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False Creek’s Ydris Hunter named to Olympic Hope team

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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.”

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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
Mic Mac Adriana LILLEY OSENDE

U16 Men’s Kayak Hommes

Club Crew
Balmy Beach Cameron LOW
Trois Rivieres Laurent LAVIGNE
Toba Sacha SKIRZYK
Mic Mac Alexander EISENER MALLETT

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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B.C. paddlers set to compete at 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships

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Thirty B.C. paddlers from the nine clubs go for gold this week at the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships. Taking place in Welland at the Welland International Flatware Centre, the event will crown champions in a variety of age categories in sprint canoe, kayak and paracanoe from August 22-26.

Representing B.C. are:

Alouette Paddling Club

  •  Megan Pankratz
  • Corey Stewart

Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Mika Asano
  • Matao Buist (Kamloops)
  • Edward Colhoun
  • Zaffia Laplante
  • Katrina Loutet
  • Samantha Loutet
  • Stanley Netherton (Kamloops)
  • Heather Potkins (Nelson)
  • Spencer Robinson (Kamloops)
  • Ivan Strashenko
  • Anna Zhang (False Creek)

Chinook Racing Canoe Club

  • Patrick Dann
  • Coen del Valle

False Creek Sprint Canoe Club

  • Stuart Chase
  • Ydris Hunter
  • Quinn Phare (Pemberton)
  • Elisa Robson-Brown
  • Noah Said
  • Arjun Senanayke
  • Andrew Sugianto
  • Hank Wang
  • Tiffany Yau

Fort Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Elliot Hoyt
  • Ben Muench

Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Alex Brent
  • Jia Kim
  • Matthew Koehler
  • Brian Malfesi

The competition can be watched live on-line and the results app is available in the iTunes App Store.


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Three medals for Team BC paddlers at Canada Summer Games

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Team BC paddlers are bringing home three medals from the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Overall, Team BC, with 146 medals, was second to Ontario in the overall medal standings. The 146 medals is an all time record for Team BC.

Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge) won gold in the women’s K-1 5000 race. Her time of 21:13.71 was 25 seconds ahead of second place. Known for her love of cucumbers, she commented following her victory that their “power” helped her as she “had two cucumbers before the race.”

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In a very close men’s K-1 5000 race, Alex Brent (Ridge) won the bronze medal. His time of 19:16.323 was just seven seconds behind the gold medal finisher. This was Brent’s second bronze medal of the Games, his first coming in the men’s K-1 1000. In another close finish, he was only two seconds out of first.

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A third paddler was recognized by Team BC before the Games. Jia Kim (Ridge) won a cheer pack for naming Team BC’s new mascot. The winning name is ECHO the Orca.

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The Team BC paddlers were led by a great group of coaches and support staff. Thanks to CKBC’s Blake Dalton and Cory Rublee, Diane Tam (False Creek), Peter Majewski (Ridge) and Jennifer Scott (Team BC Mission Staff)

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Team BC’s canoe kayak results:

Women’s Kayak

Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge)

  • K-1 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:12.14); 5th Final (2:21.56)
  • K-1 1000: 3rd Heat 1 (4:14.07); 5th Final (4:17.75)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-2 200: 4th Heat 2 (46.290); 1st B Final (45.377)
  • K-1 5000: Gold Final (21:13.71)

Katrina Loutet (Burnaby)

  • K-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:32.540) (7th overall)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Jia Kim (Ridge)

  • K-2 500: 4th Heat 2 (2:01.19); 1st B Final (2:03.95)
  • K-1 200: 4th Heat 1 (49.997); 2nd B Final (49.39)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)
  • K-2 200: 4th Heat 2 (46.290); 1st B Final (45.377)

Elisa Robson-Brown (False Creek)

  • K-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:32.540) (7th overall)
  • K-2 500: 4th Heat 2 (2:01.19); 1st B Final (2:03.95)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Meghan Cheung (Fort)

  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Women’s Canoe

Samantha Loutet (Burnaby)

  • C-1 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:57.23); 5th Final (4:58.01)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 1 (52.016) 6th overall
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:18.513); 1st B Final (2:16.655)
  • C-1 200: 4th Heat 1 (56.658); 1st B Final (59.806)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Anna Zhang (False Creek)

