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 has many highlights and memories from her paddling days.
Club: Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club
Years: 1999 – 2010 (competing athlete), 2007 – 2014 (coaching at Ridge or Team BC teams)
Why were you in BC?
I was in BC as this is where I grew up and it was always a great environment to paddle year long due to the mild winters. As I grew older and had to compete with other girls of my level, I did do some paddling in Alberta as well, but always came home to BC to compete for my home club (Ridge) for Nationals etc.
Paddling Career Highlights:
Coaching Career highlights:
Favorite Paddling memories:
What are you doing now?
Canoe Kayak BC is the Provincial Sport Organization for the paddle sports and actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in them. Members include competitive athletes, developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of the sport. The association's mission enourages and promotes personal growth and success for our members through participation and performance in paddle sports.