Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan Welcomes New Board Member

Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan Welcomes New Board Member

On May 10, Russell Lawrence was successfully voted to be our Whitewater Director with Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan. Russell will represent the Whitewater Discipline and will perform his volunteer role for a one year term. Over the years, Russell has been an active volunteer in the paddling community serving in board positions with the Saskatoon Canoe Club, Saskatoon Rowing Club and Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan. Russell is an Elevator Manager with P&H Milling Group in Saskatoon and is an University of Saskatchewan...
Regina Marathon Canoe Club Programming Begins!

Regina Marathon Canoe Club Programming Begins!

Lumsden Marathon Canoe Race Regina Marathon Canoe Club has begun weekday programming for Learn to Paddle, Learn to Stern and Advanced Paddling Clinics. Clinics are hosted at Wascana Lake and Wascana Creek. On Saturdays, paddlers converge at the Merv Woods Boathouse located in Lumsden at Qu’Appelle River. Paddlers embark on a Qu’Appelle River Quest that is focused on specific technique or distance development. This spring, they will be hosting their SK Points series Rookie Race (June 1st) and SK Points series Lumsden Marathon Race (June 15th). Learn more about their exciting programming at...
Wascana Racing Canoe Club Hosting CanoeKids Course!

Wascana Racing Canoe Club Hosting CanoeKids Course!

Wascana Racing Canoe Club has announced that they are hosting the Canoe Kayak Canada’s CanoeKids course in Regina on May 25th. Those taking this course will receive information about teaching introductory canoe/kayak programs and will be certified to teach the Canoe Kids Program. Learn more about how you can further benefit your community and sport by clicking below. Brochure and Registration...
Yorkton Canoe & Kayak Club

Yorkton Canoe & Kayak Club

YCKC offers a full assortment of on-water programs in 2019! Programming includes: CompetitiveLearn to PaddleRecreationalDragonFitPaddleFitCanoeKidsPaddleAllSchool and Business TripsDragon Boat Competition Learn more at...
Yorkton Canoe & Kayak Club Canoe Kids Program is now Open for Registration

Yorkton Canoe & Kayak Club Canoe Kids Program is now Open for Registration

Registration now open for Yorkton Canoe & Kayak Club “Canoe Kids” Program. The Canoe Kids program is designed to: Be fun!Help children develop water safety awareness and skills.Help children develop confidence on the water.Provide children an opportunity to paddle and socialize with their friends in a team environment.Build overall motor skills. Learn more at...
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan Welcomes New Board Member

Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan Welcomes New Board Member

On April 14, Erin Jackson was successfully voted to be Coaches and Officials Director with Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan. Erin will join our Standing Director Committee and will perform her volunteer role for a two year term. She is a mother of two paddlers in the Wascana Racing Canoe Club and is very active in fundraising activities for the clubs. She has assisted as a volunteer during medal presentations and result tabulations at the Canada Day and Divisional regattas. Outside the sport, she has experience managing minor hockey teams and organized fundraisers for ringette teams. She has also been involved with School Community Councils for the last 7 years holding Secretary, Vice Chair and Co-Chair positions, both in Regina and in Calgary. As Co-Chair in Calgary she coordinated with the School Board on complex boundary and school capacity issues. Professionally, she is employed as a federal public servant within the RCMP as a Recruiting...

11th Annual Churchill River Whitewater Festival

For last year’s festival theme we were looking back on the great times that we had over the first decade that the festival has been running. The thing that really struck us last year was all the young new faces and youthful energy at the festival. It really made us realize that a whole new generation of paddlers are beginning to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and amazing paddling of Saskatchewan’s north. Keeping this in mind and given the fact that the festival is now in it’s second decade, this year we want to look forward and give back to this amazing place and community. So, we are planning to use the festival to try to revitalize the Friends of the Churchill stewardship program. The area has seen incredible growth in the number of people visiting over the past several years. While it is wonderful to see more and more people enjoying the Churchill River, it has impacted the local ecology, portage trails, and campsites in the area. We are hoping that going forward, we can use the festival as a platform for raising funds to make improvements to the area and serve as an educational tool for participants. Register Now for Early Bird Special – Ends May...
Testing athletic abilities at RBC Training Ground

Testing athletic abilities at RBC Training Ground

Do you know athletes aged 14 to 25 with speed, power, strength and endurance? #RBCTrainingGround might be for them. Free registration! Saskatchewan athletes recently tested their athletic ability at the RBC Training Ground in Saskatoon. Individuals or teams that missed the Saskatoon event should waste no time and register for this amazing no-cost opportunity in Regina! Walk-ins are also welcome. SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 9:00 am – Regina Fieldhouse Register Now! Learn more ar...
Volunteers Make the Difference – Remembering Merv Woods with Regina Marathon Canoe Club

Volunteers Make the Difference – Remembering Merv Woods with Regina Marathon Canoe Club

We all need volunteers. Volunteers are the driving force to get things done. They possess drive and initiative, they are responsible, and work on their own accord without needing to be assigned, ordered, or told what to do. They love their community and want to see it flourish and thrive. They aren’t looking for payment but relish in the success of their community. Merv Woods was one such volunteer with the Regina Marathon Canoe Club. During his time with the club he became a certified coach, and then shared his knowledge with countless paddlers, both new and old. He helped our club grow by building infrastructure, improving the management, leadership and governance of our local club as well as the provincial organization. Above all else, Merv shared his love of paddling which permeated out to all who were blessed to be around him. In recognition of his dedication to our club, the Lumsden boat house was named The Merv Woods...
Volunteers make the Difference at Saskatoon Canoe Club!

