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RBC Training Ground returns to B.C.

RBC Training Ground is a national program created in partnership with RBC, CBC, and the Canadian Olympic Committee with the purpose of identifying and supporting the next generation of high performance athletes in Canada.

With the belief that high performance sport should be accessible to all athletes that are talented, qualified and have the will to compete, this program travels the country every year searching for athletes that will fuel the Canadian Olympic pipeline with future talent.

RBC is committed to supporting up to 30 Training Ground athletes every year, to assist them in chasing their Olympic dreams.

B.C. dates:

  • Prince George: January 20, Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre
  • Langley: February 3, Langley Events Centre
  • Kamloops: February 18, Tournament Capital Centre
  • Kelowna: February 23, Capitol News Centre
  • Victoria: March 11, University  of Victoria
  • Burnaby: March 17, Fortius Sport & Health
  • Regional Final: April 7, Richmond Oval

Don’t miss out on this – register today.

 

 

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2018 sprint event dates published

 

Sprint-Dates.pngJust in time for your new calendars – here are the 2018 sprint event dates! Updates and event info will continue to be added on the CKBC website as they become available.

Canadian events

British Columbia events

See all CKBC events on our website.


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BC Summer Games – Call for Applications

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Canoe Kayak BC is gearing up for the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley and is seeking Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches for each of the Zone Teams.

Since 1978, the BC Games Society has been staging the BC Summer and Winter Games. The purpose of these Games is, “To provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport event which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual and community development.”

In our fourth appearance after a 12-year absence from the Games, canoeing is excited about participating on Lake Cowichan.

Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches needed

In the preparation of athletes to participate, Canoe Kayak BC requires Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches for the following zone teams:

  • Zone 1: Kootenays
  • Zone 2: Thompson/Okanagan
  • Zone 3: Fraser Valley
  • Zone 4: Fraser River/Delta
  • Zone 5: Vancouver/Squamish
  • Zone 6: Vancouver Island/Central coach
  • Zone 7: North West
  • Zone 8: Cariboo/North East

Details of the communities that fall into each of the zones can be found here on the BC Games website.

Requirements and expectations

  • All Head Coaches for the 2018 Games must have NCCP Entry Level Competitive Coach
    CERTIFIED or higher coaching education.
  • Assistant coaches must be NCCP CanoeKids “trained” and have completed the online MED.
  • In addition to coaching duties, Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches are expected to travel with their athletes on BC Games transportation (all teams traveling by bus will be on the first ferry on July 23), stay with them in BC Games accommodation, and supervise them throughout the BC Games.
  • Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches are expected to act in a supervisory capacity travelling to, from and at the Games to ensure that their athletes adhere to the BC Games General Rules, the sport-specific rules, and the Code of Conduct. Coaches must also abide by the Coaches Code of Conduct.

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Ydris Hunter concludes successful international debut

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False Creek paddler Ydris Hunter made his sprint canoe international debut September 15-17 at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Racice, Czech Republic. Forty Canadian athletes competed in this international competition where 33 different countries were represented.

Hunter competed qualified for five semi-finals and one final during the competition:

  • C-1 1000 [2001]
    • Heat 1: 3rd (4:29.451); Semi Final 2: 4th (4:24.601)
  • C-2 1000 (with Marc Cinq Mars) [2001-02]
    • Heat 1: 5th (4:15.931); Semi Final 1: 8th (4:22.786)
  • C-1 500 [2001]
    • Heat 1: 6th (2:12.581); Semi Final 1: 5th (2:05.366)
  • C-2 500 (with Marc Cinq Mars) [2001-2002]
    • Heat 3: 3rd (2:03.876); Semi Final 1: 6th (2:04.561)
  • C-1 200 [2001]
    • Heat 3: 4th (47.181); Semi Final 1: 7th (47.321)
  • C-2 200 (with Matthew O’Neill) [2001-2002]
    • Heat 2: 2nd (43.876); Final: 7th (44.421)

Overall, the Canadian team won one gold medal, three silver medals and five bronze medals.

“The level of competition at this regatta goes up every year, this competition is now the equivalent of a World Championships for these age groups,” said the Canadian team chief technical officer, Graham Barton, at the end of competition. “Our athletes have performed very well and now know the level required here against the strongest nations like Germany, Hungary or Poland. It will take a lot of work and collaboration, but I believe that as a nation we have the talent.”

To see all the results of the Olympic Hopes Regatta, go to the event website. You can also find Saturday and Sunday’s races online on Canoe Kayak Canada’s YouTube channel.


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Austin Atkins finishes 20th in extreme slalom at World Cup

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Austin Atkins (Chilliwack) and the rest Canoe Kayak Canada’s Canoe Slalom team was back on the river in La Seu D’Urgell at the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup Final. This was the last event in the five-race World Cup series.

Atkins placed 67th in the men’s kayak event where France’s Boris Neveu returned to world-class form and won the qualification round setting the quickest time of the day of 91.52 seconds. Edmonton’s David Ford finished 58th and  Ottawa’s Michael Tayler finished 69th.

In the extreme slalom event, Atkins finished 20th. Other Canadian results were Florence Maheu of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield who finished 8th overall while teammates Haley Daniels and Cameron Smedley both ended up 14th.

