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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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Team BC announces Canoe/Kayak teams for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

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Team BC is pleased to announce its official Canoe/Kayak rosters for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto, Ontario.

Team BC held its initial selection camp in Seabird Island at the BC Aboriginal Canoe/Kayak Championships on September 17 and 18, 2016 where 102 athletes competed for spots on the Team BC Development Squad; at the spring selection camps the Canoe/Kayak Development Squad finalized their roster with six athletes per team.

Team BC Canoe/Kayak will be represented by:

U14 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U14 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Jennea Seward Brentwood Bay Mazzari Tate Nanaimo
Julienne Wyse-Seward Nanaimo Memphis Wyse Nanaimo
Karalyn Morris Brentwood Bay Myles Paige Duncan
Madelyn Morris Brentwood Bay Noah Gray Lake Errock
Monique Seanez Saanichton Silas Wilson Nanaimo
Trinity Jensen Forest Grove William Wyse Nanaimo
U16 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U16 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Breanna Seymour Ladysmith Drake Leon Agassiz
Chelsei Gray Lake Errock Dylan Marchand Port Alberni
Emerald Julia John Hope Quentin Tate Port Alberni
Kristine Edgar Port Alberni Quincy Archie Canim Lake
Rose Seward Brentwood Bay Terrance Hubick-Archie Canim Lake
Valerie Paul Agassiz Tyson Seward Nanaimo
U19 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U19 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Brittney Sam Victoria Brandyn Chappell Chilliwack
Janessa Horne Duncan Gordon George North Vancouver
Jordana Seymour Ladysmith Ivan Morris Port Renfrew
Josephine Seward Nanaimo Jonis White Brackendale
Kasey Wyse Nanaimo Michael Wyse Nanaimo
Kyla Price Duncan Trey Gray-Thorne Duncan
U14 & U16 Female Alternates U14 & U16 Male Alternates
Taylor Charlie Agassiz Marcus Jeffrey Port Alberni
Syvawn Paul Agassiz Norman Mack Port Alberni
Tyana Price Duncan
Makenzie Williams-Chapman Deroche
U19 Female Alternates U19 Male Alternates
Makayla Sam Agassiz Dmitri John Hope
Tyra Johnston Nanaimo Stephan Theodore-Jensen Forest Grove

Coaching Staff:

Peter Amos, Co-Head Coach
Chrystal McCallum, Co-Head Coach
Paul Wyse-Seward, Assistant Coach
Emerald John, Manager

Team BC Assistant Chef de Mission Buzz Manuel congratulated all of the athletes appointed to Team BC is looking forward to watching the Canoe/Kayak teams compete at the Games.

Manuel also thanked the coaching staff for their tremendous work they have completed over the past six months; and Canoe Kayak BC for their continued assistance and partnership to grow the sport of Canoe/Kayak in our province through their coaching programs and athlete development initiatives.

The North American Indigenous Games is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people, welcoming more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and a number of spectators and dignitaries from across North America. From July 16 – 23, 2017, the City of Toronto will be the proud Host City to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.


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Host cities announced for BC Summer Games and BC Winter Games

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Maple Ridge and Prince George have been announced as host cities for the 2020 and 2022 BC  Summer Games. These games bring together athletes, coaches, officials, spectators and visitors, and result in significant economic benefits to the regions over the four days of competition.

Also announced were Fort St John and Greater Vernon as the hosts of the 2020 and 2022 BC Winter Games.

Local MLAs joined community leaders, volunteers and athletes in the host cities for the announcements this morning, generating momentum as communities kick off planning for the largest multi-sport competition in the province.

The upcoming games will be held in:

• Fort St John – 2020 BC Winter Games, Feb. 20-23, 2020
• Maple Ridge – 2020 BC Summer Games, July 23-26, 2020
• Greater Vernon – 2022 BC Winter Games, Feb. 24-27, 2022
• Prince George – 2022 BC Summer Games, July 21-24, 2022

The BC Games contribute to the development of sport and community through infrastructure improvements, volunteer engagement and a major event-hosting experience that leaves a lasting legacy for host communities.

The games are an important part of the progression of B.C.’s emerging high-performance athletes. For some athletes, the games may be the highest competition they participate in, while others move on to the Canada Games or join national teams and go on to participate at international competitions, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The B.C. government contributes over $2 million annually to the BC Games Society to support the BC Summer and BC Winter Games – part of over $40 million invested annually to encourage British Columbians to be physically active and to support a “performance pathway” for athletes, coaches and support personnel.


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Ottawa and Shawinigan to host 2017 Sprint Canada Cups

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Two Canada Cup sprint competitions have been scheduled for the 2017 season. The Rideau Canoe Club will host the first Canada Cup at Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa, ON in conjunction with Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations on July 1 and 2. The following weekend, the Shawinigan Canoe Club will host a second Canada Cup on July 8 and 9.

The events are each expected to draw approximately 300 competing athletes from club, provincial, national, and international teams.

“This is a big year for us as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, it is fitting to bring these events and our truly Canadian sport to these two iconic locations,” said Ian Mortimer, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Director of Development. “Since we initiated the event three years ago, the Canada Cups have grown to be  high-quality competitions and we are excited to welcome competitors from near and far to Ottawa and Shawinigan.”

The Canada Cups have attracted international participation with team from countries including Great Britain, Colombia, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the United States. Provincial teams, club teams and Canada’s U17, Junior and U23 teams also compete.

For more information on each event:

Ottawa, ON – Canada Cup 1 – July 1- 2

Shawinigan, QC Canada Cup 2 – July 8- 9

In addition to the Canada Cups in Shawinigan and Ottawa, Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to promote two additional high-level competitions over the same weekend in the Prairie region which will provide quality completion between Provincial and Club Teams from the US and Canada.

Regina, SKCanada Day Regatta – July 1- 2

Winnipeg. MB – Canada Games Test Event – July 9


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CKBC hosting two whitewater training camps in October

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Calling all whitewater paddlers for two training camps with national team coach Michal Staniszewski. These great opportunities for training and support takes place on the Tamihi Rapids in Chilliwack on October 21-23 and October 28-30.

Cost is $75 for CKBC competitive members and $100 for non-competitive members. Register early for a $25 discount.

See more details and online registration: