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Sprint and slalom national team trials conclude


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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CSI Pacific Sport Performance Speaker Series webinars in May & June

Speaker-Series.pngCanadian Sport Institute Pacific is offering a Speaker Series for coaches and elite athletes. Best of all, the events are delivered in webinar format to adapt to your busy schedules. Throughout the summer and fall, Canadian Sport Institute will support the webinars

Navigating Your Academic Path to Personal and Athletic Success

Date: Tuesday, May 23
Presenter: Natalie O’Leary, Game Plan Advisor
Location: Online via webinar
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Thinking about going to university? Wondering how you can best set yourself up for academic and athletic success? Natalie O’Leary, Game Plan Advisor with both Canadian and NCAA experience will discuss post-secondary options, application procedures, funding opportunities, and how to maintain a positive well-being throughout the entire process.


Recovery: Optimizing Your Individual Plan

Date: Wednesday, June 14
Presenter: Melissa Lacroix, Sport Physiologist
Location: Online via webinar
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Recovery has become increasingly important to the high-performing athlete and their training plan as it aims to reduce fatigue and enhance performance. Considering recovery is an essential part of enhancing training adaptions and decreasing fatigue, it is essential to have an individualized recovery plan built into your training. Recovery is very complex and there are many things to consider when implementing a plan including: the type of training/competition volume, intensity, duration; nutrition; psychological stress; lifestyle, health, and environment.

Melissa Lacroix, CSI Pacific Sport Physiologist, will lead you through a discussion on how to optimize your individual recovery plans. Join her as she introduces you to recommendations around improving your sleep schedule, recovery nutrition, and hydration, along with many other popular recovery methods. Join us to learn the current best practices in recovery for high performance athletes.


For more information on the Sport Performance Speaker Series, visit csipacific.ca

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Lac-Beauport to become home of Men’s Kayak National Training Centre


Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to partner with the Club de Canoe-Kayak Lac-Beauport, the Municipality of Lac Beauport and the Institut National du Sport du Quebec to develop a world-leading training environment for its National Men’s Kayak program.

Under the leadership of Frédéric Jobin, National Coach for Men’s Kayak, the athletes will have access to ideal on and off-water training environments. Other resources including equipment, sport performance services and support for special projects will also be allocated to the centre.

“Fred is a World Class Coach and Lac Beauport is excellent choice for our Men’s Kayak team to prepare for the Tokyo Olympic Games”, said Graham Barton, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Chief Technical Officer. “The creation of this centre is part of developing a system to ensure our team will be successful internationally for years to come.”

National Team Training Centres are designed to bring training groups, National Team Coaches and technical experts together along with adequate training infrastructure to ensure the highest quality daily training environment for podium potential athletes.

“This will be an ideal training environment for the Men’s Kayak team as we focus on what we need to do,” said Jobin.

The Club de Canoe-Kayak Lac-Beauport has consistently supported high performance projects including  preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. Lac Beauport also hosted the 2005 Pan Am Canoe Championships.

“We feel very proud and privileged to continue to build our partnership with Canoe Kayak Canada in the pursuit of excellence,” said Georges Delisle, President of Club de Canoe-Kayak Lac-Beauport. “Since 1968 we have had at least one Lac-Beauport athlete on every Olympic team and many national team athletes have emerged from our club. This National Training Centre will be an excellent source of inspiration for the kids at the club, our community and the region.”

In addition to the local partners, the centre and Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Program are generously supported by Sport Canada, Own the Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

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Team BC announces Canoe/Kayak teams for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games


Team BC is pleased to announce its official Canoe/Kayak rosters for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto, Ontario.

Team BC held its initial selection camp in Seabird Island at the BC Aboriginal Canoe/Kayak Championships on September 17 and 18, 2016 where 102 athletes competed for spots on the Team BC Development Squad; at the spring selection camps the Canoe/Kayak Development Squad finalized their roster with six athletes per team.

Team BC Canoe/Kayak will be represented by:

U14 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U14 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Jennea Seward Brentwood Bay Mazzari Tate Nanaimo
Julienne Wyse-Seward Nanaimo Memphis Wyse Nanaimo
Karalyn Morris Brentwood Bay Myles Paige Duncan
Madelyn Morris Brentwood Bay Noah Gray Lake Errock
Monique Seanez Saanichton Silas Wilson Nanaimo
Trinity Jensen Forest Grove William Wyse Nanaimo
U16 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U16 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Breanna Seymour Ladysmith Drake Leon Agassiz
Chelsei Gray Lake Errock Dylan Marchand Port Alberni
Emerald Julia John Hope Quentin Tate Port Alberni
Kristine Edgar Port Alberni Quincy Archie Canim Lake
Rose Seward Brentwood Bay Terrance Hubick-Archie Canim Lake
Valerie Paul Agassiz Tyson Seward Nanaimo
U19 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U19 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Brittney Sam Victoria Brandyn Chappell Chilliwack
Janessa Horne Duncan Gordon George North Vancouver
Jordana Seymour Ladysmith Ivan Morris Port Renfrew
Josephine Seward Nanaimo Jonis White Brackendale
Kasey Wyse Nanaimo Michael Wyse Nanaimo
Kyla Price Duncan Trey Gray-Thorne Duncan
U14 & U16 Female Alternates U14 & U16 Male Alternates
Taylor Charlie Agassiz Marcus Jeffrey Port Alberni
Syvawn Paul Agassiz Norman Mack Port Alberni
Tyana Price Duncan
Makenzie Williams-Chapman Deroche
U19 Female Alternates U19 Male Alternates
Makayla Sam Agassiz Dmitri John Hope
Tyra Johnston Nanaimo Stephan Theodore-Jensen Forest Grove

