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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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Austin Atkins finishes 20th in extreme slalom at World Cup

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Austin Atkins (Chilliwack) and the rest Canoe Kayak Canada’s Canoe Slalom team was back on the river in La Seu D’Urgell at the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup Final. This was the last event in the five-race World Cup series.

Atkins placed 67th in the men’s kayak event where France’s Boris Neveu returned to world-class form and won the qualification round setting the quickest time of the day of 91.52 seconds. Edmonton’s David Ford finished 58th and  Ottawa’s Michael Tayler finished 69th.

In the extreme slalom event, Atkins finished 20th. Other Canadian results were Florence Maheu of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield who finished 8th overall while teammates Haley Daniels and Cameron Smedley both ended up 14th.

“The extreme slalom event is very dynamic and you never know who will make it through each round. We are watching closely to see how the event will play out at the World Championships in Pau where it will become an official medal event for the first time,” added Canoe Kayak Canada’s head coach, Michal Staniszewski.

The Canadian Team will now take a few days off to recover and before resuming training in Pau, France for the World Championships beginning September 27.

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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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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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Team BC wins 53 medals at North American Indigenous Games

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Team BC’s paddlers brought home 53 medals from the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto last week. Their impressive results helped Team BC to win the Overall Team title at the end of Games.

During the three days of competition, Team BC earned 21 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 21 bronze medals. Among Team BC’s top medal winners were:

  • Monique Seanez (14U, Saanichton): 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
  • Silas Wilson (14U, Nanaimo): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Breanna Seymour (16U Stz’uminus): 3 gold, 1 bronze
  • Jordana Seymour (19U Stz’uminus): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Ivan Morris (19U, Port Renfrew): 1 silver, 3 bronze
  • Michael Wyse (19U, Nanaimo): 4 gold, 2 silver
  • Trey Gray-Thorne (19U, Duncan): 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
  • Brandyn Chappell (19U, Chilliwack): 4 gold

In the Overall Team competition, Team BC competed in 13 sports and won a total of 176 medals (65 gold, 57 Silver, 54 bronze) over the course of the competition week. This put the team in first place, 12 medals ahead of Team Saskatchewan. This is the second time BC has won the Overall Team Title at the NAIG, after winning the award at the 2014 NAIG in Regina, Saskatchewan.

 

 


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Finley Capstick competes at Slalom World Cup in Germany

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Chilliwack Centre of Excellence’s Finley Capstick competed at this weekend’s Slalom World Cup Slalom in Markleeberg, Germany. The event featured both traditional slalom and extreme slalom.

Capstick competed in both events, finishing 66th in men’s K1 slalom and 24th in extreme slalom.

The Extreme Slalom is a new addition to the World Cup circuit. It features a head-to-head format where four athletes race down the river at the same time while navigating through a series of obstacles. The event will make its first appearance at the World Championships this year in Pau, France at the end of September.

Other Canadians competing included Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB), who recorded her best-ever finish in World Cup Extreme Slalom today, finishing sixth in the women’s K1. Teammate, Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) finished 10th, marking the first time two Canadians have finished in the top 10 in the Extreme Slalom event.

With the first three ICF World Cup Slalom events behind them, Team Canada will now set their sights on preparing for the National Championships on August 5 and 6  in Ottawa and the second half of the World Cup circuit with races in Italy and Spain later this year.

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Twenty B.C. paddlers named to Canada Summer Games team

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Twenty canoe and kayak paddlers from nine B.C. clubs have been named to the 2017 Canada Summer Games team. The athletes, ranging in age from 13 to 20, were named to Team BC following trials in Kamloops on May 27.

Leading the squad is Team BC 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. “Beyond that, multi-sport games are always exciting and I am immensely proud to be a part of Team BC at the Games.”

The paddlers will participate in team training camps and provincial regattas leading up to the Games later this summer. 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.

“I’m pleased with the composition of the team. We have several key veterans and a number of young but enthusiastic and skilled paddlers,” said Blake Dalton following the selection of the team. “It was obvious at the selection trials that each athlete wants to fight for each second. It will be a great Games!”

Canoe Kayak BC’s 2017 Canada Summer Games team:

WOMEN’S KAYAK

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Cassidy MacPherson Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Katrina Loutet Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Jia Kim Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Elisa Robson-Brown False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Meghan Cheung Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Alternates:
Lauryn Cheung Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Mika Asano Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer

WOMEN’S CANOE

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Samantha Loutet Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Anna Zhang False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Zaffia Laplante Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby
Heather Potkins Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club Nelson Lauren Heckley
Melody Oh Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Alternate:
Emily Robinson Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek

MEN’S KAYAK

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Alex Brent Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Dewdney Piotr Majewski
Matthew Koehler Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Cameron Antifave Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club Lantzville Igor Nikitovic
Coen del Valle Chinook Racing Canoe Club Victoria Rhys del Valle
Michael Lanyon Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek
Alternates:
Ivan Strashenko Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club Burnaby Wes Hammer
Tyler Demidoff Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski

MEN’S CANOE

Athlete Club Hometown Coach
Ydris Hunter False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Vancouver Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin
Alexander Demishkevich Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club Kamloops Stanislav Marek
Quinn Phare Pemberton Canoe Association Pemberton Jared Trafford
Omar Said Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Noah Said Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club Maple Ridge Piotr Majewski
Alternates:
Liam Stewart Fort Canoe and Kayak Club Langley Emily Raymond
Quinn Thomson False Creek Sprint Canoe Club Langley Diane Tam,
Laurence Chin


Team BC Coaches:

  • Diane Tam (False Creek Sprint Canoe Club)
  • Piotr Majewski (Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club)
  • Cory Rublee (Canoe Kayak BC)
  • Blake Dalton (Canoe Kayak BC)

About Canoe Kayak BC

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

Photos by Chris Taylor (Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club)