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CKBC hires Gillian Fedechko as Sport Development Coordinator


Canoe Kayak BC is pleased to announce the hiring of Gillian Fedechko as the Sport Development Coordinator. Among her responsibilities are Aboriginal Long-Term Athlete Development; BC Games; BC School Dragon Boat Championships; CanoeKids on the Road; and Community Coach Education.


Gillian Fedechko paddling for Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

Gillian paddled with the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club from 1999 to 2010. Her competitive highlights include three silver medals at the 2005 Canada Games 2005; gold and silver medals at the 2006 Pan-Am Championships and multiple Canadian Championships medals from 2003 to 2010.

Following her successful competitive career, she coached at the Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club in Maple Ridge. She also coached at the 2010 and 2014 BC Games, 2009 Canada Summer Games and 2011 Western Canada Games.

“I am passionate about lifelong fitness and helping people get active,” says Gillian. “It is rewarding to help them find activities they enjoy and can do at any stage of life.”

Young paddlers in B.C. have previously benefited from Gillian’s knowledge. She has taught CanoeKids courses for our summer staff and worked in several communities and settings for this course.

Beyond her paddling experience, Gillian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of the Fraser Valley. Since graduating in 2011, she has worked at Golden Ears Physiotherapy where she helped WorkSafe BC and ICBC clients.

When she’s not working Gillian enjoys playing slo-pitch softball in the spring/summer, ultimate frisbee, and working out at the gym. She also enjoys cooking and baking at home and trying new recipes.

Gillian begins with CKBC on Monday, January 8 and can be reached at gill@canoekayakbc.ca or 604-465-5268


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Thirty-three paddlers named to 2017-18 CKBC Provincial Team


Thirty-three of BC’s top sprint and slalom canoe and kayak paddlers have been selected to Canoe Kayak BC’s provincial team. Among the team members is national sprint kayak team member Brian Malfesi (Ridge) and slalom world cup team members Austin Atkins and Finley Capstick (CCE).

Athletes were selected based on their results from the past season including national team selection, BC performance standard or nomination by the Coach’s Technical Committee. The complete selection criteria is available on the CKBC website (sprint, slalom).

The CKBC performance program recognizes and supports athletes who have a potential to make junior, U23 and senior development and national teams. They have also shown a commitment to training to achieve these goals.

The team members and their coaches receive sport science resources, participation in training camps and support for various regattas, trials and championships.

The 2017-18 Canoe Kayak BC provincial team members are:

Name CKBC Level Coach Hometown
Burnaby Kayak and Canoe Club
Jillian Perrone Level 1a Blake Dalton Vancouver
Katrina Loutet Level 3 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Samantha Loutet Level 3 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Ivan Strashenko Level 3 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Mika Asano Level 4 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Edward Colhoun Level 5 Wes Hammer Burnaby
Chilliwack Centre of Excellence
Austin Atkins Level 1 Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Finley Capstick Level 1 Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Jakob Kryworuchko Level 2 Brendan Curson Vancouver
Avery Wilkins Level 3 Brendan Curson Chilliwack
Chinook Racing Canoe Club (Victoria)
Gavin Jaeger-Freeborn Level 1a Rhys del Valle Victoria
Lydia Keefe Sampson Level 1a Rhys del Valle Victoria
Patrick Dann Level 3 Rhys del Valle Victoria
Coen del Valle Level 4 Rhys del Valle Victoria
False Creek Racing Canoe Club (Vancouver)
Stuart Chase Level 1a Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Ydris Hunter Level 1a Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Anna Zhang Level 2 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Elisa Robson-Brown Level 3 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Tiffany Yau Level 5 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Arjun Senanayake Level 5 Diane Tam/Laurence Chin Vancouver
Kamloops Kayak and Canoe Club
Matao Buist Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Stanley Netherton Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Spencer Robinson Level 3 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Michael Lanyon Level 5 Stanislav Marek Kamloops
Nanaimo Kayak and Canoe Club
Cameron Antifave Level 2 Igor Nikitovic Nanaimo
Nelson Canoe and Kayak Club
Heather Potkins Level 5 Lauren Heckley Nelson
Pemberton Canoe Club
Quinn Phare Level 4 Karen Tomlinson Pemberton
Ridge Kayak and Canoe Club (Maple Ridge)
Brian Malfesi Level 1 Fred Jobin/Peter Majewski/ Blake Dalton Maple Ridge
Matthew Koehler Level 1a Peter Majewski Maple Ridge
Alex Brent Level 1a Peter Majewski Dewdney
Jia Kim Level 5 Peter Majewski Maple Ridge
Cassidy MacPherson Level 5 Peter Majewski Maple Ridge
Noah Said Level 5 Peter Majewski Maple Ridge

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

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CKBC is hiring a Sport Development Coordinator!

Hiring.pngBased 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.

To meet these objectives, Canoe Kayak BC is seeking an individual for full time employment to oversee the sport development activities of the organization. Programs will include but not be limited to: Aboriginal Long-Term Athlete Development, BC Games, BC School Dragon Boat Championships, CanoeKids on the Road and Community Coach Education.

B.C. is home to thousands of lakes and rivers and diverse flora, fauna and wildlife. And with year round paddling opportunities in beautiful, natural settings, British Columbia is a paddler’s paradise.

See the job posting for full details and qualifications. The deadline for applications is October 17.

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Call for Candidates: CKBC Standing Committee – Whitewater


Canoe Kayak BC is looking for individuals to join the CKBC Standing Committee – Whitewater. The Whitewater Committee manages the development of whitewater paddling within the Participation and Technical Development Pathways.

This is an ad-hoc committee until CKBC’s new bylaws and governance structure are approved at a Special General Meeting. The members of the committee should be prepared for the first meeting in early November and during the winter prior to the CKBC Special General Meeting and AGM.

This is a volunteer position. Interested candidates are required to complete the application form in order to be considered for the position. Deadline for applications is Monday, October 16Note: Please download the form to your computer and open using your PDF reader before completing the form.

The board will review the applications and select those they feel best suited at their October board meeting. A formal election of members will take place at the 2018 AGM.

Please send applications to CKBC, by email to: info@canoekayakbc.ca.

For more information, see the Terms of Reference.

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Chilliwack paddler competes in his first ever World Cup


Chilliwack Centre of Excellence paddler, Austin Atkins, competed in his first ever World Cup event this weekend in Italy. Atkins was one of eight Canadian paddlers to compete in the fourth stop of the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup series.

The man-made whitewater course flows from the glacial waters of the Dora Baltea river. Ivrea is known as one of the most challenging whitewater courses on the World Cup circuit and is situated at the base of the Italian Alps in Northern Italy.

Competing in the men’s K-1 slalom, Atkins was 62nd on day 1 and 72nd on day 2.

The Canadian team did not participate in the Extreme Slalom competition in Ivrea and is headed to the fifth and final World Cup of the season in La Seu D’Urgell, Spain September 8-10.  The team will spend the next week training in Spain and then move across the Pyrenees mountains to Pau, France where the World Championships will wrap up the season September 27-October 1.

See more news and results from the World Cup

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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.