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


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


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


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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B.C. paddlers set to compete at 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships


Thirty B.C. paddlers from the nine clubs go for gold this week at the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships. Taking place in Welland at the Welland International Flatware Centre, the event will crown champions in a variety of age categories in sprint canoe, kayak and paracanoe from August 22-26.

Representing B.C. are:

Alouette Paddling Club

  •  Megan Pankratz
  • Corey Stewart

Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Mika Asano
  • Matao Buist (Kamloops)
  • Edward Colhoun
  • Zaffia Laplante
  • Katrina Loutet
  • Samantha Loutet
  • Stanley Netherton (Kamloops)
  • Heather Potkins (Nelson)
  • Spencer Robinson (Kamloops)
  • Ivan Strashenko
  • Anna Zhang (False Creek)

Chinook Racing Canoe Club

  • Patrick Dann
  • Coen del Valle

False Creek Sprint Canoe Club

  • Stuart Chase
  • Ydris Hunter
  • Quinn Phare (Pemberton)
  • Elisa Robson-Brown
  • Noah Said
  • Arjun Senanayke
  • Andrew Sugianto
  • Hank Wang
  • Tiffany Yau

Fort Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Elliot Hoyt
  • Ben Muench

Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Alex Brent
  • Jia Kim
  • Matthew Koehler
  • Brian Malfesi

The competition can be watched live on-line and the results app is available in the iTunes App Store.

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B.C. wins 17 medals at Whitewater National Championships


Led by Jakob Kryworuchko’s five gold medals, B.C. paddlers brought home 17 medals from the 2017 Whitewater National Championships. The championships took place July 31-August 6 in Ottawa.

In the open age championships, Ottawa’s Cameron Smedley was the most dominant performer of the day, confirming his status as Canada’s top male slalom paddler, winning gold in the Men’s C-1 as well as the top spot in the Mixed C-2 alongside sister, Alison.

The Men’s K-1 featured a surprise champion in 34-year-old, John Hastings who beat out five other Ottawa paddlers despite retiring from the National Slalom Team to focus on preparations for the upcoming Extreme Slalom World Championships. Hastings’ victory, along with the dual titles by the Smedleys, helped Ontario capture the Brian Creer Cup, an award given annually to the top province at the National Championships.

Complete B.C. results:

Name Results
Maddison Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Bronze (40.10)
K-1 Junior Age Group Championships: 4th (169.29)
Finn Wakeling

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Cadet Downriver Sprint: Gold (41.62)
C-1 Cadet Downriver Classic: Gold (792.27)
C-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: Silver (138.01)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: 6th (277.14)
Jakob Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Gold (40.22)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 8th (37.13)
C-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Gold (800.84)
C-1 Junior Championships: Gold (101.67)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 10th (108.60)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-1 Open Championships: 8th (134.75) [1st Junior]
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Avery Wilkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 4th (42.56)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 5th (35.39)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 4th (660.23)
C-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (162.93)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 11th (108.62)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
K-1 Open Championships: 10th (119.03) [5th Junior]
Austin Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 11th (37.82)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Silver (626.94)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (97.34)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Alsek Watt

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 14th (40.51)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 8th (682.81)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 17th (114.98)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
Finley Capstick

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 18th (42.36)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 7th (673.68)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 7th (100.36)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
Maksym Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 8th (44.56)
K-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 7th (39.52)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)

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B.C. paddlers ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games


Twenty sprint paddlers from eight clubs are wrapping up training as they get ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. The paddling competition begins on Monday, August 7 and takes place at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre.

Leading the team is Games 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 following his selection to the team in May. “Beyond that, multi-sport games are always exciting and I am immensely proud to be a part of Team BC at the Games.”

Entry to Canoe Kayak competition is free courtesy of Manitoba’s Credit Unions. No ticket is required. For those wishing to cheer the team from B.C., the competitions will be streamed live online.

Team BC:

Women’s Kayak

  • Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge)
  • Katrina Loutet (Burnaby)
  • Jia Kim (Ridge)
  • Elisa Robson-Brown (False Creek)
  • Meghan Cheung (Fort)

Women’s Canoe

  • Samantha Loutet (Burnaby)
  • Anna Zhang (False Creek)
  • Zaffia Laplante (Burnaby)
  • Heather Potkins (Nelson)
  • Melody Oh (Ridge)

Men’s Kayak

  • Alex Brent (Ridge)
  • Matthew Koehler (Ridge)
  • Cameron Antifave (Nanaimo)
  • Coen del Valle (Chinook)
  • Michael Lanyon (Kamloops)

Men’s Canoe

  • Ydris Hunter (False Creek)
  • Alexander Demishkevich (Kamloops)
  • Quinn Phare (Pemberton)
  • Omar Said (Ridge)
  • Noah Said (Ridge)

Support Staff

  • Diane Tam – Coach (False Creek)
  • Peter Majewski – Coach (Ridge)
  • Blake Dalton – Manager (CKBC)
  • Cory Rublee – Technical Support (CKBC)

Six additional athletes were selected as alternates and have participated in team training camps: Lauryn Cheung (Fort); Mika Asano (Burnaby); Emily Robinson (Kamloops); Ivan Strashenko (Burnaby); Liam Stewart (Fort) and Quinn Thomson (False Creek)

Learn more about Team BC, including their favourite snacks and goals for the Games on the CKBC website.

The Canada Summer Games are the country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes. Among the Games’ alumni are paddlers Hugh Fisher, Sue Holloway and Adam Van Koeverden and athletes in other sports such as Andre de Grasse (athletics), Eugenie Bouchard (tennis) and Sydney Crosby (hockey).

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B.C. paddlers set to compete at 2017 Canadian Canoe Kayak Whitewater Championships


Eight B.C. paddlers from the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence (CCE) go for gold this weekend at the 2017 Canadian Canoe Kayak Whitewater Championships. Taking place in Ottawa at the Pumphouse, the event will crown champions in four age categories from August 4-6.

Representing B.C. from CCE are:

Cadet Men (ages 12-14)

  • Finn Wakeling (Port Moody)

Junior Women (ages 15-18)

  • Madison Atkins (Chilliwack)

Junior Men (ages 15-18)

  • Austin Atkins (Chilliwack)
  • Finley Capstick (Chilliwack)
  • Jakob Krywouchko (Vancouver)
  • Alsek Watt (Richmond)
  • Avery Wilkins (Chilliwack)

U23 Men (ages 19-23)

  • Maksym Kryworuchko (Vancouver)

The championships are hosted by the Ottawa River Runners and Canoe Kayak Canada.

Event website