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Brian Malfesi wins two finals at National Sprint Team Trials #2

malfesi-Trials-May2Ridge’s Brian Malfesi won two of three finals at this past weekend’s National Sprint Team Trials #2. This second set of team trials took place on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

In the Men’s Senior K-1 500 A Final, Malfesi finished in 1:43.721 ahead of Vincent Jourdenais and Zane Clarke. He repeated this winning ways in the Men’s Senior K-1 1000 A final with a victory over Hunter Morrissey and Jacob Steele. Malfesi’s final race was the Men’s Senior K-1 200 A final where he finished 8th.

“While our World Cups teams are competing in Europe, these trials are a second competition opportunity for our Canadian paddlers to gain points in the selection process for the carded national sprint teams and the event will also serve as part of the selection process for the 2018 FISU World University Canoe Sprint Championships,” said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer at Canoe Kayak Canada.

Complete results



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Canoe Kayak BC joins partnership to increase Indigenous participation at the 2018 BC Summer Games


Canoe Kayak BC has joined a partnership with the BC Games Society and the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC) along with Basketball BC and the BC Lacrosse Association to expand pathways for Indigenous athletes, coaches and officials at the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games.

Building on the inclusion of Indigenous athletes in the sport of archery at the BC Winter Games, the goal of this partnership is to create increased advancement opportunities for Indigenous athletes to compete in basketball, canoe/kayak, and box lacrosse at the BC Summer Games.  With this experience, athletes can increase their potential to move forward to compete at future events such as the North American Indigenous Games or the Canada Summer Games.

“This opportunity for Indigenous athletes and coaches is an extension of a long standing partnership we have with I·SPARC.  More athletes and coaches attending a BC Games provides for greater competition and coaching development, while exposing young people to a multi-sport environment assisting them on their own sport pathway.” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.

Regional Indigenous Trials for canoe/kayak athletes are scheduled for Vancouver Island, Cultus Lake and Canim Lake. Athletes selected to zone teams will compete at the 2018 BC Summer Games on Cowichan Lake from July 19-22. I·SPARC will assist with the identification and targeting of potential athletes.

“The evolution of this partnership is showing true leadership in creating a more inclusive, welcoming sport system and one that provides increased competitive opportunities for Indigenous athletes. We are extremely excited to join with these partners to create a unique experience for Indigenous athletes and coaches at the upcoming BC Summer Games and to continue to work together and grow the opportunities for Indigenous athletes and coaches in the future.” said Rick Brant, Executive Director of I·SPARC.

The athletes will compete in fully integrated multi-discipline paddling events: canoe (singles, doubles and fours), kayak (singles, doubles, and fours) and a whitewater slalom event. Also included in the BC Summer Games are para events for athletes with a disability.

“The BC Summer Games are a great event for young paddlers as they begin their competitive careers,” said CKBC’s Development Coordinator Gillian Fedechko. “It’s exciting to increase the number of athletes, coaches and officials who will experience the Games.”

The 2018 BC Summer Games take place in the Cowichan Valley July 19-22 and will include up to 3723 participants from across BC competing in 18 sports. Indigenous athletes interested in the BC Summer Games opportunities can contact I·SPARC at www.isparc.ca.

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Ontario and Saskatchewan to host 2018 Sprint Canada Cups


The Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa and a joint host committee from Wascana Canoe Club in Regina and Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan have been officially selected to host the 2018 editions of the Sprint Canoe Kayak Canada Cup.

For the first time this year, the East and West Canada Cup will be integrated into long standing Canada Regattas in both Ottawa and Regina the weekend of Canada Day, from June 30 to July 1.

“We are delighted to be going back to Ottawa for this year’s Canada Cup and we are very excited to be adding Regina as a venue to create the East and West Canada Cup in 2018,” said Ian Mortimer, Director of Development at Canoe Kayak Canada.

“The Canada Cup allows different age group and athletes at different competition levels to compete against some of the best paddlers in the country. It’s a great opportunity for developing young athletes in Canada,” he added.

The competition will feature Canadian, Provincial and Territorial Teams competing against each other, along with Canadian Club Teams and also teams coming from the United States, Mexico and other countries.

West Canada Cup

For the first time, Saskatchewan will be hosting this national regatta from June 30 to July 1. It will allow more athletes from the west of the country to attend this great event which will be an important part of their preparation for the end of the season.

“We are very exciting to be hosting the Canada Cup for the first time and Lake Wascana is the perfect venue for such an event,” said Dave Robertson, Executive Director at Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan. “Athletes will benefit from this regatta as it is a great experience for them to get ready for the National Championships and other major national events during the summer.”

Event info on CKC website

East Canada Cup

The Canada Cup will be coming back at the Rideau Canoe Club again this year. During the same weekend, from June 30 to July 1, athletes will be racing on the Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa.

“It is always a pleasure for us to host such a great national regatta at the Rideau Canoe Club,” said Hector Carranco, Exectuive Director at the Rideau Canoe Club. “This is an exciting opportunity for club athletes to compete along with athletes from provincial and national teams as well as from other countries!” he mentioned.

Event info on CKC website

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BC Marathon Championships and ICF World Championship Qualifier coming to Kamloops


The Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club is hosting the 2018 BC Provincial Marathon Championships and ICF Marathon World Championships Qualifier this May. Taking place on Shumway Lake in Kamloops on May 19, the event is open to athletes of all ages.

Event Details


  • Laps 4 km long on Shumway lake
  • Always 3 buoys as a turning point
  • No portages
  • 3 motorboats on site

ICF Marathon World Championship Provincial Qualifier/BC Provincial Championship: 

  • Senior Men (24 and older):
    • K1,K2:  28km (7 laps)
    • C1,C2:  24km (6 laps)
  • Senior Women (24 and older):
    • K1, K2:  24km (6 laps)
    • C1: 20km (5 laps)
  • U23 men (19 – 23):
    • K1, C1: 24km (6 laps)
  • U23 women (19 – 23):
    • K1, C1: 20km (5 laps)
  • Junior men (18 and younger):
    • K1, K2, C1, C2: 20km (5 laps)
  • Junior women (18 and younger):
    • K1, K2, C1: 16km (4 laps)

BC Provincial championship – NON qualifier: 

  • U15, U14: K1, K2, C1, C2: 16km (4 laps)
  • U13, U12: K1, K2, C1, C2: 12km (3 laps)

BC Provincial championship – other boats:  

  • Marathon boats, Surfski, SUP, Dragon boat
  • Senior men (19 and older): 28km (7 laps)
  • Senior women (19 and older): 24km (6 laps)
  • Junior men (18 and older): 20km (5 laps)
  • Junior women (18 and older): 20km (5 laps)

Regatta fee:

  • $20/participant
  • additional $20 as a late registration fee will be charged
  • the fee will be paid during the athletes/coaches meeting

Registration: via email ONLY to kckcheadcoach@gmail.com

Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 16

Event website: kckc.sportical.com/events/3661


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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


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.