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12 paddling gifts that don’t include French hens

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There are no partridges, no pear trees nor lords a leaping on our 2017 list of paddling themed gifts. And our list is much more affordable than the estimated $35,000 that the original song would cost today. Happy shopping for your favourite paddler (even if it is yourself).

toque.pngCanoe Kayak Canada apparel

Give your favourite Canadian paddlers some Canoe Kayak Canada clothing. From an Ice Melter Toque to t-shirts to a snuggly grey hoodie, there’s something for every paddler on your list.

Order online at ckc / Price $25-$90

lamp.pngHelix Backcountry Rechargeable Lantern

The micro-USB port on the bottom of the lantern allows for recharging. This lightweight lantern puts out a bright beam that’s easy on the eyes – perfect for around camp or in your tent.

Order online at  westerncanoekayak.com / Price $59.99

cat-book.pngBolt & Keel – The Wild Adventures of Two Rescued Cats

Got a bibliophile on your list? Then this coffee table book of Bolt and Keel on an unforgettable journey backpacking through the scenic Pacific Northwest with the avid hikers who adopted them might be perfect.

Order online at westerncaonekayak.com / Price $19.95

car-racks.pngMalone Handiracks

Know someone whose car doesn’t have roof racks.  These inflatable racks are great for vehicles where you either can’t or don’t want to put fixed racks on. They are very durable, and can hold loads up to 180 lbs. Easy to inflate, they come with a pump and tie downs.

Buy at Deep Cove Outdoors / Price $147.99

CHAWEL.pngCHAWEL Sport

Know a paddler that loves to paddle in the rain and/or travel? Then the CHAWEL is perfect for them. From towel to neck pillow while traveling, or a blanket at the beach at sunset after surfing, to an extra liner in your sleeping bag while camping or hosteling, and a changing room when you need a quick change in public. Designed for portability and functionality.

Order online at waterflow.ca / Price $39.95

canoe-seat.pngGCI Outdoor Sit-Backer Canoe Seat

Know a paddler who likes to be comfy on a long canoe trip? Then this canoe seat could be the perfect gift! The strong metal frame provides excellent support, and two inches of foam contribute to a cushy ride.

Order online at mec.ca / Price $49.00

Cricket-Bars.pngCoast Cricket Protein Bars

If you have an adventurous eater on your list then these cricket bars are perfect. According to WaterFlow, they taste great and they are also a great source of protein.  With amazing flavours such as Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate Rasin and Ginger Cranberry who wouldn’t love them?

Order online at waterflow.ca / Prices start at $21.50

mitts.pngMEC Hot Mitts – Unisex

Keep your favourite paddler’s hands warm with these mitts. With thick insulating neoprene to inhibit heat loss and protect against wind chill they even come with a nose wipe patch. Ideal for both kayaking and canoeing, a grip index comes in handing for your paddle.

Order online at mec.ca / Price $25.00

Ring.pngKayak Jewelry

Jewelry is always a popular gift choice. Make his or her day with a kayak paddle ring. Or choose something else from this paddling themed Etsy store.

Order on etsy.com / Price $26.65-$166.65

foam-roller-travel.pngTravel Foam Roller

Foam rollers can really help anyone who has sore muscles. And if they are traveling for training, races and events,  this compact roller fits in your luggage and lets you massage muscles on your entire body. It’s designed to improve muscle recovery and fatigue, prevent overuse injuries, and improve blood flow.

Order online at mec.ca / Price $48.00

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Mpow Flotable Waterproof Case, Dry Bag Cellphone Pouch

Want to make sure your loved one’s phone comes home save and dry after a paddle? This flotable waterproof case keeps phones dry and away from the bottom of the lake or river.

Order on amazon.ca / Price $10.99

pants.pngHydroskin Pants

Nothing says Merry Christmas like keeping loved ones warm when they go paddling in cooler weather. These NRS Hydroskin Pants’ stretchy, non-restrictive 1.5 mm neoprene provides the warmth they need.

Buy at Deep Cove Outdoors / Price $130.00

 

 

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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

 


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Second paddler wins a 2017 Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport

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The 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented to eight outstanding Aboriginal athletes from British Columbia’s Interior Region during a formal celebration held Thursday at the Adams Lake Recreation Center in Chase, B.C. The Interior is the sixth of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.

Among the recipients was Terrance Hubick-Archie who paddled at the 2017 North American Games in Toronto. A member of the Canim Lake Band, Hubick qualified for three finals at the Games. He joins Gordon George from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation as recipients of these awards in 2017.

