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CKBC hires Gillian Fedechko as Sport Development Coordinator


Canoe Kayak BC is pleased to announce the hiring of Gillian Fedechko as the Sport Development Coordinator. Among her responsibilities are Aboriginal Long-Term Athlete Development; BC Games; BC School Dragon Boat Championships; CanoeKids on the Road; and Community Coach Education.


Gillian Fedechko paddling for Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

Gillian paddled with the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club from 1999 to 2010. Her competitive highlights include three silver medals at the 2005 Canada Games 2005; gold and silver medals at the 2006 Pan-Am Championships and multiple Canadian Championships medals from 2003 to 2010.

Following her successful competitive career, she coached at the Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club in Maple Ridge. She also coached at the 2010 and 2014 BC Games, 2009 Canada Summer Games and 2011 Western Canada Games.

“I am passionate about lifelong fitness and helping people get active,” says Gillian. “It is rewarding to help them find activities they enjoy and can do at any stage of life.”

Young paddlers in B.C. have previously benefited from Gillian’s knowledge. She has taught CanoeKids courses for our summer staff and worked in several communities and settings for this course.

Beyond her paddling experience, Gillian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of the Fraser Valley. Since graduating in 2011, she has worked at Golden Ears Physiotherapy where she helped WorkSafe BC and ICBC clients.

When she’s not working Gillian enjoys playing slo-pitch softball in the spring/summer, ultimate frisbee, and working out at the gym. She also enjoys cooking and baking at home and trying new recipes.

Gillian begins with CKBC on Monday, January 8 and can be reached at gill@canoekayakbc.ca or 604-465-5268


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Thirty-three paddlers named to 2017-18 CKBC Provincial Team


Thirty-three of BC’s top sprint and slalom canoe and kayak paddlers have been selected to Canoe Kayak BC’s provincial team. Among the team members is national sprint kayak team member Brian Malfesi (Ridge) and slalom world cup team members Austin Atkins and Finley Capstick (CCE).

Athletes were selected based on their results from the past season including national team selection, BC performance standard or nomination by the Coach’s Technical Committee. The complete selection criteria is available on the CKBC website (sprint, slalom).

The CKBC performance program recognizes and supports athletes who have a potential to make junior, U23 and senior development and national teams. They have also shown a commitment to training to achieve these goals.

The team members and their coaches receive sport science resources, participation in training camps and support for various regattas, trials and championships.

The 2017-18 Canoe Kayak BC provincial team members are:

Name CKBC Level Coach Hometown
Burnaby Kayak and Canoe Club
Jillian Perrone Level 1a Blake Dalton Vancouver
Katrina Loutet Level 3 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Samantha Loutet Level 3 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Ivan Strashenko Level 3 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Mika Asano Level 4 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Edward Colhoun Level 5 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Chilliwack Centre of Excellence
Austin Atkins Level 1 Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Finley Capstick Level 1 Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Jakob Kryworuchko Level 2 Brendan Curson Vancouver
Avery Wilkins Level 3 Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Chinook Racing Canoe Club (Victoria)
Gavin Jaeger-Freeborn Level 1a Rhys del Valle Victoria
Lydia Keefe Sampson Level 1a Rhys del Valle Victoria
Patrick Dann Level 3 Rhys del Valle Victoria
Coen del Valle Level 4 Rhys del Valle Victoria
False Creek Racing Canoe Club (Vancouver)
Stuart Chase Level 1a Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Ydris Hunter Level 1a Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Anna Zhang Level 2 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Elisa Robson-Brown Level 3 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Tiffany Yau Level 5 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Arjun Senanayake Level 5 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Kamloops Kayak and Canoe Club
Matao Buist Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Stanley Netherton Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Spencer Robinson Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Michael Lanyon Level 5 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Nanaimo Kayak and Canoe Club
Cameron Antifave Level 2 Igor Nikitovic Nanaimo
Nelson Canoe and Kayak Club
Heather Potkins Level 5 Lauren Heckley Nelson
Pemberton Canoe Club
Quinn Phare Level 4 Karen Tomlinson Pemberton
Ridge Kayak and Canoe Club (Maple Ridge)
Brian Malfesi Level 1 Fred Jobin/Peter Majewski/ Blake Dalton Maple Ridge
Matthew Koehler Level 1a Peter Majewski Maple Ridge
Alex Brent Level 1a Peter Majewski Dewdney
Jia Kim Level 5 Peter Majewski Maple Ridge
Cassidy MacPherson Level 5 Peter Majewski Maple Ridge
Noah Said Level 5 Peter Majewski Maple Ridge

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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Paddler wins a 2017 Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport


The 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented to eight outstanding Aboriginal athletes from British Columbia’s Vancouver Coastal Region during a formal celebration held Tuesday at the Musqueam Community Center in Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Coastal is the fourth of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program.

Among the recipients was Gordon George who paddled at the 2017 North American Games in Toronto. A member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, George won three medals at the Games.

I·SPARC Vancouver Coastal Regional Lead Courtenay Gibson said ”Thank you to the eight athletes we are honouring here this evening, and to their families and the communities that support these amazing young leaders. You are true champions on and off the field, proving that we as Indigenous people are not only surviving, but thriving.”

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Province of British Columbia, launched the Regional nomination process in August 2017, receiving 141 nominations from across the province for Aboriginal athletes under 25 years of age who are competing in performance sport and committed to living healthy, active lifestyles.

