Jarret Kenke a finalist for SaskSport 2017 Male Athlete of the Year!

Jarret Kenke • 23 • Saskatoon • Canoe Kayak Nominated by Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan Placed 15th against athletes from 35 nations at the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in the K1 Men 500m. Placed 8th in the B-Final with an overall ranking of 17th against 32 athletes from 65 countries at the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint Junior and Under 23 World Championships in the Men’s U23 K2 1000m. Placed 27th against 41 athletes from 22 countries at the Canoe Sprint World Cup 2 in the Men’s K2 1000m. Placed 12th and 23rd in the Men’s K2 1000 and Men’s K1 5000m, respectively, at the 2017 Canoe Sprint World Cup. At the 2017 Canoe Kayak Canada Senior National Team Trials, Jarret was the top ranked athlete in the Men’s Kayak 1000m out of the competing seven provinces. He won gold in the Senior Men’s K1 1000m and Senior Men’s K2 1000m, and placed 5th in the Senior Men’s K1...

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...

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...

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...