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Forty-seven sprint paddlers set to represent B.C. at nationals

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Forty-seven paddlers from nine clubs are set to represent B.C. at the upcoming 2018 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships. Taking place in Sherbrooke at the Lac de Nations at Jacques-Cartier Park, the event will crown champions in a variety of age categories in sprint canoe, kayak and paracanoe from August 28-September 1.

Representing B.C. are:

Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Mika Asano
  • Alex Brent
  • Edward Colhoun
  • Matthew Koehler
  • Katrina Loutet
  • Samantha Loutet
  • Christian Ludwig

Chinook Racing Canoe Club

  • Patrick Dann
  • Coen del Valle

False Creek Sprint Canoe Club

  • Marvin Bader
  • Rowan Davison
  • Ydris Hunter
  • Lucas Mortensen
  • Huner Nyvall (Chinook)
  • Elisa Robson-Brown
  • Quinn Thomson
  • Nolan Tomaselli (Chinook)
  • Tiffany Yau

Fort Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Connor Fehr
  • Devon Holcroft
  • Elliot Hoyt
  • Paul Markhauser
  • Thomas Markhauser
  • Ben Muench
  • Quinn Phare (Pemberton)
  • Noah Said
  • Omar Said
  • Liam Stewart

Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Cameron Antifave (Nanaimo)
  • Matao Buist
  • Abigail Donaldson
  • Thomas Duff (Nanaimo)
  • Emma Guertin
  • Michael Lanyon
  • Stanley Netherton
  • Spencer Robinson
  • Ivan Strashenko
  • Aiden Tabata

Nelson Kayak & Canoe Cub

  • Quinn Currie
  • Heather Potkins

Pemberton Canoe Association

  • Jill Esseltine

Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Alexandr Dmitriev
  • Darren Granale
  • Cassidy MacPherson
  • Brian Malfesi
  • Samuel Rosenthal
  • Stephan Wang

The 2018 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships will be broadcast live on CKC’s YouTube Channel:   https://youtube.com/canoekayakcanadackc

Start lists and results are available on CKC’s digital app (available for IOS and Android) and online.

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25 medals for B.C. paddlers at 2018 Whitewater National Championships

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Eleven paddlers represented B.C. at the 2018 Whitewater National Championships in Kananaskis, Alberta from August 2-6. Led by Chilliwack Centre of Excellence teammates Finn Wakeling, Jacob Kryworuchko and Isabel Taylor, the group captured 25 medals.

Wakeling brought home seven medals, five of them gold, in the canoe downriver and slalom competitions. Competing in the cadet age group for the singles events, he medaled with Taylor in the mixed junior competitions. He also qualified for the A-Final in the C-1 Open Slalom event.

Also winning seven medals was Taylor. Competing in the kayak and canoe events, she won two gold in both the downriver and slalom events.

Meanwhile, Kryworuchko, captured six medals, two of them gold in the canoe and kayak junior downriver and slalom events. He also paired with whitewater newcomer Sam Loutet (Burnaby Kayak & Canoe Club) for medals in the mixed canoe competitions. Like Wakeling, he also qualified for the A-Final in the C-1 Open Slalom event.

Complete B.C. results:

Name Results
Team Races: BC K-1 Junior Team Race: Gold
C-1 Junior Team Race: Gold
Finn Wakeling

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Cadet Downriver Classic: Gold
C-2 Mixed Junior Downriver Classic: Gold
C-1 Cadet Downriver Sprint: Gold
C-2 Mixed Junior Downriver Sprint: Silver
C-1 Cadet Slalom: Gold
C-2 Mixed Slalom: Gold
C-1 Open Slalom: 8th
C-2 Mixed Open Slalom: Bronze
Jakob Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Gold
C-2 Mixed Junior Downriver Classic: Silver
C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Gold
C-2 Mixed Junior Downriver Sprint: Gold
C-1 Junior Slalom: Silver
K-1 Junor Slalom: 8th
C-2 Mixed Slalom: Silver
C-1 Open Slalom: 7th
K-1 Open Slalom: 15th
Avery Wilkins

Vancouver Island Paddling Society

K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Silver
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Silver
K-1 Junior Slalom: 9th
K-1 Open Slalom: 13th
Austin Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Gold
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Gold
K-1 Junior Slalom: 5th
K-1 Open Slalom: Bronze 
Alsek Watt

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 U23 Slalom: 5th
K-1 Open Slalom: 29th
Finley Capstick

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Slalom: Bronze
K-1 Open Slalom: 7th
Connor Curson

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Open Slalom: 12th
Isabel Taylor

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Bronze
C-2 Mixed Junior Downriver Classic: Gold
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Silver
C-2 Mixed Junior Downriver Sprint: Silver
K-1 Junior Slalom: Silver
C-2 Mixed Slalom: Gold
K-1 Open Slalom: 8th
C-2 Mixed Open Slalom: Bronze 
Sam Loutet
Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club
C-2 Mixed Junior Downriver Classic: Silver
C-2 Mixed Junior Downriver Sprint: Gold
C-2 Mixed Slalom: Silver
David Johnson

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Masters Slalom: Silver
Hyaden Stanridge

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Open Slalom: 34th

 


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Kamloops’s Michael Lanyon to represent Canada at the Canoe Marathon World Championships

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Kamloops paddler Michael Lanyon is among the 10 athletes who will represent Canada at the 2018 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships. Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) and the Marathon Canoe Racing Council (MCRC) announced the selection of the Canadian athletes on Tuesday.

Lanyon will compete in the U23 Men’s K-1 competition at the championships in Prado Vila Verde, Portugal from September 6 to 9.

“The Marathon Canoe Racing Council is excited to announce the members of Canada’s National Marathon Team that will compete at this year’s Worlds Championships,” said Kristoffer Archibald, Chair of Canoe Kayak Canada’s MCRC. “Drawn from CKC’s member clubs, these athletes have demonstrated the diligence, exceptional skills and positive attitude that characterize our athletes on the world stage. We eagerly await their competitions in September!”

The following athletes were selected at the 2018 Marathon Championships Qualifiers that were held last May on Shumway Lake in Kamloops, British Columbia. The MCRC was responsible of the approval of all nominations following the selection criteria that was posted on the Canoe Kayak Canada website earlier this year.

Canoe Marathon National Team

Category Athlete Hometown Event(s)
Junior Women’s Canoe Marlee MacIntosh Halifax, NS C-1
Junior Women’s Kayak Samathan Morse Halifax, NS K-1
U23 Women’s Kayak Emma Mitchell Winnipeg, MB K-1
U23 Women’s Kayak Sam Sula Mississauga, ON K-1
U23 Men’s Canoe Florian Harkerkehrer Winnipeg, MB C-1
U23 Men’s Canoe Mateus Braga Winnipeg, MB C-1
U23 Men’s Kayak Michael Lanyon Kamloops, BC K-1
Senior Women’s Canoe Maddy Mitchell Winnipeg, MB C-1
Senior Men’s Canoe Florian Harkerkehrer Winnipeg, MB C-2
Senior Men’s Canoe Mateus Braga Winnipeg, MB C-2

Visit the International Canoe Federation Website to get more information about the the 2018 Canoe Marathon World Championships and make sure to follow @PlanetCanoe  and @CanoeKayakCAN to get live updates.

 


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Strong B.C. results at West Canada Cup

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Sprint athletes from four B.C. clubs competed at the West Canada Cup in Regina from June 30 – July 1.

The 14 athletes had strong results led by False Creek’s Ydris Hunter who dominated the canoe competition with one silver and seven gold medals. Joining him with eight podium appearances (four gold, four silver) was Ridge’s Cassidy MacPherson.

