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Casting Call! Outdoor Channel’s New Expedition Competition Series looking for competitors

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The Outdoor Channel’s New Expedition Competition Series – The Brigade is combing the continent (Canada and USA) in search of brave men and women to join the ultimate adventure.

The application site is now open and any interested Canoe Kayak BC members are encouraged to apply.

A little about the show:

The Brigade will retrace an epic 2600-mile fur trade route. This historic route links waterways from the coast of Oregon to the icy shores of Hudson Bay – all self-navigated – all self-propelled.

This is an expedition that can’t be tackled alone. THE BRIGADE must work together to survive, battling fierce whitewater, portaging over mountains, hunting and fishing for sustenance. Every team member is crucial to success.

There are no eliminations. This cooperative competition relies on collective strength to hang on against the odds. Those who complete the expedition in the time allotted will share the prize money.

The show needs adventurers:

  • With expedition experience
  • Strong paddling skills
  • Multi-skilled in outdoor abilities
  • Possess willpower, strength and determination
  • Ready to take on an epic cross-continent expedition that has not been attempted in 150 years

There is more info at THEBRIGADETV.COM. Click through and check out the application or review the Brigade Flyer – FINAL. More information is available on the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TheBrigadeTV/

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Ontario and Saskatchewan to host 2018 Sprint Canada Cups

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The Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa and a joint host committee from Wascana Canoe Club in Regina and Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan have been officially selected to host the 2018 editions of the Sprint Canoe Kayak Canada Cup.

For the first time this year, the East and West Canada Cup will be integrated into long standing Canada Regattas in both Ottawa and Regina the weekend of Canada Day, from June 30 to July 1.

“We are delighted to be going back to Ottawa for this year’s Canada Cup and we are very excited to be adding Regina as a venue to create the East and West Canada Cup in 2018,” said Ian Mortimer, Director of Development at Canoe Kayak Canada.

“The Canada Cup allows different age group and athletes at different competition levels to compete against some of the best paddlers in the country. It’s a great opportunity for developing young athletes in Canada,” he added.

The competition will feature Canadian, Provincial and Territorial Teams competing against each other, along with Canadian Club Teams and also teams coming from the United States, Mexico and other countries.

West Canada Cup

For the first time, Saskatchewan will be hosting this national regatta from June 30 to July 1. It will allow more athletes from the west of the country to attend this great event which will be an important part of their preparation for the end of the season.

“We are very exciting to be hosting the Canada Cup for the first time and Lake Wascana is the perfect venue for such an event,” said Dave Robertson, Executive Director at Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan. “Athletes will benefit from this regatta as it is a great experience for them to get ready for the National Championships and other major national events during the summer.”

Event info on CKC website

East Canada Cup

The Canada Cup will be coming back at the Rideau Canoe Club again this year. During the same weekend, from June 30 to July 1, athletes will be racing on the Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa.

“It is always a pleasure for us to host such a great national regatta at the Rideau Canoe Club,” said Hector Carranco, Exectuive Director at the Rideau Canoe Club. “This is an exciting opportunity for club athletes to compete along with athletes from provincial and national teams as well as from other countries!” he mentioned.

Event info on CKC website


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Ydris Hunter concludes successful international debut

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False Creek paddler Ydris Hunter made his sprint canoe international debut September 15-17 at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Racice, Czech Republic. Forty Canadian athletes competed in this international competition where 33 different countries were represented.

Hunter competed qualified for five semi-finals and one final during the competition:

  • C-1 1000 [2001]
    • Heat 1: 3rd (4:29.451); Semi Final 2: 4th (4:24.601)
  • C-2 1000 (with Marc Cinq Mars) [2001-02]
    • Heat 1: 5th (4:15.931); Semi Final 1: 8th (4:22.786)
  • C-1 500 [2001]
    • Heat 1: 6th (2:12.581); Semi Final 1: 5th (2:05.366)
  • C-2 500 (with Marc Cinq Mars) [2001-2002]
    • Heat 3: 3rd (2:03.876); Semi Final 1: 6th (2:04.561)
  • C-1 200 [2001]
    • Heat 3: 4th (47.181); Semi Final 1: 7th (47.321)
  • C-2 200 (with Matthew O’Neill) [2001-2002]
    • Heat 2: 2nd (43.876); Final: 7th (44.421)

Overall, the Canadian team won one gold medal, three silver medals and five bronze medals.