A total of 48 recipients have been chosen within I·SPARC’s six regions – Northeast, Northwest, Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal and Vancouver Island. Recipients were selected based on their achievements in performance sport, commitment to pursuing a higher education, demonstrable leadership qualities, volunteerism, and connection to culture.

The recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport – Vancouver Coastal Region are:

  • Alexis Mellish, 17, Rugby and Lacrosse, Squamish Nation
  • Gordon George, 18, Canoe, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  • Ashley Thorne, 13, Soccer, Musqueam Indian Band
  • Jaiden Terry, 14, Lacrosse and Hockey, St’at’imc and Nisga’a
  • Kathleen Natrall, 14, Softball and Snowboarding, Squamish Nation
  • Quinn Sam-Finlay, 17, Basketball and Soccer, Lil’Wat Nation
  • Malia Terry, 18, Lacrosse, St’at’imc and Nisga’a
  • Sekawnee Baker, 18, Lacrosse, Squamish Nation

These recipients automatically serve as nominees for the Provincial Awards. A total of 12 Provincial Recipients (six male and six female) will be selected in February 2018. Provincial recipients will receive an invitation to attend a special Aboriginal Youth Sport Leadership Forum, held at the Gathering our Voices Indigenous Youth Leadership Training in Richmond from March 20-23, 2018.

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BC Summer Games – Call for Applications


Canoe Kayak BC is gearing up for the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley and is seeking Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches for each of the Zone Teams.

Since 1978, the BC Games Society has been staging the BC Summer and Winter Games. The purpose of these Games is, “To provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport event which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual and community development.”

In our fourth appearance after a 12-year absence from the Games, canoeing is excited about participating on Lake Cowichan.

Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches needed

In the preparation of athletes to participate, Canoe Kayak BC requires Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches for the following zone teams:

  • Zone 1: Kootenays
  • Zone 2: Thompson/Okanagan
  • Zone 3: Fraser Valley
  • Zone 4: Fraser River/Delta
  • Zone 5: Vancouver/Squamish
  • Zone 6: Vancouver Island/Central coach
  • Zone 7: North West
  • Zone 8: Cariboo/North East

Details of the communities that fall into each of the zones can be found here on the BC Games website.

Requirements and expectations

  • All Head Coaches for the 2018 Games must have NCCP Entry Level Competitive Coach
    CERTIFIED or higher coaching education.
  • Assistant coaches must be NCCP CanoeKids “trained” and have completed the online MED.
  • In addition to coaching duties, Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches are expected to travel with their athletes on BC Games transportation (all teams traveling by bus will be on the first ferry on July 23), stay with them in BC Games accommodation, and supervise them throughout the BC Games.
  • Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches are expected to act in a supervisory capacity travelling to, from and at the Games to ensure that their athletes adhere to the BC Games General Rules, the sport-specific rules, and the Code of Conduct. Coaches must also abide by the Coaches Code of Conduct.


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CKBC is hiring a Sport Development Coordinator!

Hiring.pngBased 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.

To meet these objectives, Canoe Kayak BC is seeking an individual for full time employment to oversee the sport development activities of the organization. Programs will include but not be limited to: Aboriginal Long-Term Athlete Development, BC Games, BC School Dragon Boat Championships, CanoeKids on the Road and Community Coach Education.

B.C. is home to thousands of lakes and rivers and diverse flora, fauna and wildlife. And with year round paddling opportunities in beautiful, natural settings, British Columbia is a paddler’s paradise.

See the job posting for full details and qualifications. The deadline for applications is October 17.

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Call for Candidates: CKBC Standing Committee – Whitewater


Canoe Kayak BC is looking for individuals to join the CKBC Standing Committee – Whitewater. The Whitewater Committee manages the development of whitewater paddling within the Participation and Technical Development Pathways.

This is an ad-hoc committee until CKBC’s new bylaws and governance structure are approved at a Special General Meeting. The members of the committee should be prepared for the first meeting in early November and during the winter prior to the CKBC Special General Meeting and AGM.

This is a volunteer position. Interested candidates are required to complete the application form in order to be considered for the position. Deadline for applications is Monday, October 16Note: Please download the form to your computer and open using your PDF reader before completing the form.

The board will review the applications and select those they feel best suited at their October board meeting. A formal election of members will take place at the 2018 AGM.

Please send applications to CKBC, by email to: info@canoekayakbc.ca.

For more information, see the Terms of Reference.

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National Coaches Week is September 23-30. Say #ThanksCoach and help them win a $25 Starbucks gift card from CKBC


National Coaches Week celebrates the positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by saying #ThanksCoach.

Say #ThanksCoach to your coach

Use our CKBC #ThanksCoach postcard to tell your coach why you want to say thanks. Download, print at home, complete and give your coach.

Win a $25 Starbucks gift card for your coach

  • Complete the #ThanksCoach profile online. Profiles will be featured on the CKBC website and social media.
  • If possible, upload a photo of you with your coach before submitting your profile form or send to sandra@canoekayakbc.ca.
  • For every profile submitted, your coach gets one entry into our draw for a $25 Starbucks gift card. Draw takes place October 3, 2017. (One profile per athlete)

$10 Coaching Clinics

Register for any National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) multi-sport course that’s hosted by viaSport’s Regional Alliance for only $10! See the viaSport calendar for more details!

Surprise, Coach! Contest

viaSport BC is hosting a video contest to show how much you appreciate your coach. The winning entry will be awarded $750 towards team expenses. See the viaSport website for details and how to enter.