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Team BC paddlers in final preparations for 2017 Canada Summer Games

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Final Canada Summer Games training camps are taking place this week for Team BC’s sprint canoe and kayak paddlers. Held at Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club (Maple Ridge) False Creek Sprint Canoe Club (Vancouver) and Fort Canoe & Kayak Club (Fort Langley), the camps feature leadership from CKBC’s provincial and team coaches.

During the these discipline specific camps, Team BC’s crewboats (who is in which crew, where they are in the boat), race plans and equipment preparation will be finalized. Additionally, the paddlers will continue to develop team cohesion.

Team BC training camp schedule:

  • Men’s Kayak Camp: July 24-28 (Ridge)
  • Women’s Canoe Camp: July 24-26 (False Creek)
  • Men’s Canoe Camp: July 26-28 (Fort)
  • Women’s Kayak Camp: July 26-28 (Fort)

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 paddlers representing B.C. at the Canada Games.

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Team BC training underway in Whistler

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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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Atlantic Canada to become home of Women’s Kayak National Training Centre

Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to partner with the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA) and the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada (ADCKC) to develop a world-leading training environment for its National Women’s Kayak program.

A National Team coach will be dedicated to the centre, located in Nova Scotia. Through partnerships with local clubs and the ADCKC, the athletes will have access to ideal on and off-water training environments. Other resources including equipment, housing options, sport performance services and support for special projects will also be allocated to the centre.

“Since we officially designated four National Team Training Centres in 2014, we’ve been working to provide environments for our fastest athletes to train together with support from National Team coaches and sport science staff,” said Canoe Kayak Canada’s Chief Executive Officer, Casey Wade. “We were proud to have four female kayakers on the Olympic Team this year. The creation of this centre, through our partnership with the CSCA and ADCKC, is part of developing a system to ensure our Women’s Kayak team will be successful internationally for years to come.”

National Team Training Centres are designed to bring training groups, National Team coaches and technical experts together along with adequate training infrastructure to ensure the highest quality daily training environment for podium potential athletes.

The Women’s Kayak team will join over 50 other national team athletes from various sports who use the CSCA as their home base.

“The Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic looks forward to working with the ADCKC, CKC and the new coach to create an environment for repeatable success on the international stage,” said Ken Bagnell, President of the CSCA. “Canoe Kayak is one of the most successful sports in Canadian Olympic history and we are honoured to have the opportunity to partner to support the next generation of performers.”

Nova Scotia has a long history of success in the sport and the ADCKC will play an integral role in creating the daily training environment the Women’s Kayak team needs to excel.

“The ADCKC has a rich history both in producing elite athletes and providing the critical infrastructure required to best support them,” said Paul Dean, Flag Officer of the ADCKC. “This includes an off-water weight training centre, boat storage and access to our world class, nine-lane International Canoe Federation race-course, complete with the ability to install start gates. We are thrilled to continue this tradition and are excited to officially add the Women’s Kayak National Team, and coach, to our roster of national team athletes already accessing our top-notch training environment.”

In addition to the two local partners, the centre and Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Program are generously supported by Sport Canada, Own the Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee.


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CKBC hosting two whitewater training camps in October

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Calling all whitewater paddlers for two training camps with national team coach Michal Staniszewski. These great opportunities for training and support takes place on the Tamihi Rapids in Chilliwack on October 21-23 and October 28-30.

Cost is $75 for CKBC competitive members and $100 for non-competitive members. Register early for a $25 discount.

See more details and online registration:


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CKBC hosting a Girls Only Paddling Weekend September 30-October 1

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Calling all female paddlers 12 years and older for CKBC’s Girls Only Paddling Weekend. Designed to bring female athletes and coaches from around B.C. together, the camp takes place September 30 to October 1 in Langley.

Female athletes 12 years and older are encouraged to take part and learn valuable on and off water skills. Athletes will also learn from each other and coaches in a positive environment as they prepare for the 2017 racing season.

Accommodation is provided at a camp on Brae Island in Fort Langley. Participants are required to bring camping supplies.

Early bird registration is now open ($80) until September 25 and includes accommodation and food. The cost rises to $100 after that date.

More details and register online today