B.C. results

False Creek Sprint Canoe Club

  • Ydris Hunter
    • Open Men’s C-1 1000: 1st Direct Final (04:30.86)
    • U17 Men’s C-1 200: 1st Direct Final (00:47.43)
    • U17 Men’s C-2 1000: 1st Direct Final (04:19.73)
    • Open Men’s C-2 200: 2nd Direct Final (00:45.16)
    • Open Men’s C-1 500: 1st Direct Final (01:58.99)
    • Open Men’s C-1 200: 1st Direct Final (00:45.00)
    • U17 Men’s C-1 1000: 1st Direct Final (04:21.16)
    • U17 Men’s C-1 6000: 1st Direct Final (19:14.73)
  • Elisa Robson Brown
    • Open Women’s K-2 200: 1st Direct Final (00:45.33)
    • Open Women’s K-1 500: Direct Final (DNF)
    • Open Women’s K-4 500: 2nd Direct Final (01:53.53)
    • U17 Women’s K-4 500: 1st Direct Final (01:56.64)
    • Open Women’s K-2 1000: 2nd Direct Final (04:13.13)
    • U17 Women’s K-1 500: 3rd Heat 2 (02:09.30): 3rd Final (2:19.95)
    • U17 Women’s K-1 200: 3rd Heat 1 (00:50.19); 5th Final (00:52.85)
    • Open Women’s K-2 500: 1st Direct Final (02:05.00)
    • U17 Women’s K-1 6000: 3rd Direct Final (19:14.78)
  • Tiffany Yau
    • Open Women’s K-2 200: 1st Direct Final (00:45.33)
    • Open Women’s K-1 1000: 6th Direct Final (05:07.50)
    • Open Women’s K-1 500: 3rd Direct Final (02:13.96)
    • Open Women’s K-4 500: 2nd Direct Final (01:53.53)
    • Open Women’s K-2 1000: 2nd Direct Final (04:13.13)
    • Open Women’s K-1 200: 6th Direct Final (00:50.76)
    • Open Women’s K-2 500: 1st Direct Final (02:05.00)

Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Kat Loutet
    • Open Women’s K-1 1000: Direct Final (DNF)
    • Open Women’s K-1 500: 5th Direct Final (02:24.40)
    • Open Women’s K-4 500: 2nd Direct Final (01:53.53)
    • U17 Women’s K-1 500: 2nd Heat 1 (02:11.87); 5th Final (02:21.43)
    • U17 Women’s K-1 200: 1st Heat 1 (00:49.67); 4th Final (00:52.52)
    • Open Women’s K-1 200: 8th Direct Final (00:51.25)
    • U17 Women’s K-1 6000: 7th Direct Final (20:25.23)

Pemberton Canoe Association

  • Kieran Nott
    • U15 Men’s K-1 4000: 8th Direct Final (16:56.00)
    • U16 Men’s K-1 200: 6th Heat 2 (00:57.76)
    • U16 Men’s K-1 1000: 4th Heat 1 (04:59.08); 8th Final (04:50.60)
    • U15 Men’s K-1 500: 5th Heat 2 (02:23.84); 1st Final B (02:24.92)
    • U17 Men’s K-1 6000: 11th Direct Final (22:10.28)
  • Brenna Nott
    • U15 Women’s C-1 4000: 2nd Direct Final (22:58.33)
    • U15 Women’s C-1 500: 3rd Direct Final (03:14.44)
    • U13 Women’s C-1 2000: 1st Direct Final (10:26.60)
  • Quinn Phare
    • Open Men’s C-1 1000: 4th Direct Final (04:55.19)
    • U17 Men’s C-1 200: 4th Direct Final (00:54.19)
    • U17 Men’s C-2 1000: 1st Direct Final (04:19.73)
    • Open Men’s C-2 200: 2nd Direct Final (00:45.16)
    • Open Men’s C-1 500: 4th Direct Final (02:10.71)
    • Open Men’s C-1 200: 4th Direct Final (00:50.97)
    • U17 Men’s C-1 1000: 5th Direct Final (04:50.60)
    • U17 Men’s C-1 6000: 2nd Direct Final (20:01.56)
  • Jill Esseltine
    • Open Women’s K-1 1000: Direct Final (DNF)
    • Open Women’s K-1 500: 6th Direct Final (02:44.10)
    • U17 Women’s K-1 500: 6th Heat 1 (02:35.22)
    • U17 Women’s K-1 200: 5th Heat 1 (00:59.20): 9th Final (01:01.67)
    • Open Women’s K-1 200: 11th Direct Final (01:00.11)
    • U17 Women’s K-1 6000: 10th Direct Final (22:16.87)

Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Carter Hugill
    • U15 Men’s K-1 4000: 10th Direct Final (17:32.32)
    • U16 Men’s K-1 200: 5th Heat 2 (00:53.81); 6th Final (00:51.39)
    • Open Men’s K-1 1000: Direct Final (DNF)
    • U16 Men’s K-1 1000: 6th Heat 2 (05:11.05); Final (DNF)
    • U15 Men’s K-1 500: 4th Heat 1 (02:20.07); 8th Final A (02:23.42)
    • Open Men’s K-1 500: 8th Heat 1 (02:22.42)
    • Open Men’s K-2 200: 7th Direct Final (00.51.11)
  • Braiden Davis
    • U16 Men’s K-1 200: 3rd Heat 1 (00:52.62); 8th Final (00:52.45)
    • U17 Men’s K-2 1000: Direct Final (DNF)
    • Open Men’s K-2 500: Direct Final (DNF)
    • U16 Men’s K-1 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (04:45.27); 4th Final (04:51.41)
    • Open Men’s K-1 1000: 4th Heat 2 (03:45.47)
    • Open Men’s K-4 200: 3rd Direct Final (00:42.88)
  • Darren Granale
    • U16 Men’s K-1 200: 3rd Heat 2 (00:52.64): 5th Final (00:50.83)
    • U17 Men’s K-2 1000: Direct Final (DNF)
    • Open Men’s K-2 500: Direct Final (DNF)
    • Open Men’s K-4 200: 3rd Direct Final (00:42.88)
    • U16 Men’s K-1 1000: 3rd Heat 1 (04:48.54); Final (scratched)
    • Open Men’s K-1 1000: Heat 2 (DNF)
  • Alex Dmitriev
    • U16 Men’s K-1 200: 2nd Heat 2 (00:44.80): 2nd Final (00:42.77)
    • Open Men’s K-2 500: 3rd Direct Final (01:53.83)
    • Open Men’s K-4 200: 3rd Direct Final (00:42.88)
    • U16 men’s K-1 1000: 1st Heat 1 (04:31.86); 2nd Final (04:30.83)
    • Open Men’s K-2 1000: 4th Direct Final (04:01.75)
    • U17 Men’s K-1 200: 3rd Direct Final (00:42.35)
    • U17 Men’s K-1 6000: 4th Direct Final (18:30.97)
  • Cassidy MacPherson
    • U15 Women’s K-1 4000: 1st Direct Final (15:28.48)
    • Open Women’s K-1 1000: 2nd Direct Final (4:36.08)
    • Open Women’s K-4 500: 2nd Direct Final (01:53.53)
    • U16 Women’s K-1 1000: 1st Heat 2 (04:41.06); 1st Final (04:40.42)
    • U15 Women’s K-1 500: 1st Heat 3 (02:13.70); 1st Final A (02:09.15)
    • U16 Women’s K-1 200: 1st Heat 3 (00:51.01); 1st Final (00:55.28)
    • Open Women’s K-1 200: 2nd Direct Final (00:48.30)
    • U17 Women’s K-1 6000: 2nd Direct Final (18:42.33)
  • Sam Rosenthal
    • Open Men’s K-1 1000: 3rd Direct Final (04:31.17)
    • Open Men’s K-2 500: 3rd Direct Final (01:53.83)
    • Open Men’s K-2 200: 7th Direct Final (00.51.11)
    • Open Men’s K-4 200: 3rd Direct Final (00:42.88)
    • Open Men’s K-2 1000: 4th Direct Final (04:01.75)
    • Open Men’s K-1 500: 7th Heat 1 (02:02.00)
    • Open Men’s K-1 1000: 4th Heat 1 (04:31.66)
    • Open Men’s K-1 200: 11th Direct Final (00:50.43)
    • U17 Men’s K-1 6000: 14th Direct Final (23:50.02)

Complete results

Next on the sprint calendar is the Argo Road Maintenance BC Cup #2 and U16+ Provincial Championships in Kamloops.


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B.C.’s Sprint athletes complete National Team Trials

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Twelve B.C. paddlers were among close to 300 athletes who completed the final National Sprint Team Trials this weekend at the Basin Olympic in Montreal. Leading the way was Ridge’s Brian Malfesi who won two gold medals.

“It has been a big weekend for our Canadian sprint athletes and we were happy see their hard work being put into some exciting races over the last three days”, said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer at Canoe Kayak Canada. “Now, it’s time to make the final selection of the athletes that will be representing Canada on the world stage in the next few months.”

