2017 News

2017 CKBC scholarship recipients

November 28, 2017 — 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 CheungFort Canoe & Kayak Club, UBC Applied Science Program Lauryn began paddling in 2014 after...

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Second paddler wins a 2017 Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport

November 24, 2017 — The 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented to eight outstanding Aboriginal athletes from British Columbia’s Interior Region during a formal celebration held Thursday at the Adams Lake Recreation Center in Chase, B.C. The Interior is the sixth of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program. Among the recipients was Terrance...

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CKBC hires Gillian Fedechko as Sport Development Coordinator

November 21, 2017 — Canoe Kayak BC is pleased to announce the hiring of Gillian Fedechko as the Sport Development Coordinator. Among her responsibilities are Aboriginal Long-Term Athlete Development; BC Games; BC School Dragon Boat Championships; CanoeKids on the Road; and Community Coach Education. Gillian paddled with the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club from 1999 to 2010. Her competitive highlights include three silver medals...

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

November 17, 2017 — 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,...

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Paddler wins a 2017 Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport

November 15, 2017 — The 2017 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented to eight outstanding Aboriginal athletes from British Columbia’s Vancouver Coastal Region during a formal celebration held Tuesday at the Musqueam Community Center in Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Coastal is the fourth of six regions to honour Aboriginal athletes through this unique province-wide awards program. Among the recipients was Gordon...

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Ydris Hunter concludes successful international debut

September 18, 2017 — 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...

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Austin Atkins finishes 20th in extreme slalom at World Cup

September 11, 2017 — Austin Atkins (Chilliwack) and the rest Canoe Kayak Canada’s Canoe Slalom team was back on the river in La Seu D’Urgell at the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup Final. This was the last event in the five-race World Cup series. Atkins placed 67th in the men’s kayak event where France’s Boris Neveu returned to world-class form and won...

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Chilliwack paddler competes in his first ever World Cup

September 5, 2017 — Chilliwack Centre of Excellence paddler, Austin Atkins, competed in his first ever World Cup event this weekend in Italy. Atkins was one of eight Canadian paddlers to compete in the fourth stop of the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup series. The man-made whitewater course flows from the glacial waters of the Dora Baltea river. Ivrea is known as one...

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False Creek's Ydris Hunter named to Olympic Hope team

August 25, 2017 — Following individual competition at the Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships, Canoe Kayak Canada released the list of sprint athletes named to teams for the upcoming Olympic Hope regatta. Among the athletes is B.C. canoe paddler Ydris Hunter from the False Creek Sprint Canoe Club. The international competition takes place September 15 to 17 in Racice, Czech Republic. Hunter, at this...

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B.C. paddlers set to compete at 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships

August 21, 2017 — Thirty B.C. paddlers from the nine clubs go for gold this week at the 2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships. Taking place in Welland at the Welland International Flatware Centre, the event will crown champions in a variety of age categories in sprint canoe, kayak and paracanoe from August 22-26. Representing B.C. are: Alouette Paddling Club  Megan Pankratz Corey Stewart...

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Three medals for Team BC paddlers at Canada Summer Games

August 4, 2017 — Team BC paddlers are bringing home three medals from the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Overall, Team BC, with 146 medals, was second to Ontario in the overall medal standings. The 146 medals is an all time record for Team BC. Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge) won gold in the women's K-1 5000 race. Her time of 21:13.71 was 25 seconds ahead of...

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B.C. wins 17 medals at Whitewater National Championships

August 4, 2017 — Led by Jakob Kryworuchko's five gold medals, B.C. paddlers brought home 17 medals from the 2017 Whitewater National Championships. The championships took place July 31-August 6 in Ottawa. In the open age championships, Ottawa’s Cameron Smedley was the most dominant performer of the day, confirming his status as Canada’s top male slalom paddler, winning gold in the Men’s C-1 as well...

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B.C. paddlers ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games

August 4, 2017 — Twenty sprint paddlers from eight clubs are wrapping up training as they get ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. The paddling competition begins on Monday, August 7 and takes place at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre. Leading the team is Games veteran Alex Brent (Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club) who competed at the 2013 Games in Sherbrooke and...

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B.C. paddlers set to compete at 2017 Canadian Canoe Kayak Whitewater Championships

July 25, 2017 — Eight B.C. paddlers from the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence (CCE) go for gold this weekend at the 2017 Canadian Canoe Kayak Whitewater Championships. Taking place in Ottawa at the Pumphouse, the event will crown champions in four age categories from August 4-6. Representing B.C. from CCE are: Cadet Men (ages 12-14) Finn Wakeling (Port Moody) Junior Women (ages 15-18) Madison...

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Team BC wins 53 medals at North American Indigenous Games

July 25, 2017 — Team BC's paddlers brought home 53 medals from the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto last week. Their impressive results helped Team BC to win the Overall Team title at the end of Games. During the three days of competition, Team BC earned 21 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 21 bronze medals. Among Team BC's top medal winners were:...

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Canadian Surfski Championships this Saturday in Squamish

July 13, 2017 — Over 100 surfski paddlers from around the world are getting ready for Saturday's Canadian Surfski Championships (CSC) in Squamish, BC. CKBC member club, Squamish Paddling Club, is among the presenting sponsors for the event. The CSC is a point-to-point, mass start, downwind surfski race. The 21 km race route tests paddlers’ skills and stamina as it runs downwind through the heart of...

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Team BC training underway in Whistler

July 7, 2017 — 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...

