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Canoe Kayak BC t-shirt design contest for our BC Summer Games uniform 

T-shirtIt’s time for a new design for our BC Summer Games uniforms. So we’re holding a contest to find the best canoe kayak design for our zone t-shirts for the 2018 BC Summer Games (and beyond)!

Here’s how you can be the winning artist:

  • Submit your design for a chance to win the CKBC t-shirt design contest and have your design used on the 2018 BC Summer Games t-shirts.
  • The CKBC team will select its favourite designs for the contest finals and voting by the public.
  • The four final designs will be posted on the CKBC’s Facebook and Instagram pages for the public to vote on which design will be on BC Summer Games t-shirts.
  • For all exclusions, restrictions, submission guidelines and further details about the contest, please see the Official Rules & Regulations.

Finalists and winner:

All finalists will be selected by the CKBC staff based on specific criteria and the final winner will be selected through a public online vote on CKBC’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Key Dates:

  • Submission of t-shirt designs: May 23, 2018 – June 6, 2018 at noon PST
  • Judging of all t-shirt designs: June 7 – 8
  • Voting on four finalist designs: June 9 – June 20 at noon PST

Download information

T-Shirt Design Contest Guidelines

T-Shirt Design Official Rules and Regulations

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CKBC hosting CanoeKids Instructors Courses

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CKBC is hosting CanoeKids Instructors Courses in preparation for summer camps and community programming. Courses are currently scheduled for Pemberton, Penticton, Prince George, Burnaby and Nelson in June and July.

CanoeKids is a Coaching for Community Sport National Coaching Certification Program recognized course. It is required for anyone delivering summer programs at CKBC registered clubs. The course is also suitable for anyone delivering community canoe/kayak programs.

An introductory paddling skills development program, the course focuses on development of flatwater canoe and kayak paddling skills in a safe and fun environment.

CKCB is also including an extra module to assist with final preparations for summer programming.

Those who have summer camp experience and have previously taken this course are invited to return for a complimentary ‘refresher’ . Please register and indicate that you are auditing in the comments section.

Upcoming Canoe Kids Instructor Courses

Registration is on-line and there is a $50 early bird registration fee discount.


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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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Call for Candidates for the CKBC Board of Directors

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Canoe Kayak BC is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to sit on our Board of Directors. With our recent bylaw transition to the new Societies Act, individuals are needed for the  following positions at our upcoming AGM on May 5, 2018;

  • President – 2 year term
  • Whitewater Representative – 2 year term
  • Development Director – 2 year term
  • *Director of Facilities and Water Access – 2 year term
  • *Director at Large – 2 year term
  • Athlete Representative – 1 year term (To be selected by Team BC athetes)

*A resolution will be presented at the AGM to change the position of Director of Facilities and Water Access to a Director at Large position.

Please refer to CKBC Director Roles and Responsibilities for more details.

If you are interested in joining the CKBC Board of Directors, please submit a completed application to hopkins.sara@gmail.com

Canoe Kayak BC is the Provincial Sport Organization who actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in paddle sports. Our members include competitive athletes, developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of the sport.


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CKBC Awards Banquet and AGM take place May 5

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Join CKBC for our 2017 Awards and Scholarship Banquet and AGM taking place on Saturday, May 5 at the Whonnock Lake Centre in Maple Ridge

2017 CKBC Awards and Scholarship Banquet

Saturday, May 5

Join CKBC as we honour our athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers for their achievements from the 2017 season. Celebrate paddling in B.C. with dinner, awards, a silent auction and more!

Time: Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Location: Whonnock Lake Centre (27871 113 Ave, Maple Ridge)

Tickets Required:

  • $25 until April 29
  • $35 after April 29
  • Buy your tickets early  – the banquet sold out last year!
  • Athletes with a 2016 discount code may use one code to purchase their personal ticket

Silent Auction:

Since 2008, Canoe Kayak BC has awarded $9,000 in scholarships to 18 student-athletes.

Part of this investment in these remarkable young adults come from the silent auction held in conjunction with the CKBC Awards and Scholarship Banquet.

The silent auction features numerous items donated with 100 percent of the proceeds going to scholarships.

2017 AGM

Saturday, May 5

Time:  5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Whonnock Lake Centre (27871 113 Ave, Maple Ridge)

More info and register your club voting delegate


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CKBC hosting Extraordinary General Meeting of the Members

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To all CKBC members:

Under the Societies Act of British Columbia, which came into force on November 28, 2016, every pre-existing British Columbia society is required to file with the Registrar of Companies a transition application that contains the constitution, bylaws, statement of directors, and registered office.

An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Members of Canoe Racing BC DBA Canoe Kayak BC will be held on Thursday March 22nd at 7 p.m. via GoToMeeting to consider a Special Resolution of the Members to authorize the directors to file a transition application; and to replace the Society’s current By-Laws with revised By-Laws that comply with the new Societies Act.


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CKBC club webinar series begins March 12

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CKBC is excited to announce our club webinar series begins on Monday, March 12.

March Webinar – Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. online via Go To Meeting

The first webinar focuses on club membership renewal and completing the membership process. These are timely topics as the membership season here.

If you have specific membership questions, please send them to MJ (mj@canoekayakbc.ca) to ensure we cover them during the webinar.

Register on-line now and you will receive log in details on Monday, March 12.

April Webinar – Monday, April 9, 7 p.m. online via Go To Meeting

The April webinar focuses on social media.

Please send your questions and areas of interest regarding social media to me (sandra@canoekayakbc.ca) to ensure the webinar meets your needs.

Register on-line now and you will receive log in details on Monday, April 9.