Learning Opportunity through University of SK Kayak Club

Scott Forbes, former player and coach with Team Canada Canoe Polo will be doing workshops in Saskatoon on November 26th at the U of S pool in the Campus Rec building, hosted by the U of S Kayak Club. Scott joins us from Winnipeg and brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to us after many years competing at the International level. Any interested kayakers are welcome to join us, even if they are new to the game, however space is limited. Workshop times are TBA. There will be a small fee for participants who are not current U of S club members. For more information contact Kendra Worman at...

Job Opportunity!

Executive Director – Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan Position: Executive Director Reports to: Board of Directors, Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan Location: Saskatoon or Regina. Other major Saskatchewan centers may be considered. Job type: Full Time Application Deadline: October 18th, 2017 Scope of Position The Executive Director is responsible for managing all aspects of service and support within Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan including administration, aligning resources, and working effectively with delivery partners. Core Competencies • Initiative – Proven ability to take initiative, Identifying and dealing with issues proactively, seizing opportunities; • Communication – Effective listening skills, proven oral and written communication presentation skills and fosters open communication, including the ability to develop and oversee the policy development; • Planning and Organizing – Superior organization skills, defining tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, ensuring the optimal use of resources; • Adaptability – Readily adapts and adjusts behavior to effectively and efficiently deal with new information, changing situations and environments; • Team Leadership – Ability to work with a minimum of supervision and advanced teamwork skills with the capacity to work collaboratively with others to achieve common goals and positive results; • Organizational and Environmental Awareness – Understands the workings, structure and culture of the organization as well as the political, social and economic issues. Additional Competencies • Stewardship of Resources – Management skills necessary to effectively steward the organization’s resources, both human and financial, within the organization’s budget; • Creative Thinking – Demonstrates creative thinking, questions conventional approaches, explores alternatives and responds to challenges with innovative solutions; • Developing Others – Actively creates a supportive environment fostering the development of others; • Influence – Superior...

Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan is hiring!

CANOE KAYAK SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCIAL COACH – NORTH ORGANIZATION Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan (CKS) is the provincial sport governing body for the sport of canoe-kayak in the province. CKS promotes participation in canoe-kayak sports and advances excellence through development, funding and support for athletes; coaches; officials; and volunteers in Saskatchewan. DESCRIPTION Working in partnership with CKS and the Provincial Coach-South, the Provincial Coach-North will primarily be responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the provincial sprint high-performance training program. This will include developmental programs aimed at increasing the pool of high-performance athletes at the Saskatoon Racing Canoe Club and northern paddling clubs in the province. COMPETENCIES The following competencies will be assessed through both a written assignment and an oral interview: • Ability to communicate effectively, in writing and in a team • Developing others • Adaptability • Creative thinking • Decision making • Planning and organizing • Team leadership • Analytical thinking • Initiative CERTIFICATIONS • NCCP Competition Development is required. • Successful applicants will need to provide: o Criminal record and vulnerable sector check, current within 3 months o Respect in Sport certification number TERMS AND CONDITIONS • The preferred employment agreement will run from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020 • This is a full time, salaried, position • The provincial coach-north will be based out of Saskatoon and will report to the CKS Executive Director • The provincial coach must be available to work flexible work hours including weekends and evenings • Travel is required at the local, provincial, and national level • Submitted applications will be kept on file for future job postings and opportunities...

Saskatchewan Family honored by True Sport

Vincent Family – True Sport Award Presentation – K. Levit Photo Mom, Fiona Vincent (a former paddler in past Games), represents the Vincent’s home province of Saskatchewan; son, Fearghus was Coach of Team Yukon; son, Kenzie, makes Manitoba home and is a Coordinator at the Athletes Village; while sister Lexy – who won a silver medal in 200m right before the Standing O! – is part of Team Ontario.   Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan caught up with Kasey Liboiron of True Sport to find out about the presentation they made to the Vincent family at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg:   She tells us that True Sport was “… promoting an initiative called “True Sport Moments”, where we were asking athletes, coaches, officials, parents and participants to send us stories/moments throughout the Games that exemplified one or more of our True Sport Principles (Go For It, Play Fair, Keep if Fun, Respect Others, Stay Health, Include Everyone and Give Back).” Now, many in Saskatchewan are aware of the ways that the Vincent family embodies these values and it was through this submission process that True Sport was “… sent the story of how the Vincent’s [were enjoying] a family reunion in Winnipeg [while also being] able to celebrate their favorite sport, Canoe-Kayak.”  Liboiron shared that True Sport “… was super inspired about this because True Sport is founded on the notion that GOOD SPORT can make a great difference, it’s all about bringing community and family together; and the Vincent’s showed us just that!”  ...

Paddling North – Guest Post by Fiona Vincent

    Thanks for checking back in – The summer racing season is in full swing and we have been eagerly watching all the results and growth our membership is seeing. This post is special as it is written by elite marathon paddler, coach and Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan board member, Fiona Vincent. We hope you enjoy!                           Paddling North Mike (Vincent) and I were invited to Canada’s far north to work with the North West Territories (NWT), North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) team. We were hosted by the East Three Canoe Club. We arrived in Inuvik, on Inuvaliuk day; a bright Monday morning in June. We were amazed, as we flew in, by the amount of water that covered the land. We are told that 70% of Canada is made up of water, but the number does not really make an impact until you see the country from above. There are rivers, streams, and small lakes as far as the eye can see – in every direction. It’s a paddler’s mecca!!   Mike with an Inuksuk                                     Shona Barber, one of two, NWT Coaches for the NAIG games hosted in Welland July 16-23, greeted us as we came off the plane. Driving into Inuvik, Shona shared with us the enthusiasm of the community and the plan for the next few days. With the ice having just left the lake the previous week, we were reminded that the young paddlers had...