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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.

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Team BC training underway in Whistler

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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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CKBC hosting two whitewater training camps in October

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Calling all whitewater paddlers for two training camps with national team coach Michal Staniszewski. These great opportunities for training and support takes place on the Tamihi Rapids in Chilliwack on October 21-23 and October 28-30.

Cost is $75 for CKBC competitive members and $100 for non-competitive members. Register early for a $25 discount.

See more details and online registration:


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CKBC hosting a Girls Only Paddling Weekend September 30-October 1

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Calling all female paddlers 12 years and older for CKBC’s Girls Only Paddling Weekend. Designed to bring female athletes and coaches from around B.C. together, the camp takes place September 30 to October 1 in Langley.

Female athletes 12 years and older are encouraged to take part and learn valuable on and off water skills. Athletes will also learn from each other and coaches in a positive environment as they prepare for the 2017 racing season.

Accommodation is provided at a camp on Brae Island in Fort Langley. Participants are required to bring camping supplies.

Early bird registration is now open ($80) until September 25 and includes accommodation and food. The cost rises to $100 after that date.

More details and register online today


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20 paddlers take part in CKBC canoe camp

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Twenty canoers from False Creek, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Ridge and Pemberton took part in CKBC’s sprint canoe camp from July 1 to 3 at Burnaby Lake. And the one word to sum it up? Awesome!

It’s no secret that sprint canoe is tough. The center of gravity is high so balance is always an issue and there’s no rudder. Paddlers must use specific strokes to keep the boat straight. As a result, most kids gravitate towards kayaking.

This sprint canoe specific camp helped to promote canoeing, develop skills on the water and have fun.

Helping make this a great camp were our amazing coaches and guests:

  • Tamas Buday Sr – Tamas is a two time Olympic bronze medalist (1976), multiple World Champion, former National Team coach for Team Canada and father of Tamas and Attila Buday. Tamas and Attila competed in C-2 in three Olympics and earned a number of international podiums. Suffice it to say, Tamas Sr. is a legend in the sport. And he can repair any boat – even if it is in a number of pieces. We learned that this past year after our trailer mishap.
  • Mallorie Nicholson – Now living in Victoria, Mallorie is a two time World Champion in C-2 500m. She was one of the leaders in the internationalization of women’s canoeing. Mallorie’s incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
  • Cory Rublee – A recent retiree from the National Team, Cory has won multiple medals internationally and nationally (22 gold medals at Nationals!)
  • Chris and Matt Abbott – both have won the most celebrated trophy in Canadian paddling: the Black (Junior Men’s C-4 1000m).
  • Caitlyn Dunphy – From Nova Scotia, Caitlyn was instrumental in helping the Cheema Aquatic Club win several Overall National Championships. She’s now our go to physio!
  • Sean McBeath – Sean’s one of the more successful canoeists from BC. He’s represented Canada on a number of occasions.

Thanks to all the paddlers, coaches and guests for making this a great weekend canoeing!