Coaching Staff:

Peter Amos, Co-Head Coach
Chrystal McCallum, Co-Head Coach
Paul Wyse-Seward, Assistant Coach
Emerald John, Manager

Team BC Assistant Chef de Mission Buzz Manuel congratulated all of the athletes appointed to Team BC is looking forward to watching the Canoe/Kayak teams compete at the Games.

Manuel also thanked the coaching staff for their tremendous work they have completed over the past six months; and Canoe Kayak BC for their continued assistance and partnership to grow the sport of Canoe/Kayak in our province through their coaching programs and athlete development initiatives.

The North American Indigenous Games is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people, welcoming more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and a number of spectators and dignitaries from across North America. From July 16 – 23, 2017, the City of Toronto will be the proud Host City to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.

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Registration open for David Thompson Paddlesport Classic taking place in Revelstoke from August 18-20


The first annual 3-day David Thompson Paddlesport Classic will be held on Lake Revelstoke August 18 – 20, 2017. The lake is long and narrow, stunningly beautiful, with clear turquoise water and surrounded by snowcapped mountains. The event is named after explorer David Thompson who was the first European to descend the river in a home-made canoe in the early 1800s .

Participants will paddle and portage 125km following the path of David Thompson’s canoe on the Columbia River from Mica Creek to Revelstoke. More than a race, the “Classic” expects to become an annual highlight of the paddling community with a field of over 200 canoes, kayaks, war canoes and rowboats – about 800 enthusiasts!

The sheer beauty of the lake should attract many recreational paddlers to come and spend three summer days with family and friends. Age range of the participants will be 10 to 75 and up in many boat and age classes.

It will attract marathon and competitive canoe enthusiasts but also a large contingent of “in it to finish” folks in an OPEN TOURING Class. All participants receive a T-shirt, snacks, a shuttle back to their vehicles and a post-race BBQ meal.

Awards will be presented to the first 3 places for each competitive class and mileage pins will be presented to all those who beat the daily cut-off times. The BBQ and awards ceremony will complete the agenda near the finish line. The event is limited to 100 boats. Entry deadline is July 15.

More information and Entry forms are available at www.paddlerevelstoke.ca or by phone at 250-814-7473 or by mail at P.O. Box 78, Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0. Or email billpollock40@gmail.com.

The Revelstoke Paddlesport Association is a not-for-profit BC Society whose purpose is to develop, provide and promote recreational and competitive paddle sports activities and events in and around the city of Revelstoke.

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Canoe Kayak Canada launches casual clothing line through online store


Paddling fans now have a new way to show off their love of the sport. Canoe Kayak Canada is rolling out a new line of casual clothing through online sales. The line features quality made-in-Canada products, designed for those who embrace the paddling lifestyle.

“Clothing to compliment your rugged passion for paddling.”

The new line is anchored with four main products including the Steadfast Tee, the Portage Raglan, the Dockside Trucker Hat and the Crosswind Zippered Hoodie. There are colour and style variations for several of these products with new designs to be introduced throughout the season.

Customers can feel good about making a purchase knowing they are supporting paddling programs and Canadian athletes. All profits will go towards Canoe Kayak Canada’s programs to further its mission of encouraging Canadians to enjoy the sport of paddling and achieving success at all levels of competition.

Shop online now – shop.canoekayak.ca  *first shipments will go out by the end of May

CKC-teeSteadfast tee – $30/$35

Stand tall and be proud. This timeless Canadian-made tee is best worn on a fine summer day​, but we know you’ll stretch the season. Because you’re Canadian – and a paddler​ – t​his sport is a part of who you are and t​his tee, with its ultra-soft fabric, soon will be too​​.


ckc-raglanPortage raglan – $40/$45

It’s the perfect fresh shirt to put on after a paddle. The Portage Raglan is casual and can be worn anywhere, and in between. Before you load up your gear and traverse on to whatever lies ahead, take a moment to feel the soft sleeves as you reflect on your journey. Canadian-made with two complimentary fabric colours, this raglan features heritage artwork to connect you to your sport.

ckc-hoodieCrosswind Zippered Hoodie – $90

Crosswind, headwind or tailwind, this hoodie will keep you warm from whichever way the breeze is blowing. This quality Canadian-made sweater is perfect for a morning or evening leisure paddle, for staying warm between races, or for the all-weather fans who are prepared to brave frigid temperatures.

ckc-hatDockside Trucker Hat – $30

Whether you’re a sprinter or in it for the long haul, you might as well look good doing it. The dockside trucker hat will keep the sun out of your eyes from the time you leave home until the sun sets, whether you’re commuting to the cottage or across the country to compete. Its mesh back will keep you cool, its snapback will adjust to the headset you’re in. And its style will surely harness your tranquility whether you’re on your way for a paddle or just dreaming about it.

