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B.C. paddlers set to compete at 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships

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Thirty B.C. paddlers from the nine clubs go for gold this week at the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships. Taking place in Welland at the Welland International Flatware Centre, the event will crown champions in a variety of age categories in sprint canoe, kayak and paracanoe from August 22-26.

Representing B.C. are:

Alouette Paddling Club

  •  Megan Pankratz
  • Corey Stewart

Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Mika Asano
  • Matao Buist (Kamloops)
  • Edward Colhoun
  • Zaffia Laplante
  • Katrina Loutet
  • Samantha Loutet
  • Stanley Netherton (Kamloops)
  • Heather Potkins (Nelson)
  • Spencer Robinson (Kamloops)
  • Ivan Strashenko
  • Anna Zhang (False Creek)

Chinook Racing Canoe Club

  • Patrick Dann
  • Coen del Valle

False Creek Sprint Canoe Club

  • Stuart Chase
  • Ydris Hunter
  • Quinn Phare (Pemberton)
  • Elisa Robson-Brown
  • Noah Said
  • Arjun Senanayke
  • Andrew Sugianto
  • Hank Wang
  • Tiffany Yau

Fort Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Elliot Hoyt
  • Ben Muench

Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

  • Alex Brent
  • Jia Kim
  • Matthew Koehler
  • Brian Malfesi

The competition can be watched live on-line and the results app is available in the iTunes App Store.

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B.C. wins 17 medals at Whitewater National Championships

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Led by Jakob Kryworuchko’s five gold medals, B.C. paddlers brought home 17 medals from the 2017 Whitewater National Championships. The championships took place July 31-August 6 in Ottawa.

In the open age championships, Ottawa’s Cameron Smedley was the most dominant performer of the day, confirming his status as Canada’s top male slalom paddler, winning gold in the Men’s C-1 as well as the top spot in the Mixed C-2 alongside sister, Alison.

The Men’s K-1 featured a surprise champion in 34-year-old, John Hastings who beat out five other Ottawa paddlers despite retiring from the National Slalom Team to focus on preparations for the upcoming Extreme Slalom World Championships. Hastings’ victory, along with the dual titles by the Smedleys, helped Ontario capture the Brian Creer Cup, an award given annually to the top province at the National Championships.

Complete B.C. results:

Name Results
Maddison Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Bronze (40.10)
K-1 Junior Age Group Championships: 4th (169.29)
Finn Wakeling

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Cadet Downriver Sprint: Gold (41.62)
C-1 Cadet Downriver Classic: Gold (792.27)
C-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: Silver (138.01)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: 6th (277.14)
Jakob Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Gold (40.22)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 8th (37.13)
C-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Gold (800.84)
C-1 Junior Championships: Gold (101.67)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 10th (108.60)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-1 Open Championships: 8th (134.75) [1st Junior]
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Avery Wilkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 4th (42.56)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 5th (35.39)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 4th (660.23)
C-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (162.93)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 11th (108.62)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
K-1 Open Championships: 10th (119.03) [5th Junior]
Austin Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 11th (37.82)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Silver (626.94)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (97.34)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Alsek Watt

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 14th (40.51)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 8th (682.81)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 17th (114.98)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
Finley Capstick

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 18th (42.36)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 7th (673.68)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 7th (100.36)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
Maksym Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 8th (44.56)
K-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 7th (39.52)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)


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B.C. paddlers set to compete at 2017 Canadian Canoe Kayak Whitewater Championships

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Eight B.C. paddlers from the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence (CCE) go for gold this weekend at the 2017 Canadian Canoe Kayak Whitewater Championships. Taking place in Ottawa at the Pumphouse, the event will crown champions in four age categories from August 4-6.

Representing B.C. from CCE are:

Cadet Men (ages 12-14)

  • Finn Wakeling (Port Moody)

Junior Women (ages 15-18)

  • Madison Atkins (Chilliwack)

Junior Men (ages 15-18)

  • Austin Atkins (Chilliwack)
  • Finley Capstick (Chilliwack)
  • Jakob Krywouchko (Vancouver)
  • Alsek Watt (Richmond)
  • Avery Wilkins (Chilliwack)

U23 Men (ages 19-23)

  • Maksym Kryworuchko (Vancouver)

The championships are hosted by the Ottawa River Runners and Canoe Kayak Canada.

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Canadian Surfski Championships this Saturday in Squamish

Surfski-Champs.pngOver 100 surfski paddlers from around the world are getting ready for Saturday’s Canadian Surfski Championships (CSC) in Squamish, BC. CKBC member club, Squamish Paddling Club, is among the presenting sponsors for the event.

The CSC is a point-to-point, mass start, downwind surfski race. The 21 km race route tests paddlers’ skills and stamina as it runs downwind through the heart of the stunning Sea to Sky corridor. Racers will paddle from Porteau Cove up Howe Sound into the heart of downtown Squamish.

Last year’s overall champion, Dawid Mocke (South Africa), completed the course in just over 1 hour and 22 minutes.

A surfski is a long, narrow, lightweight kayak with an open (sit-on-top) cockpit, usually with a foot pedal controlled rudder.They are extremely fast when paddled on flat water (only an Olympic K1 or K2 kayak is faster) and the fastest paddled craft available over a long distance on ocean swells.

See the video from last year’s championships:

For more details see the event website.

 


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B.C. paddlers win 11 medals at 2016 Sprint Canoe Kayak Canadian Championships

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The 2016 Sprint Canoe Kayak Canadian Championships wrapped up on Saturday at Dartmouth’s Lake Banook with B.C. paddlers winning 11 medals.