“The level of competition at this regatta goes up every year, this competition is now the equivalent of a World Championships for these age groups,” said the Canadian team chief technical officer, Graham Barton, at the end of competition. “Our athletes have performed very well and now know the level required here against the strongest nations like Germany, Hungary or Poland. It will take a lot of work and collaboration, but I believe that as a nation we have the talent.”

To see all the results of the Olympic Hopes Regatta, go to the event website. You can also find Saturday and Sunday’s races online on Canoe Kayak Canada’s YouTube channel.


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B.C. paddlers ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games

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Twenty sprint paddlers from eight clubs are wrapping up training as they get ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. The paddling competition begins on Monday, August 7 and takes place at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre.

Leading the team is Games veteran Alex Brent (Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club) who competed at the 2013 Games in Sherbrooke and the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. Brent was the Team BC flagbearer at the 2015 Games and is a multiple medal winner at Canadian Championships.

“To be part of Canada Summer Games during its 50th anniversary and during the 150th year of Canada as a nation, will be a unique and exhilarating experience,” said Brent following his selection to the team in May. “Beyond that, multi-sport games are always exciting and I am immensely proud to be a part of Team BC at the Games.”

Entry to Canoe Kayak competition is free courtesy of Manitoba’s Credit Unions. No ticket is required. For those wishing to cheer the team from B.C., the competitions will be streamed live online.

Team BC:

Women’s Kayak

  • Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge)
  • Katrina Loutet (Burnaby)
  • Jia Kim (Ridge)
  • Elisa Robson-Brown (False Creek)
  • Meghan Cheung (Fort)

Women’s Canoe

  • Samantha Loutet (Burnaby)
  • Anna Zhang (False Creek)
  • Zaffia Laplante (Burnaby)
  • Heather Potkins (Nelson)
  • Melody Oh (Ridge)

Men’s Kayak

  • Alex Brent (Ridge)
  • Matthew Koehler (Ridge)
  • Cameron Antifave (Nanaimo)
  • Coen del Valle (Chinook)
  • Michael Lanyon (Kamloops)

Men’s Canoe

  • Ydris Hunter (False Creek)
  • Alexander Demishkevich (Kamloops)
  • Quinn Phare (Pemberton)
  • Omar Said (Ridge)
  • Noah Said (Ridge)

Support Staff

  • Diane Tam – Coach (False Creek)
  • Peter Majewski – Coach (Ridge)
  • Blake Dalton – Manager (CKBC)
  • Cory Rublee – Technical Support (CKBC)

Six additional athletes were selected as alternates and have participated in team training camps: Lauryn Cheung (Fort); Mika Asano (Burnaby); Emily Robinson (Kamloops); Ivan Strashenko (Burnaby); Liam Stewart (Fort) and Quinn Thomson (False Creek)

Learn more about Team BC, including their favourite snacks and goals for the Games on the CKBC website.

The Canada Summer Games are the country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes. Among the Games’ alumni are paddlers Hugh Fisher, Sue Holloway and Adam Van Koeverden and athletes in other sports such as Andre de Grasse (athletics), Eugenie Bouchard (tennis) and Sydney Crosby (hockey).

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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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Sprint competition results to be available on mobile app

Canoe Kayak Canada partners with ImmediaC to continue using app launched at 2016 National Championships

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Paddling fans will now have a handy way to access up to the minute results at national sprint competitions. ImmediaC has become Canoe Kayak Canada’s digital app sponsor and will relaunch the app originally developed for the 2016 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships. The app will be used for Sprint National Team Trials, Canada Cups and National Championships.

