CKC Champs - 2022

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A information meeting for the National Championships will be held Wednesday, August 3 at 7 pm in the Hall of the Canoe Club. Coaches are getting a hold of athletes that have qualified for Nationals.

The Regatta:

Each season, club teams from across the country converge on a single location to test their skills and stamina against the best the Country has to offer. In 2022, the event will be held in scenic Shawinigan, Quebec.

Although the Canadian Championships is a U16 +  age event, often younger athletes earn qualifications. War Canoes and Crew boats in many cases contain younger paddlers and the crews serve as the athlete’s first exposure the prestigious event. We do have U14's entered in U16 crews trying to earn qualifications in both War Canoe and small boats.

Qualifying:

In each of the six Canadian Divisions (Atlantic, Quebec, Eastern Ontario, Western Ontario, Prairie and British Columbia) qualification regattas are held to determine the 4 entries (5 in the U16 6000m) that will represent their Club and Division. If a division(s) does not fill all of their 4 entries these “extra” entries are put into a hat and given to other Divisions on a random basis. When a Division receives a ‘random lane’ the next ranked athlete (5th place, 6th place etc.) in the division is notified that they have received an entry. This is what we refer to when we say we may receive a random lane in a given event. Clubs are notified if they receive 'random' or next ranked entries up to a week before the regatta. 

In the Prairie Division, entries to the Canadian Championships are decided based on the results of the Prairie Division Championships held in Calgary July 30-31. Immediately following the regatta, club representatives indicate if top ranked crews accept the qualification or not. If crews do not accept the entry to the Nationals, ranking of the next crews will be advanced. However, a crew placing 5th may end up with a qualification if one of the top 4 decline the entry. 

Accepting qualifications: 

Following the Divisional Championships, we need to accept or decline our qualifications. Therefore, coaches will not have much time to discuss whether you are attending Nationals after the regatta. Please talk to your coach in advance to ensure they are clear on your decision once results are seen. 

Crew boats depend on their team mates and if one or more crew members drop out, it may jeopardize the ability for the crew to attend. Please make time to communicate with your athlete and the coach, so everyone is on the same page.

Accommodation at the Champs:

Our team has reserved a block of rooms at the hotel energie near the race course. We have just enough rooms for our teams U16 and U18 Men and Women War Canoe Crews. From the pool of athletes racing War Canoe, coaches have worked hard to make Divisional entries that create opportunities for athletes to qualify additional singles, doubles and fours crews. 

Travel to the Champs:

The closest major airport is Montreal. Once we know what crews qualify we can determine what dates athletes should arrive and depart. The Regatta is a 5 day event. War canoe and bigger crews tend to be later in the week. Experienced racers may have a pretty good idea what they will likely qualify, others will need to wait and see about the smaller boats.

The team will have our 15 passenger van on-site and plan to arrange the shuttling from athletes from Montreal to Shawinigan. We have booked a charter bus to meet the larger group of arriving Monday. Is we can find lower cost travel options we may change the bus.

Fees:

The Calgary Canoe Club takes a 'TEAM' approach to fees and all paddlers share in common costs for the team to compete. examples of shared costs include: Boat Transportation to/from the regatta, cost to have coaches at the event, club entry fees. Athletes will be responsible to cover fees for flights, meals and hotel rooms. The greater the CCC team size, the lesser the athletes individual contribution to the shared components.  

Fundraising:

The club is working to facility fund-raising opportunities to help bring team costs down. Please come to the Thursday night info meeting with your best ideas and willingness to contribute. Fundraising can be done before the event and depending on the specific project we may be able to extent nationals fundraisers until the Year-end Banquet on October 27th.