  • C-1 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:50.46); 1st B Final (2:53.81)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:18.513); 1st B Final (2:16.655)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)
  • C-1 5000: 6th Final (27:32.25)

Zaffia Laplante (Burnaby)

  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 1 (52.016) 6th overall
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Heather Potkins (Nelson)

  • C-2 1000: 4th Heat 2 (5:23.780); 1st B Final (6:01.880)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)

Melody Oh (Ridge)

  • C-2 1000: 4th Heat 2 (5:23.780); 1st B Final (6:01.880)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Men’s Kayak

Alex Brent (Ridge)

  • K-1 500: 3rd Heat 1 (1:48.59); 5th Final (2:03.40)
  • K-2 1000: 2nd Heat 1 (3:44.120); 4th Final (3:50.290)
  • K-1 1000: 1st Heat 1 (3:39.27); Bronze Final (3:38.32)
  • K-2 500: 2nd Heat 2 (1:35.609); 4th Final (1:35.807)
  • K-1 5000: Bronze Final (19:16.32)

Matthew Koehler (Ridge)

  • K-2 1000: 2nd Heat 1 (3:44.120); 4th Final (3:50.290)
  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 500: 2nd Heat 2 (1:35.609); 4th Final (1:35.807)
  • K-1 200: 3rd Heat 2 (40.815); 2nd B Final (40.771)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Cameron Antifave (Nanaimo)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (39.450); 4th B Final (39.08)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Coen del Valle (Chinook)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (39.450); 4th B Final (39.08)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Michael Lanyon (Kamloops)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Men’s Canoe

Ydris Hunter (False Creek)

  • C-1 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:10.67); 5th Final (2:22.78)
  • C-1 1000: 3rd Heat 1 (4:25.32) 6th overall
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)
  • C-1 5000: 6th Final (23:20.62)

Alexander Demishkevich (Kamloops)

  • C-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:25.980); 5th Final (4:50.960)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:07.49) 6th overall
  • C-1 200: 2nd Heat 2 (43.744); 4th Final (42.72)
  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (44.672); 5th Final (43.435)

Quinn Phare (Pemberton)

  • C-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:25.980); 5th Final (4:50.960)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:07.49) 6th overall
  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)

Omar Said (Ridge)

  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (44.672); 5th Final (43.435)

Noah Said (Ridge)

  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)


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B.C. wins 17 medals at Whitewater National Championships

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Led by Jakob Kryworuchko’s five gold medals, B.C. paddlers brought home 17 medals from the 2017 Whitewater National Championships. The championships took place July 31-August 6 in Ottawa.

In the open age championships, Ottawa’s Cameron Smedley was the most dominant performer of the day, confirming his status as Canada’s top male slalom paddler, winning gold in the Men’s C-1 as well as the top spot in the Mixed C-2 alongside sister, Alison.

The Men’s K-1 featured a surprise champion in 34-year-old, John Hastings who beat out five other Ottawa paddlers despite retiring from the National Slalom Team to focus on preparations for the upcoming Extreme Slalom World Championships. Hastings’ victory, along with the dual titles by the Smedleys, helped Ontario capture the Brian Creer Cup, an award given annually to the top province at the National Championships.

Complete B.C. results:

Name Results
Maddison Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Bronze (40.10)
K-1 Junior Age Group Championships: 4th (169.29)
Finn Wakeling

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Cadet Downriver Sprint: Gold (41.62)
C-1 Cadet Downriver Classic: Gold (792.27)
C-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: Silver (138.01)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: 6th (277.14)
Jakob Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Gold (40.22)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 8th (37.13)
C-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Gold (800.84)
C-1 Junior Championships: Gold (101.67)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 10th (108.60)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-1 Open Championships: 8th (134.75) [1st Junior]
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Avery Wilkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 4th (42.56)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 5th (35.39)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 4th (660.23)
C-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (162.93)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 11th (108.62)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
K-1 Open Championships: 10th (119.03) [5th Junior]
Austin Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 11th (37.82)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Silver (626.94)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (97.34)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Alsek Watt

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 14th (40.51)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 8th (682.81)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 17th (114.98)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
Finley Capstick

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 18th (42.36)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 7th (673.68)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 7th (100.36)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
Maksym Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 8th (44.56)
K-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 7th (39.52)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)


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B.C. paddlers ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games

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Twenty sprint paddlers from eight clubs are wrapping up training as they get ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. The paddling competition begins on Monday, August 7 and takes place at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre.

