  Men’s K-1  Senior Team  15:15,66  84,51 secs
 Neil Gerrard  Men’s K-1  Senior Team  15:27,00  84,63 secs
 Harold Van Winssen  Men’s K-1  Senior Team  15:37,00  n.a.
 Ed Winacott  Men’s K-1  Senior Team  15:57,00  93,51 secs

The next race on the Canoe Wildwater calendar is the Whitewater National Championships taking place in Kananaskis, Alberta, from August 2 to 6.


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RBC Training Ground returns to B.C.

RBC Training Ground is a national program created in partnership with RBC, CBC, and the Canadian Olympic Committee with the purpose of identifying and supporting the next generation of high performance athletes in Canada.

With the belief that high performance sport should be accessible to all athletes that are talented, qualified and have the will to compete, this program travels the country every year searching for athletes that will fuel the Canadian Olympic pipeline with future talent.

RBC is committed to supporting up to 30 Training Ground athletes every year, to assist them in chasing their Olympic dreams.

B.C. dates:

  • Prince George: January 20, Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre
  • Langley: February 3, Langley Events Centre
  • Kamloops: February 18, Tournament Capital Centre
  • Kelowna: February 23, Capitol News Centre
  • Victoria: March 11, University  of Victoria
  • Burnaby: March 17, Fortius Sport & Health
  • Regional Final: April 7, Richmond Oval

Don’t miss out on this – register today.

 

 


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Provincial Team Winter Testing dates

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The dates for the Provincial Team Winter Testing have been announced for Lower Mainland, Interior and Island locations.

  • Interior: February  17, Kamloops (registration deadline February 14)
  • Vancouver Island: February 24, Catalyst Gym, Victoria (registration deadline February 21)
  • Lower Mainland: February 25, MVMT Academy, North Vancouver (registration deadline February 21)

Athletes will be tested in the following areas:

  • Senior Athletes: Bench pull power; bench pull repeated power; 3RM press; 3RM pull; 1500m run
  • Junior Athletes: Bench pull power; 3-6RM press; 3-6RM pull; 40” pull ups; 1500m run

 


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2017 CKBC scholarship recipients

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CKBC is pleased to announce that Lauryn Cheung and Michael Lanyon are the recipients of the 2017 Canoe Kayak BC scholarships. These paddlers were awarded $500 in recognition of their dedication and commitment to the sport combined with outstanding scholastic achievement and community involvement.

Lauryn Cheung
Fort Canoe & Kayak Club, UBC Applied Science Program

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Lauryn began paddling in 2014 after changing sports from artistic gymnastics and track and field. In her short time paddling, she won medals at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games and 2016 National Sprint Championships. Off the water, she was an active member of her high school and volunteered at the LifeMark Health Centre where she worked with a variety of amputee clients. Still active with the Fort Canoe & Kayak Club she says she wants “every kid to have their life changed in the same dramatic and incredibly positive way that mine was by canoe kayak.”

Michael Lanyon
Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club, Thompson Rivers University Engineering Program

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Michael began paddling in 2012 and since that time has traveled through Canada and around the world. He credits this travel and paddling with helping him learn many valuable life lessons like budgeting, punctuality and being modest in victory and gracious in defeat. Away from the water, Michael helped with outreach for homeless programs and within his high school. An outstanding student, Micheal received the NorKam Senior Grad Cord and was on the Principal’s list for Grade 11 and 12. Michael was a member of Team BC for the 2017 Canada Summer Games and had a career best 6th place finish at the 2016 Sprint Nationals.

Funded by donations

The CKBC scholarship fund is 100% funded by donations and fundraising events such as the CKBC silent auction held in conjunction with the annual awards reception. There is no overhead or administrative fees, so all donations go directly to deserving students like Lauryn and Michael and their education costs. All donations of $20 or more receive a tax receipt as a registered project of the National Sport Trust Fund. .

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About the CKBC scholarship fund

CKBC introduced the scholarship program in 2008 and the fund annually awards two $500 scholarships to deserving students who are attending a British Columbian post-secondary institution. These scholarships honor young B.C. students who have:

  • Attained high scholastic achievement
  • Shown outstanding leadership traits and skills in canoe kayak and within their community
  • Demonstrated a personal contribution to improve their community, school, and club
  • Attained athletic achievements in canoe and/or kayak
  • Continued to demonstrate leadership as members of Canoe Kayak BC