Zone 6 - Vancouver Island-Central Coast

 

Holly Adam

Holly-Adam Hometown: Nanaimo
CKBC Club: Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 13
Number of years paddling: A year
How paddling makes a difference in my life: It’s made me stronger and more athletic.
2018 BC Summer Games goals: To have fun, do my best and not to tip.
Canoe kayak goals: To improve my athletic ability and my skills.
Other interests and hobbies: Soccer, editing, reading, binge watching Netflix, flying my drone and playing guitar.
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: Everyday kayaking and training camp.
My coach: Igor Nikitovich, he has helped me improve by encouragement, exercise (running and weights) instructions me how to kayak and what I can do better.
Role model: Cameron Antifave is a good role model in my kayaking club he encourages me and is a really nice person.
Highest achievement: Probably being that I’m going to be participating in the bc summer games which is a big opportunity.
Would choose this superpower: Being able to be invisible whenever I wanna be just like violet in the incredibles. I just think it would be really fun!

Moyo Alabi 

Moyo-Alabi Hometown: Nanaimo
CKBC Club: Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 12
Number of years paddling: 2 1/2 years
How paddling makes a difference in my life: I feel like I have learnt dedication and how to push through struggles. Not only in kayaking but in life! I have learnt. That you can't only quit when things get hard and only appear when they become well again. You must stick it through because those tough times will make you stronger. For example; in kayaking. Yes, training can be tedious. But I can't skip training and pick and choose as a like and only appear for races. It doesn't work that way! You have to try your best to show up to every practice and try your best. Not cut corners, because when race day comes? It will show how well or how poorly you trained and took it seriously.  
2018 BC Summer Games goals: Probably to just try my best and come home with good memories and at least one medal.
Canoe kayak goals: My goals in Kayaking. Are to get back to what I used to do. I was injured and that set me back a bunch from the others so my goal is to get back to where I was and with the BC Games and other competitions to prove myself to my coach and to my teammates. That I do try and that I really care and that I am capable.
Other interests and hobbies: I like to sing. Quite a lot. I REALLY like musicals.. A whole bunch. I know lots musicals like. Phantom of the opera, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest showman, Heathers, Gypsy, My fair lady, fiddler on the roof, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Wicked, Lion King and a whole bunch more... I play the piano and I have been playing for 9 years. Which is quite a lot.. One other thing I really like to do is literature.. I have a bunch of short stories and I am currently working on a novel called "Woman in combat" which is based in the future where equality is no longer a thing.
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: It has been pretty much the same as training any other way. We train five days a week from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Those four hours consist of. Running, Kayaking, weights, circuit training and stuff like that. I have noticed though that the people who are attending the BC summer games have been taken more seriously and we are doing more stuff that normally the older guys do. Such as resister training.
My coach: Igor Nikitovic. He has helped me improve because he doesn't let us slack. He expects our A game from us 25/7 and helps us improve as an athlete which also teaches us discipline and respect and so many more lessons that are helpful in pretty much all sports and that will be applicable to life later!
Role model: Kayaking wise. I would say Cameron Antifave. He is one of the oldest members at the club and the dedication, discipline, respect and perseverance he has for the sport itself is honestly amazing? He is so cheerful and kind to everyone and he takes time out of his training time to help us younger kids and help us grow as paddlers and in a sense, as people. He had an injury a while back and that didn't stop him from continuing to try and to become a stronger paddler and that helped me a lot when I was recovering from my injury and getting me to where I am now.
Highest achievement: My top achievement would probably be in piano. I got first place in the upper island music festival exam.
Would choose this superpower: Hm, I really, really love Marvel movies.. I am a marvel fanatic so if I had to choose I would probably have Shuri's brains.( From Black Panther) The fact that she is able to invent a whole bunch of inventions that have impacted Wakanda and her brother in such positive and cool ways intrigues me.