B.C. Results

Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club:

  • Alex Brent (1997)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 4th Heat 11 (1:40.860)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 2nd Heat 8 (3:51.455); 4th Semi 2 (3:43.774) [scratched]
  • Matthew Koehler (1998)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 6th Heat 12 (1:47.414)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 5th Heat 5 (3:52.868)
    • Men’s K-1 200: 7th Heat 8 (00:40.680)
    • Men’s K-2 1000 (with James Lavallee): 6th Heat 2 (3:37.630); 2nd Semi 2 (3:27.187); 8th A Final (3:46.526)
  • Samantha Loutet (2001)
    • Women’s C-1 200: 6th Heat 2 (00:54.840); 6th Semi 3 (00:54.398); 7th Junior Final (00:54.231)
    • Women’s C-2 500 (with Nikole Gorelova): 6th Heat 1 (2:17.737); 6th Semi 1 (2:15.341)
    • Women’s C-1 500: 4th Heat 2 (2:27.836); 4th Semi 1 (2:23.276); 7th B-Final (2:49.352)
  • Ivan Strashenko (2001)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 8th Heat 11 (1:47.396); 6th Semi 3 Repechage (1:53.723)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 4th Heat 9 (4:00.132); 3rd Semi 3 Repechage (3:57.139); 6th Olympic Hopes Final (4:00.452)
    • Men’s K-1 200: 7th Heat 4 (00:42.313)

False Creek Sprint Racing Canoe Club:

  • Elisa Robson-Brown (2001)
    • Women’s K-1 500: 9th Heat 6 (2:13.298)
    • Women’s K-1 200: 7th Heat 4 (00:48.289)
  • Tiffany Yau (2000)
    • Women’s K-1 500: 8th Heat 8 (2:13.893)
    • Women’s K-1 200; 7th Heat 11 (00:49.509)
  • Ydris Hunter (2001)
    • Men’s C-1 1000: 5th Heat 8 (4:16.941); 5th Semi 1 (4:12.190); 7th B-Final (4:12.186)
    • Men’s C-1 500: 2nd Heat 5 (1:56.936); 4th Semi 2 (1:58.308);8th B-Final (2:25.338)
  • Marvin Bader (2001)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 7th Heat 2 (1:48.784); 7th Semi 3 Repechage (1:54.941)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 6th Heat 8 (3:57.621); 7th Semi 1 Repechage (4:01.637)
    • Men’s K-1 200: 6th Heat 1 (00:40.050); 7th Semi 3 Repechage (00:42.275)
  • Quinn Thomson (2003)
    • Men’s C-1 1000: 9th Heat 7 (4:53.254); 6th Semi 2 Repechage (4:41.489)
    • Men’s C-1 500: 8th Heat 7 (2:14.644); 5th Semi 3 Repechage (2:11.854)

Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Spencer Robinson (2000)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 8th Heat 5 (1:51.854)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 6th Heat 4 (4:00.590); 3rd Semi 1 Repechage (3:55.329)
    • Men’s K-1 200: 5th Heat 10 (00:41.127); 9th Semi 2 Repechage (00:43.013)
  • Aiden Tabata (2000)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 7th Heat 7 (1:55.320)
    • Men’s K-1 200: 6th Heat 11 (00:41.753); 7th Semi 1 Repechage (00:42.614)

Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Brian Malfesi (1993)
    • Men’s K-1 500: 1st Heat 11 (1:38.086); 2nd Semi 3 (1:42.014); 7th A-Final (1:43.648)
    • Men’s K-2 1000 (with Marshall Hughes): 1st Heat 1 (3:20.849); 1st A-Final (3:34.010)
    • Men’s K-1 1000: 1st Heat 9 (3:47.976); 1st Semi 1 (3:36.157); 1st A-Final (3:34.861)

Canoe Kayak Canada will be announcing the 2018 Canadian Teams later this week on the Canoe Kayak Canada’s website.

Other notable results

Among the many great results of Sunday, Dominik Crête of Trois-Rivières placed first in the Men’s K1 200m final with a time of 34.6 seconds, in a close finish with Olympian Mark De Jonge (Maskwa) and Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport).

Once again, three generations of Women’s canoe stood on the same podium. World Champion Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières) took the lead in the Women’s C1 500m final, followed by teammate Katie Vincent (Mississauga) and Junior athlete Sofia Jensen (Cascades).

