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Three B.C. paddlers named to CKC’s 2018 World Cups and World Championships Slalom Teams

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Three B.C. paddlers are among the 21 athletes Canoe Kayak Canada recently named to represent Canada at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups and 2018 ICF Junior, U23 and Senior World Championships. The athletes were selected this weekend during the National Slalom Team Trials in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec.

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence paddlers Jakob Kryworuchko, Finley Capstick and Austin Atkins have all been named to the Junior teams. Capstick and Atkins are on the kayak team while Kryworuchko is a member of the canoe team.

“It was great to see our Canadian athletes back on the race course this week-end and we look forward to taking these groups of athletes to compete on the international stage in the coming weeks,” announced James Cartwright, Slalom High Performance Manager at Canoe Kayak Canada. “They have been working hard all winter and they look ready to compete against the best athletes in the world.”

The named athletes will be representing Canada at five Slalom World Cups hosted by the International Canoe Federation starting June 22 in Slovakia. The next World Cups will be held in Poland, Germany and Spain over different week-ends between June and September.

The Junior/U23 teams will also compete at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom Junior/U23 World Championships taking place July 17 to 22 in Ivrea, Italy, and the senior teams will compete at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, September 25 to 30.

The Slalom National Team Trials results are available on-line on the Canoe Kayak Canada Website and more information about the ICF events is on the International Canoe Federations event’s calendar on-line.

Team Announcement

Men’s Canoe

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN Province
Senior Cameron Smedley Dunrobin, QC Whitewater Ontario
Senior Spencer Pomeroy Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
U23/Senior Liam Smedley Dunrobin, QC Whitewater Ontario
U23 Yannick Laviolette Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC Whitewater Ontario
Junior Jakob Kryworuchko Vancouver, BC Canoe Kayak BC
Junior James Risk Ottawa, ON Canoe Kayak BC

Women’s Canoe

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN Province
Senior Haley Daniels Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Senior/U23 Lois Betteridge Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario

Men’s Kayak

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN Province
Senior Michael Tayler Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Senior *Conditional – Ben Hayward Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Senior/U23 Keenan Simpson Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
U23 Trevor Boyd Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
U23 Darius Ramrattan Innisfail, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Junior Mael Rivard Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Junior Austin Atkins Chilliwack, BC Canoe Kayak BC
Junior Finley Capstick Chilliwack, BC Canoe Kayak BC

Women’s Kayak

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN Province
Senior Florence Maheu Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC Eau Vive Québec
Senior/U23 Lois Betteridge Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Junior Jocelyn Taylor Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Alternate Haley Daniels Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak

Men’s Extreme Slalom

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN Province
Senior *Conditional – Ben Hayward Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Senior/U23/
Junior
Mael Rivard Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
U23 Trevor Boyd Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Junior Félix Filion Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC Eau Vive Québec

Women’s Extreme Slalom

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN COACHE(S)
Senior Florence Maheu Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC Eau Vive Québec
Senior Haley Daniels Calgary, AB Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Junior Luanda Pronovost Whitehorse, YT Canoe Kayak BC
Junior Olivia Norman Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario

Mixed Double Canoe

TEAM ATHLETE HOMETOWN COACHE(S)
Senior Lois Betteridge Ottawa, ON Whitewater Ontario
Senior Yannick Laviolette Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC Eau Vive Québec
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B.C.’s Whitewater Slalom Athletes complete National Team Trials

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Six B.C. paddlers were among the athletes who completed the National Slalom Team Trials of a new season of racing this weekend on the Saint-Charles River in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec.

“Our junior and senior athletes looked impressive on the race course this week-end,” said James Cartwright, Slalom High Performance manager at Canoe Kayak Canada. “The athletes and coaches were well prepared for the races and I was pleased to see Ben Hayward back on the race course after missing last season from shoulder surgery.”

B.C. Results

  • Finn Wakeling (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: C-1 Men Cadet, K-1 Extreme)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 1st (136.02); 2nd Run – 1st (124.51)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 1st (142.60); 2nd Run – 1st (134.11)
    • Best Run: 12th (103.50) [Extreme]
  • Jakob Kryworuchko (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: C-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 2nd (196.11); 2nd Run- 1st (124.14)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 1st (115.74); 2nd Run – 2nd (127.22)
  • Avery Wilkins (Vancouver Island Whitewater Society: K-1 Men Extreme, K-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 7th (122.49); 2nd Run – 7th (119.34)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 6th (123.90); 2nd Run – 12th (176.89)
    • Best Run: 8th (84.34) [Extreme]
  • Austin Atkins (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: K-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 1st (108.64); 2nd Run – 2nd (111.16)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 2nd (103.85); 2nd Run – 10th (169.84)
  • Finley Capstick (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: K-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 3rd (117.64); 2nd Run – 5th (117.95)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 1st (101.15); 2nd Run – 2nd (109.80)
  • Isabel Taylor (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: K-1 Women Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 1st (167.07); 2nd Run – 3rd (258.50)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 3rd (219.55); 2nd Run – 3rd (211.31)

