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

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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.

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False Creek’s Ydris Hunter named to Olympic Hope team

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Following individual competition at the Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships, Canoe Kayak Canada released the list of sprint athletes named to teams for the upcoming Olympic Hope regatta. Among the athletes is B.C. canoe paddler Ydris Hunter from the False Creek Sprint Canoe Club. The international competition takes place September 15 to 17 in Racice, Czech Republic.

Hunter, at this first Canadian Championships, won silver in the U16 C-1 200 and was fifth in the U16 C-1 1000. These results earned him a spot on the U16 team for the Olympic Hope regatta.

Not only am I excited for Ydris but also for his coaches Diane Tam and Laurence Chin. They’ve been working really hard.” said CKBC Provincial Coach Blake Dalton. “This is a huge accomplishment.”

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Ydris Hunter with coach Diane Tam at the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak  Championships after winning silver in the U16 C-1 200.

Prior to competing at the Canadian Championships, Hunter was a member of Team BC at the 2017 Canada Summer Games where he competed in three finals.

Complete team list for the Olympic Hope regatta:

U17 Men’s Kayak Hommes

Club Crew
Banook Alex CANNING
Rideau Alexander HOFEREK
Cheema Cameron LEDREW
Pointe-Claire Louis VRANDERICK
Lachine Vadim COVALCIUC
Cheema Sawyer CAPES

U17 Women’s Kayak Femmes

Club Crew
Richmond Hill Brooklyn WODEHOUSE
Burloak Anya CHUPRYS
Maskwa Hannah ENGLISH
Balmy Beach Samantha STEIN
Trois Rivieres Alexanne MORIN
Burloak Jenna NEATE

U17 Women’s Canoe Femmes

Club Crew
Carleton Place Lindsay IRWIN
Maskwa Marlee MACINTOSH
Rideau Michaela ERMANOVICS
Ottawa Nikole GORELOVA
Senobe Maeve LEBLANC
Lachine Charlotte RICHARD

U17 Men’s Canoe Hommes

Club Crew
Rideau Adam RICHARD
Maskwa Nicholas BILLARD
Sack-a-Wa Tyler LAIDLAW
Maskwa Dawson PEACHEY
Cheema Mason KOCH
Pointe-Claire Stephane RICHARD

U16 Women’s Kayak Femmes

Club Crew
Rideau Maren BRADLEY
Rideau Olivia PUCCI
Lachine Florence TURCOTTE
Mic Mac Adriana LILLEY OSENDE

U16 Men’s Kayak Hommes

Club Crew
Balmy Beach Cameron LOW
Trois Rivieres Laurent LAVIGNE
Toba Sacha SKIRZYK
Mic Mac Alexander EISENER MALLETT

U16 Women’s Canoe Femmes

Club Crew
Cheema Sloan MACKENZIE
Senobe Ava CAREW
Cascades Sophia JENSEN
Ottawa Evie MCDONALD

U16 Men’s Canoe Hommes

Club Crew
Maskwa Andrew BILLARD
Rideau Matthew O’NEILL
Richmond Hill Marc CINQ-MARS
False Creek Ydris HUNTER


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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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Three medals for Team BC paddlers at Canada Summer Games

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Team BC paddlers are bringing home three medals from the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Overall, Team BC, with 146 medals, was second to Ontario in the overall medal standings. The 146 medals is an all time record for Team BC.

Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge) won gold in the women’s K-1 5000 race. Her time of 21:13.71 was 25 seconds ahead of second place. Known for her love of cucumbers, she commented following her victory that their “power” helped her as she “had two cucumbers before the race.”

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In a very close men’s K-1 5000 race, Alex Brent (Ridge) won the bronze medal. His time of 19:16.323 was just seven seconds behind the gold medal finisher. This was Brent’s second bronze medal of the Games, his first coming in the men’s K-1 1000. In another close finish, he was only two seconds out of first.

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A third paddler was recognized by Team BC before the Games. Jia Kim (Ridge) won a cheer pack for naming Team BC’s new mascot. The winning name is ECHO the Orca.

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The Team BC paddlers were led by a great group of coaches and support staff. Thanks to CKBC’s Blake Dalton and Cory Rublee, Diane Tam (False Creek), Peter Majewski (Ridge) and Jennifer Scott (Team BC Mission Staff)

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Team BC’s canoe kayak results:

Women’s Kayak

Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge)

  • K-1 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:12.14); 5th Final (2:21.56)
  • K-1 1000: 3rd Heat 1 (4:14.07); 5th Final (4:17.75)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-2 200: 4th Heat 2 (46.290); 1st B Final (45.377)
  • K-1 5000: Gold Final (21:13.71)

Katrina Loutet (Burnaby)

  • K-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:32.540) (7th overall)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Jia Kim (Ridge)

  • K-2 500: 4th Heat 2 (2:01.19); 1st B Final (2:03.95)
  • K-1 200: 4th Heat 1 (49.997); 2nd B Final (49.39)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)
  • K-2 200: 4th Heat 2 (46.290); 1st B Final (45.377)

