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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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Huge thank-you from CKBC


The Canada Games trials took place on Shumway Lake in sunny Kamloops on Saturday, May 27. And it was a great event!

From everyone at CKBC – thank-you Kamloops Canoe and Kayak club for hosting our sprint paddlers from around the province.

And a shout-out of thanks to the volunteers and officials. We were fortunate to have all of you help out and make the trials a fantastic event for the athletes.



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CKC Whitewater Domestic Development Committee initiated


Canoe Kayak Canada has struck a new volunteer committee focused on growing the whitewater discipline at the grassroots and development level.

“This committee is a great step for the whitewater discipline and will go a long way in strengthening our domestic development programs and building a vibrant participation base,” said James Cartwright, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Whitewater Manager. “Having strong development programs is key to getting more participants into the sport and setting athletes up to succeed in all levels of competition.”

The nine-person Whitewater Domestic Development Committee will provide technical direction and oversight on programming and the whitewater national championships. The committee representatives were elected by the Whitewater Council following a call for candidates that attracted many qualified volunteers coming forward. The committee will meet on a monthly basis by conference call.

Role Name
Chair Mark Taylor
Club Representative Tyler Lawlor
Coach/Instructor Representative Claudia Van Wijk
Provincial/Territorial Representative Trevor Braun
Officials Representative Duncan Daniels
Freestyle Representative Trevor L’Heureux
Canoe Polo Representative Catherine O’Brien
Slalom Representative Anthony Colin
Wildwater Representative Warren Hastings

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Laura Said honoured with provincial award

Laura-Said-Award.pngCongratulations to Laura Said on winning Canoe Kayak BC’s Presidents’ Award at the Sport BC awards on March 8.

The annual Presidents’ Awards, presented by Sports with Balls, now in it’s 23rd year are presented to volunteers form Sport BC member and partner organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy and commitment contribute to the development of their sport or organization in the province of British Columbia.

Said, who was named CKBC’s Volunteer of the Year in the November, was honoured for her work with the sprint officiating program. A well respected official, she also takes on leadership and administrative roles while mentoring new officials. And Said also delivers training courses to ensure our athletes compete in the spirit of fair play.

The 2017 Presidents’ Award winners represent 25 communities and 44 different Sport BC member and partner organizations.

See complete list of winners

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Call for Candidates – Sprint Racing Discipline


Canoe Kayak Canada is looking for an individual to join the Sprint Racing Council and fill the role of Chair of the High Performance Committee. The Sprint Racing Council (SRC) is a technical committee of CKC that is representative of the CKC Paddling Association members active in the sprint racing discipline. It is one of three disciplines that currently make up the Paddling Discipline class of members within CKC.

The High Performance Committee is an integral part of the SRC providing technical expertise and guidance to CKC staff and in particular the High Performance Director for the high performance aspect of the sprint racing discipline.

The Chair of the High Performance Committee shall preside at all meetings of the Committee, report to the Sprint Racing Council on the status of the high performance program of the Sprint Racing Discipline wherever requested to do so and make a full report to the membership of the Sprint Racing Discipline at each Annual Summit.

As Chair of the High Performance Committee, this person will also have the position of Vice Chair High Performance on the Sprint Racing Council.

Application Form

This is a volunteer position with a two-year term. Interested candidates are required to complete the application form in order to be considered for the position. Deadline for applications is Midnight EST on March 10, 2017.

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Annual awards reception honours some of the province’s best

CKBC-awards-news-header.pngCanoe Kayak BC honoured the province’s top athletes, coaches and volunteers at its annual awards banquet this past Friday in Burnaby. Over 85 individuals who achieved paddling excellence this past season received medals, plaques, scholarships and recognition for their hard work.

Maple Ridge’s Laura Said was honoured as Canoe Kayak BC’s Volunteer of the Year. Said was cited for her dedication to officiating and mentorship to new officials. Included in her many accomplishments was the respect both athletes and coaches have for her on the water.