“We are excited about our continued involvement in helping get real time race results from the tower into the hands of athletes, coaches and spectators,” said ImmediaC’s John Leahy.

As athletes cross the line, their results will show up right away as the app is connected to the finish line software. Spectators can easily view a list of upcoming races and can even search all the times a particular athlete is racing. The app is currently only available for iPhone and the developers are working on an Android application. The app’s full functionality is also available via the mobile web.

“This app repersents a big step forward in making our sport more spectator friendly by bringing results instantly to fans in the stands and across the country,” said Ian Mortimer, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Director of Development. “immediaC is a valuable partner in engaging our national audience through this technology and speading that excitement of a boat-shoot-finish to our community coast to coast.”

Download “Canoe Kayak Canada” iPhone app from the app store

View App online

Note: In any instance where the app and the draw posted on the CKC website have discrepancies, the version on the CKC website will be upheld.


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Team BC announces Canoe/Kayak teams for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

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Team BC is pleased to announce its official Canoe/Kayak rosters for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto, Ontario.

Team BC held its initial selection camp in Seabird Island at the BC Aboriginal Canoe/Kayak Championships on September 17 and 18, 2016 where 102 athletes competed for spots on the Team BC Development Squad; at the spring selection camps the Canoe/Kayak Development Squad finalized their roster with six athletes per team.

Team BC Canoe/Kayak will be represented by:

U14 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U14 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Jennea Seward Brentwood Bay Mazzari Tate Nanaimo
Julienne Wyse-Seward Nanaimo Memphis Wyse Nanaimo
Karalyn Morris Brentwood Bay Myles Paige Duncan
Madelyn Morris Brentwood Bay Noah Gray Lake Errock
Monique Seanez Saanichton Silas Wilson Nanaimo
Trinity Jensen Forest Grove William Wyse Nanaimo
U16 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U16 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Breanna Seymour Ladysmith Drake Leon Agassiz
Chelsei Gray Lake Errock Dylan Marchand Port Alberni
Emerald Julia John Hope Quentin Tate Port Alberni
Kristine Edgar Port Alberni Quincy Archie Canim Lake
Rose Seward Brentwood Bay Terrance Hubick-Archie Canim Lake
Valerie Paul Agassiz Tyson Seward Nanaimo
U19 Female Canoe/Kayak Team U19 Male Canoe/Kayak Team
Brittney Sam Victoria Brandyn Chappell Chilliwack
Janessa Horne Duncan Gordon George North Vancouver
Jordana Seymour Ladysmith Ivan Morris Port Renfrew
Josephine Seward Nanaimo Jonis White Brackendale
Kasey Wyse Nanaimo Michael Wyse Nanaimo
Kyla Price Duncan Trey Gray-Thorne Duncan
U14 & U16 Female Alternates U14 & U16 Male Alternates
Taylor Charlie Agassiz Marcus Jeffrey Port Alberni
Syvawn Paul Agassiz Norman Mack Port Alberni
Tyana Price Duncan
Makenzie Williams-Chapman Deroche
U19 Female Alternates U19 Male Alternates
Makayla Sam Agassiz Dmitri John Hope
Tyra Johnston Nanaimo Stephan Theodore-Jensen Forest Grove

Coaching Staff:

Peter Amos, Co-Head Coach
Chrystal McCallum, Co-Head Coach
Paul Wyse-Seward, Assistant Coach
Emerald John, Manager

Team BC Assistant Chef de Mission Buzz Manuel congratulated all of the athletes appointed to Team BC is looking forward to watching the Canoe/Kayak teams compete at the Games.

Manuel also thanked the coaching staff for their tremendous work they have completed over the past six months; and Canoe Kayak BC for their continued assistance and partnership to grow the sport of Canoe/Kayak in our province through their coaching programs and athlete development initiatives.

The North American Indigenous Games is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people, welcoming more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and a number of spectators and dignitaries from across North America. From July 16 – 23, 2017, the City of Toronto will be the proud Host City to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.