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Over $27,500 raised in 2017 CKBC Paddle-A-Thon

July 3, 2017 — Five CKBC clubs raised $27,630.19 for much needed equipment and programs during the 2017 Canoe Kayak BC Paddle-A-Thon. Each club hosted a paddle-a-thon event in their community in conjunction with paddlers collecting donations. 2017 Participating Clubs: Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club: $2,475 False Creek Sprint Canoe Club: $15,889.19 Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club: $5,772 Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club: $1,435...

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Finley Capstick competes at Slalom World Cup in Germany

July 3, 2017 — Chilliwack Centre of Excellence's Finley Capstick competed at this weekend's Slalom World Cup Slalom in Markleeberg, Germany. The event featured both traditional slalom and extreme slalom. Capstick competed in both events, finishing 66th in men's K1 slalom and 24th in extreme slalom. The Extreme Slalom is a new addition to the World Cup circuit. It features a head-to-head format where four...

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Women’s Canoe added to Olympic Canoe Kayak program, bringing gender equity

June 12, 2017 — Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to share the news that for the first time in Tokyo 2020, Canoe Kayak Sprint and Slalom will have a gender-balanced Olympic program.Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to share the news that for the first time in Tokyo 2020, Canoe Kayak Sprint and Slalom will have a gender-balanced Olympic program. The International Olympic Committee has...

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Huge thank-you from CKBC

May 31, 2017 — 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...

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Twenty B.C. paddlers named to Canada Summer Games team

May 31, 2017 — Twenty canoe and kayak paddlers from nine B.C. clubs have been named to the 2017 Canada Summer Games team. The athletes, ranging in age from 13 to 20, were named to Team BC following trials in Kamloops on May 27. Leading the squad is Team BC veteran Alex Brent (Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club) who competed at the 2013 Games...

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Team BC unveils custom art to unite athletes at Games

May 17, 2017 — This summer, Team BC athletes will represent our province at two major multi-sport Games - the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg and the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. The organizers of the two Team BC contingents are excited to unveil a custom art design that was commissioned to celebrate the spirit of teamwork and cooperation. While both...

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Team BC announces Canoe/Kayak teams for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

May 12, 2017 — Team BC is pleased to announce its official Canoe/Kayak rosters for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto, Ontario. Team BC held its initial selection camp in Seabird Island at the BC Aboriginal Canoe/Kayak Championships on September 17 and 18, 2016 where 102 athletes competed for spots on the Team BC Development Squad; at the spring selection camps...

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Brendan Curson joins Chilliwack Centre of Excellence as head coach

April 19, 2017 — The Chilliwack Centre of Excellence is thrilled to welcome Brendan Curson as their new head coach. Brendan has been involved in the sport of kayaking as an athlete and coach for the past 30 years. During that time he has built a reputation nationally and internationally as a positive and driven coach, leader, and educator. For the last 10 years, Brendan has been...

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Wes Hammer honoured as coach of the year by viaSport

April 13, 2017 — Last night at the 2017 BC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions, Wes Hammer (Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club) was presented with the 2016 B.C. Regional/Provincial Coach of the Year award. Founded by the Coaches Association of BC and funded by the Bob Bearpark Foundation, the Coach of the Year Awards were created to recognize the history and dedication to...

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Celebrating CKBC's sibling paddlers

April 10, 2017 — Today is Siblings Day - a day to honour your brother(s) and sister(s). So we thought we'd get to know a few of our paddling siblings. First up is 19 year old Maksym Kryworuchko from the Chilliwack Center of Excellence. He and his brother Jakob are whitewater paddlers who medaled at last year's Canadian Championships. Who started paddling first?Me Who...

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Message to Canoe Kayak BC members regarding cross-border events

March 29, 2017 — Dear members: Recently our Board of Directors discussed the changes in US border policy. The impacts of the new US Travel ban are being negatively felt by many Canadians from diverse backgrounds. Some, in particular, are experiencing heightened “profiling” with intrusion into their electronic devices and requests for passwords, are being held, fingerprinted, rejected and some are banned. Canadian School...

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Corey Stewart honoured with Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport

March 23, 2017 — The 2016 Premier's Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented Tuesday evening to twelve outstanding Aboriginal youth athletes from British Columbia, including Pitt Meadows Paddling Club's Corey Stewart. The awards were presented by Gordon Hogg, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Sport, during a formal celebration held during the opening ceremonies of the Gathering Our Voices Youth Conference at the Delta Grand...

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Laura Said honoured with provincial award

March 13, 2017 — Congratulations 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...

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Provincial sprint team testing concludes

March 9, 2017 — Following fall and winter testing, CKBC is pleased to announce the four sprint paddlers who showed the greatest overall improvement. Their scores were based on improvement to the Gold Medal Standard. Junior  Female: Melody Oh (Ridge):  +20.33% overall improvement Male: Alex Demishkevich (Kamloops): +51.0% overall improvement Senior Female: Lydia Keefe Sampson (Chinook): +19.5% overall improvement Male: Corey Stewart (Pitt Meadows): +22.9% overall improvement...

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John Edwards wins World Paddling Award for Lifetime Achievement

February 21, 2017 — Canoe Kayak Canada ~ John Edwards has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Canoe Federation’s World Paddling Awards. Edwards is Chair of the ICF’s Paracanoe Committee and was the driving force behind moving Paracanoe to inclusion in the Paralympic Games. He served as Canoe Kayak Canada’s Domestic Development Director from 1999 to 2015 where he led the...

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Graham Barton to take the reins as Canoe Kayak Canada’s new Chief Technical Officer

January 3, 2017 — Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to announce that Graham Barton will return to lead the technical side of its organization. Barton was Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Director for eleven years from 1999 to 2010, as well as a high performance coach and athlete. He spent the last six years working at Own the Podium as a High Performance Adviser....

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