Published on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 03:21
Follow the link to the Apr.24.17 WO Newsletter
Published on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:56
Good day WO member (current or past),
Whitewater Ontario and whitewater clubs have been making great strides this Spring. The following is just a sampling of news pieces.
They did a 4 week training camp in February-March which finished in Pau (France). Why Pau? We were able to share the slots with some of the best nations in slalom, the course, accommodation and flight was cheap. The athletes funded this themselves. In 2 weeks, we will have 11 athletes of the 2 training groups at the National Team Trials in Kananaskis Canmore with the majority of them trying for National Team then onto the international stage. We will have 3 senior athletes + the 11 juniors, so 14 athletes of WO will represent Ontario at the trial. More info and photos in May e-Newsletter.
If you have info for the May e-Newsletter - please forward to the office. In the meantime, we hope to see you on a river.
- Dave, Eric, Celeste, Cale, Sherri, Scott, Kathleen, Anthony, Donna, Jen, Carolyn, Marc, John, Dave, Jennifer, Andy, and Carley, (the WO Board of Directors & Staff)
Published on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 21:32
MACKfest is April 8/9, 2017.
The home-base venue is Bunkers Restaurant (aka Iron Grill) located at 239 Station Rd. , Marmora, On.
Breakfast is available for purchase on Saturday morning. There will be an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet Saturday night, raffles, draw prizes, silent auction and a social. There is an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday morning.
Dinner buffet and entry (+ 3 complimentary draw tickets) is $20.
Breakfast buffet is $10.
Paddler's are encouraged to meet at Bunkers on Saturday morning for river wiki, join-a-group and shuttle arranging. Coffee will be provided.
Got stuff to sell? Bring that too.
Camping is available at Bunkers for $10/person/night for tents and trailers or anything else you want to use to sleep in.
Published on Sunday, 15 January 2017 22:08
Whitewater Ontario is scheduling a General Meeting for a couple of provincial and club relevant items. It is open to all members.
- Tuesday January 24th, 2017
- Go To Meeting - Online TeleConference
1) NEW ADHOC POSITION FOR 2017
We are accepting nominations for a position of AdHoc Director.
2) NAME CHANGE of MWWP
There is a proposal to change the name from Minden "Wild Water" Preserve to the Minden "Whitewater" Preserve.
Please indicate your participation by completing the Special Meeting registration form, link provided below:
If you wish you can also send an email of your intentions on:
1) proxy vote or
2) note of support or against MWWP name change
If attending, Donna will forward the meeting coordinates a day prior to the Jan.24th meeting.
If you have any questions, drop me a line.
Published on Monday, 24 October 2016 16:13
"Some sad news for the paddling community. Heinz Poenn passed away yesterday
morning in Little Current, Ontario. Three days ago he suffered a massive stroke
and had been unresponsive since then. All of his family was with him. He had
been in hospital since earlier in the week.
Arrangements have not yet been finalized, but he will be buried next to Edith in
Toronto (Royal York / Dixon Roads area). The tentative plan is that there will
be a funeral in Toronto on Saturday, likely with visitation on Friday."
Funeral Arrangements for Heinz Poenn
Visitation Friday 28th, evening, 7 - 9 pm
Butler Chapel of the Turner and Porter Funeral Home; 4933 Dundas St w. Etobicoke, ON M9A 1B6
Service at the funeral home on Saturday 29th, 9:00 am followed by burial at
Sanctuary Park Cemetery 1570 Royal York Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9P 3C4
Note: There will be a reception back at the funeral home after that, approximately 11:00 am.
We have a site set up for people to make comments, pay respects/tributes to Heinz.
"Heinz will be greatly missed. He was a very talented paddler, an Olympian in
1972. He was an extremely nice man with a good sense of humour and great
patience and understanding for young paddlers. He was very generous with his
time and knowledge and was instrumental in developing paddlers in Ontario,
making the province a major power in Canadian slalom. My thoughts are with
Dieter, and the family."
Heinz was WO pioneer and an individual who played a huge role in the development of canoe slalom in Ontario.
I met Heinz several times over the years. He enjoyed himself immensely at the Pan Ams in 2015 and had the chance to reacquaint himself with Jean-Michel Prono from France who was the Chief Judge at last year’s event.
Just last year at the Pan Am Games on the Gull, Heinz came by with Dieter - he had some advice on how to make a better move on this tight course - he was glowing! Kayaking is his life and even more so: coaching slalom. I had the honour of interviewing Heinz (and Roger) about the Gull and the early days of Slalom (as Venue announcer) His mind was sharp as if it was yesterday. The passion so large there were tears in his eyes.
With Heinz goes the beginning of paddling in Canada. A class act.
Claudia Van Wijk
Heinz was a great asset to our small slalom community back in the old days. He was helpful with his advice using his blunt direct style. I certainly appreciated his assistance figuring out certain moves on race courses many times. I know he worked really hard for us behind the scenes at team trials, training camps and national championships. Honestly, I don't know how we would have kept it all going without his hard constant work along with a few other key players. As a west coaster I am really grateful for his dedication to our racing teams. Please give my warmest regards to Dieter and his family. I am sorry for their loss. Sending out some hugs all around.
I have such fond memories of Heinz’s distinct waddling gait and his huge smile. My thoughts go out to Dieter and the rest of the paddling community who loved him, specially to those of us active in the seventies, eighties and nineties in which he devoted so much time and energy with as a coach and mentor as someone who endlessly gave back.
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