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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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Sprint competition results to be available on mobile app

Canoe Kayak Canada partners with ImmediaC to continue using app launched at 2016 National Championships

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Paddling fans will now have a handy way to access up to the minute results at national sprint competitions. ImmediaC has become Canoe Kayak Canada’s digital app sponsor and will relaunch the app originally developed for the 2016 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships. The app will be used for Sprint National Team Trials, Canada Cups and National Championships.

“We are excited about our continued involvement in helping get real time race results from the tower into the hands of athletes, coaches and spectators,” said ImmediaC’s John Leahy.

As athletes cross the line, their results will show up right away as the app is connected to the finish line software. Spectators can easily view a list of upcoming races and can even search all the times a particular athlete is racing. The app is currently only available for iPhone and the developers are working on an Android application. The app’s full functionality is also available via the mobile web.

“This app repersents a big step forward in making our sport more spectator friendly by bringing results instantly to fans in the stands and across the country,” said Ian Mortimer, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Director of Development. “immediaC is a valuable partner in engaging our national audience through this technology and speading that excitement of a boat-shoot-finish to our community coast to coast.”

Download “Canoe Kayak Canada” iPhone app from the app store

View App online

Note: In any instance where the app and the draw posted on the CKC website have discrepancies, the version on the CKC website will be upheld.


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Sprint and slalom national team trials conclude

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Eight sprint and slalom paddlers from B.C. took part in this past weekend’s national team trials. The athletes represented Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club, Chinook Racing Canoe Club and the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence.

At the Sprint National Team Trials in Montreal, paddlers competed for selection to National Team including the contingent to represent Canada at World Cup competitions in Europe later this month.

Brian Malfesi (Ridge) was the top B.C. paddler as he finished 3rd in the K1 1000. He was also 8th in the K1 500 and 9th in the K1 200 B final.

In Kananaskis, AB, five B.C. paddlers took part in the Canoe Slalom Team Trials. They were also competing for sports on National Teams including for the World Cups in Europe beginning in June.

Jacob Kryworuchko (CCE) took three top spots in the C1 Junior category. And in the Cadet category, Finn Wakeling (CCE) finished in first in all four runs.

B.C. results:

Sprint National Team Trials (complete results)

  • K1 1000
    • Brian Malfesi (Ridge): 3rd A Final (3:39.940); 2nd Semi 3 (3:40.786); 1st Heat 3 (3:47.009)
    • Alex Brent (Ridge): 3rd B Final (3:45.216); 5th Semi 3 (3:43.328); 4th Heat 2 (3:55.553)
  • K1 500
    • Brian Malfesi (Ridge): 8th A Final (1:53.425); 1st Semi 3 (1:44.581); 1st Heat 6 (1:45.480)
    • Alex Brent (Ridge): 9th B Final (1:55.700); 4th Semi 2 (1:47.559); 4th Heat 6 (1:47.638)
    • Patrick Dann (Chinook): 7th Heat 5 (1:51.374)
  • K1 200
    • Brian Malfesi (Ridge): 9th B Final (0:38.013); 5th Semi 1 (0:37.876); 7th Heat 1 (0:39.349)
    • Patrick Dann (Chinook): 3rd C Final (0:38.968); 9th Semi 1 (0:38.976): 5th Heat 3 (0:39.223)

Canoe Slalom Team Trials (complete results)

  • C1 Junior
    • Jakob Kryworuchko (CCE): 1st Run 1 (198.48); 1st Run 2 (130.83); 2nd Run 3 (144.60); 1st Run 4 (121.37)
  • C1 Cadet
    • Finn Wakeling (CCE): 1st Run 1 (443.28); 1st Run 2 (360.06); 1st Run 3 (205.80) 1st Run 4 (238.73)
  • K1 Junior
    • Austin Akins (CCE): 4th Run 1 (109.45); 6th Run 2 (110.27); 7th Run 3 (102.80); 2nd Run 4 (95.17)
    • Finley Capstick (CCE): 6th Run 1 (114.71); 11th Run 2 (150.25); 10th Run 3 (107.70); 3rd Run 4 (96.36)
    • Avery Wilkins (CCE): 8th Run 1 (133.39); 7th Run 2 (124.16); 8th Run 3 (106.70); 7th Run 4 (105.96)

 


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Canoe Polo World Championships wrap up in Syracuse

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Canada was well represented at the 2016 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships as teams in four categories took to the pitches in Syracuse, Italy last week.

The Senior Women’s Team finished eighth overall after winning matches against Holland, Singapore and Czech Republic and a draw against Denmark. The Dutch team later team went on to finish fourth overall in the tournament. This is the best result ever reached for Canada in Senior Women. The eighth place result has qualified the Senior Women’s spot for Canada at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland. A total of eighteen teams competed in the category and seven countries qualified for the World Games. The Canadian team also successfully re-qualified an entry for the 2018 World Championships.

The U21 Women’s Team finished sixth overall. They won three games against Ireland, Italy and Holland and a draw against Iran. The sixth place result, also the best result ever for Canada in this division, has also qualified the team for the 2018 World Championships.