Jackson Ali 

jackson-ali Hometown: Nanaimo
CKBC Club: Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 15
Number of years paddling: 5 years
How paddling makes a difference in my life: It's gotten me in great shape physically, which allows me to play other sports at a high level
2018 BC Summer Games goals: To win gold in all my K1 races
Canoe kayak goals: To win at a national level
Other interests and hobbies: Basketball
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: 7am-1pm mon-fri
My coach: Igor Nikitovic, he had pushed me really hard to not settle for being the best paddler my age in B.C., but to try and be the best in older age groups as well
Role model: Cameron Antifave, the oldest and fastest paddler at my club.
Highest achievement: When my K2 partner Thomas and I won our age group at a competition in Seattle

Niamh Gibbons

N-Gibbons Hometown: Nanaimo
CKBC Club: Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 12

Siobhán Gibbons

S-Gibbons Hometown: Nanaimo
CKBC Club: Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 14

Jasper Letwin 

  Hometown: Nanaimo
CKBC Club: Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 13

Teegan Letwin

Teegan-Letwin Hometown: Nanaimo
CKBC Club: Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 14
Number of years paddling: 3 years
How paddling makes a difference in my life: It has made me more active
2018 BC Summer Games goals: Do the best that I can
Canoe kayak goals: Stay active
Other interests and hobbies: Reading and band
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: 6 hours 5 days a week
My coach: My coach is Igor and he has been supportive and hard to please(in a good way)
Role model: My father
Highest achievement: Surviving a week long hike up Black Tusk Mt.
Other family members at Games: My little brother is competing in Learn to Train and he also competed in this years BC Winter Games
Would choose this superpower: Flying, because I really like it

Cameron Mazutinec

Cameron-Mazutinec Hometown: Nanaimo
CKBC Club: Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club
Age:
 13
Number of years paddling: 1 year
How paddling makes a difference in my life: Paddling let’s me enjoy getting on the water and explore oceans and lakes which I like.
2018 BC Summer Games goals: To meet some new friends who also enjoy sports.
Canoe kayak goals: To achieve a new personal best time.
Other interests and hobbies: Learning guitar, music, films, and animals.
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: I paddle 4 days a week for 3 hours a day. I also weight training and run with the kayak club. I play golf once a week.
My coach: Igor Nikitovic. He has helped me improve by correcting my stroke and balance.
Role model: My family.
Highest achievement: Getting into the BC Summer Games is a highlight for me. 
Would choose this superpower: Invisibility. It could come in handy as you could do whatever you want and not be detected.

Karalyn Morris

  Hometown: Brentwood Bay
Band/Treaty/Métis/First Nation/Affiliation: Tsartlip First Nation
Age: 14

Madelyn Morris

  Hometown: Brentwood Bay
Band/Treaty/Métis/First Nation/Affiliation: Tsartlip First Nation
Age: 13

Lili Munn

Lili-Munn Hometown: Victoria
CKBC Club: Chinook Racing Canoe Club
Age: 15
Number of years paddling: Just over a year
How paddling makes a difference in my life: Through paddling I've met new people and improved my physical fitness
2018 BC Summer Games goals: To get experience racing/competing and meet other paddlers from BC.
Canoe kayak goals: To get better at paddling and meet new people through training and racing
Other interests and hobbies: Outside of paddling, I play piano with the Victoria Conservatory of Music. I also enjoy listening to music mainly alternative, jazz, Celtic and classical (although I don't dislike any genres). In my spare time I also enjoy hanging out with friends, hiking and walking in the woods.
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: From December to March I did dryland training (weights and running) with my club 3 times a week. After that I practiced on water 4 to 5 times a week and practiced in the mornings as well starting in mid-July.
My coach: My coach Patrick Dann has helped me improve my technique, balance and stroke rate with different on water workouts such as short timed sprints, long technical pieces or set distances. Because the workouts vary each week I've been able work at different paces (GA1,GA2..E1 etc) which has improved my stroke rate/overall paddling.
Role model: Mark Twain
Highest achievement: Hiking the Juan de Fuca trail

