OTTAWA, ONTARIO (October 2, 2019) – The CKC Alumni Council is pleased to announce that a total of $6,760 was raised during the Sprint Nationals Boat campaign. Given the high costs associated with long distance travel required by some clubs, the Council’s goal was to help alleviate at least some of it.
“We want to thank the entire community for supporting this initiative – this was a pilot campaign and our very first time raising funds, and had over 41 donors contribute. Our goal is to support the accessibility of our sport and ensure that those who want to paddle have the same opportunities that we did.” said Mike Scarola, CKCAC Fund Development lead. Funds were disbursed as a function of the number of athletes each club sent to Sprint Nationals and the number of kilometres the club is away from Wascana Lake. Grants ranged from $100 to $400.
The Council also wants to thank all those alumni who attended our reunion events at both the Whitewater and Sprint National Championships. A special thanks to Gary Barton, who worked tirelessly to ensure the reunion of the 40th Anniversary of the Jonquière World Championships team at Minden Wild Water Preserve on the Gull River in Minden, ON on August 17th. Over 70 alumni were on hand to celebrate, exchange memories and share memorabilia, including three boats from the 1979 Worlds and one from the Beijing Olympics.
The Alumni Council also held an event on August 27th at Wascana Lake in partnership with the Sprint Nationals organizing committee. Over $100 from meal tickets was donated on behalf of CKC Alumni to the local Give Kids a Chance program that supports the local KidSport and Jumpstart programming.
Both alumni events raised over $1000 for Whitewater and Sprint initiatives.
“We are so excited with the growth and direction of our alumni program – this started as a way to serve our community and bring paddlers back together and we are hitting our stride,” says LA Dempster, CKCAC Chair. “As a reminder, the CKC Alumni Council has defined alumni as anyone who has been a member of a club and touched a paddle. Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible so this includes athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers across all disciplines – you are a significant part of our community and we want to keep you involved.”
Keep an eye out for our upcoming alumni event at the CKC Summit November 22-24 in Dartmouth, NS. We will be honouring the 35th anniversary of the 1984 Olympics and recognizing the 1997 and 2009 Senior and 1997 Junior World Championships teams as we look ahead to Dartmouth hosting the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.
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