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Sprint National Team Coaches named: Frédéric Jobin, Chad Brooks and Jan Kruk


Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to name three coaches to sprint National Team positions. Frédéric Jobin, Chad Brooks and Jan Kruk will play key roles in preparing our athletes for international success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and beyond, to 2024.

“As the coaching structure begins to takes shape, I am pleased to have Fred, Chad and Jan on board. They have the leadership skills and technical knowledge to move our team forward,” said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer of Canoe Kayak Canada. “I am confident that their contributions to our coaching team will see Canada reemerge as a World power in paddling as we move together to Tokyo and beyond to 2024.”

Frédéric Jobin to coach Men’s Kayak

Frédéric Jobin has been named to head the Men’s Kayak National Team program. Most recently he coached the Men’s Kayak 200m group. Jobin has coached Mark de Jonge throughout his 200m career while he has won an Olympic bronze medal in 2012 and followed with a silver and two gold medals at the World Championships. Jobin was also Caroline Brunet’s coach between 2000 and 2004. During that time she earned Olympic silver and bronze medals and won five World Championship medals.

As the Men’s Kayak coach, Jobin will focus the new Olympic program which will include K1 200m, K1 1000m, K2 1000m and the new K4 distance of 500m.

“It will be a new challenge for me, and the athletes,” said Jobin. “Like when 200 metre events were added to the Olympic program, we had to adapt and push the limits. I feel extremely privileged to coach the entire Men’s Kayak group and together we will work hard to reach new heights.”

Jobin graduated from Laval University with a degree in Kinesiology. He continued on to complete a degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Montreal. Jobin started paddling at Lac Sergent in his youth before moving into coaching. He was the head coach of Lac Beauport Canoe Club From 1989 to 2008.

Chad Brooks to coach Women’s Kayak

Chad Brooks has been hired to coach Canoe Kayak Canada’s Women’s Kayak National Team program. Brooks has been a National Team Coach since 2013 where he has coached NextGen athletes and most recently has worked under the mentorship of National Men’s Kayak Coach, Frédéric Jobin.

Canoe Kayak Canada announced a partnership last October with the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA) and the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada (ADCKC) to develop a world-leading training environment in Nova Scotia for its National Women’s Kayak program. Brooks’ hiring will be an integral piece in realizing this vision. The Women’s Kayak program has been building momentum since going through a rebuilding period. The team earned four Women’s Kayak athlete quota spots for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and posted a top result of eighth place in the K4 500m.

“When I look at the talent that exists within Women’s Kayak in Canada, I have no doubt we can compete with the best the world has to offer,” said Brooks. “I’m excited to be part of fostering a program that these athletes and all Canadians can be proud to call their own.”

Brooks is in the process of completing his Advanced Coaching Diploma and is a NCCP competition-certified coach. Brooks started out paddling with his family at Orenda Canoe Club where he captured several national titles and his national best time in the Midget K1 6000m from 1996 stood for well over a decade. He was the head coach at Maskwa Aquatic Club for seven years before starting with the National Team.

Jan Kruk to coach Women’s Canoe

Jan Kruk has been selected to coach the Women’s Canoe National program as the discipline is slated to make its debut at the 2020 Olympic Games, subject to approval of the International Olympic Committee. Kruk was hired by Canoe Kayak Canada in 2014 to coach the NextGen Training Group for Atlantic Canada where he focused on supporting potential performers at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games.

“Canada has been a world leader in Women’s Canoe and was instrumental in having the women’s canoe events added to the Olympic program,” said Kruk. “I look forward to working with the dedicated athletes within our system as we set our sights on Tokyo 2020.”

Kruk was a decorated national canoe team athlete for Poland. He has coached for many years in the club system in Canada, with much of his time being spent at Banook Canoe Club. He was also a personal coach of Tom Hall when he won the 1999 Junior World Championships.

Men’s Canoe Coach still to be determined

Canoe Kayak Canada has restructured its coaching staff to align with the new Olympic program, recommendations of an internal High Performance review and available resources. This restructuring created a new vision that places an emphasis on finding strong leaders, in addition to technically skilled candidates to fill each of these positions. The goal is to build a coaching staff focused on building team success for Tokyo and beyond.

The hiring process for the Men’s Canoe Coach has been extended. While this position is still open, Mark Granger, a current staff member will oversee the Men’s Canoe Program through the balance of the competitive season. Granger is an experienced National Coach with an excellent track record of leadership and performance. He is currently working with our Junior Program.