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Twenty B.C. paddlers named to Canada Summer Games team

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Twenty canoe and kayak paddlers from nine B.C. clubs have been named to the 2017 Canada Summer Games team. The athletes, ranging in age from 13 to 20, were named to Team BC following trials in Kamloops on May 27.

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

The paddlers will participate in team training camps and provincial regattas leading up to the Games later this summer. The Canada Summer Games are the country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes. The paddling events take place from August 7-10, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“I’m pleased with the composition of the team. We have several key veterans and a number of young but enthusiastic and skilled paddlers,” said Blake Dalton following the selection of the team. “It was obvious at the selection trials that each athlete wants to fight for each second. It will be a great Games!”

Canoe Kayak BC’s 2017 Canada Summer Games team:

WOMEN’S KAYAK

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Cassidy MacPherson Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Katrina Loutet Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Jia Kim Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Elisa Robson-Brown False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Meghan Cheung Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Alternates:
Lauryn Cheung Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Mika Asano Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer

WOMEN’S CANOE

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Samantha Loutet Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Anna Zhang False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Zaffia Laplante Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby
Heather Potkins Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club Nelson Lauren Heckley
Melody Oh Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Alternate:
Emily Robinson Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek

MEN’S KAYAK

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Alex Brent Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Dewdney Piotr Majewski
Matthew Koehler Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Cameron Antifave Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club Lantzville Igor Nikitovic
Coen del Valle Chinook Racing Canoe Club Victoria Rhys del Valle
Michael Lanyon Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek
Alternates:
Ivan Strashenko Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Tyler Demidoff Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski

MEN’S CANOE

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Ydris Hunter False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Alexander Demishkevich Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek
Quinn Phare Pemberton Canoe Association Pemberton Jared Trafford
Omar Said Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Noah Said Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Alternates:
Liam Stewart Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Quinn Thomson False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Langley Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin


Team BC Coaches:

  • Diane Tam (False Creek Sprint Canoe Club)
  • Piotr Majewski (Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club)
  • Cory Rublee (Canoe Kayak BC)
  • Blake Dalton (Canoe Kayak BC)

About Canoe Kayak BC

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

Photos by Chris Taylor (Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club)


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Team BC unveils custom art to unite athletes at Games

Team-BC-Unite.pngThis summer, Team BC athletes will represent our province at two major multi-sport Games – the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg and the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto.

The organizers of the two Team BC contingents are excited to unveil a custom art design that was commissioned to celebrate the spirit of teamwork and cooperation.

While both teams compete under the Team BC name, the contingents have traditionally been organized separately. The design, Team BC Unite, was created by artist Jamin Zuroski and represents two teams, two worlds, embracing diversity, respect, connection, perseverance, excellence, and celebration.

At the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Team BC athletes will proudly wear a shirt displaying the Team BC Unite design as they parade into the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Team BC athletes at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will proudly display the Team BC Unite design on their Closing Ceremony shirts.

The design features two animals – the raven is a symbol of Team BC at the North American Indigenous Games and the whale represents Team BC at the Canada Games. Each animal highlights special qualities such as strength, determination, unity, and desire for success both as an individual and as a team. The feather symbolizes a tool that embraces balance of the mind, body and spirit. All of elements together are in the shape of a ball or sphere to highlight momentum of the athletes and all of those who support them on their journey.

The North American Indigenous Games are recognized as an important vehicle to promote Indigenous sport development and recreation in Canada. Toronto will host 5,000 participants including 550 from Team BC, July 16 to 23.

The Canada Games are a national multi-sport competition featuring top athletes from every province and territory. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Games and Team BC will have 450 athletes, coaches, and mission staff in Winnipeg, July 28 to August 13.


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Team BC announces Canoe/Kayak teams for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

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Team BC is pleased to announce its official Canoe/Kayak rosters for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto, Ontario.

Team BC held its initial selection camp in Seabird Island at the BC Aboriginal Canoe/Kayak Championships on September 17 and 18, 2016 where 102 athletes competed for spots on the Team BC Development Squad; at the spring selection camps the Canoe/Kayak Development Squad finalized their roster with six athletes per team.

