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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


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B.C. paddlers set to compete at 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships

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Thirty B.C. paddlers from the nine clubs go for gold this week at the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships. Taking place in Welland at the Welland International Flatware Centre, the event will crown champions in a variety of age categories in sprint canoe, kayak and paracanoe from August 22-26.

Representing B.C. are:

Alouette Paddling Club

  •  Megan Pankratz
  • Corey Stewart

Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Mika Asano
  • Matao Buist (Kamloops)
  • Edward Colhoun
  • Zaffia Laplante
  • Katrina Loutet
  • Samantha Loutet
  • Stanley Netherton (Kamloops)
  • Heather Potkins (Nelson)
  • Spencer Robinson (Kamloops)
  • Ivan Strashenko
  • Anna Zhang (False Creek)

Chinook Racing Canoe Club

  • Patrick Dann
  • Coen del Valle

False Creek Sprint Canoe Club

  • Stuart Chase
  • Ydris Hunter
  • Quinn Phare (Pemberton)
  • Elisa Robson-Brown
  • Noah Said
  • Arjun Senanayke
  • Andrew Sugianto
  • Hank Wang
  • Tiffany Yau

Fort Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Elliot Hoyt
  • Ben Muench

Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Alex Brent
  • Jia Kim
  • Matthew Koehler
  • Brian Malfesi

The competition can be watched live on-line and the results app is available in the iTunes App Store.


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Three medals for Team BC paddlers at Canada Summer Games

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Team BC paddlers are bringing home three medals from the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Overall, Team BC, with 146 medals, was second to Ontario in the overall medal standings. The 146 medals is an all time record for Team BC.

Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge) won gold in the women’s K-1 5000 race. Her time of 21:13.71 was 25 seconds ahead of second place. Known for her love of cucumbers, she commented following her victory that their “power” helped her as she “had two cucumbers before the race.”

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In a very close men’s K-1 5000 race, Alex Brent (Ridge) won the bronze medal. His time of 19:16.323 was just seven seconds behind the gold medal finisher. This was Brent’s second bronze medal of the Games, his first coming in the men’s K-1 1000. In another close finish, he was only two seconds out of first.

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A third paddler was recognized by Team BC before the Games. Jia Kim (Ridge) won a cheer pack for naming Team BC’s new mascot. The winning name is ECHO the Orca.

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The Team BC paddlers were led by a great group of coaches and support staff. Thanks to CKBC’s Blake Dalton and Cory Rublee, Diane Tam (False Creek), Peter Majewski (Ridge) and Jennifer Scott (Team BC Mission Staff)

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Team BC’s canoe kayak results:

Women’s Kayak

Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge)

  • K-1 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:12.14); 5th Final (2:21.56)
  • K-1 1000: 3rd Heat 1 (4:14.07); 5th Final (4:17.75)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-2 200: 4th Heat 2 (46.290); 1st B Final (45.377)
  • K-1 5000: Gold Final (21:13.71)

Katrina Loutet (Burnaby)

  • K-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:32.540) (7th overall)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Jia Kim (Ridge)

  • K-2 500: 4th Heat 2 (2:01.19); 1st B Final (2:03.95)
  • K-1 200: 4th Heat 1 (49.997); 2nd B Final (49.39)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)
  • K-2 200: 4th Heat 2 (46.290); 1st B Final (45.377)

Elisa Robson-Brown (False Creek)

  • K-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:32.540) (7th overall)
  • K-2 500: 4th Heat 2 (2:01.19); 1st B Final (2:03.95)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Meghan Cheung (Fort)

  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Women’s Canoe

Samantha Loutet (Burnaby)

  • C-1 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:57.23); 5th Final (4:58.01)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 1 (52.016) 6th overall
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:18.513); 1st B Final (2:16.655)
  • C-1 200: 4th Heat 1 (56.658); 1st B Final (59.806)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Anna Zhang (False Creek)

  • C-1 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:50.46); 1st B Final (2:53.81)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:18.513); 1st B Final (2:16.655)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)
  • C-1 5000: 6th Final (27:32.25)

Zaffia Laplante (Burnaby)