Brin Nyvall 

  Hometown: Victoria
CKBC Club: Chinook Racing Canoe Club
Age: 14

Jennea Seward

Jennea-Seward  Hometown: Saanich
Band/Treaty/Métis/First Nation/Affiliation: Tsartlip First Nation
Club: Gernonimo Canoe Club
Age: 13
Number of years paddling: 6-7 years
How paddling makes a difference in my life: It has made my life strong and healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s just something that I’m proud to be apart of.
2018 BC Summer Games goals: To do my best, go all the way, not to give up. And meet new people, Make new friends
Canoe kayak goals: To become more accustomed to those style of canoes and kayaking
Other interests and hobbies: I’m a soccer player as well and will be competing in the 2018 NIFA games, in Waikiki, Hawaii. And I play rugby from time to time.
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: I train traditional style dugout canoes, and go out when I can, And try to go for road runs when it’s not to late.
My coach: My dad, has been pushing me to train and go for runs so that I’m ready for This up coming event, I look up to my dad, he’s such a HUGE inspiration to me and my family. He does all he can for us, he’s the one who tells me to train and go for runs If it wasn’t for my dad I don’t think I’d be where I am today.
Role model: My dad. Like I said he’s who I look up to, he’s also a canoe paddler, for Geronimo, and just last year he competed in the IVF world distance championships in Tahiti, him and 5 of my uncles represted As Team Canada,  
Highest achievement: Making Team B.C. to go to Toronto, Ontario, for NAIG , and coming home with a bronze medal for third, and now making a select soccer team that is traveling to Hawaii for a soccer tournament
Other family members at Games:
 My papa Joe Seward competed in the B.C. summer games in Comox and while back, and my auntie Rose Seward and cousins Madelyn and Karalyn Morris are also competing in the up coming Summer games.
Would choose this superpower: I would want to have the power to go back in time. Just so I know what’s happening, What’s going to come up next, stuff like that.

Rose Seward

Rose-Seward Hometown: Tsartlip First Nation
Band/Treaty/Métis/First Nation/Affiliation: Tsartlip
Age: 13
Number of years paddling: 8 years
How paddling makes a difference in my life: Paddling has made me a stronger person, has helped me meet new people, has helped me meet more family, and above all it has made me athletic.
2018 BC Summer Games goals: I want to train harder for the upcoming BC Games. I want to earn medals and travel to more of the Games.
Canoe kayak goals: I love canoeing, so I would love to travel more for more of these types of competitions.
Other interests and hobbies: I love to watch youtube, I love to snapchat, I love taking care of my pup, Duchess and I love swimming at the beach or the lake.
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: My training at home consisted of training a few times a week on our traditional canoes for a half hour and attending the Try-outs for BC Summer Games and the training sessions that's provided, and competing in our traditional canoes at the canoe races in which are each weekend throughout the spring & summer.
My coach: My coach is my brother Joe Seward. He has helped me improve my skills by taking me and 10 other youth to compete in our traditional canoe races.
Role model: My uncle Leonard Morris -of the Geronimo Canoe Club- is my role model because has raced canoe since he was a child and he competed then retired only a year ago at the 62 years old. He also builds our traditional canoes and paddles. He made and had given me the paddle I am using to compete in the BC Summer Games 2018 and that I had used in the NAIG 2017. He also made my one man canoe and made and had given me other traditional paddles at separate time. Thank you my uncle Leonard Morris (my mother's brother).  
Highest achievement: My highest achievement was making the Team BC 2017 for canoeing and now making the canoeing team for BC Summer Games 2018.
Other family members at Games:
My father, Joe Seward sr had competed in canoeing in the BC Summer Games when he was a teenager in the BC Summer Games 1981(?) in Comox BC, with his cousins: late Earl Edwards, Late Moody Edwards and Bruce Harris sr. He won medals there too.
Would choose this superpower: If I could have one super power it would be to snapchat heaven to my late grandparents for helping me learn about canoeing and appropriate training and for buying me a canoe and a paddle to get me started. I love and miss them so much that I would love to snapchat them to tell them that I love them, that I'm still competing in the sport that they had wanted me to continue participating in and to thank them for all their teachings they'd given to me regarding canoeing. I train and compete in their memory. Much love sent to heaven to my late grandparents -proud owners of the Geronimo Canoe Club- who'd established this canoe club in 1974.