Leading the team is Games 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 following his selection to the team in May. “Beyond that, multi-sport games are always exciting and I am immensely proud to be a part of Team BC at the Games.”

Entry to Canoe Kayak competition is free courtesy of Manitoba’s Credit Unions. No ticket is required. For those wishing to cheer the team from B.C., the competitions will be streamed live online.

Team BC:

Women’s Kayak

  • Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge)
  • Katrina Loutet (Burnaby)
  • Jia Kim (Ridge)
  • Elisa Robson-Brown (False Creek)
  • Meghan Cheung (Fort)

Women’s Canoe

  • Samantha Loutet (Burnaby)
  • Anna Zhang (False Creek)
  • Zaffia Laplante (Burnaby)
  • Heather Potkins (Nelson)
  • Melody Oh (Ridge)

Men’s Kayak

  • Alex Brent (Ridge)
  • Matthew Koehler (Ridge)
  • Cameron Antifave (Nanaimo)
  • Coen del Valle (Chinook)
  • Michael Lanyon (Kamloops)

Men’s Canoe

  • Ydris Hunter (False Creek)
  • Alexander Demishkevich (Kamloops)
  • Quinn Phare (Pemberton)
  • Omar Said (Ridge)
  • Noah Said (Ridge)

Support Staff

  • Diane Tam – Coach (False Creek)
  • Peter Majewski – Coach (Ridge)
  • Blake Dalton – Manager (CKBC)
  • Cory Rublee – Technical Support (CKBC)

Six additional athletes were selected as alternates and have participated in team training camps: Lauryn Cheung (Fort); Mika Asano (Burnaby); Emily Robinson (Kamloops); Ivan Strashenko (Burnaby); Liam Stewart (Fort) and Quinn Thomson (False Creek)

Learn more about Team BC, including their favourite snacks and goals for the Games on the CKBC website.

The Canada Summer Games are the country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes. Among the Games’ alumni are paddlers Hugh Fisher, Sue Holloway and Adam Van Koeverden and athletes in other sports such as Andre de Grasse (athletics), Eugenie Bouchard (tennis) and Sydney Crosby (hockey).

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B.C. paddlers set to compete at 2017 Canadian Canoe Kayak Whitewater Championships

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Eight B.C. paddlers from the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence (CCE) go for gold this weekend at the 2017 Canadian Canoe Kayak Whitewater Championships. Taking place in Ottawa at the Pumphouse, the event will crown champions in four age categories from August 4-6.

Representing B.C. from CCE are:

Cadet Men (ages 12-14)

  • Finn Wakeling (Port Moody)

Junior Women (ages 15-18)

  • Madison Atkins (Chilliwack)

Junior Men (ages 15-18)

  • Austin Atkins (Chilliwack)
  • Finley Capstick (Chilliwack)
  • Jakob Krywouchko (Vancouver)
  • Alsek Watt (Richmond)
  • Avery Wilkins (Chilliwack)

U23 Men (ages 19-23)

  • Maksym Kryworuchko (Vancouver)

The championships are hosted by the Ottawa River Runners and Canoe Kayak Canada.

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Team BC paddlers in final preparations for 2017 Canada Summer Games

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Final Canada Summer Games training camps are taking place this week for Team BC’s sprint canoe and kayak paddlers. Held at Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club (Maple Ridge) False Creek Sprint Canoe Club (Vancouver) and Fort Canoe & Kayak Club (Fort Langley), the camps feature leadership from CKBC’s provincial and team coaches.

During the these discipline specific camps, Team BC’s crewboats (who is in which crew, where they are in the boat), race plans and equipment preparation will be finalized. Additionally, the paddlers will continue to develop team cohesion.

Team BC training camp schedule:

  • Men’s Kayak Camp: July 24-28 (Ridge)
  • Women’s Canoe Camp: July 24-26 (False Creek)
  • Men’s Canoe Camp: July 26-28 (Fort)
  • Women’s Kayak Camp: July 26-28 (Fort)

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.

Learn more about the paddlers representing B.C. at the Canada Games.