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Ontario and Saskatchewan to host 2018 Sprint Canada Cups

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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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Help CKC increase promotion of sport and athletes

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Canoe Kayak Canada has some upcoming upcoming communications projects that need your help.  In order to enhance their image, especially on social media, they plan to give more visibility to the athletes and different disciplines.

And here’s where you can help:

#ThrowbackThursday #jeudinostalgie of Canoe Kayak Canada

CKC is looking for old photos and archives of our sport!

As part of a campaign under the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday, CKC will publish every Thursday a photo found in the archives. Whether it’s a photo of you as a child, your first paddle out, your first competition or old photos of your club members or of your discipline, we want to see what you have!

Send your photos to jverret@canoekayak.ca with a short description for each photo you send. We will then sort through all the photos received and publish the best archives!

Alumni Event during PyeongChang 2018

During the Pyeongchang Olympic Games, which will take place from February 8 to 25, Canoe Kayak Canada invites you to organize your own Alumni event.

The concept is simple: just pick a date and event in the Winter Olympics schedule and bring your community together for a CKC Alumni event.

Please inform us of your event by writing to alumni@canoekayak.ca. We encourage everyone to use the hashtag #anciensCKCalumni in your publications on the different networks so we can easily follow your activity!

The CKC Alumni Council wants to encourage our paddling Alumni to get together from coast to coast and will offer special CKC swag through Instagram scavenger and to events who use the #anciensCKCalumni, have the most participation on social networks and have the most in-person participation!

SOMETHING New IS COMING SOON on CKC website – STAY TUNED!

An important new feature is coming soon on the CKC website and we will need your collaboration for this new project!

In 2018, CKC wants to hear from you! You will soon have the opportunity to make your voice heard by the Canoe Kayak Canada community!

But before it happens, it will be important for each member to send us photos and participate in our projects so that we can gather, in the coming months, all that you have sent us for our new project!

You will receive more details in the coming weeks, stay tuned!


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Olympians Anders Gustafsson and Andreas Dittmer Join Canoe Kayak Canada Coaching Team

Canoe Kayak Canada has officially announced the hiring of two world leading coaches for the sprint national teams and the men’s canoe team. Sprint canoe and kayak stars Anders Gustafsson and Andreas Dittmer are joining Canoe Kayak Canada’s (CKC) coaching team as the head coach and men’s canoe coach, respectively.

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Andreas Dittmer (Men’s Canoe Coach), Graham Barton (Technical Chief Officer) and Anders Gustafsson (Head Coach) meeting in Canoe Kayak Canada’s office this morning. (Photo: Joannie Verret)

“I’m absolutely delighted to have both Anders and Andreas join CKC’s high performance Leadership team,” said Casey Wade, Chief Executive Officer at Canoe Kayak Canada. “We now have a well-rounded, world leading coaching group led by Graham Barton moving forward toward 2020 and beyond,” he added.

Led by Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer at CKC, Sweden’s Anders Gustafsson will be the new head coach of the national team while Germany’s Andreas Dittmer will be the coach for the men’s sprint canoe team.

“The arrival of these two big names is an exciting time for CKC,” said Barton. “I am excited by the combination of coaching and athlete potential. There is a positive vibe on the team and I believe we have what it takes to take Canada back to being one of the top 3 canoeing nations in the world”.

New Head Coach

Anders-Gustafsson

Anders Gustafsson racing K-1 500 meters at an ICF event in 2011. (Photo: Balint Vekassy)

Having competed in four Olympic Games between 2000 and 2012, eleven world championships and a dozen world cups and European championships, the Swedish kayak star, Anders Gustafsson has all the experience necessary to excel at this role. He won the world champion title in 2010 in the K1 500 meters event.

“When looking for a head coach we were looking for something more than just coaching expertise,” said Graham Barton. “It was the intangibles that made Anders our first choice. His communication style and his experience with Sweden America’s Cup Team clearly demonstrated the skills we were looking for to lead our coaching team into Tokyo.”

Men’s Canoe Coach

Andreas-Dittmer

The dominant sprint canoeist of his generation in 1000 meter races will now be the Men’s Canoe coach for Canoe Kayak Canada. (Photo: andreasdittmer.com)

Andreas Dittmer marked the history of sprint canoeing and inspired thousands of young athletes around the world. The German Olympian will take charge of the Canadian men’s sprint canoe team.

During his career, Dittmer dominated sprint canoeing by winning five medals at the Olympic Games, including three golds in C-2 and C-1 1000 meters. He is also an eight time world champion and has won a total of 22 medals at the world championships between 1991 and 2004.

“Andreas is the final piece in solidifying a world class coaching team,” said Barton. “He brings with him extensive Olympic experience. He knows what it takes to win and I am confident that he will lead our men’s canoe program back into contention for the podium in Tokyo and Paris”.


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Finley Capstick competes at Slalom World Cup in Germany

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Chilliwack Centre of Excellence’s Finley Capstick competed at this weekend’s Slalom World Cup Slalom in Markleeberg, Germany. The event featured both traditional slalom and extreme slalom.

Capstick competed in both events, finishing 66th in men’s K1 slalom and 24th in extreme slalom.

The Extreme Slalom is a new addition to the World Cup circuit. It features a head-to-head format where four athletes race down the river at the same time while navigating through a series of obstacles. The event will make its first appearance at the World Championships this year in Pau, France at the end of September.

