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Kamloops’s Michael Lanyon to represent Canada at the Canoe Marathon World Championships


Kamloops paddler Michael Lanyon is among the 10 athletes who will represent Canada at the 2018 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships. Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) and the Marathon Canoe Racing Council (MCRC) announced the selection of the Canadian athletes on Tuesday.

Lanyon will compete in the U23 Men’s K-1 competition at the championships in Prado Vila Verde, Portugal from September 6 to 9.

“The Marathon Canoe Racing Council is excited to announce the members of Canada’s National Marathon Team that will compete at this year’s Worlds Championships,” said Kristoffer Archibald, Chair of Canoe Kayak Canada’s MCRC. “Drawn from CKC’s member clubs, these athletes have demonstrated the diligence, exceptional skills and positive attitude that characterize our athletes on the world stage. We eagerly await their competitions in September!”

The following athletes were selected at the 2018 Marathon Championships Qualifiers that were held last May on Shumway Lake in Kamloops, British Columbia. The MCRC was responsible of the approval of all nominations following the selection criteria that was posted on the Canoe Kayak Canada website earlier this year.

Canoe Marathon National Team

Category Athlete Hometown Event(s)
Junior Women’s Canoe Marlee MacIntosh Halifax, NS C-1
Junior Women’s Kayak Samathan Morse Halifax, NS K-1
U23 Women’s Kayak Emma Mitchell Winnipeg, MB K-1
U23 Women’s Kayak Sam Sula Mississauga, ON K-1
U23 Men’s Canoe Florian Harkerkehrer Winnipeg, MB C-1
U23 Men’s Canoe Mateus Braga Winnipeg, MB C-1
U23 Men’s Kayak Michael Lanyon Kamloops, BC K-1
Senior Women’s Canoe Maddy Mitchell Winnipeg, MB C-1
Senior Men’s Canoe Florian Harkerkehrer Winnipeg, MB C-2
Senior Men’s Canoe Mateus Braga Winnipeg, MB C-2

Visit the International Canoe Federation Website to get more information about the the 2018 Canoe Marathon World Championships and make sure to follow @PlanetCanoe  and @CanoeKayakCAN to get live updates.



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Ydris Hunter concludes successful international debut


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


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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Chilliwack paddler competes in his first ever World Cup


Chilliwack Centre of Excellence paddler, Austin Atkins, competed in his first ever World Cup event this weekend in Italy. Atkins was one of eight Canadian paddlers to compete in the fourth stop of the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup series.

The man-made whitewater course flows from the glacial waters of the Dora Baltea river. Ivrea is known as one of the most challenging whitewater courses on the World Cup circuit and is situated at the base of the Italian Alps in Northern Italy.

Competing in the men’s K-1 slalom, Atkins was 62nd on day 1 and 72nd on day 2.

The Canadian team did not participate in the Extreme Slalom competition in Ivrea and is headed to the fifth and final World Cup of the season in La Seu D’Urgell, Spain September 8-10.  The team will spend the next week training in Spain and then move across the Pyrenees mountains to Pau, France where the World Championships will wrap up the season September 27-October 1.

See more news and results from the World Cup

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Sprint kayaker set to compete at the Canoe Marathon World Championships


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


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.”


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

U16 Men’s Kayak Hommes

Club Crew
Balmy Beach Cameron LOW
Trois Rivieres Laurent LAVIGNE
Toba Sacha SKIRZYK

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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Team BC wins 53 medals at North American Indigenous Games


Team BC’s paddlers brought home 53 medals from the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto last week. Their impressive results helped Team BC to win the Overall Team title at the end of Games.

During the three days of competition, Team BC earned 21 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 21 bronze medals. Among Team BC’s top medal winners were:

  • Monique Seanez (14U, Saanichton): 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
  • Silas Wilson (14U, Nanaimo): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Breanna Seymour (16U Stz’uminus): 3 gold, 1 bronze
  • Jordana Seymour (19U Stz’uminus): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Ivan Morris (19U, Port Renfrew): 1 silver, 3 bronze
  • Michael Wyse (19U, Nanaimo): 4 gold, 2 silver
  • Trey Gray-Thorne (19U, Duncan): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Brandyn Chappell (19U, Chilliwack): 4 gold

In the Overall Team competition, Team BC competed in 13 sports and won a total of 176 medals (65 gold, 57 Silver, 54 bronze) over the course of the competition week. This put the team in first place, 12 medals ahead of Team Saskatchewan. This is the second time BC has won the Overall Team Title at the NAIG, after winning the award at the 2014 NAIG in Regina, Saskatchewan.