On the men’s side, Stephen Frodsham (Rideau) won the C1 500m race, followed by Roland Varga (Richmond Hill) and Drew Hodges (Rideau). Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire) placed first in the women’s K1 200m event in a close finish with Andreanne Langlois (2nd – Trois-Rivières) and Michelle Russell (3rd – Cheema).

Among the many great results Saturday, paracanoe athletes showed some impressive and inspiring performances. Erica Scarff from Balmy Beach placed first in the Para K1 Women 200m with a time of 54.9 seconds while on the men’s side, Zacharie Lauzière-Fitzgerald from Sherbrooke won with a time of 44.7 seconds.

Mathieu St-Pierre from Shawinigan took first place in the Para Open VA 200m-race, followed closely by Dave Waters from the Maskwa Aquatic Club in Nova Scotia.

Other great performances on Saturday included Brian Malfesi (Ridge) winning the Men’s K1 1000m, Connor Fiztpatrick (Senobe) and Roland Varga (Richmond Hill) coming first in the Men’s C2 1000m, Nadya Crossman-Serb (Toba) and Hannah MacIntosh (Senobe) taking first place in the Women’s C2 500m and Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire) and Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach) finishing first in the Women’s K2 500m event.


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Eighty-four paddlers to compete at BC Summer Games

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Following trials, 84 B.C. paddlers have qualified to represent their zone at the upcoming BC Summer Games. The Games take place July 19-22 in the Cowichan Valley.

Athletes from seven of the BC Games zones will take part in multi-discipline paddling events: canoe (singles, doubles and fours), kayak (singles, doubles, and fours) and a whitewater slalom event.

Supporting the athletes are coaches from a number of CKBC coaches. The Games provide a great opportunity for young coaches to receive mentorship from experienced coaches.

CKBC joins pilot project

CKBC is also pleased to join the BC Lacrosse Association and Basketball BC as a pilot sport that includes an all Indigenous component during the 2018 BC Summer Games.  The purpose of this program is to establish opportunities for Indigenous athletes, coaches and officials that will result in increased participation of Indigenous people in the BC Summer Games.

Supporting the full contingency of twelve athletes are two coaches from the recent NAIG: Crystal McCallum and Zaffia Laplante.  Joining them as assistants will be Terrance Hubick-Archie and Stephan Theodore Jensen.

2018 BC Games Participants

BC Games info on the CKBC website

Please see the CKBC website for more details on canoe kayak at the 2018 BC Summer Games.


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Paddle Report: Great weekend out on the Holmes River

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The Northwest Paddle Brigade Club hosted their annual Paddlefest from June 15-17 on the Holmes River. Thirteen participants took part in the event outside of McBride, BC.

Here is the paddle report from the Northwest Brigade Paddlefest from the club’s president.

“Great Weekend out on the Holmes river. Two individuals arrived Thursday night to start holding down some camp sites at the recreation site, while others trickled in during the day on Friday and into the evening.

A safety talk was given to each arriving individual about the active logging traffic happening on the Beaver Forestry Road on Friday. The Radio channel was shared and communication with the logging crew was made by Kim (president) on Friday afternoon. No logging traffic was to be present over the Saturday and Sunday.

First run on the Holmes was Friday afternoon. Saturday morning started off to a lazy start, a safety/pep talk was given by Kim at 10 a.m. to all paddling members and shuttle drivers. We covered first aid kit locations, river signals, and answered any questions concerning the river or its access.

Two runs were done on the Holmes on Saturday. The club sponsored Smokey lunch went over great, with paddlers arriving back after the first run to a lit BBQ and fire for roasting.

Before Saturday’s second run, another safety concern “arrived”. A small jet/river boat was put in above the falls at the recreation site. We approached the owner explaining our event and our concern for the paddlers and all went well.

Saturday evening was a much quieter fireside due to the fun had during the day.

A final run was completed Sunday morning after a lite breakfast served up by the club.

River level was low-med level. Lots of catch on the fly play waves/holes. There were some amazing surfs at “lunchbox” and the head of the canyon. Beaver Falls was enjoyed by all. The Dore River was not paddled this Festival Year, there are a few looking to paddle it next year! 😀

Great weekend with tons of smiles and laughter. We hope to have more folks join us at our annual event.”

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To have your club’s event featured here, please submit the CKBC event report and send your photos to sandra@canoekayakbc.ca.