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

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

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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:

WOMEN’S KAYAK

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
Alternates:
Lauryn Cheung Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Mika Asano Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer

WOMEN’S CANOE

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
Alternate:
Emily Robinson Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek

MEN’S KAYAK

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
Alternates:
Ivan Strashenko Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Tyler Demidoff Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski

MEN’S CANOE

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
Alternates:
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)


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Canoe Kayak Canada Names Canoe Slalom National Team

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Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to name its national canoe slalom team following a weekend of trials in Kananaskis, AB. The team will represent Canada at World Cups in Europe starting in June and World Championships in Pau, France in September.

“We had some strong performances at trials and have a good mix of up-and-comers and veterans ready to race internationally,” said James Cartwright, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Whitewater High Performance Manager. “The team has a real sense of opportunity heading into this quadrennial and I’m excited for what’s to come.”

There are three quota spots per event. The top athletes in each class will represent Canada at World Cups and World Championships. Under 23 athletes, who qualified as alternates, will be given the opportunity to race World Cups 3.

Men’s Kayak

1) Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)
2) David Ford (Edmonton, AB)
3) Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON)
Alternate: Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON)

Women’s Kayak

1) Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC)
2) Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB)
3) Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)
Alternate: Reneo Ohler (Calgary, AB)

Men’s Canoe

1) Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON)
2) Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)
3) Yannick Laviolette (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC)
Alternate: Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

Women’s Canoe

1) Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB)
2) Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)

Competition Schedule

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 June 16-18 Prague, Czech Republic
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 2 June 23-25 Augsburg, Germany 
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 3*U23 athletes to compete in quotas 2 & 3 July 7-9 Markkleeberg, Germany
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4 September 1-3 Ivrea, Italy
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup final September 8-10 La Seu D’urgell, Spain
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships September 27 – October 1 Pau, France

 


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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.

REGISTER

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.

REGISTER

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


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

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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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Celebrating CKBC’s sibling paddlers

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Today is Siblings Day – a day to honour your brother(s) and sister(s). So we thought we’d get to know a few of our paddling siblings.

First up is 19 year old Maksym Kryworuchko from the Chilliwack Center of Excellence. He and his brother Jakob are whitewater paddlers who medaled at last year’s Canadian Championships.

Who started paddling first?
Me

Who is the most competitive?
I am definitely more competitive

Describe your paddling sibling(s) in three words.
Awesome; small doses

What is your funniest paddling memory of your sibling?
When I got into a feature cause I wasn’t paying attention, and he was just hysterically laughing at me

What is the best part of paddling with your sibling(s)?
Seeing him get better than me

And what is the worst?
Seeing him get better than me

Do you hang out together when you’re not paddling
I’m at school, but when I’m home yes

Who is the better paddler? And why?
He is because he has been training a lot more than me

If you could change one thing about your sibling(s), what would it be?
Go into finance cause I could help him get a job

Next is False Creek’s paddling duo of 13 year old Asha and 15 year old Arjun Cartagena-Senanayake.

Who started paddling first?
Asha: My brother
Arjun: Me

Who is the most competitive?
Asha: My brother
Arjun: Me

Describe your paddling sibling(s) in three words.
Asha: Annoying, funny, determined
Arjun: Lazy, Annoying, Skillful

What is your funniest paddling memory of your sibling?
Asha: When he was fooling around and accidentally hit his head on a boat
Arjun: Seeing her in a K4 and zig-zagging across False Creek.

What is the best part of paddling with your sibling(s)?
Asha: It makes it more fun
Arjun: Seeing her have fun

And what is the worst?
Asha: Sometimes he can be mean and annoying
Arjun: Having her annoy me during practice

Do you hang out together when you’re not paddling
Asha: Sometimes, it depends
Arjun: Sometimes, it depends

Who is the better paddler? And why?
Asha: My brother, because he’s more serious with the sport and he’s on the water more often
Arjun: Me, paddling longer, more mature, etc.

If you could change one thing about your sibling(s), what would it be?
Asha: No I think he’s just fine the way he is
Arjun: Make her stop calling me names when we paddle.

Siblings Day was created by Claudia Evart to honour the memory of her brother and sister who both died young. It is now a global event with siblings celebrating around the world. So regardless if you paddle with your siblings, take a moment today to let them know you’re thinking of them.


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Message to Canoe Kayak BC members regarding cross-border events

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Dear members:

Recently our Board of Directors discussed the changes in US border policy.

The impacts of the new US Travel ban are being negatively felt by many Canadians from diverse backgrounds. Some, in particular, are experiencing heightened “profiling” with intrusion into their electronic devices and requests for passwords, are being held, fingerprinted, rejected and some are banned.

Canadian School Boards appear the first to publicly announce their policy changes. The Ontario School Board, citing “safety” and “equity”, has unilaterally cancelled cross-border school trips. This week the Superintendent of the Victoria School Board stated: “In our strategic plan we outline our values such as equity and social justice and the notion that if it affects one student in our community, it affects all of us.” (italics mine), when announcing their cross-border trips cancellation.

While Canadian school boards wrestle with these policy issues, it would be fair to say that these values represent the view of the CKBC Board.

Canoe Kayak BC sanctions member participation in Ted Houk, an annual sprint regatta in Seattle which many BC clubs have attended in the past. As we act to ensure equity for, and inclusivity of, our individual athletes, family members, coaches and officials, CKBC will not require attendance at the Ted Houk Regatta as a pre-requisite for building our Canada Summer Games team.

We recommend thoughtful examination is given the potential outcomes, and impacts, of cross-border trips on club members and yourself, in whatever capacity you serve in our organization. We encourage you to go to the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association website at bccla.org/2017/02/border-rights/ for further information on your rights and obligations.

Rhys del Valle
President
Canoe Kayak BC
On behalf of the Board of Directors