“The recipients recognized today are the mentors, heroes and leaders of the next generation of Aboriginal athletes for the Interior region of our province,” said Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary of Sport and Multiculturalism. “It is important to recognize and celebrate these athletes for their commitment to sport, education and culture.”

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the Regional nomination process in August 2017, receiving 141 nominations from across the province for Aboriginal athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.

A total of 48 recipients have been chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island. Recipients were selected based on their achievements in performance sport, commitment to pursuing a higher education, demonstrable leadership qualities, volunteerism, and connection to culture.

The recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport – Interior Region are:

  • Kaitlyn Lafontaine, 21, Basketball, Métis Nation BC
  • Daniel Everton, 16, Volleyball, Métis Nation BC
  • Kelly Kosolofski, 14, Soccer and Hockey, Haida Nation
  • Jacob Taylor, 16, Track & Field, Okanagan Band
  • Kylie Jack, 21, Golf, Penticton Indian Band
  • Terrance Hubick-Archie, 16, Canoe/Kayak, Canim Lake Band
  • Laine Grace, 18, Hockey, Cariboo-Chilcotin Métis Society
  • William Brewer, 15, Snowboarding & Lacrosse, Okanagan Band

These recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Recipients (six male and six female) will be selected in February 2018. Provincial recipients will receive an invitation to attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum, held at the Gathering our Voices Indigenous Youth Leadership Training in Richmond from March 20-23, 2018.


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CKBC hires Gillian Fedechko as Sport Development Coordinator

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Canoe Kayak BC is pleased to announce the hiring of Gillian Fedechko as the Sport Development Coordinator. Among her responsibilities are Aboriginal Long-Term Athlete Development; BC Games; BC School Dragon Boat Championships; CanoeKids on the Road; and Community Coach Education.

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Gillian Fedechko paddling for Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

Gillian paddled with the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club from 1999 to 2010. Her competitive highlights include three silver medals at the 2005 Canada Games 2005; gold and silver medals at the 2006 Pan-Am Championships and multiple Canadian Championships medals from 2003 to 2010.

Following her successful competitive career, she coached at the Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club in Maple Ridge. She also coached at the 2010 and 2014 BC Games, 2009 Canada Summer Games and 2011 Western Canada Games.

“I am passionate about lifelong fitness and helping people get active,” says Gillian. “It is rewarding to help them find activities they enjoy and can do at any stage of life.”

Young paddlers in B.C. have previously benefited from Gillian’s knowledge. She has taught CanoeKids courses for our summer staff and worked in several communities and settings for this course.

Beyond her paddling experience, Gillian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of the Fraser Valley. Since graduating in 2011, she has worked at Golden Ears Physiotherapy where she helped WorkSafe BC and ICBC clients.

When she’s not working Gillian enjoys playing slo-pitch softball in the spring/summer, ultimate frisbee, and working out at the gym. She also enjoys cooking and baking at home and trying new recipes.

Gillian begins with CKBC on Monday, January 8 and can be reached at gill@canoekayakbc.ca or 604-465-5268


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Thirty-three paddlers named to 2017-18 CKBC Provincial Team

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Thirty-three of BC’s top sprint and slalom canoe and kayak paddlers have been selected to Canoe Kayak BC’s provincial team. Among the team members is national sprint kayak team member Brian Malfesi (Ridge) and slalom world cup team members Austin Atkins and Finley Capstick (CCE).

Athletes were selected based on their results from the past season including national team selection, BC performance standard or nomination by the Coach’s Technical Committee. The complete selection criteria is available on the CKBC website (sprint, slalom).

The CKBC performance program recognizes and supports athletes who have a potential to make junior, U23 and senior development and national teams. They have also shown a commitment to training to achieve these goals.

The team members and their coaches receive sport science resources, participation in training camps and support for various regattas, trials and championships.