Volunteers make the Difference at Saskatoon Canoe Club!

Posted by Lauren Erickson with Saskatoon Canoe Club As a current SCC Volunteer Board Member, I  cannot think of just one person, but of all the boards of all the clubs in Saskatchewan that deserve recognition. It is a very hard job and a lot of work goes into putting on a successful paddling season. Posted by Edith MacHattie with Saskatoon Canoe Club Marathon Division I would thank all the volunteers who come out year after year to help officiate, plan and prepare for races, mentor new members, repair club equipment, and generally offer their services to the SCC Marathon Division so that we can offer great experiences for all members and those visiting us. Thank you all volunteers with Saskatoon Canoe Club who make every paddling experience one to...
Celebrating Volunteer Week – Volunteers Make the Difference at CKS!

Celebrating Volunteer Week – Volunteers Make the Difference at CKS!

An editorial by long-time CKS volunteer Bob Kary Organized canoe kayak exists in Saskatchewan only with the work of volunteers.  Volunteers play critical roles as board and committee members, as officials, in keeping clubs operational and organizing and hosting events. This is true regardless of canoe kayak discipline.   In 2018, in addition to the CKS board and committees, there were eleven registered clubs in Saskatchewan all lead by volunteer board members.  While CKS has an Executive Director to manage the multiple tasks that support and administer programs and funding, policy and program development is guided by board and committee members putting in hundreds of volunteer hours. Volunteers tend to be parents, active adult/masters members, and individuals once involved with their children in the sport who have continued to give to the paddling community. Volunteers are core to the club system. Most clubs were started by dedicated volunteers, and continue to exist because of the enthusiasm, passion for the sport and leadership of volunteers. They construct docks and boat racks, put in and take out race courses, organize and staff fundraisers and social events. Every event is organized and staffed by volunteers.  In Saskatchewan sprint racing, clubs host and ensure the success of the Season Opener (SRCC) the Canada Day Regatta (WRCC), the Yorkton Regatta (YCKC) and in alternate years, Divisional Finals (WRCC).  Additionally, there are team trials for multi-sport games, such as the WCSG and CSG.  In marathon canoe racing, multiple events are organized annually, including the Lumsden to Craven Race by the Regina Marathon Canoe Club and in Saskatoon the Cranberry Punch,  Eb’s Classic, and the Rec & Rookie...
Celebrating Our Volunteers – Wascana Racing Canoe Club

Celebrating Our Volunteers – Wascana Racing Canoe Club

Over the years there have been so many volunteers that have given their time and expertise to the Wascana Racing Canoe Club. We want to take this time to thank all individuals who have committed their time to our club. Some members of the WRCC also wanted to recognize some key individuals who have volunteered over and above the call of duty! Jerry Fense was our longest running Treasurer of over 10 years.  During that time Jerry did all the bookkeeping and was the registrar as well.  Jerry tracked work commitments and also was a avid regatta day volunteer.  Whether he was sorting bottles, working bingos or selling 50/50 Jerry always had a great attitude and a drive to make the club better.  Even after his two boys moved on from the sport, Jerry continues to volunteer at regattas and will be again volunteering at the Canadian National Championships. Bob Kary has no kids involved at all however gives of his time freely, by helping with the race course installation and removal as well as various other projects around the club.  Was commodore of WRCC for a number of years and then moved on to provide his time on the CKS board. Chris Laplante has kids have been out of the sport for about 4 years now, but still happily comes back and helps with regattas and race course work and is currently the co-chair of the nationals hosting committee. While his kids were involved he was commodore of the club and along with Bruce McLeod and Jerry Fense ensured things kept happening. Teresa Laplante has been volunteering with...
Kayaking Top of the List for Female Outdoor Activities

Kayaking Top of the List for Female Outdoor Activities

94.9% of the women surveyed strongly agreed that taking part in outdoor activities positively impacts their mental well-being. Of the eleven activities listed, it turns out women who kayak on a regular basis topped the list for feeling well mentally. Mental Wellbeing...
Cold Water Risk

Cold Water Risk

canoekayaksask In Canada, it is recommended that all paddlers of all ages always wear PFD’s when paddling on cold water. Learn more at CanoeKayakCanada http://ow.ly/bDjf50oJxJU