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...

Made in Saskatchewan – The one of a kind canoe.

Mike Vincent, of the Regina Marathon Canoe Club, is a world class paddler and avid boat person. He is eager to learn and discuss anything, and everything about paddling. It is through these conversations that his idea for this special boat took shape. Sharing his ideas and thoughts with Martin Bernardin, owner and boat builder of the Kisseynew Canoe Company, found in LaRonge Saskatchewan, the two started to bounce ideas back and forth. Both Mike and Martin share a passion for making canoes travel more efficiently through the water and have spent hours, and hours of their lives honing this skill. The idea for an efficient Saskatchewan Made canoe finally took shape in the winter of 2017, when Martin put his engineering mind to work and designed the boat. A few more suggestions, changes, edits and the final design emerged. Martin had the forms made and Mike picked them up, from a local Regina company (we did say this is a Sask made boat after all). Then the work began; strip by strip the plug (what the form for the boat will be crafted out of) started to emerge in the Vincent’s garage. As with most things in the paddling community, the whole Vincent family got involved. They all had a go at taking out staples and romanticizing about the finished product and the speed it would travel. A few more hours, and the finished plug was heaved onto the top of the van and began its journey north. The long- anticipated transfer happened in a parking lot in Saskatoon, where Martin joyfully took possession of the raw work...

Two athletes Named to Canadian Sprint National Team for the Summer

This past weekend Canoe Kayak Canada hosted their second set of National Team Trials in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. We would like to congratulate all the athletes who attended and competed to the best of their ability. We had representation from athletes in both Regina and Saskatoon with a number of athletes finding personal bests and learning experiences out on the race course. We would like to extend additional congratulations to Jarret Kenke, 23, of the Saskatoon Racing Canoe Club and Collin Rieger, 17, of the Wascana Racing Canoe Club as they have been named nominated to represent Canada on the International stage this summer.   Jarret Kenke, 23, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, partnered with Marshall Hughes of  Waverley, Nova Scotia, to win the Senior men’s K-2 1000m event at the trials. From his combined performances at the first and second set of trials in 2017 he has been nominated to represent Canada at both the Senior World Championships and the Under 23 World Championships. Jarret will attend the U23 World Championships in Romania looking to improve on performances from his races at this event in 2016. He will then attend his first ever Senior World Championships event in Racice, Czech Republic.     Colin Rieger, 17, of Regina, Saskatchewan placed 4th in the junior men’s K-1 500 meter event and has been selected to race in the two and four person events at his first ever Junior World Championships. Colin has dreamed of wearing the Maple Leaf and is very excited for the opportunity to represent his country for the first time on the International stage. Colin will also be...

Free Paddling Opportunity

Free Kayak Lesson!                                   Join the Saskatoon Racing Canoe Club in Stonebridge, on June 3rd from 11am-2pm for a free kayak lesson on the pond. All ages. Equipment provided. All you have to do is come ready to paddle! Blair Nelson Park, Saskatoon https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Blair+Nelson+Park,+Victor+Rd,+Saskatoon,+SK+S7T+1C9/@52.0767193,-106.6215162,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x5304f1a6bc0d6cf3:0x30216bc6fbe393c6!8m2!3d52.0763721!4d-106.6184163 Visit the Saskatoon Racing Canoe Club website or email saskrcc@gmail.com for more...

Canada Summer Games Trials Information

                                      Event Information This competition will be used to determine nominations for membership on the 2017 Canada Summer Games Canoe/Kayak Team. The date of the trials is Saturday June 17th, 2017. Races will begin at 9 am. The venue will be Wascana Lake in Regina.   Competition Specifics The format will include individual starts for the 200m, 500m and 1000m races. Based on the results of the individual starts, the fastest nine athletes will be seeded into a 9-boat final.   If there are 9 or less athletes entered in these events, there will be no individual starts and the event will go straight to a final. The nominations to the team will be based on Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan’s, Canada Summer Games Selection Criteria.  The criteria can be found here.  The competition is open to all athletes registered with a recognized sprint member club whose permanent residence has been in Saskatchewan for at least 180 days prior to the trials (December 19, 2016) and who will be under 21 years of age as of January 1st, 2017 (birth year 1996 or later). To be eligible to compete, all entrants must be a member in good standing with their club and with Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan. To be eligible to compete, all entrants must complete and submit an entry form.  The athlete must sign this entry form or their legal guardian sign where the athlete is less than 18 years of age. To be eligible to compete, all entrants must be approved by their...

