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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.

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Wes Hammer honoured as coach of the year by viaSport


Last night at the 2017 BC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions, Wes Hammer (Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club) was presented with the 2016 B.C. Regional/Provincial Coach of the Year award.

Founded by the Coaches Association of BC and funded by the Bob Bearpark Foundation, the Coach of the Year Awards were created to recognize the history and dedication to coaching in British Columbia. Each year, B.C.’s best coaches are nominated for their contributions across three categories: Recreational/Grassroots, Regional/Provincial and International.

In addition to Wes, viaSport also honoured:

  • Bruce Kamstra (Prince George)
    • 2016 B.C. Recreational/Grassroots Coach of the Year | Judo
  • Peter Lawless (Victoria)
    • 2016 B.C. International Coach of the Year | Wheelchair Athletics

“When sport experiences are positive and inclusive, sport can have a lasting impact,” says viaSport CEO, Sheila Bouman. “Coaches have always been a contributor to sport. They have this innate ability to shape lessons that allow people to thrive, both in sport and in life. It’s our pleasure to highlight these passionate leaders and the legacies they’re leaving to further the impact of sport and physical activity.”

With eight years of experience as an athlete on the canoe/kayak national team, Wes brought his expertise to B.C. as a coach and changed the landscape for canoe/kayak clubs in the west.

After his arrival at the Burnaby Canoe Kayak Club, the club captured the Pacific Cup three times in the past four years. Wes’ continued dedication to the club has also led three athletes from his senior training group to the canoe/kayak provincial team.

One of his senior performance athletes was the youngest member of Team BC to attend the 2015 Western Canada Games. In addition to being a coach, Wes is also a life mentor as he actively inspires and encourages his athletes to become leaders themselves.


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Message to Canoe Kayak BC members regarding cross-border events


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
Canoe Kayak BC
On behalf of the Board of Directors