Noah Stubbings

Noah-Stubbings Hometown: Nanaimo
CKBC Club: Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club
Age: 13
Number of years paddling: 3 years
How paddling makes a difference in my life: Keeps me in shape
2018 BC Summer Games goals: Personal Best
Canoe kayak goals: To improve to the point of going to more regattas.
Other interests and hobbies: Snowboarding
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: Training from 7am-1pm Monday-Friday
My coach: Igor- Pushes me to my best.
Role model: My family.
Highest achievement: Going to the games.
Other family members at Games: My mom participated in the Sask summer games with horses..
Would choose this superpower: Anything in my mind to come true (so every super power).

Remus Wyse-Morris

Remus-Wyse-Morris Hometown: Snuneymuxw
Band/Treaty/Métis/First Nation/Affiliation: Snuneymuxw First Nation
Age: 15
Number of years paddling: 9 years
How paddling makes a difference in my life: open doors to new friends and experience all over Canada
2018 BC Summer Games goals: To do the best I can and Have Fun
Canoe kayak goals: To do the best I can
Other interests and hobbies: Culture , Family, Lacrosse, Soccer and War canoe racing
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: All year - winter outriggers and summer war canoe.
My coach: Jamie Seward and Micheal Wyse
Role model: My mother and Aunties 
Highest achievement: Attending the NAIG and coming home with 7 medals 

Head Coach: Patrick Dann 

Patrick-Dann Number of years paddling: 11 years
How paddling makes a difference in my life:Paddling has made my physically and mentally resilient while being an enjoyable outlet where I can channel energy and emotions. Paddling has also connected me with many amazing people who I can now call friends.
2018 BC Summer Games goals: I want to get to know the team and improve my coaching skills.
Canoe kayak goals: my goal is to see how fast I can get
Other interests and hobbies: My hobbies are climbing, hiking and camping. I also casually play squash and I'm generally up for anything physically challenging/engaging.
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: On water 1-2 times a day 5-6 days a week and off water strength and conditioning 2 times per week.
My coach: Rhys del Valle is my coach, she believes in me more than I do in myself. This has helped me surpass what I thought to be my own limits.  
Role models:
My parents are my biggest role models since they are both so hard working and positive. This inspires me and shows me that hard times aren't bad times.
Highest achievement: I can't decide, but one of my proudest moments was representing Canada at the ICF junior world championships. 

Assistant Coach: Abigail Donaldson 

   

Assistant Coach: Hunter Nyvall

  Age: 17
Number of years paddling: 5 years
2018 BC Summer Games goals: To learn how to better myself as a coach
Canoe kayak goals: To work hard to be the best I can possibly be
Other interests and hobbies: Playing a variety of other sports specifically hockey but also soccer, basketball, baseball etc more casually
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: On the water twice every day with Wednesday and Sunday off as well as off water weights
My coach: Patrick Dann is my coach and he has helped me improve by pushing me to be better every day
Role models:
 My role models are my coach (Patrick) and one of my teachers/coaches at school Smitty
Highest achievement: Qualifying for nationals this year
Other family members at Games:
 My little sister Brin is also competing in the games as an athlete this year
Would choose this superpower: The ability to duplicate any item because then I would just have to make $1 to have an unlimited amount of money

ISPARC Coach: Zaffia LaPlante

   

ISPARC Coach: Stephan Theodore-Jensen

Stephan-Jensen Age: 17
Band/Treaty/Métis/First Nation/Affiliation: Canim Lake First Nation
Number of years paddling:
 5 years
How paddling made a difference in my life: Paddling made me enjoy the water and make me want to be outdoors more
2018 BC Summer Games goals: To gain leadership skills and be a great coach and just have fun
Canoe kayak goals: To drive myself until I get better and better also to teach the kids to be the best they can be
Other interests and hobbies: I love playing hockey and baseball and I enjoy 4H
Training program leading up to the BC Summer Games: My training program to be a coach was filled with a lot of book work and fun hands on work
My coach: My coach is Tish Diamond she made me work hard and encouraged me to do my best
Role models:
 My role model is my brother Brett Archie he is a strong independent man and he is joining the army and I just want to be a leader like him when I'm older
Highest achievement: I think my highest achievement is going to the north American indigenous games and getting gold metals
Other family members at Games:
My aunties and uncles were in the Games when I was younger and my little sister is in the Games
Would choose this superpower: I would choose to teleport because it's just convenient for almost anything
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