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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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Sprint club coaching news

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With the new year comes some coaching changes at CKBC sprint clubs. Both Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club and the Fort Canoe & Kayak Club are getting ready to welcome some new faces.

Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club

Current Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club head coach, Wes Hammer, is finishing his teaching degree and will be heading into the classroom in the fall.  He will continue to work part-time with the club’s performance athletes over the next couple of months.

Ben Muench will continue working with the junior group while taking on some additional practices with the performance group and heading up the summer programs.  Ben is planning to return to university in the fall to begin his teaching degree.

The club is also excited to announce that Peter Majewski has been hired as the new head coach starting in March.  Peter has worked as a canoe kayak coach for over 25 years and has worked with athletes at local, provincial, and national levels.  Most recently he has been head coach at Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club where a number of his athletes have achieved places on the junior and senior national teams.

Peter has a great deal of experience in canoe kayak and also working with youth in a variety of sport and educational settings. Peter will develop competitive paddlers and also support younger athletes, adults, and those wishing to pursue a more recreational approach to the sport.

Fort Canoe & Kayak Club

Fort Canoe & Kayak Club is happy to announce they have hired a new full time head coach. Connor Fehr from Chelsea Quebec’s Cascades Club will join the club in May. Connor’s  coaching style and qualifications combined with his soon to be completed business degree will benefit the club from a development and growth perspective.

And helping the club as an interim part-time coach is former CKBC staff member Cory Rublee. Cory started in January to coach and prepare summer programming. In July and August, he will be full time as Summer Program Coordinator/Coach before heading back to school in September. Cory will also help new head-coach Connor get the lay of the land and familiarize him with west coast clubs.

More on the Fort Canoe & Kayak Club coaching staff


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2018 sprint event dates published

 

Sprint-Dates.pngJust in time for your new calendars – here are the 2018 sprint event dates! Updates and event info will continue to be added on the CKBC website as they become available.

Canadian events

British Columbia events

See all CKBC events on our website.


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2017 CKBC scholarship recipients

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CKBC is pleased to announce that Lauryn Cheung and Michael Lanyon are the recipients of the 2017 Canoe Kayak BC scholarships. These paddlers were awarded $500 in recognition of their dedication and commitment to the sport combined with outstanding scholastic achievement and community involvement.

Lauryn Cheung
Fort Canoe & Kayak Club, UBC Applied Science Program

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Lauryn began paddling in 2014 after changing sports from artistic gymnastics and track and field. In her short time paddling, she won medals at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games and 2016 National Sprint Championships. Off the water, she was an active member of her high school and volunteered at the LifeMark Health Centre where she worked with a variety of amputee clients. Still active with the Fort Canoe & Kayak Club she says she wants “every kid to have their life changed in the same dramatic and incredibly positive way that mine was by canoe kayak.”

Michael Lanyon
Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club, Thompson Rivers University Engineering Program

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Michael began paddling in 2012 and since that time has traveled through Canada and around the world. He credits this travel and paddling with helping him learn many valuable life lessons like budgeting, punctuality and being modest in victory and gracious in defeat. Away from the water, Michael helped with outreach for homeless programs and within his high school. An outstanding student, Micheal received the NorKam Senior Grad Cord and was on the Principal’s list for Grade 11 and 12. Michael was a member of Team BC for the 2017 Canada Summer Games and had a career best 6th place finish at the 2016 Sprint Nationals.

Funded by donations

The CKBC scholarship fund is 100% funded by donations and fundraising events such as the CKBC silent auction held in conjunction with the annual awards reception. There is no overhead or administrative fees, so all donations go directly to deserving students like Lauryn and Michael and their education costs. All donations of $20 or more receive a tax receipt as a registered project of the National Sport Trust Fund. .

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About the CKBC scholarship fund

CKBC introduced the scholarship program in 2008 and the fund annually awards two $500 scholarships to deserving students who are attending a British Columbian post-secondary institution. These scholarships honor young B.C. students who have:

  • Attained high scholastic achievement
  • Shown outstanding leadership traits and skills in canoe kayak and within their community
  • Demonstrated a personal contribution to improve their community, school, and club
  • Attained athletic achievements in canoe and/or kayak
  • Continued to demonstrate leadership as members of Canoe Kayak BC

 


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Olympians Anders Gustafsson and Andreas Dittmer Join Canoe Kayak Canada Coaching Team

Canoe Kayak Canada has officially announced the hiring of two world leading coaches for the sprint national teams and the men’s canoe team. Sprint canoe and kayak stars Anders Gustafsson and Andreas Dittmer are joining Canoe Kayak Canada’s (CKC) coaching team as the head coach and men’s canoe coach, respectively.

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Andreas Dittmer (Men’s Canoe Coach), Graham Barton (Technical Chief Officer) and Anders Gustafsson (Head Coach) meeting in Canoe Kayak Canada’s office this morning. (Photo: Joannie Verret)

“I’m absolutely delighted to have both Anders and Andreas join CKC’s high performance Leadership team,” said Casey Wade, Chief Executive Officer at Canoe Kayak Canada. “We now have a well-rounded, world leading coaching group led by Graham Barton moving forward toward 2020 and beyond,” he added.

Led by Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer at CKC, Sweden’s Anders Gustafsson will be the new head coach of the national team while Germany’s Andreas Dittmer will be the coach for the men’s sprint canoe team.

“The arrival of these two big names is an exciting time for CKC,” said Barton. “I am excited by the combination of coaching and athlete potential. There is a positive vibe on the team and I believe we have what it takes to take Canada back to being one of the top 3 canoeing nations in the world”.

New Head Coach

Anders-Gustafsson

Anders Gustafsson racing K-1 500 meters at an ICF event in 2011. (Photo: Balint Vekassy)

Having competed in four Olympic Games between 2000 and 2012, eleven world championships and a dozen world cups and European championships, the Swedish kayak star, Anders Gustafsson has all the experience necessary to excel at this role. He won the world champion title in 2010 in the K1 500 meters event.

“When looking for a head coach we were looking for something more than just coaching expertise,” said Graham Barton. “It was the intangibles that made Anders our first choice. His communication style and his experience with Sweden America’s Cup Team clearly demonstrated the skills we were looking for to lead our coaching team into Tokyo.”

Men’s Canoe Coach

Andreas-Dittmer

The dominant sprint canoeist of his generation in 1000 meter races will now be the Men’s Canoe coach for Canoe Kayak Canada. (Photo: andreasdittmer.com)

Andreas Dittmer marked the history of sprint canoeing and inspired thousands of young athletes around the world. The German Olympian will take charge of the Canadian men’s sprint canoe team.

During his career, Dittmer dominated sprint canoeing by winning five medals at the Olympic Games, including three golds in C-2 and C-1 1000 meters. He is also an eight time world champion and has won a total of 22 medals at the world championships between 1991 and 2004.

“Andreas is the final piece in solidifying a world class coaching team,” said Barton. “He brings with him extensive Olympic experience. He knows what it takes to win and I am confident that he will lead our men’s canoe program back into contention for the podium in Tokyo and Paris”.


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

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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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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.