  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 1 (52.016) 6th overall
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Heather Potkins (Nelson)

  • C-2 1000: 4th Heat 2 (5:23.780); 1st B Final (6:01.880)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)

Melody Oh (Ridge)

  • C-2 1000: 4th Heat 2 (5:23.780); 1st B Final (6:01.880)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Men’s Kayak

Alex Brent (Ridge)

  • K-1 500: 3rd Heat 1 (1:48.59); 5th Final (2:03.40)
  • K-2 1000: 2nd Heat 1 (3:44.120); 4th Final (3:50.290)
  • K-1 1000: 1st Heat 1 (3:39.27); Bronze Final (3:38.32)
  • K-2 500: 2nd Heat 2 (1:35.609); 4th Final (1:35.807)
  • K-1 5000: Bronze Final (19:16.32)

Matthew Koehler (Ridge)

  • K-2 1000: 2nd Heat 1 (3:44.120); 4th Final (3:50.290)
  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 500: 2nd Heat 2 (1:35.609); 4th Final (1:35.807)
  • K-1 200: 3rd Heat 2 (40.815); 2nd B Final (40.771)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Cameron Antifave (Nanaimo)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (39.450); 4th B Final (39.08)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Coen del Valle (Chinook)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (39.450); 4th B Final (39.08)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Michael Lanyon (Kamloops)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Men’s Canoe

Ydris Hunter (False Creek)

  • C-1 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:10.67); 5th Final (2:22.78)
  • C-1 1000: 3rd Heat 1 (4:25.32) 6th overall
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)
  • C-1 5000: 6th Final (23:20.62)

Alexander Demishkevich (Kamloops)

  • C-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:25.980); 5th Final (4:50.960)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:07.49) 6th overall
  • C-1 200: 2nd Heat 2 (43.744); 4th Final (42.72)
  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (44.672); 5th Final (43.435)

Quinn Phare (Pemberton)

  • C-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:25.980); 5th Final (4:50.960)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:07.49) 6th overall
  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)

Omar Said (Ridge)

  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (44.672); 5th Final (43.435)

Noah Said (Ridge)

  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)


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B.C. wins 17 medals at Whitewater National Championships

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Led by Jakob Kryworuchko’s five gold medals, B.C. paddlers brought home 17 medals from the 2017 Whitewater National Championships. The championships took place July 31-August 6 in Ottawa.

In the open age championships, Ottawa’s Cameron Smedley was the most dominant performer of the day, confirming his status as Canada’s top male slalom paddler, winning gold in the Men’s C-1 as well as the top spot in the Mixed C-2 alongside sister, Alison.

The Men’s K-1 featured a surprise champion in 34-year-old, John Hastings who beat out five other Ottawa paddlers despite retiring from the National Slalom Team to focus on preparations for the upcoming Extreme Slalom World Championships. Hastings’ victory, along with the dual titles by the Smedleys, helped Ontario capture the Brian Creer Cup, an award given annually to the top province at the National Championships.

Complete B.C. results:

Name Results
Maddison Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Bronze (40.10)
K-1 Junior Age Group Championships: 4th (169.29)
Finn Wakeling

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Cadet Downriver Sprint: Gold (41.62)
C-1 Cadet Downriver Classic: Gold (792.27)
C-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: Silver (138.01)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: 6th (277.14)
Jakob Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Gold (40.22)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 8th (37.13)
C-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Gold (800.84)
C-1 Junior Championships: Gold (101.67)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 10th (108.60)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-1 Open Championships: 8th (134.75) [1st Junior]
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Avery Wilkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 4th (42.56)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 5th (35.39)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 4th (660.23)
C-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (162.93)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 11th (108.62)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
K-1 Open Championships: 10th (119.03) [5th Junior]
Austin Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 11th (37.82)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Silver (626.94)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (97.34)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Alsek Watt

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 14th (40.51)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 8th (682.81)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 17th (114.98)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
Finley Capstick

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 18th (42.36)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 7th (673.68)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 7th (100.36)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
Maksym Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 8th (44.56)
K-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 7th (39.52)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)