Other notable results

Saturday, Florence Maheu (Québec) won the Women’s K1 in both the first and second round with a time of 108.06 and 103.67 seconds, respectively. Michael Tayler (Ontario) won the Men’s K1 first run with a time of 92.08 seconds while Ben Hayward (Alberta) won the second run with a tim of 93.78 seconds.

Canoer Liam Smedley (Ontario) won the Men’s C1 first round with a time of 99.67 seconds while his older brother, Cameron Smedley (Ontario) won the second run with a faster time of 94.94 seconds. In the Women’s C1 event, U23 athlete Lois Betteridge (Ontario) won the first run with a time of 118.83 seconds and Haley Daniels (Alberta) came first in the second run with a time of 111.73 seconds.

On Sunday, Maheu took first place again in the Women’s K1 final run of the weekend with a time of 98.25 seconds, as well as Tayler in the men’s race with a time of 90.31 seconds.

Betteridge won the Women’s C1 final run with a time of 122.08 while Cameron Smedley repeated a win in the Men’s C1 first run with a time of 95.04 seconds and Spencer Pomeroy (Ontario) won the final run with a time of 96.87 seconds.

On the last day of trials, athletes were also competing in the Extreme Slalom event. Ben Hayward (Alberta) came first with the fastest time of the day (77.64 seconds), followed by Maël Rivard (Ontario) with a time of 80.18 seconds and Trevor Boyd (Alberta) with a close time of 80.40 seconds.

Complete Results

Canoe Kayak Canada will be announcing the selected teams that will be representing Canada at the 2018 ICF World Cups and also at the 2018 World Championships later this week.


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BC paddler among eight named to CKC Wildwater National Team

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Avery Wilkins from the Vancouver Island Whitewater Society is among the eight paddlers named to Canoe Kayak Canada’s Wildwater National Team. The eight were named to the team after competing at the Wildwater Canoeing National Team trials May 5-6 on the Moira River in Ontario.

The race took place on an approximately 5 km stretch of the Moira River in Roslin, Ontario. The race happened in Class 2 and Class 3 whitewater from Chisholm’s Mills to Scuttlehole Rapid.

“For the second year in a row, high water levels on the Madawaska River forced a last-minute change of venue,” said Warren Hastings, Chair of the Wildwater committee on the Whitewater Council at Canoe Kayak Canada. “There were safety concerns around a rapid called Staircase, so we moved it for our athletes’ well-being and to ensure good paddling during a period of elevated water levels.”

Just two years ago, Wilkins competed in the BC Summer Games and is now among the best young whitewater paddlers in Canada.

Four boats were qualified for both the Classic and Sprint events of the Canoe Wildwater discipline for a total of 8 different athletes.

In the C-1 Classic event, Spencer Pomeroy came first with a time of 16 min 28,45 seconds, followed by Gwyn Ashcroft who came second (17 min 34,63 secs). John Hastings came first in the K-1 Classic event with a time of 15 min, followed by Warren Hastings (15 min 15,66 secs) and Neil Gerrard (15 min 27 secs). In the Sprint event, Pomeroy won the C-1 race with a time of 93,54 seconds while John Hastings won the K-1 race with a time of 80,45 seconds.

 Name  Event  Team  Classic  Sprint
 Spencer Pomeroy  Men’s C-1  Senior Team  16:28,45  93,54 secs
 Gwyn Ashcroft  Men’s C-1  Senior Team  17:34,63  103,18 secs
 Avery Wilkins  Men’s K-1  Junior Team  17:22,00  98,21 secs
 John Hastings  Men’s K-1  Senior Team  15:00,00  80,45 secs
 Warren Hastings  Men’s K-1  Senior Team  15:15,66  84,51 secs
 Neil Gerrard  Men’s K-1  Senior Team  15:27,00  84,63 secs
 Harold Van Winssen  Men’s K-1  Senior Team  15:37,00  n.a.
 Ed Winacott  Men’s K-1  Senior Team  15:57,00  93,51 secs

The next race on the Canoe Wildwater calendar is the Whitewater National Championships taking place in Kananaskis, Alberta, from August 2 to 6.


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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”.