Canoe Kayak BC also awarded two deserving members with $500 scholarships. Rhys Taylor (Chilliwack) and Matthew Abbott (Burnaby) are both long time members who have contributed significantly to canoe and kayak in B.C.

Taylor is a long-time athlete and volunteer in whitewater programs in B.C. This past summer, under his strong leadership, there was a significant increase in the number of school and summer program registrations in the Chilliwack Club. Taylor is currently enrolled in his first year at the University of the Fraser Valley in a Bachelor of Science Program

A former sprint paddler, Abbott is now the Vice Commodore at the Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club and is completing a 20-month program at the Justice Institute to become an Advanced Care Paramedic. He began paddling in 1999 and was a Team BC member at the 2001 Canada Summer Games. He continues to assist at provincial training camps and events and is a Level 3 official who will complete his Level 4 evaluation next year.

Former Team Canada members Corey Hamilton and Cory Rublee were honoured by Canoe Kayak Canada CEO Casey Wade. Both athletes made significant contributions to the national program. Current Team Canada members Brian Malfesi (Ridge) and Matthew Koehler (Ridge) were honoured by National Team Coach Mark Granger.

Other award recipients were:

Performance Awards

  • U15 Female Kayak Athlete of the Year – Sprint: Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge)
  • U15 Female Canoe Athlete of the Year – Sprint: Samantha Loutet (Burnaby)
  • U15 Male Kayak Athlete of the Year – Sprint: Stanley Netherton (Kamloops
  • U15 Male Canoe Athlete of the Year – Sprint: Quinn Phare (Pemberton)
  • U17 Female Athlete of the Year – Sprint: Anna Zhang (False Creek)
  • U19 Male Athlete of the Year – Sprint: Matthew Koehler (Ridge)
  • Junior Male Athlete of the Year – Sprint: Brian Malfesi (Ridge)
  • Master Female Athlete of the Year – Sprint: Verna McNichol (Ridge)
  • Master Male Athlete of the Year – Sprint: Jason Rusu (Nelson)
  • Para Athlete of the Year – Sprint: Stuart Chase (Pitt Meadows)
  • Whitewater Athlete of the Year: Jakob Kryworuchko (Chilliwack)

Sprint Development Awards

Female Canoe

  • Novice: Elisa Robson-Brown (False Creek), Jia Kim (Ridge), Elissa Elmadani (False Creek), Maddy Beaudry (Pemberton)
  • U15: Emily Robinson (Kamloops), Georgia Langdon (Burnaby), Mika Asano (Burnaby)
  • U14: Georgia Langdon (Burnaby), Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge), Mika Asano (Burnaby), Alena Stenning-Lint (Nanaimo)
  • U13: Keisa Bleiler (False Creek), Asha Senanayake (False Creek), Gillian Helliwell (False Creek)
  • U12: Keisa Bleiler (False Creek), Asha Senanayake (False Creek), Gillian Helliwell (False Creek)
  • U11: Anna Beaudry (Pemberton), Mischa Grover (Kamloops), Moya Alobi (Nanaimo)

Male Canoe

  • Novice: Quinn Phare (Pemberton), Oliver Esseltine (Pemberton), Arjun Senanayake (False Creek)
  • U15: Quinn Phare (Pemberton), Arjun Senanayake (False Creek), Noah Said (Ridge)
  • U14: Noah Said (Ridge), Quinn Thomson (Burnaby), Landon McQuarrie (Fort Langley)
  • U13: Quinn Thomson (Burnaby), Brendan Shippit (Pemberton), Vladimir Demishkevich (Kamloops)
  • U12: Vladimir Demishkevich (Kamloops), Landon McQuarrie (Fort Langley), Jonas Decker (Kamloops)
  • U11: Brayden Bastarache (Nanaimo), Hayden Heath (False Creek), Jacob Heath (False Creek), Noah MacMartin (False Creek), Owen Mitchell (Pitt Meadows), Solomon Ali (Nanaimo), Thorben Schroeder (Nanaimo), Tomoki MacMartin (False Creek)

