CKBC Legends

Kristin Bauder

  Kristin Bauder began paddling at the Fort Langley Canoe Club in 2002. Fifteen years later she is still on the water, just turned around and rowing! As a rower, she represented Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games and 2014 World Championships. Kristin's paddling story I learned to kayak at the Fort Langley Canoe Club back in 2002 as a...

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Blake Dalton

Blake Dalton represented Alberta at the 1997 Canada Summer Games in Brandon Manitoba. His dream of making the national team led to a move to Victoria. After completing law school in Montreal, he returned to B.C. and is now the CKBC Provincial Sprint Coach.  When and why I was in BC: I moved out to Victoria in the fall of...

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Gillian Fedechko

  Gillian Fedechko's paddling career spanned two decades, two countries and both paddling and coaching. While representing her home club, Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club, she won numerous national medals, represented Canada at the Pan American Championships and BC at the Canada Summer Games. Gillian also medaled in the Russian Championships, giving her some unique paddling experiences. Now a physiotherapist, she...

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Dari Fisher

  Dari Fisher has been involved in the sport of Flatwater Sprint Kayaking since 1991 (25 years). Since his first drop-in paddling session at the Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club, he has taken on many roles over the years as an athlete, a coach, a personal trainer, and a teacher. At the young age of 13 years old, Dari realized...

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Patrice Gagnon

Like many Eastern Canadians, Patrice Gagnon moved to B.C. to train and enjoy paddling year round. His plan paid off as his slalom career culminated at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where he finished 21st. He also represented Canada at nine World Championships and is a national champion. Now a pilot based out of Vancouver Airport, this CKBC Legend continues to...

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Nicole Haywood

  Originally from Nanaimo, Nicole Haywood began paddling in 2004. A member of Team BC at the 2005 and 2009 Canada Summer Games, she ultimately became World Champion in 2009. Now studying in Kingston, Ontario and still paddling, Haywood says the sport drove her to be her best self. Where did you train in BC? Nanaimo (2004 - August 2008)...

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Alison Herst

A member of the North Bay (Ontario) Canoe Club, Alison Herst escaped the winter cold to train in B.C. The dual coast training paid off when she became a world champion in 1995. Now a paddling mom, Herst says kayaking taught her resiliency, self-confidence and perseverance. How did you get started in paddling? At 11 years old, I joined the...

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Sue Holloway

Sue Holloway made history in 1976 when she became the first Canadian woman to compete at the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year. But her real success came after moving to B.C. for school and winter training. Although the 1980 Olympic boycott took one Olympics away, she retired with a silver and bronze medal after the 1984 Games. ...

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Ian Mackenzie

  I've always paddled in BC - I started with marathon racing in Kamloops with my family, then began sprint racing in 1985 with Team BC for the Canada Games in New Brunswick. Crazy fun that summer. I bounced on and off the B-team for a few years, training on Burnaby Lake for a few years, before settling to marathon...

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Sean McBeath

Sean McBeath became involved with sprint canoe in 1999 at the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club, when he joined a CanoeKids program in preparation for a seven-day trip in Northern British Columbia – the Bowron Lake chain. A CKBC Legend, here is his story of paddling in both Canada and Japan. While initially competing locally, over the next four years...

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Zach Morgan

Kamloops's Zach Morgan began paddling when he was eight at a summer camp. Hooked on paddling from the start, he represented BC at two Western Canada Summer Games and the 2013 Canada Summer Games where he won bronze. After almost moving to Ottawa to train, he remained in Kamloops after coach Stanislav Markek's arrival in 2013.  Here is Zach's paddling...

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Dan Norman

For Dan Norman canoes and paddling have been a part of his life since he was a child. And with hard work, luck and fun, he ultimately paddled in the 1992 Olympics in C-1 whitewater. Following his competitive career, he has remained involved in whitewater and to this day continues to introduce others to his sport. A CKBC Legend, here...

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Larry Norman

Larry Norman arrrived in B.C. in 1984 fresh out of high school. He quickly settled in Cultus Lake and fell in love with slalom paddling on the Chilliwack River. Two Olympics, one medical degree and and many amazing memories later, he's still paddling and introducing whitewater to his own children.  Here is Larry's paddling story in his own words. I...

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Ken Padvaiskas

Ken Padvaiskas began paddling in Quebec. After competing at the Junior World Championships, he found himself at a crossroads: go on to college in Quebec or try to achieve his senior team goals. As luck would have it, his father had a conversation with Hugh Fisher. The next thing Ken knew he was in B.C. paddling on Burnaby Lake. Two Olympics,...

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Greg Redman

Originally a paddler in South Africa, Kelowna's Greg Redman joined Burnaby Canoe and Kayak in 1991 after his family immigrated to Canada. A sprint national team member from 1993-2001, Redman is now a successul sport physiotherapist who has participated in six Olympic Games. Canoe Kayak BC caught up with the succesful business owner and national team physiotherapist as part of...

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Aaron Rublee

  Aaron Rublee started paddling in Kamloops before moving to other clubs for training. A multiple World Cup canoe medalist and a member of Canada's World Championships teams, he is now completing his Economics degree in Ottawa.  When and why were you in B.C.? I lived in BC until I moved to Regina in 2005 What are your paddling career...

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Cory Rublee

Cory Rublee, the youngest in the family, started paddling because his older brother and sister joined the Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club. What followed was much more than even he could have expected. During his competitive career he won numerous medals at the Canada Games, Canadian Sprint Championships and, as a six-year member of the national team, various international races....

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Jason Rusu

Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club’s Jason Rusu learned to paddle and race sprint kayak in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The first paddler from that province to be named to Canada’s national team, Rusu competed at world cups, world championships and the 1992 Olympics. Now 47 and still competing, Rusu was Canoe Kayak BC’s 2016 Masters Athlete of the Year. In addition to...

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Sheila Taylor

  Sheila Taylor was a national level canoe instructor and spent her summers teaching canoeing from 1976-1980. Then in 1980, at age 21, she got a competitive boost when she began working at Strathcona Park Lodge on Vancouver Island. From there, she competed internationally in both whitewater and sprint. Here in her own words, is how CKBC Legend Sheila Taylor...

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