OTTAWA, ON (August 26, 2020) — Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is pleased to announce Jon Pike as sprint National Team Coach (Men’s Canoe). Jon will play a key role in assisting our National Discipline Coaches prepare our athletes for international success at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Jon held the position of Head Coach at the Maskwa Aquatic Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the past seven years and was the Men’s Canoe Coach at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
“I am really excited to join the Canoe Kayak Canada team and thank them for the opportunity,” said Pike. “The men’s canoe team is in a really strong position leading into Tokyo and beyond. As a former member of the men’s canoe team, I am looking forward to continuing and building on its strong international results.”
An accomplished National Team canoeist for over 12 years, Pike finished 5th place at the 2010 World Championships (C-1 200m relay) and the 2005 World Cup (C-4 500m).
Jon is currently studying High Performance Coaching (Sport Management) at the University of British Columbia and is an active volunteer firefighter.
“Jon has been doing a tremendous job at the club level as well as contributing athletes to Canada’s national and international teams” said CKC Chief Technical Officer, Graham Barton. “I am excited that he wants to contribute to our performance in Tokyo. He was part of a very successful team at the Pan Am Games and continues to develop himself professionally as a coach. I am pleased he made the decision to join our team.”
Jon will commence his role with the team in mid-September.
About Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) 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 Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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Photo credit: Maskwa Aquatic Club