Elisa Robson-Brown (False Creek)

  • K-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:32.540) (7th overall)
  • K-2 500: 4th Heat 2 (2:01.19); 1st B Final (2:03.95)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Meghan Cheung (Fort)

  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Women’s Canoe

Samantha Loutet (Burnaby)

  • C-1 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:57.23); 5th Final (4:58.01)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 1 (52.016) 6th overall
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:18.513); 1st B Final (2:16.655)
  • C-1 200: 4th Heat 1 (56.658); 1st B Final (59.806)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Anna Zhang (False Creek)

  • C-1 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:50.46); 1st B Final (2:53.81)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:18.513); 1st B Final (2:16.655)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)
  • C-1 5000: 6th Final (27:32.25)

Zaffia Laplante (Burnaby)

  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 1 (52.016) 6th overall
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Heather Potkins (Nelson)

  • C-2 1000: 4th Heat 2 (5:23.780); 1st B Final (6:01.880)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)

Melody Oh (Ridge)

  • C-2 1000: 4th Heat 2 (5:23.780); 1st B Final (6:01.880)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Men’s Kayak

Alex Brent (Ridge)

  • K-1 500: 3rd Heat 1 (1:48.59); 5th Final (2:03.40)
  • K-2 1000: 2nd Heat 1 (3:44.120); 4th Final (3:50.290)
  • K-1 1000: 1st Heat 1 (3:39.27); Bronze Final (3:38.32)
  • K-2 500: 2nd Heat 2 (1:35.609); 4th Final (1:35.807)
  • K-1 5000: Bronze Final (19:16.32)

Matthew Koehler (Ridge)

  • K-2 1000: 2nd Heat 1 (3:44.120); 4th Final (3:50.290)
  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 500: 2nd Heat 2 (1:35.609); 4th Final (1:35.807)
  • K-1 200: 3rd Heat 2 (40.815); 2nd B Final (40.771)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Cameron Antifave (Nanaimo)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (39.450); 4th B Final (39.08)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Coen del Valle (Chinook)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (39.450); 4th B Final (39.08)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Michael Lanyon (Kamloops)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Men’s Canoe

Ydris Hunter (False Creek)

  • C-1 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:10.67); 5th Final (2:22.78)
  • C-1 1000: 3rd Heat 1 (4:25.32) 6th overall
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)
  • C-1 5000: 6th Final (23:20.62)

Alexander Demishkevich (Kamloops)

  • C-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:25.980); 5th Final (4:50.960)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:07.49) 6th overall
  • C-1 200: 2nd Heat 2 (43.744); 4th Final (42.72)
  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (44.672); 5th Final (43.435)

Quinn Phare (Pemberton)

  • C-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:25.980); 5th Final (4:50.960)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:07.49) 6th overall
  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)

Omar Said (Ridge)

  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (44.672); 5th Final (43.435)

Noah Said (Ridge)

  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)


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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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Host cities announced for BC Summer Games and BC Winter Games

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Maple Ridge and Prince George have been announced as host cities for the 2020 and 2022 BC  Summer Games. These games bring together athletes, coaches, officials, spectators and visitors, and result in significant economic benefits to the regions over the four days of competition.

Also announced were Fort St John and Greater Vernon as the hosts of the 2020 and 2022 BC Winter Games.

Local MLAs joined community leaders, volunteers and athletes in the host cities for the announcements this morning, generating momentum as communities kick off planning for the largest multi-sport competition in the province.

The upcoming games will be held in:

• Fort St John – 2020 BC Winter Games, Feb. 20-23, 2020
• Maple Ridge – 2020 BC Summer Games, July 23-26, 2020
• Greater Vernon – 2022 BC Winter Games, Feb. 24-27, 2022
• Prince George – 2022 BC Summer Games, July 21-24, 2022

The BC Games contribute to the development of sport and community through infrastructure improvements, volunteer engagement and a major event-hosting experience that leaves a lasting legacy for host communities.

The games are an important part of the progression of B.C.’s emerging high-performance athletes. For some athletes, the games may be the highest competition they participate in, while others move on to the Canada Games or join national teams and go on to participate at international competitions, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The B.C. government contributes over $2 million annually to the BC Games Society to support the BC Summer and BC Winter Games – part of over $40 million invested annually to encourage British Columbians to be physically active and to support a “performance pathway” for athletes, coaches and support personnel.


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Dartmouth to bid to host the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships

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After a thorough review process of three Canadian sites, that included independent expert input, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Sprint Racing Council has endorsed the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada to pursue a bid to host the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, NS.

The planning for this bid is well underway and we are working with the Bid Committee in Atlantic Canada to support their efforts to ensure this bid is as successful as possible in winning the rights to host the Championships. We will keep you updated on progress moving forward and will send out a more public announcement later in the bid process.