Team BC Canoe/Kayak will be represented by:

U14 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U14 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Jennea Seward Brentwood Bay Mazzari Tate Nanaimo
Julienne Wyse-Seward Nanaimo Memphis Wyse Nanaimo
Karalyn Morris Brentwood Bay Myles Paige Duncan
Madelyn Morris Brentwood Bay Noah Gray Lake Errock
Monique Seanez Saanichton Silas Wilson Nanaimo
Trinity Jensen Forest Grove William Wyse Nanaimo
U16 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U16 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Breanna Seymour Ladysmith Drake Leon Agassiz
Chelsei Gray Lake Errock Dylan Marchand Port Alberni
Emerald Julia John Hope Quentin Tate Port Alberni
Kristine Edgar Port Alberni Quincy Archie Canim Lake
Rose Seward Brentwood Bay Terrance Hubick-Archie Canim Lake
Valerie Paul Agassiz Tyson Seward Nanaimo
U19 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U19 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Brittney Sam Victoria Brandyn Chappell Chilliwack
Janessa Horne Duncan Gordon George North Vancouver
Jordana Seymour Ladysmith Ivan Morris Port Renfrew
Josephine Seward Nanaimo Jonis White Brackendale
Kasey Wyse Nanaimo Michael Wyse Nanaimo
Kyla Price Duncan Trey Gray-Thorne Duncan
U14 & U16 Female Alternates U14 & U16 Male Alternates
Taylor Charlie Agassiz Marcus Jeffrey Port Alberni
Syvawn Paul Agassiz Norman Mack Port Alberni
Tyana Price Duncan
Makenzie Williams-Chapman Deroche
U19 Female Alternates U19 Male Alternates
Makayla Sam Agassiz Dmitri John Hope
Tyra Johnston Nanaimo Stephan Theodore-Jensen Forest Grove

Coaching Staff:

Peter Amos, Co-Head Coach
Chrystal McCallum, Co-Head Coach
Paul Wyse-Seward, Assistant Coach
Emerald John, Manager

Team BC Assistant Chef de Mission Buzz Manuel congratulated all of the athletes appointed to Team BC is looking forward to watching the Canoe/Kayak teams compete at the Games.

Manuel also thanked the coaching staff for their tremendous work they have completed over the past six months; and Canoe Kayak BC for their continued assistance and partnership to grow the sport of Canoe/Kayak in our province through their coaching programs and athlete development initiatives.

The North American Indigenous Games is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people, welcoming more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and a number of spectators and dignitaries from across North America. From July 16 – 23, 2017, the City of Toronto will be the proud Host City to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.


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Brendan Curson joins Chilliwack Centre of Excellence as head coach

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The Chilliwack Centre of Excellence is thrilled to welcome Brendan Curson as their new head coach.

Brendan has been involved in the sport of kayaking as an athlete and coach for the past 30 years. During that time he has built a reputation nationally and internationally as a positive and driven coach, leader, and educator.

For the last 10 years, Brendan has been the Head Coach for the Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club developing top level whitewater athletes in a variety of disciplines in Saskatchewan.

He has also worked with the National Slalom program as a technical coach since 2008. Most recently he spent the last three years with the Junior/U23 Slalom team.

Brendan is a NCCP Competition Development Level III Canoe & Kayak Coach as well as a NCCP Level II Learning Facilitator for Canoe Kayak Canada.

With a background in education and a proud father of three children, Brendan brings with him a strong coaching philosophy and excellent knowledge of student-athlete development in Canada’s sport system.

Please join CKBC in welcoming Brendan and his family to British Columbia.


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Message to Canoe Kayak BC members regarding cross-border events

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Dear members:

Recently our Board of Directors discussed the changes in US border policy.

The impacts of the new US Travel ban are being negatively felt by many Canadians from diverse backgrounds. Some, in particular, are experiencing heightened “profiling” with intrusion into their electronic devices and requests for passwords, are being held, fingerprinted, rejected and some are banned.

Canadian School Boards appear the first to publicly announce their policy changes. The Ontario School Board, citing “safety” and “equity”, has unilaterally cancelled cross-border school trips. This week the Superintendent of the Victoria School Board stated: “In our strategic plan we outline our values such as equity and social justice and the notion that if it affects one student in our community, it affects all of us.” (italics mine), when announcing their cross-border trips cancellation.

While Canadian school boards wrestle with these policy issues, it would be fair to say that these values represent the view of the CKBC Board.

Canoe Kayak BC sanctions member participation in Ted Houk, an annual sprint regatta in Seattle which many BC clubs have attended in the past. As we act to ensure equity for, and inclusivity of, our individual athletes, family members, coaches and officials, CKBC will not require attendance at the Ted Houk Regatta as a pre-requisite for building our Canada Summer Games team.

