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Team BC training underway in Whistler


CKBC’s Canada Summer Games team is currently training in Whistler in preparation for the Games in August. The 20 team members, five alternates and four coaches are using this time for training, and team building.

Team BC is staying at Whistler’s Tyrol Lodge whose staff have extended wonderful hospitality to the team. And training is on Alta Lake which the paddlers enjoy as it is clean and there are no weeds or power boats. CKBC also used this venue in preparation for the 1998 Sprint National Championships.

Next up for Team BC is discipline specific camps later this month.

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 athletes representing B.C. at the Canada Games.

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Over $27,500 raised in 2017 CKBC Paddle-A-Thon


Five CKBC clubs raised $27,630.19 for much needed equipment and programs during the 2017 Canoe Kayak BC Paddle-A-Thon. Each club hosted a paddle-a-thon event in their community in conjunction with paddlers collecting donations.

2017 Participating Clubs:

  • Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club: $2,475
  • False Creek Sprint Canoe Club: $15,889.19
  • Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club: $5,772
  • Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club: $1,435
  • Yukon Flatwater Paddling: $1,689

In addition to raising money for their clubs, the paddlers also had the opportunity  to win prizes. False Creek’s Tiffany Yau, who was the top fundraiser, receives $350 towards a new paddle. And every paddler who raised at least $150 receives a special CKBC t-shirt commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday.

Top fundraisers – individual 

Top fundraisers – group 

Thanks to everyone who helped our paddlers reach their goals by donating. Your donation made a difference for our clubs as they improve their equipment and programming.

Contact Sandra at sandra@canoekayakbc.ca if your club is interested in participating in our 2018 Paddle-A-Thon.

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Finley Capstick competes at Slalom World Cup in Germany


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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David Thompson Paddlesport Classic deadline fast approaching


The deadline for entries in the David Thompson Paddlesport Classic is July 15, 2017.

Entry forms are available by calling the race hotline at 250-814-7473 or by emailing billpollock40@gmail.com.

This event will take place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 18-20. Paddlers will paddle and portage 125km following the path of explorer David Thompson’s canoe on the Columbia River from Mica Creek to the finish line above Revelstoke dam. The “Classic” is expected to become an annual highlight of the BC paddling community with a field of over 200 canoes, kayaks, war canoes, SUP’s and rowboats!

Lake Revelstoke is an ideal environment for this event and the old big bend highway is ideal for the 7 short portages to break up the paddling. The David Thompson Paddlesport Classic will also connect history, awesome mountain scenery and a superior recreational paddling experience in keeping with Revelstoke’s superior hospitality and friendliness. Age range of the participants is 10 to 75 plus in many boat and age classes.

It is hoped that the event will eventually bring an influx of over 2,500 outdoor oriented people to the region. The event will not only attract marathon and competitive canoe enthusiasts but also a large contingent of “in it to finish” folks in the OPEN TOURING Class. Maps of the course are available on the website, http://www.paddlerevelstoke.ca Briefly the itinerary is as follows:

  • Day One: At 5km from the start at Mica Creek is the first 500m portage on an old paved part of the Big Bend road. Another 14km of paddling brings you to the 1.6km portage through an abandoned air field at Bigmouth Creek. The finish line for Day 1 is 21km further at the Goldstream Creek boat launch. The total distance for Day 1 is about 42km.
  • Day Two: 27km from the Goldstream Creek boat launch brings you to a 460m portage north of Downie Point. Then one paddles 1.5km east across the Downie Creek estuary to a 650m portage along the old big bend road on the south side of the Downie estuary. Then back to the lake for a 14 km paddle to another 400m portage on the old highway. Then a short 2km paddle to end day 2 near Mars Creek. Total distance is about 46km.
  • Day Three: Paddle from Mars Creek 19.5km to a 400m portage at the Wadey (Laforme) Recreation Site. Then a 7.5km paddle to Martha Creek Provincial Park and a 1.25km hike through that campground to the beach followed by an 8.5km paddle to the finish line at the 5 Mile Boat Launch near the Revelstoke Dam. Total distance is about 37km. There will be a BBQ and awards ceremony on the playing field at the Columbia Park Elementary School.

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


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.

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe – 2017

“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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Huge thank-you from CKBC


The Canada Games trials took place on Shumway Lake in sunny Kamloops on Saturday, May 27. And it was a great event!

From everyone at CKBC – thank-you Kamloops Canoe and Kayak club for hosting our sprint paddlers from around the province.

And a shout-out of thanks to the volunteers and officials. We were fortunate to have all of you help out and make the trials a fantastic event for the athletes.



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Twenty B.C. paddlers named to Canada Summer Games team


Twenty canoe and kayak paddlers from nine B.C. clubs have been named to the 2017 Canada Summer Games team. The athletes, ranging in age from 13 to 20, were named to Team BC following trials in Kamloops on May 27.

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

The paddlers will participate in team training camps and provincial regattas leading up to the Games later this summer. 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.

“I’m pleased with the composition of the team. We have several key veterans and a number of young but enthusiastic and skilled paddlers,” said Blake Dalton following the selection of the team. “It was obvious at the selection trials that each athlete wants to fight for each second. It will be a great Games!”

Canoe Kayak BC’s 2017 Canada Summer Games team:


Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Cassidy MacPherson Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Katrina Loutet Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Jia Kim Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Elisa Robson-Brown False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Meghan Cheung Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Lauryn Cheung Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Mika Asano Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer


Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Samantha Loutet Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Anna Zhang False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Zaffia Laplante Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby
Heather Potkins Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club Nelson Lauren Heckley
Melody Oh Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Emily Robinson Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek


Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Alex Brent Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Dewdney Piotr Majewski
Matthew Koehler Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Cameron Antifave Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club Lantzville Igor Nikitovic
Coen del Valle Chinook Racing Canoe Club Victoria Rhys del Valle
Michael Lanyon Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek
Ivan Strashenko Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Tyler Demidoff Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski


Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Ydris Hunter False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Alexander Demishkevich Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek
Quinn Phare Pemberton Canoe Association Pemberton Jared Trafford
Omar Said Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Noah Said Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Liam Stewart Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Quinn Thomson False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Langley Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin

Team BC Coaches:

  • Diane Tam (False Creek Sprint Canoe Club)
  • Piotr Majewski (Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club)
  • Cory Rublee (Canoe Kayak BC)
  • Blake Dalton (Canoe Kayak BC)

About Canoe Kayak BC

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

Photos by Chris Taylor (Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club)