CKC Women’s Canoe Coaching Grants Campaign

Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint, Paracanoe
Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada


Coaches are an integral part of an athlete’s journey through sport. Unfortunately, women coaches are under-represented in club coaching roles that work with older performance athletes, Provincial/Territorial coaching positions and within CKC’s technical leadership team. We want to change that. Representation and role models are integral to retaining women who are already in the field. Gaining valuable and performance-oriented experience is a gap for many women coaches in our CKC system.   As Canadian Women & Sport has laid out, coaches are the most visible and influential leaders in sport – they shape the day-to-day lived experiences of participants and influence the growth and development of sport.

To address these gaps and to bring long term benefits that equal representation within coaching offers, CKC continues to support specific apprentice coach roles for women coaches at international competitions to gain valuable experience. CKC is also committed to filling roles in its technical leadership team with qualified women coaches with the long-term goal of a gender-balanced coaching staff.

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Our goal is to raise $15,000 to support three women coaches to participate as apprentice coaches at key international competitions in 2022, including U23 Junior Worlds and the Olympic Hopes Regatta. These opportunities allow coaches to gain experience at the international level and bring a key element of representation to our technical leadership team.

The funds will also be used to support women coaches who are transitioning into our technical leadership team as positions become available.  These efforts align with our long-term goal of a gender-balanced technical leadership team.

Thanks to a very generous anonymous donor, all donations will be matched 100% up to $5,000.  


  • Every $1 raised will be matched 1:1 up to $5,000
  • Funds raised as a result of this campaign will go directly towards supporting at least three women canoe coaches with a professional development grant
  • Contributions to the campaign over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt (please note that receipts will be issued post campaign)



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We must continue our legacy – to ensure that paddling is available to everyone across our land so that they can experience our country in a way like no other. Paddling connects us to our history. But we’re at risk of not being able to pass down its rich tradition.

There is a crisis in sport funding in Canada. One of the major barriers in access to, promotion of, and programming in paddling is a lack of funding. But thanks to the generosity of Canadians, we can continue supporting paddling at all levels and disciplines within the sport. You can help us build paddling in Canada by making a tax-deductible charitable gift.

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