The 2017-18 Canoe Kayak BC provincial team members are:

Name CKBC Level Coach Hometown
Burnaby Kayak and Canoe Club
Jillian Perrone Level 1a Blake Dalton Vancouver
Katrina Loutet Level 3 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Samantha Loutet Level 3 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Ivan Strashenko Level 3 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Mika Asano Level 4 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Edward Colhoun Level 5 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Chilliwack Centre of Excellence
Austin Atkins Level 1 Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Finley Capstick Level 1 Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Jakob Kryworuchko Level 2 Brendan Curson Vancouver
Avery Wilkins Level 3 Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Chinook Racing Canoe Club (Victoria)
Gavin Jaeger-Freeborn Level 1a Rhys del Valle Victoria
Lydia Keefe Sampson Level 1a Rhys del Valle Victoria
Patrick Dann Level 3 Rhys del Valle Victoria
Coen del Valle Level 4 Rhys del Valle Victoria
False Creek Racing Canoe Club (Vancouver)
Stuart Chase Level 1a Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Ydris Hunter Level 1a Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Anna Zhang Level 2 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Elisa Robson-Brown Level 3 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Tiffany Yau Level 5 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Arjun Senanayake Level 5 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Kamloops Kayak and Canoe Club
Matao Buist Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Stanley Netherton Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Spencer Robinson Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Michael Lanyon Level 5 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Nanaimo Kayak and Canoe Club
Cameron Antifave Level 2 Igor Nikitovic Nanaimo
Nelson Canoe and Kayak Club
Heather Potkins Level 5 Lauren Heckley Nelson
Pemberton Canoe Club
Quinn Phare Level 4 Karen Tomlinson Pemberton
Ridge Kayak and Canoe Club (Maple Ridge)
Brian Malfesi Level 1 Fred Jobin/Peter Majewski/ Blake Dalton Maple Ridge
Matthew Koehler Level 1a Peter Majewski Maple Ridge
Alex Brent Level 1a Peter Majewski Dewdney
Jia Kim Level 5 Peter Majewski Maple Ridge
Cassidy MacPherson Level 5 Peter Majewski Maple Ridge
Noah Said Level 5 Peter Majewski Maple Ridge

Based in Burnaby, Canoe Kayak BC actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in paddle sports in British Columbia. Members include competitive and developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of paddling sports. For more information about Canoe Kayak BC and its programs, please visit Canoe Kayak BC online at www.canoekayakbc.ca


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Paddler wins a 2017 Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport

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The 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented to eight outstanding Aboriginal athletes from British Columbia’s Vancouver Coastal Region during a formal celebration held Tuesday at the Musqueam Community Center in Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Coastal is the fourth of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.

Among the recipients was Gordon George who paddled at the 2017 North American Games in Toronto. A member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, George won three medals at the Games.

I·SPARC Vancouver Coastal Regional Lead Courtenay Gibson said ”Thank you to the eight athletes we are honouring here this evening, and to their families and the communities that support these amazing young leaders. You are true champions on and off the field, proving that we as Indigenous people are not only surviving, but thriving.”

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the Regional nomination process in August 2017, receiving 141 nominations from across the province for Aboriginal athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.

A total of 48 recipients have been chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island. Recipients were selected based on their achievements in performance sport, commitment to pursuing a higher education, demonstrable leadership qualities, volunteerism, and connection to culture.

The recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport – Vancouver Coastal Region are:

  • Alexis Mellish, 17, Rugby and Lacrosse, Squamish Nation
  • Gordon George, 18, Canoe, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  • Ashley Thorne, 13, Soccer, Musqueam Indian Band
  • Jaiden Terry, 14, Lacrosse and Hockey, St’at’imc and Nisga’a
  • Kathleen Natrall, 14, Softball and Snowboarding, Squamish Nation
  • Quinn Sam-Finlay, 17, Basketball and Soccer, Lil’Wat Nation
  • Malia Terry, 18, Lacrosse, St’at’imc and Nisga’a
  • Sekawnee Baker, 18, Lacrosse, Squamish Nation

These recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Recipients (six male and six female) will be selected in February 2018. Provincial recipients will receive an invitation to attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum, held at the Gathering our Voices Indigenous Youth Leadership Training in Richmond from March 20-23, 2018.


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CKBC is hiring a Sport Development Coordinator!

Hiring.pngBased in Burnaby, Canoe Kayak BC actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in paddle sports in British Columbia. Members include competitive and developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of paddling sports.

To meet these objectives, Canoe Kayak BC is seeking an individual for full time employment to oversee the sport development activities of the organization. Programs will include but not be limited to: Aboriginal Long-Term Athlete Development, BC Games, BC School Dragon Boat Championships, CanoeKids on the Road and Community Coach Education.

B.C. is home to thousands of lakes and rivers and diverse flora, fauna and wildlife. And with year round paddling opportunities in beautiful, natural settings, British Columbia is a paddler’s paradise.

See the job posting for full details and qualifications. The deadline for applications is October 17.