Other Canadians competing included Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB), who recorded her best-ever finish in World Cup Extreme Slalom today, finishing sixth in the women’s K1. Teammate, Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) finished 10th, marking the first time two Canadians have finished in the top 10 in the Extreme Slalom event.

With the first three ICF World Cup Slalom events behind them, Team Canada will now set their sights on preparing for the National Championships on August 5 and 6  in Ottawa and the second half of the World Cup circuit with races in Italy and Spain later this year.

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Women’s Canoe added to Olympic Canoe Kayak program, bringing gender equity

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Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to share the news that for the first time in Tokyo 2020, Canoe Kayak Sprint and Slalom will have a gender-balanced Olympic program.Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to share the news that for the first time in Tokyo 2020, Canoe Kayak Sprint and Slalom will have a gender-balanced Olympic program.

The International Olympic Committee has approved the International Canoe Federation’s proposal for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Program. This program includes women’s canoe events for the first time in Olympic history.

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“I think it is really a good day for women’s canoe,” Laurence Vincent-Lapointe said. Vincent-Lapointe has won seven world championships since women’s canoe was added to the world championship program in 2010, and has just finished a strong world cup performance where the sprint women’s canoe team won a total of 9 medals.

“We finally get the opportunity to be seen as the athletes we are, and get the place we have been waiting for all this time” Vincent-Lapointe said. “ Having just come back from the world cups tour, I have seen many incredible women canoers and I’m proud of what we have all accomplished until now. Now we will all be striving towards the highest form of recognition, the Olympic Games. It is with a lot of emotion that I received this news and I’m happy to share it with everyone who have supported us all this time.”

Women canoers will compete at the Tokyo Olympics in Sprint C-1 200m and C-2 500m, as well as in Slalom C-1.

2020 Canoe Kayak Olympic Program

Men’s Kayak Women’s Kayak Men’s Canoe Women’s Canoe
K1 Slalom
K1 200m
K1 1000m
K2 1000m
K4 500m
K1 Slalom
K1 200m
K1 500m
K2 500m
K4 500m
C1 Slalom
C1 1000m
C2 1000m
C1 Slalom
C1 200m
C2 500m

Haley Daniels – 2016 

“I am proud to say that we will finally be able to follow our dreams to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020” Haley Daniels, Canada’s top Women’s Canoe Slalom paddler said. “This announcement is history in the making where we can truly say that Canoe Slalom is gender equitable and moving forward.”

Women have a long history of racing canoes of many types in Canada.  Races between women’s war canoes have been a regular fixture at championship regattas as early as the turn of the 20th century.

Yet the road to equal competitive opportunity in the sport has not been short or easy for women’s canoe athletes. Through years of advocacy, and sometimes disappointing setbacks, pioneering athletes, and leaders within the Canoe Kayak Canada community have led the way in the push for equality in the sport.

Canadian marathon nationals were gender equitable across all events from their inception in 1980. The sprint discipline followed by adopting a full women’s canoe race card in 1995, and finally, 2009 saw the inclusion of women’s canoe at the whitewater nationals.

Canoe Kayak Canada led a concerted and sustained push through our representatives at the International Canoe Federation level for gender equity, specifically through the inclusion of women’s canoe events.

Madeleine Hall – 1964

“It has taken 72 years for women to be included as full participants in our sport,” Madeleine Hall, chair of Canoe Kayak Canada’s Sprint Racing Council, said. “Kudos to the International Canoe Federation and the International Olympic Committee for taking this significant step.”

Hall, who was a canoe athlete herself, shared on behalf of Canoe Kayak Canada, a special thank you to our Canadian women canoers who have led the way nationally and internationally.

“You put your hearts and souls into canoeing in spite of its absence at the Olympic Games,” she said. “It is thanks to your skill and excellent performances that this dream has come true. Now enjoy the rest of the road to the Olympic Games!”


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Canoe Kayak Canada Names Canoe Slalom National Team

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Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to name its national canoe slalom team following a weekend of trials in Kananaskis, AB. The team will represent Canada at World Cups in Europe starting in June and World Championships in Pau, France in September.

“We had some strong performances at trials and have a good mix of up-and-comers and veterans ready to race internationally,” said James Cartwright, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Whitewater High Performance Manager. “The team has a real sense of opportunity heading into this quadrennial and I’m excited for what’s to come.”

There are three quota spots per event. The top athletes in each class will represent Canada at World Cups and World Championships. Under 23 athletes, who qualified as alternates, will be given the opportunity to race World Cups 3.

Men’s Kayak

1) Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)
2) David Ford (Edmonton, AB)
3) Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON)
Alternate: Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON)

Women’s Kayak

1) Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC)
2) Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB)
3) Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)
Alternate: Reneo Ohler (Calgary, AB)

Men’s Canoe

1) Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON)
2) Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)
3) Yannick Laviolette (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC)
Alternate: Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

Women’s Canoe

1) Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB)
2) Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)

Competition Schedule

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 June 16-18 Prague, Czech Republic
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 2 June 23-25 Augsburg, Germany 
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 3*U23 athletes to compete in quotas 2 & 3 July 7-9 Markkleeberg, Germany
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4 September 1-3 Ivrea, Italy
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup final September 8-10 La Seu D’urgell, Spain
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships September 27 – October 1 Pau, France