Leading the medal count were Alex Brent (Ridge Canoe Kayak Club) and Emily Raymond (Fort Langley Canoe Club), each winning three medals. Brent won bronze in the U19 K-1 500 and U19 K-1 1000 and teamed up with Matthew Koehler to win silver in the U19 K-2 1000.

Raymond helped make history when she and teammate Zaffia Laplante won bronze in the junior women’s  C-200 race. This marked the first time that a Fort Langley pair medaled in canoe at the Canadian championships.  Raymond added two silver medals in the junior women’s K-2 1000 and junior women’s K-4 500 races.

B.C.’s two gold medalists were Brian Malfesi (Ridge Canoe Kayak Club) and Stuart Chase (Pitt Meadows Paddling Club). Malfesi dominated the senior men’s K-1 1000 race, winning by over two seconds as he coasted across the finish line. He added a bronze medal in the senior men’s K-1 500.

For 36-year-old Chase, the 2016 championships were his first in over a decade. A 1999 industrial accident left him without most of the fingers on his left hand, making competitive kayaking difficult. Now competing in the para sprint disciplines, he won his first career national gold medal in the VL3 200 race.

B.C. medalists and finalists (complete B.C. results are available on the CKBC website) are:

GOLD MEDALISTS
Brian Malfesi Ridge CKC Sr K-1 1000
Stuart Chase Pitt Meadows PC VL3 200
SILVER MEDALISTS
Lauryn Cheung / Emily Raymond Fort Langley CC Jr K-2 1000
Lauryn Cheung / Meghan Cheung / Zaffia Laplante / Emily Raymond Fort Langley CC Jr K-4 500
Corey Stewart Pitt Meadows PC Open K-1 200 (ID)
Alex Brent / Matthew Koehler Ridge CKC U19 K-2 1000
BRONZE MEDALISTS
Zaffia Laplante / Emily Raymond Fort Langley CC Jr C-2 200
Shon Cottrill Pitt Meadows PC KL3 200
Alex Brent Ridge CKC U19 K-1 500

U19 K-1 1000

Brian Malfesi Ridge CKC Sr K-1 500
4th Place Finishers
Lauryn Cheung / Emily Raymond Fort Langley CC Jr K-2 500
Corey Stewart Pitt Meadows PC KL2 200
Alex Brent / Sebastian Sorescu / Matthew Koehler / Justin Won Ridge CKC U19 K-4 1000
Alex Brent / Sebastian Sorescu / Matthew Koehler / Justin Won Ridge CKC U19 K-4 500
5th Place Finishers
Zaffia Laplante / Emily Raymond Fort Langley CC Jr C-2 500
Alex Brent / Matthew Koehler Ridge CKC U19 K-2 500
6th Place Finishers
Cameron Antifave / Michael Lanyone Kamloops CKC U17 K-2 1000
7th Place Finishers
Hana Ronayne / Anna Zhang Kamloops CKC U19 C-2 1000
Anna Zhang Kamloops CKC U17 C-1 6000
8th Place Finishers
Lauryn Cheung / Meghan Cheung / Zaffia Laplante / Emily Raymond Fort Langley Open K-4 200
Hana Ronayne Kamloops CKC U16 C-1 200
Alex Brent / Matthew Koehler Ridge CKC U19 K-2 1000
9th Place Finishers
Hana Ronayne / Anna Zhang Kamloops CKC U17 C-2 500
Sebastian Sorescu / Justin Won Ridge CKC U19 K-2 200

 


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30 B.C. paddlers going for gold at 2016 Sprint Canoe Kayak Canadian Championships

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30 B.C. canoe and kayak athletes from six clubs will go for gold at the 2016 Sprint Canoe Kayak Canadian Championships. The B.C. athletes will compete at the championships in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia from August 30-September 3. The athletes qualified for the championships following trials earlier this summer.

National team member Brian Malfesi (Ridge CKC) leads B.C. to Nova Scotia. Malfesi recently competed at the U23 World Championships where he was sixth. Earlier this spring he won silver at the Piestany International Regatta. Joining him is Matthew Koehler (Ridge CKC) who competed at the Junior World Championships in July.

 

Complete list of B.C. paddlers (bios and events are available on the CKBC website):

Name Club
Wesley Hammer Burnaby
Katrina Loutet Burnaby
Samantha Loutet Burnaby
Patrick Dann Chinook
Coen del Valle Chinook
Lauryn Cheung Fort Langley
Meghan Cheung Fort Langley
Elliot Hoyt Fort Langley
Zaffia Laplante Fort Langley
Emily Raymond Fort Langley
Cameron Antifave Kamloops*
Isaiah Buist Kamloops
Matao Buist Kamloops
Alexander Demishkevich Kamloops
Michael Lanyon Kamloops
Quinn Phare Kamloops*
Spencer Robinson Kamloops
Hana Ronayne Kamloops*
Aiden Tabata Kamloops
Daniel Thomson Kamloops*
Anna Zhang Kamloops*
Stuart Chase Pitt Meadows
Shon Cottrill Pitt Meadows
Corey Stewart Pitt Meadows
Alex Brent Ridge
Matthew Koehler Ridge
Brian Malfesi Ridge
Verna McNichol Ridge
Sebastian Sorescu Ridge
Justin Won Ridge

*Athletes are registered with Kamloops for Canadian Championships to increase number of competitive events.

The Sprint Canoe Kayak Canadian Championships are hosted annually throughout Canada. 1,200 athletes from more than 40 clubs will travel to Dartmouth’s Lake Banook to compete to be considered the best sprint paddlers in Canada. The schedule and results are available at: http://draw.ckcchampionships2016.com.