2016 WO Update Oct.16

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Dear WO members,



Happy fall! It seems as though the summer came and went in the blink of an

eye. We have had an incredibly exciting season with the Olympics, King of

Clubs, changes at the Minden preserve to name a few. We have put together

a fall newsletter highlighting some of these wonderful things and up and

coming events. Read on and enjoy!



*WO's Olympians!*



With the cauldron extinguished, the Rio 2016 Olympics and Para Olympics are

now over. Whitewater Ontario is immensely proud of our two Olympians Cam

Smedley and Michael Tayler. While not achieving their goals of racing in

the semi-final both Cam and Michael demonstrated some solid international

paddling and represented our sport and country in an outstanding way.

Congratulations to both of our Olympians and we wish them all the best as

they prepare for the 2017 season. See photos below.

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*ORR's New Clubhouse*



The bins have been moved, the drawings are complete, and the shovels are

ready! Make way for the new ORR clubhouse, which is slated for construction

before the snow flies. The official ground breaking ceremony will be

held Tuesday, October 11th at 11am with local politicians and dignitaries

including Mayor Watson invited to attend.


The official opening will be in August 2017 when Ottawa hosts the 2017

National Whitewater Championships.


Congratulations to ORR and long serving president Doug Corkery for his

commitment, perseverance, and dedication to making this dream a reality.

See photos below.

Hobin.Pumphouse.Ottawa-River-Runners.-Rendering-2     Hobin.Pumphouse.Ottawa-River-Runners.-Rendering-3-UPDATE


*WO Performance Training Groups - Races, training sessions and summer **camps




For canoe slalom athletes, summer is a busy time full of travel, races and

international events. This is especially true in Canada, where each trip is

a big one, over a large distance…



This year, the main event was the Olympic Games in Rio. For canoe slalom,

WO athletes, Cameron and Michael, represented team Canada. It was an

amazing experience for both paddlers and will allow them to improve their

international rankings for the next international events.



At the beginning of July, the junior and Under 23 Canoe Slalom World

Championship were held in Krakow, Poland. During their time in Poland, the

WO athletes were exposed to the reality of the level of international

competition and discovered the importance of increased commitment in order

to be competitive in the future. Upon arriving home from this event the

team has had time to rest and create a better training environment for next




There was one more big event waiting for the team back in Canada; the

National Championships in Jonquiere, Quebec. This was a great opportunity

for connecting with a historical course that can fit for an international




The results in Jonquiére were good for a national level competition. It’s

important to strive to be the National Champion in order to wrap up the

summer and the season and it helps motivate people for next season. Despite

the good results, it’s important to be aware of the work ahead of us, both

in short and long term.



Today, our sights are already set on the 2017 season. There were six WO

athletes at the final two the World Cups in Prague and Ljubljana. Today

athletes are already in the process of preparing for the national team

selection in May, 2017 and looking ahead to be competitive in Bratislava

for the Junior World Championship (July, 2017) and Pau for the Senior World

Championship (September, 2017).



WO athletes have to work hard to be competitive in the international level

and inspire young paddlers. As the WO development athletes grow and improve

they will rise to challenge the older paddlers. With energy, motivation and

positive mind set, both groups will success.



The next step is a two-week training camp in November in Pau, France.

Hopefully, a second camp will run in February or March to prepare for the

team international events by paddling at the best standard we can find;

with or without the national team, unfortunately.



Yesterday it was the Rio Games. Today is Tokyo. I look forward to being a

part of the journey of the Whitewater Ontario Athletes.





*Madawaske Kanu Centre*



At Madawaska Kanu Centre, a record number of participants signed up this

past summer for both the CKC Kayak Instructor Level 1 (Lakewater), and

the Kayak

Leader 2 & Instructor 2 (River), ushering in a new wave of incredible

flatwater and whitewater Instructors to the WO world. Even more impressive

was the number of volunteers who came out for the free Instruction days,

allowing the Instructors to put new teaching skills to the test on real

students. Keep an eye out for next seasons CKC Kayak Instructor courses and

free Instruction days at Madawaska Kanu Centre. 2017 Dates will be posted

in October and reservations begin November. See photos below.

CKC 2 1      CKC 3 1



*Update on MWWP*


The preserve started out with a slow spring and has had a steady

degree of business as the summer has gone on. Individual paddlers, the

usual summer camps, and many locals have been using the river, campgrounds,

and trails.


This September we launched our Fix the Gull campaign. First contributor was

Victor Ettel, a passionate recreational paddler. At the September 2016

open canoe race, Victor's bench was dedicated at the open canoe race and

placed by the foot bridge on river right. The open canoe race also

provided opportunity with donations and race fees to contribute another

$3000. More on this at the AGM.


Further to the fundraising campaign, a comprehensive application was

submitted to MNR. We anticipate getting full approval for in-water work for

spring 2017. With permission from the township and Orillia Power, trail

work in view enhancement has begun.


October 15-16 is the Gull work weekend. We have 10 paddlers removing trees

in the campground, cutting firewood, improving take out areas, as well as

finishing the new storage building.


All in all, the season has built up speed. Ready for a renewed energy in




*Up and Coming fall events:*



The third Saturday in November will be the 5 th annual Movember race on the





Happy paddling!


WO executive

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