The Senior Men’s Team finished 17th overall while the U21 Men’s Team finished 18th. Notable performances for the Men’s teams included winning matches against Russia, South Africa and Finland drawing a tie with Brazil.

Canoe polo is a fast paced game as players jockey for position in their kayaks, passing and blocking the ball in an effort to score on the other team’s net. Five players are on per side and the game takes place over two ten-minute halves. Canada’s main national canoe polo training centres are located in Edmonton, AB and Pointe-Claire, QC while canoe polo clubs exist across Canada.

In 2018, Canada will host the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Welland, ON in August. With World Games filling the 2017 competition calendar, the World Championships flag was passed to the 2018 organizers as the next site to host the Championships. The event will take place at the Welland International Flatwater Centre.

Summary of Results

Senior Women’s Team 8th overall
Qualified Canada for World Games 2017
U21 Women’s Team 6th overall
Senior Men’s Team 17th overall
U21 Men’s Team 18th overall

Teams

Senior Women’s Team U21 Women’s Team Senior Men’s Team U21 Men’s Team
Carolyn Karasiuk
Julie Brisson
Sarah Kerestes
Kristina O’Brien
Shylo Hendrickson
Catherine O’Brien
Hannah Patrick
Christie Siddle
Brad Cameron (Coach)
Christopher Arrowsmith (Assistant Coach)
Katie Brazier (Support Staff)
Savannah Foged
Shannon Wagers
Katie Hendrickson
Channel Hauck
Kassandra Reaume
Sierra Davediuk
Sierra Foged
Athena Hauck
Chaz Cheung (Coach)
Darryl O’Brien (Assistant Coach)
Carol Janigo (Support Staff)
Brant Oldershaw
Patrick Amos
Tycho Roorda
Jason Allen
Kyle Polsfut
Scott Allan
Richard Allan
Keegan Smith (Coach)
Erwin Roos (Assistant Coach)
Carol Janigo (Support Staff)
Kyle van den Bon
Randy Tollenaar
Mitchell Boyd
Mitchael Dube
Cody Underwood
Benjamin LaPointe
Noah Patrick
Rick Janigo (Coach)
Sieger Roorda (Assistant Coach)
Jill Wagers (Support Staff)

 

 


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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

 


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World championship teams for Brian Malfesi and Matthew Koehler

Matthew Koehler (Ridge) wins gold medal

Matthew Koehler (Ridge) won  gold in the junior men’s K1 1000m at the national team trials and qualified for the junior world championships.

Two B.C. paddlers were selected to represent Canada at the upcoming World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. The teams were selected following this past weekend’s National Team Trials in Montreal.

Following a victory in the junior men’s K-1 1000m, Matthew Koehler (Ridge) was selected for Team Canada for the Junior World Championships.

Joining Koehler is Brian Malfesi (Ridge) who will compete at the U23 World Championships, also in Minsk. Despite suffering from illness during the trials, he met the minimum qualifying standards.

Other B.C. results from the National Team Trials

Alex Brent (Ridge) had a positive weekend and placed 12th (10th for U23s) in the Senior Men’s K-1 1000m and third in the U23 Men’s K-2 1000m. He partnered with Zach Cameron from Trois Riviere.

In her first National Team Trials, Lauryn Cheung  (Fort Langley) had a great competition and gained valuable experience for future years.  Cheung was 24th in the Junior Women’s K-1 500m and 21st in the K-1 200m.

About the World Championships

The 2016 ICF Junior and U23 World Championships take place in Minsk, Belarus from July 28 to 31.

Representing Canada are:

Under 23 World Championships Team~ Minsk, Belarus • July 28 – 31
Men’s Kayak: Brian Malfesi (Ridge), Jarret Kenke, Marshall Hughes, Pierre-Luc Poulin, Alex Scott, Charles-Antoine Girouard, Étienne Beauschesne
Women’s Kayak: Alanna Bray-Lougheed, Madeline Schmidt, Madison MacKenzie, Samantha Hall
Men’s Canoe: Craig Spence, Drew Hodges
Women’s Canoe: Hannah MacIntosh, Katie Vincent, Nadya Crossman-Serb

Junior World Championships Team ~ Minsk, Belarus • July 28 – 31
Men’s Kayak: Olivier Courchesne, Scott Braddon, Mathew Koehler (Ridge)
Women’s Kayak: Grace Whebby, Anna Negulic
Men’s Canoe: Isaac Finklestein, Lucas Turnbull, James MacPhee, Connor Fitzpatrick
Women’s Canoe: Tess Peterman, Anna Roy-Cyr, Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent

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


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Silver for Brian Malfesi at Piestany International Regatta

CONGRATULATIONS!! sILVER FOR bRIAN mALFESI (rIDGE) AT THE Piestany International Regatta

Brian Malfesi (Ridge) won silver in the today’s U23 Men’s K1 1000m at the Piestany International Regatta. Joining him on the podium was Jarret Kenke who won bronze.

Marshall Hughes and Pierre-Luc Poulin won gold in the U23 Men’s K2 1000m.

Malfesi is a member of a team of NextGen athletes competing at the Piestany International Regatta to gain international race experience to prepare them to achieve podium performances at the highest level in the long-term.

Follow results and watch video here: http://regatta.canoe.sk/default/results/