Canoe Kayak Recognized as a ‘Partners in Play’ Sport by Special Olympics Ontario

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Jul
16
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Canoe Kayak Recognized as a ‘Partners in Play’ Sport by Special Olympics Ontario
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (July 16, 2018) – Canoe Kayak Canada, Canoe Kayak Ontario and Special Olympics Ontario are excited to announce that Canoe Kayak is now officially recognized as a ‘Partners in Play’ program by Special Olympics Ontario.

Since 2007, Canoe Kayak Canada has supported its Clubs in creating and growing programing for Canadians with intellectual disabilities. The Paddle All program has grown at clubs across the country, giving opportunities for athletes who were previously unable to enjoy the sport to get out on the water. At a competitive level, races for athletes with intellectual disabilities are now included in Provincial and Divisional competitions, and are included at the Sprint National Championships.

The recognition in the Province of Ontario of Canoe Kayak as a ‘Partners in Play’ program is a significant step forward for Canoe Kayak Canada, Canoe Kayak Ontario and member clubs in the province, as they collectively look to increase opportunities for paddlers with intellectual disabilities. The ‘Partners in Play’ initiative fosters the development of partnerships between Special Olympics Ontario and local community sport organizations. These partnerships will increase the support for club programing for athletes with intellectual disabilities, help to remove barriers for participation and enhance outreach and engagement. The programing also offers branding opportunities with Special Olympics Ontario and makes Special Olympics Ontario resources available for member clubs.

Glenn MacDonell, President and CEO of Special Olympics Ontario spoke of the opportunity this partnership offers, “We pride ourselves on being an organization that breaks down barriers and creates sport opportunities. This new partnership adds an option that aligns well with our mission and aspirations for the future”

For the 2018 Season, the Canoe Kayak Ontario ‘Partners in Play’ program will include Special Olympics Ontario educational opportunities, connections with regional Special Olympics Ontario staff for clubs and will also include recognized Special Olympics competition at the Divisional, Provincial and Ontario Summer Games level.

“We are very excited to partner with Special Olympics Ontario and Canoe Kayak Canada to improve and expand the quality, opportunity and accessibility of canoeing and kayaking to individuals with an intellectual disability,” said Ryan Blair, Technical Director of the Ontario Canoe Sprint Racing Affiliation. “Special Olympics Ontario’s mission to enrich the lives of Ontarians with an intellectual disability through sport perfectly aligns with the great programs already provided by our member clubs.”

With this landmark agreement in place, Canoe Kayak Canada will work with its Paddle All Committee and Special Olympics Chapter leadership to use the Ontario agreement as a model for expanding the Canoe Kayak Canada and Special Olympics partnership across the country. The goal is to give more Canadians the opportunity to safely enjoy the sport.

Paolo Paiment, a Special Olympics skater and swimmer, who is also an accomplished paddler having won Provincial medals and competed at Canoe Kayak Canada’s National Championships for Ottawa River Canoe Club was asked about his reaction to the new partnerships. Paiment’s reply was enthusiastic, “Oh yes …It is so exciting, I have wanted to race in my kayak as a Special Olympic paddler. Going to the Ontario Summer Games will be fun!”

For more information about the Special Olympics Ontario ‘Partners in Play’ program contact Chris Mehak (ChrisM@specialolympicsontario.com), for information regarding the Canoe Kayak Ontario’s Special Olympic programing and competitions contact Ryan Blair, Technical Director OCSRA (ryanlblair@gmail.com), for general inquiries regarding Canoe Kayak Canada’s programing contact Ian Mortimer, Director of Development, (imortimer@canoekayak.ca)

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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For more information :

Joannie Verret

Communications Coordinator

jverret@canoekayak.ca

(418) 271-3785

Jun
15
Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada and Apogee Sports Launch Exclusive Sportswear Collection
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (June 15, 2018) – As part of Canoe Kayak Canada’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the organization under one unified brand, CKC and its official high-performance apparel supplier, Apogee Sports, are proud to add to their current partnership a new sports apparel collection available to the entire Canadian canoe-kayak community.

“Our four-year partnership with Apogee Sports was an important milestone in the development of our high-performance program,” said Casey Wade, Chief Executive Officer, Canoe Kayak Canada. “This addition to our partnership will allow all our athletes and clubs at all levels across the country to enjoy the incredible quality of Apogee apparel and to proudly show our colors, just like our national athletes do when they compete around the world”.

 

VISIT THE APOGEE BOUTIQUE NOW

 

Apogee is a 20-year-old Quebec-based company with the value of manufacturing its entire apparel production dedicated to teams of all levels right here in Canada. Located in St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, the Apogee Sports team is working to build the image of a brand already well established and recognized worldwide.

 

“We are proud to provide our Quebec and Canadian athletes with the best high-performance apparel and accessories to help them achieve their Olympic goals,” said Stéphane Roy, President and founder of Apogee Sports. “The Canadian Canoe Kayak Federation is a world-renowned federation for the performance and rigor of its programs and we are pleased to be part of building its future.”

You can purchase new Apogee Sports products at the third National Sprint ​​Team Trials that will take place at the Olympic Basin in Montreal from June 22nd to 24th. Apogee will also be present at the Eastern Canada Cup, the Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships and the Pan American Sprint ​​Championships.

 

The new collection is also available on the Apogee Online Store and you can also purchase the products on the Canoe Kayak Canada boutique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

 

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information :

Joannie Verret

Communications Coordinator

jverret@canoekayak.ca

(418) 271-3785

 

Stéphane Roy

Président – Apogee Sports

stephane@apogee-sports.com
(418) 878 6808