OTTAWA – CanoeKayak Canada formally recognized several of its coaches through award presentations held at its Annual Summit and Coaches Conference in Ottawa on Saturday night.
Jon Pike of Maskwa Aquatic Club in Halifax, NS was the winner of CanoeKayak Canada’s CEO’s Award. This award is in recognition of a coach going above and beyond to contribute to the advancement of CanoeKayak in addition to their regular coaching duties. Jon has been involved as a coach for the Olympic Hopes Regatta and the Junior Academy Camps. He has served on committees in the Atlantic Division and was involved with a program for youth recovering from addiction. He receintly led Maskwa to its best ever showing at the Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships. CEO Casey Wade presented Pike with the award.
Club Development Award
Mike Holroyd of Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak was the winner of the Club Development Award. Holoroyd has played an instrumental role in developing the sport in clubs across Alberta.
He has spearheaded many initiatives to get more people into the sport and has developed year-round training programs for paddlers of a wide variety of ages and abilities.
Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards
Frédéric Jobin and Mark Granger were both recipients the Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards through the Coaching Association of Canada. Jobin coached Mark de Jonge to a gold medal in the Men’s K1 200m (Olympic event) at the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships for a second year in a row. Mark Granger coached Émilie Fournel to a World bronze medal in the Women’s K1 5000m. The awards were originally presented by the Coaching Association of Canada at their Sport Leadership Conference on November 14.
Coach Recognition Award Winners
Coaches whose athletes were selected to a National Team this year or achieved a gold medal at National Championships received the Coach Recognition Award. A total of 43 coaches in sprint, slalom and canoe polo were awarded with 18 coaches winning the award for the first time.
|Coach||Club / Affiliation||Discipline|
|*Adrienne Keene||Senobe (Dartmouth, NS)||Sprint|
|*Andres Carranco||Rideau (Ottawa, ON)||Sprint|
|*Bevin Schmidt||Ottawa River (ON)||Sprint|
|*Brad Cameron||Women’s Polo National Training Squad||Polo|
|*Bridget Irwin||Rideau (Ottawa, ON)||Sprint|
|*Eve Gaumond||Lac Sergent (QC)||Sprint|
|*Helen Savin||Richmond Hill (ON)||Sprint|
|*Jill D’Alessio||Banook (Dartmouth, NS)||Sprint|
|*Keegan Smith||Central Alberta Paddling Excellence (AB)||Polo|
|*Kyle Polsfut||Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers (AB)||Polo|
|*Kyle Saganiuk||Pinch O Crow Creekers (Pincher Creek, AB)||Slalom|
|*Nicole Haywood||Rideau (Ottawa, ON)||Sprint|
|*Peter Polyzotis||Balmy Beach (Toronto, ON)||Sprint|
|*Reid Farquharson||Rideau (Ottawa, ON)||Sprint|
|*Stuart Wilson||Rideau (Ottawa, ON)||Sprint|
|*Tom Miller||Cheema (Waverley, NS)||Sprint|
|*Trevor Braun||Yukon (Whitehorse, YK)||Slalom|
|Adam Oldershaw||Burloak (Oakville, ON)||Sprint|
|Brian Hammer||Pitt Meadows (BC)||Sprint|
|Chris Chaisson||Mic Mac (Dartmouth, NS)||Sprint|
|Edgar Garza||Calgary (AB)||Sprint|
|Fred Loyer||Cascades (Chelsea, QC)||Sprint|
|Hunter George||Burloak (Oakville, ON)||Sprint|
|Jerome Seremak||Toba (Winnipeg, ON)||Sprint|
|Jon Allen||Chilliwack Center of Excellence||Slalom|
|Jonathan Pike||Maskwa (Halifax, NS)||Sprint|
|Kyle Jeffery||Mississauga (ON)||Sprint|
|Louis-Philipe Legare||Valleyfield Centre d’Excellence (QC)||Slalom|
|Lucy Radanova||Maskwa (Halifax, NS)||Sprint|
|Mari Ellery||Balmy Beach (Toronto, ON)||Sprint|
|Mathieu Pelletier||Trois-Rivières (QC)||Sprint|
|Michal Staniszewski||National Slalom Tea Head Coach||Slalom|
|Mike Holroyd||Alberta Slalom CanoeKayak||Slalom|
|Mike Kerrivan||Cheema (Waverley, NS)||Sprint|
|Paul Manning-Hunter||Alberta Slalom CanoeKayak||Slalom|
|Peter Martinek||Balmy Beach (Toronto, ON)||Sprint|
|Piotr Majewski||Ridge (Maple Ridge, BC)||Sprint|
|Rob Baert||Senobe (Dartmouth, NS)||Sprint|
|Samuel Raiche||Lachine (QC)||Sprint|
|Scott Oldershaw||Burloak (Oakville, ON)||Sprint|
|Spencer Pomeroy||CKC Development Coach||Slalom|
|Tamas Buday Sr||Mississauga (ON)||Sprint|
|Wade Farquharson||Rideau (Ottawa, ON)||Sprint|
CanoeKayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. The organization’s vision is to be a Canadian sport for families, communities and champions. From supporting clubs to developing a competitive National Team, CanoeKayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.