Paddling Literacy Program Development Opportunity

We are hiring for a short-term contract, to develop a paddling literacy program for our provincial and member club programs. The goal of the program will be to provide a comprehensive and holistic paddling program which teaches participants water safety and fundamental skills for paddling any type of boat. The program will provide a background on fundamental elements that every participant should learn, lesson plans for a 5-day camp environment, skill break down/explanations as well as drills to encourage the learning process, coach to athlete ratios. In addition to the priorities mentioned, a tie back to the long-term athlete development model and fundamental skills that should be developed by all youth are a priority. The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, a willingness to reach out and ask questions, experience in multiple types of paddling, able to accomplish tasks without direct supervision. Coaching certifications and program and or project development experience are considered an asset. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with an ability to demonstrate their experience completing a task, of this nature, within a designated time frame. The successful candidate with produce the following products by the end of the six-week project: 1. A description of the Paddling Literacy Program based on research of similar programs and the CKC LTAD model and the basic elements that each paddler will learn by the end of the instructional period (camp); 2. A description of the skills to be learned and the drills to teach each skill; 3. Detailed lesson plans for each component/module of the camp; 4. A description of the human and other...

Canoe Kids Coaching Course

    IS HOSTING A CANOE KIDS COACHING COURSE WHEN: MAY 13, 2017 WHERE: PRINCE ALBERT INN: 3680 – 2nd Avenue West, Prince Albert.  IN THE BUFFALO CONFERENCE ROOM COST: $200  SEE THE EVENT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE OR FIND OUR EVENT AT https://thelocker.coach.ca/calendar EVENT...

Part-Time Summer Supervisor position at Nickle Lake

The Weyburn and District Canoe and Kayak Club (WDCKC) is looking for part – time paddling supervisors this summer at Nickle Lake, Saskatchewan.  The paddling supervisors will have the opportunity to rent paddling equipment and assist the head coach at the Janice Stafford Memorial Boathouse at Nickle Lake, Saskatchewan.  We strongly encourage students interested in working this summer to send their resume and cover letter to cbarsness@matrix-solutions.com prior to May 31, 2017. Position Objective To assist the head coach with paddling programs offered by WDCKC and to rent paddling equipment from the boathouse at Nickle Lake Regional Park.               Duties and Responsibilities Exhibit good interpersonal and communication skills with participants and parents Maintain an overall professional, safe, positive attitude and atmosphere Willingness to take on miscellaneous tasks, maintaining equipment and facilities, repairing equipment Support head coach development programs Ensure all participants are aware of club rules and follow all safety guidelines Ability to handle money, make receipts and keep files organized of membership and boat rental forms. Keep in contact with Board and direct supervisor regularly regarding any issues, or needs of the club, the programs or the facilities. Submit timesheets to supervisor on preset dates Experience and Certifications Student returning to school First Nations and those who identify as a visible minority are welcome to apply Strong communication and writing skills with the ability to work well in cooperation with others and alone A good swimmer Canoe Kids Respect in Sport First Aid, CPR Certification Motorboat License Excellent organizational skills the ability to work with minimal supervision Fully charged cell phone –...

Weyburn and District Canoe Kayak Club is hiring!

The Weyburn and District Canoe and Kayak Club (WDCKC) is looking for an enthusiastic and responsible coach for the competitive club and introductory paddle programs this summer at Nickle Lake, Saskatchewan.  The selected coach will have the opportunity to work with coaches within Saskatchewan to develop new coaching skills.  We strongly encourage anyone interested in working this summer to send their resume and cover letter to cbarsness@matrix-solutions.com prior to April 28, 2017. Position Objective To promote the development, participation and organization of canoe/kayak within Weyburn and the surrounding community including running regular programing at a club level. Duties and Responsibilities Exhibit good interpersonal and communication skills with participants and parents Possess strong technical canoe/kayak skill with the ability to impart that knowledge to people learning the sport of canoeing and kayaking Ability to work with other coaches in the province to share coaching skills back to the club and its participants. Develop program content for competitive club that complies with Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). Travels to competitions as requested by the board (competitions will be on weekends) Ensure safety and proper supervision of club participants on and off water. Coach introductory programs offered by the club Maintain an overall professional, safe, positive attitude and atmosphere while coaching Willingness to take on miscellaneous tasks, maintaining equipment and facilities, repairing equipment Facilitate improvement in participation and organization of the WDCKC on and off the water Support athlete and coach development programs for athlete and coach development Arrive 15 min prior to the beginning of scheduled sessions and stay 15 min after each session ends Prepare equipment each day prior to...