 Female Kayak

  • Novice: Mika Asano (Burnaby), Elisa Robson-Brown (False Creek), Jia Kim (Ridge)
  • U15: Jia Kim (Ridge), Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge), Katrina Loutet (Burnaby)
  • U14: Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge), Mika Asano (Burnaby), Alena Stenning-Lint (Nanaimo), Lily Small (Ridge)
  • U13: Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge), Keisa Bleiler (False Creek), Shania Modha (Ridge)
  • U12: Keisa Bleiler (False Creek), Gillian Helliwell (False Creek), Asha Senanayake (False Creek)
  • U11: Moya Alobi (Nanaimo), Niamh Gibbons (Nanaimo), Ingrid Rangel Ortega (Burnaby)

Male Kayak

  • Novice: Jackson Fraser (Nanaimo), Thomas Duff (Nanaimo), Jacob Horwood (Nanaimo)
  • U15: Ivan Strashenko (Burnaby), Thomas Duff (Nanaimo), Alexander Dmitriev (Ridge), Jackson Ali (Nanaimo), Hunter Nyvall (Chinook), Matao Buist (Kamloops)
  • U14: Jackson Ali (Nanaimo), Thomas Duff (Nanaimo), Jackson Fraser (Nanaimo)
  • U13: Jackson Ali (Nanimo), Aksel Schroeder (Nanaimo), Vladimir Demishkevich (Kamloops)
  • U12: Aksel Schroeder (Nanaimo), Vladimir Demishkevich (Kamloops), Bryant Kelleway (Ridge)
  • U11: Solomon Ali (Nanaimo), Thorben Schroeder (Nanaimo), Lucas Fong (Burnaby)

Sprint Coaching Awards

  • Development Coach of the Year: Wes Hammer (Burnaby)
  • Performance Coach of the Year: Peter Majewski (Ridge)

Officials Recognition – Sprint 

Mary Jane Abbott, Francis Cheung. Kelley Fripps-Cheung, Mark Loutet, Gina Loutet, Shana MacPherson, Sanjita Modha, Dave Nosella, Vicki Nosella, Rachael Pollard, Laura Said

Official and Volunteer Recognition – Whitewater

Shonnet Allen, Lawrence Allen, Jon Allen, James Cartwright, Rob Fletcher, Sarah Gillies, Kim Patterson, David Patterson, Darcy Wilkins, Nicole Wilkins

 Hosting Recognition

  • Two Rivers: BC Marathon Championships
  • Squamish: National Surfski Championships
  • CCE: Canadian Whitewater Trials & BC Summer Games
  • Fort Langley: BC Summer Games
  • Burnaby: BC Cup #1 & Provincial Team qualifier
  • Kamloops: BC Cup #2, BC Championships, National Championships qualifier
  • Nanaimo: BC Cup #3
  • Ridge: BC Championships & Pacific Cup

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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Free Worldhost® Gamestime Volunteer Training Session

You are invited to attend!

In order to support Games volunteers, the BC Games Society has partnered with the experts at WorldHost® Training Services (part of Destination British Columbia) to providing training.

This specialized training session will provide attendees with customer service skills combined with an understanding of the value of sport and the BC Games. It will also provide an overview of the Abbotsford 2016 BC Summer Games. The session will run for approximately two hours and at the end each participant will have access to a WorldHost® Gamestime certificate.

NOTE: this is NOT job-specific training.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Saturday, June 11: 10 a.m.- noon
  • Wednesday, June 15:  7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For these two sessions only, each participant will receive a $5 coupon for Original Joes.

Other sessions are also scheduled.

See the website for a complete list of sessions, or to register  https://www.bcgames.org/Games/BCSummerGames/Volunteers.aspx.

Click on the ‘Session Registration’ button.