We would like to express our gratitude to our Sport Legacy Partner: Support4Sport.
Working together with the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation’s Support4Sport Program has opened many doors for the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada and Lake Banook. This exciting partnership has helped us to install a new return lane on the lake in time for Nationals! This return lane will take the Lake Banook racing course from a Grade “B” course to a Grade “A”. Having a Grade “A” course will give Nova Scotia the opportunity to host more international events, and make training for our athletes, and local competitions better than ever!
The installation of our return lane provides a better competition as it blocks the waves from the traffic of other boats going up the race course. This makes competitors less likely to receive water interference from other participants.
Since 2006, the Support4Sport Program, administered by Sport Nova Scotia, has contributed more than $31 million to amateur sport in Nova Scotia, making it the most significant source of funding for amateur sport in the province. The Support4Sport program is a designated ticket lottery program where each time a designated ticket lottery product is sold, 100 per cent of the proceeds help Nova Scotian's get in the game.
“We are thrilled our support will help with the installation of the new return lane"- Sport Legacy Partner Bob MacKinnon, President and CEO of the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation.
On behalf of all of our Canadian athletes we send a huge return lane-length thank you to Support4Sport!
Nationals would not be possible without the tireless commitment and work of our Committee Members. Thank you to the many volunteer members who passionately devote their time to planning Nationals.
Host Organizing Committee
Bob Russell, Co-Chair
LA Dempster, Co-Chair
Ned Russell, Financial Controller
David Graham, Chair of Technical Requirements
Trish Vardy, Chair of Marketing, Communications, & Public Relations
Ian Mortimer, Director of Domestic Development Canoe Kayak Canada
Ted Roworth, 2017 Host Organizing Committee
Ian Scott, Chair of Corporate Sponsorship & Government Relations
Karen Swan, Chair of Ceremonies & Social Requirements
Tracy White, General Manager
Shannon Kennedy, Associate Organizer 2016 Nationals
Anne Marie Schaus, Volunteer Management; Barry Ring, Results Management & Communications; David Lombardi, Water Course; Don Mosher, Officials; Fred Van Horne, Water Course; Mark Ring, Safety & Security; Paul Barry, Venue; Peter Lombardi, Facilities Manager; and Tracy White, General Manager.
Marketing, Communications and Public Relations
Austin Denman, Emma Keevill, John Leahy, Kristi Strowbridge, Laura Tupper-Ring, Maggie Schiebel, Shannon Kennedy, Tracy White, and Victoria Turpin.
Sponsorship & Government Relations
Karen Furneaux, Three-time Olympian; Kaitlin McCoombes; Laura Tupper-Ring; Mark de Jonge, 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist; and Tracy White.
Ceremonies & Social Requirements
Claudette Clattenburg, Cora Lee Murrin-Beauchamp, Debra Vieth-Morse, Heather Corrian, Hannah Vaughn, and Hannah MacIntosh.
At the age of 13, Mark de Jonge was introduced to kayaking shortly after moving to Halifax. His parents registered him to paddle at Maskwa Aquatic Club to meet more children his age. His passion for the sport grew over the years, but you can still find Mark training at his home club on Kearney Lake.
Now, with nearly two decades of paddling experience behind him, Mark's dedication to the sport has helped him achieve many milestones. He is among the best paddlers in the world.
However, that is not to say that he hasn't faced trials. Mark did not qualify for both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. But, he continued to train and Mark won a spot on the 2012 Canadian Olympic team, when the London Olympic Committee added the Men's K1 200m Sprint. Mark paddled hard, and won the bronze medal for the K1 200m and also received a bronze medal in the Men's K2 200m.
Since then, Mark has continued to paddle his way onto the podium. In 2013 he won his first World Cup gold medal and finished second at the ICF World Championships by just 0.03 of a second.
Mark won a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Men’s K4 1000m. In 2014, Mark set a best-ever K1 200m time in an ICF event before claiming the world title. He followed up with the title in 2015, making Mark the first male to win back-to-back titles since 2003. Earlier that summer he won the Men's K1 200m gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and added a bronze medal in the K2 200m.
Mark has qualified for the Men's K1 200m in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Good luck Mark, your Nova Scotian family is cheering for you as you go paddle for Canada!
Hey Junior Athletes, we are hosting the annual Junior Dance to help you celebrate the end of Nationals!
Join us on September 4, at the Dartmouth Sportsplex (110 Wyse Rd, Dartmouth) where we will have a MuchMuisc Video Dance. The dance runs from 8 pm – 12 am.
Tickets are available for $20, and can be picked up at the Welcome Centre during Nationals. You can also pre-order your tickets in groups of ten. For every ten pre-ordered tickets that your club orders, your club must provide one named chaperone that will accompany the ten to the dance.
To keep the festivities going, there will be pizza, snacks, and drinks available for purchase on site! You don’t want to miss this.
Volunteers are a huge part of the success of Nationals. We need 750 volunteers over six days to ensure that all aspects of the event run smoothly. We are looking for a variety of roles including: On-Site Helpers, Road Closure Volunteers, Runners, Owls Club Set-Up/ Clean-Up, First Aid Volunteer, Help/Welcome Area, and Officials Boat Drivers.
Volunteering is an excellent way to learn more about the sport of Canoe Kayak, gain valuable skills, meet new people and get the chance to witness incredible!
Lunch will be provided daily to all volunteers and a t-shirt will be given to any volunteer who works 3 (or more) shifts!
Please click here for more information. We hope to see you there.
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We would like to thank all of our Sponsors. Their generous commitments are making this event possible. Keep a look out for more information on our valued sponsors.