We recommend thoughtful examination is given the potential outcomes, and impacts, of cross-border trips on club members and yourself, in whatever capacity you serve in our organization. We encourage you to go to the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association website at bccla.org/2017/02/border-rights/ for further information on your rights and obligations.

Rhys del Valle
President
Canoe Kayak BC
On behalf of the Board of Directors


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Canada In A Day – September 10

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On September 10, 2016 grab your camera and film your life.

Canada In A Day will be a CTV special created entirely from footage made by Canadians in one day, over 24 hours, and will reflect our thoughts, hopes, and lives. It will be a celebration of Canada for our 150th anniversary. After September 10 you will be able to UPLOAD your video clips on this site.

We want everyone to contribute. People like you.

On September 10 we want you to show us your life. It can be a special occasion or simple moments. It can be anything that matters to you.

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B.C. paddlers win 11 medals at 2016 Sprint Canoe Kayak Canadian Championships

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The 2016 Sprint Canoe Kayak Canadian Championships wrapped up on Saturday at Dartmouth’s Lake Banook with B.C. paddlers winning 11 medals.

Leading the medal count were Alex Brent (Ridge Canoe Kayak Club) and Emily Raymond (Fort Langley Canoe Club), each winning three medals. Brent won bronze in the U19 K-1 500 and U19 K-1 1000 and teamed up with Matthew Koehler to win silver in the U19 K-2 1000.

Raymond helped make history when she and teammate Zaffia Laplante won bronze in the junior women’s  C-200 race. This marked the first time that a Fort Langley pair medaled in canoe at the Canadian championships.  Raymond added two silver medals in the junior women’s K-2 1000 and junior women’s K-4 500 races.

B.C.’s two gold medalists were Brian Malfesi (Ridge Canoe Kayak Club) and Stuart Chase (Pitt Meadows Paddling Club). Malfesi dominated the senior men’s K-1 1000 race, winning by over two seconds as he coasted across the finish line. He added a bronze medal in the senior men’s K-1 500.

For 36-year-old Chase, the 2016 championships were his first in over a decade. A 1999 industrial accident left him without most of the fingers on his left hand, making competitive kayaking difficult. Now competing in the para sprint disciplines, he won his first career national gold medal in the VL3 200 race.

B.C. medalists and finalists (complete B.C. results are available on the CKBC website) are:

GOLD MEDALISTS
Brian Malfesi Ridge CKC Sr K-1 1000
Stuart Chase Pitt Meadows PC VL3 200
SILVER MEDALISTS
Lauryn Cheung / Emily Raymond Fort Langley CC Jr K-2 1000
Lauryn Cheung / Meghan Cheung / Zaffia Laplante / Emily Raymond Fort Langley CC Jr K-4 500
Corey Stewart Pitt Meadows PC Open K-1 200 (ID)
Alex Brent / Matthew Koehler Ridge CKC U19 K-2 1000
BRONZE MEDALISTS
Zaffia Laplante / Emily Raymond Fort Langley CC Jr C-2 200
Shon Cottrill Pitt Meadows PC KL3 200
Alex Brent Ridge CKC U19 K-1 500

U19 K-1 1000

Brian Malfesi Ridge CKC Sr K-1 500
4th Place Finishers
Lauryn Cheung / Emily Raymond Fort Langley CC Jr K-2 500
Corey Stewart Pitt Meadows PC KL2 200
Alex Brent / Sebastian Sorescu / Matthew Koehler / Justin Won Ridge CKC U19 K-4 1000
Alex Brent / Sebastian Sorescu / Matthew Koehler / Justin Won Ridge CKC U19 K-4 500
5th Place Finishers
Zaffia Laplante / Emily Raymond Fort Langley CC Jr C-2 500
Alex Brent / Matthew Koehler Ridge CKC U19 K-2 500
6th Place Finishers
Cameron Antifave / Michael Lanyone Kamloops CKC U17 K-2 1000
7th Place Finishers
Hana Ronayne / Anna Zhang Kamloops CKC U19 C-2 1000
Anna Zhang Kamloops CKC U17 C-1 6000
8th Place Finishers
Lauryn Cheung / Meghan Cheung / Zaffia Laplante / Emily Raymond Fort Langley Open K-4 200
Hana Ronayne Kamloops CKC U16 C-1 200
Alex Brent / Matthew Koehler Ridge CKC U19 K-2 1000
9th Place Finishers
Hana Ronayne / Anna Zhang Kamloops CKC U17 C-2 500
Sebastian Sorescu / Justin Won Ridge CKC U19 K-2 200