“The extreme slalom event is very dynamic and you never know who will make it through each round. We are watching closely to see how the event will play out at the World Championships in Pau where it will become an official medal event for the first time,” added Canoe Kayak Canada’s head coach, Michal Staniszewski.

The Canadian Team will now take a few days off to recover and before resuming training in Pau, France for the World Championships beginning September 27.

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Sprint kayaker set to compete at the Canoe Marathon World Championships

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Seventeen-year-old Alec Myles won silver at the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships representing Trois-Rivières. Next week, he represents Canada and B.C. at the 2017 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in South Africa, which take place September 7 to 10 in Pietermaritzburg.

The annual event features long-distance paddling combined with portage in both canoe and kayak. And while his medal winning race at the sprint championships lasted about 36 seconds, the marathon will take between 85 and 95 minutes.

Myles, who considers himself mainly a sprint paddler, began marathon racing two years ago. At the world championships, he will compete in the Junior Men’s K-1 21km race. He’s registered with the Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club and representing B.C. as there is no provincial marathon association in Quebec.

As both a sprint and marathon paddler, Myles truly enjoys the sport.

“The part I like the most about the competition or even the sport in general is the fact that your success depends only on yourself,” said Myles. “So, no matter what the conditions or what the other competitors do, at the end it will all come down to you.”

Yet, he also notes a significant difference between sprint and marathon racing.

“The main difference with marathon is the mass start and the possibility you have to ride wash with other competitors,” said Myles. “It brings a tactical element of the race that you don’t necessary find in sprint.”

Preparing for two championships so close together means a heavy training load. Myles’s typical training day includes a morning paddle, followed by a run or weight lifting and then a second paddling session in the afternoon.

“My marathon paddling helps me for my sprint,” said Myles. “Marathon helps me to add more volume to my daily training and it also helps me to see the sprint distance from another angle.”

These world championships are Myles’s first international experience and he has set modest goals.

“My goal will be more to do the best race possible and acquire the most international race experience,” said Myles.

Alec Myles races on Thursday, September 7. See the event website for more details.


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False Creek’s Ydris Hunter named to Olympic Hope team

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Following individual competition at the Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships, Canoe Kayak Canada released the list of sprint athletes named to teams for the upcoming Olympic Hope regatta. Among the athletes is B.C. canoe paddler Ydris Hunter from the False Creek Sprint Canoe Club. The international competition takes place September 15 to 17 in Racice, Czech Republic.

Hunter, at this first Canadian Championships, won silver in the U16 C-1 200 and was fifth in the U16 C-1 1000. These results earned him a spot on the U16 team for the Olympic Hope regatta.

Not only am I excited for Ydris but also for his coaches Diane Tam and Laurence Chin. They’ve been working really hard.” said CKBC Provincial Coach Blake Dalton. “This is a huge accomplishment.”

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Ydris Hunter with coach Diane Tam at the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak  Championships after winning silver in the U16 C-1 200.

Prior to competing at the Canadian Championships, Hunter was a member of Team BC at the 2017 Canada Summer Games where he competed in three finals.

Complete team list for the Olympic Hope regatta:

U17 Men’s Kayak Hommes

Club Crew
Banook Alex CANNING
Rideau Alexander HOFEREK
Cheema Cameron LEDREW
Pointe-Claire Louis VRANDERICK
Lachine Vadim COVALCIUC
Cheema Sawyer CAPES

U17 Women’s Kayak Femmes

Club Crew
Richmond Hill Brooklyn WODEHOUSE
Burloak Anya CHUPRYS
Maskwa Hannah ENGLISH
Balmy Beach Samantha STEIN
Trois Rivieres Alexanne MORIN
Burloak Jenna NEATE

U17 Women’s Canoe Femmes

Club Crew
Carleton Place Lindsay IRWIN
Maskwa Marlee MACINTOSH
Rideau Michaela ERMANOVICS
Ottawa Nikole GORELOVA
Senobe Maeve LEBLANC
Lachine Charlotte RICHARD

U17 Men’s Canoe Hommes

Club Crew
Rideau Adam RICHARD
Maskwa Nicholas BILLARD
Sack-a-Wa Tyler LAIDLAW
Maskwa Dawson PEACHEY
Cheema Mason KOCH
Pointe-Claire Stephane RICHARD

U16 Women’s Kayak Femmes

Club Crew
Rideau Maren BRADLEY
Rideau Olivia PUCCI
Lachine Florence TURCOTTE
Mic Mac Adriana LILLEY OSENDE

U16 Men’s Kayak Hommes

Club Crew
Balmy Beach Cameron LOW
Trois Rivieres Laurent LAVIGNE
Toba Sacha SKIRZYK
Mic Mac Alexander EISENER MALLETT

U16 Women’s Canoe Femmes

Club Crew
Cheema Sloan MACKENZIE
Senobe Ava CAREW
Cascades Sophia JENSEN
Ottawa Evie MCDONALD

U16 Men’s Canoe Hommes

Club Crew
Maskwa Andrew BILLARD
Rideau Matthew O’NEILL
Richmond Hill Marc CINQ-MARS
False Creek Ydris HUNTER