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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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Welcome to the 2018-19 CKBC Board of Directors


CKBC is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Board of Directors. These directors were selected at the recent CKBC AGM, as committee representatives and by our provincial team athletes to elect the Athlete Representative.

CKBC 2018-19 Board of Directors

President Rob Fletcher
Past President Rhys del Valle
Facilities & Water Access Director Sara Hopkins
Finance Director Vacant
Athlete Representative Matthew Koehler
Participation Director Steve Juranovics
Development Director Francis Vaillancourt
Marathon Chair Scott Decker
Whitewater Chair Vacant
Sprint Chair Darren Koehler
Member at Large To be elected in 2019

Congratulations to everyone! And thank-you to our past board members for your hard work on behalf of CKBC.

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Three B.C. paddlers named to CKC’s 2018 World Cups and World Championships Slalom Teams


Three B.C. paddlers are among the 21 athletes Canoe Kayak Canada recently named to represent Canada at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups and 2018 ICF Junior, U23 and Senior World Championships. The athletes were selected this weekend during the National Slalom Team Trials in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec.

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence paddlers Jakob Kryworuchko, Finley Capstick and Austin Atkins have all been named to the Junior teams. Capstick and Atkins are on the kayak team while Kryworuchko is a member of the canoe team.

“It was great to see our Canadian athletes back on the race course this week-end and we look forward to taking these groups of athletes to compete on the international stage in the coming weeks,” announced James Cartwright, Slalom High Performance Manager at Canoe Kayak Canada. “They have been working hard all winter and they look ready to compete against the best athletes in the world.”

The named athletes will be representing Canada at five Slalom World Cups hosted by the International Canoe Federation starting June 22 in Slovakia. The next World Cups will be held in Poland, Germany and Spain over different week-ends between June and September.

The Junior/U23 teams will also compete at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom Junior/U23 World Championships taking place July 17 to 22 in Ivrea, Italy, and the senior teams will compete at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, September 25 to 30.

The Slalom National Team Trials results are available on-line on the Canoe Kayak Canada Website and more information about the ICF events is on the International Canoe Federations event’s calendar on-line.

Team Announcement

Men’s Canoe

Senior Cameron Smedley Dunrobin, QC Whitewater Ontario
Senior Spencer Pomeroy Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
U23/Senior Liam Smedley Dunrobin, QC Whitewater Ontario
U23 Yannick Laviolette Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC Whitewater Ontario
Junior Jakob Kryworuchko Vancouver, BC Canoe Kayak BC
Junior James Risk Ottawa, ON Canoe Kayak BC

Women’s Canoe

Senior Haley Daniels Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Senior/U23 Lois Betteridge Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario

Men’s Kayak

Senior Michael Tayler Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Senior *Conditional – Ben Hayward Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Senior/U23 Keenan Simpson Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
U23 Trevor Boyd Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
U23 Darius Ramrattan Innisfail, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Junior Mael Rivard Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Junior Austin Atkins Chilliwack, BC Canoe Kayak BC
Junior Finley Capstick Chilliwack, BC Canoe Kayak BC

Women’s Kayak

Senior Florence Maheu Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC Eau Vive Québec
Senior/U23 Lois Betteridge Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Junior Jocelyn Taylor Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Alternate Haley Daniels Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak

Men’s Extreme Slalom

Senior *Conditional – Ben Hayward Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Mael Rivard Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
U23 Trevor Boyd Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Junior Félix Filion Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC Eau Vive Québec

Women’s Extreme Slalom

Senior Florence Maheu Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC Eau Vive Québec
Senior Haley Daniels Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Junior Luanda Pronovost Whitehorse, YT Canoe Kayak BC
Junior Olivia Norman Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario

Mixed Double Canoe

Senior Lois Betteridge Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Senior Yannick Laviolette Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC Eau Vive Québec

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Casting Call! Outdoor Channel’s New Expedition Competition Series looking for competitors


The Outdoor Channel’s New Expedition Competition Series – The Brigade is combing the continent (Canada and USA) in search of brave men and women to join the ultimate adventure.

The application site is now open and any interested Canoe Kayak BC members are encouraged to apply.

A little about the show:

The Brigade will retrace an epic 2600-mile fur trade route. This historic route links waterways from the coast of Oregon to the icy shores of Hudson Bay – all self-navigated – all self-propelled.

This is an expedition that can’t be tackled alone. THE BRIGADE must work together to survive, battling fierce whitewater, portaging over mountains, hunting and fishing for sustenance. Every team member is crucial to success.

There are no eliminations. This cooperative competition relies on collective strength to hang on against the odds. Those who complete the expedition in the time allotted will share the prize money.

The show needs adventurers:

  • With expedition experience
  • Strong paddling skills
  • Multi-skilled in outdoor abilities
  • Possess willpower, strength and determination
  • Ready to take on an epic cross-continent expedition that has not been attempted in 150 years

There is more info at THEBRIGADETV.COM. Click through and check out the application or review the Brigade Flyer – FINAL. More information is available on the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TheBrigadeTV/

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12 paddling gifts that don’t include French hens


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


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


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


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


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


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. .


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


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.