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TopCOACH’S MESAGE

April 1, 2017

Christian Hall 2017 Coaching Photo

My name is Christian Hall and I am excited to begin my first season as Head Coach of Pisiquid Canoe Club!

Since 2012, I have worked as Assistant Head Coach at Senobe Aquatic Club where I was responsible for the high performance and development kayak program and many of the U13 and older war canoe crews.  During this time, I have coached athletes and crews to national and divisional championships and several of my athletes have been named to the National Junior Academy Team and represented Canada internationally.  Before working at Senobe I worked at Abenaki and Cheema, where I finished my paddling career.  I have worked with athletes of all ages and I am looking forward to helping all Pisiquid athletes work towards their goals for 2017 and beyond.

I recently completed the training for my competition development coaching certification and completed my ELCC certification in 2011.  I have a B.A. from Mount Saint Vincent University and a law degree from the University of New Brunswick; while at UNB I competed for the rowing team and served as president of the rowing club – becoming involved in a different sport was an interesting experience and gave me many new ideas to bring back to canoe/kayak!

I believe that there is something in the sport of canoe/kayak for everyone; whether competing at the national or international level or simply hanging out on the water with friends, this is a sport that can be a lifelong positive for all.  My goals for the club include increasing summer program enrolment, carrying these increased numbers into expanded fall, winter, and spring programs, and building a culture of war canoe effort and success.  I am always willing to meet with current or potential parents and athletes to see what the club can do for you; I can be reached at hall.christian@outlook.com.

I am looking forward to getting started with the spring paddling program in April – I encourage anyone possibly interested to get in touch with me to discuss it.  One thing I have learned from experience is that participation – even just two or three times a week – in offseason programs is the surest path to success at the U11, U13, and U15 levels.  Whether this spring or in the summer I can’t wait to get to know the club members and start building a large and successful club providing first-class programs to Windsor and the surrounding area.

Christian Hall

Head Coach, Pisiquid Canoe Club

TopCOMMODORE’S MESAGE

April 1, 2017

I would like to welcome all our new and returning paddlers and their families to the Pisiquid Canoe Club. Our new board of directors are very excited for this upcoming season, and hope this year brings enjoyment, paddling success and fond memories to our athletes for years to come.

We are very excited to see the changes that were made to the paddling programming and training structure at Pisiquid this season, and offer our new Head CoachChristian Hall and his staff the upmost support for this upcoming season.  We share his vision to develop our club into a group of competitive and high-performance young athletes, while still maintaining our small-town team community around the club.  Christian and his staff will be working hard to completely redevelop our summer programming, with ambitions for qualification for CKC Nationals in Welland, ON this summer, and in Sherbrooke, QC for 2018.  This includes redevelopment of our year-round paddling programs, and the launch of our new KickStart Spring Training program for our returning athletes in April.

Parents and athletes will be pleased to see the completion of our building renovations, and that we have outsourced our boat repair work over the winter, to ensure that our equipment is 100% ready to hit the water.

To start, our programming has reverted to 2-week summer camps, instead of the previous single week camps. This will allow our new participants to the sport to receive complete basic training to make their experience more enjoyable, with the hope to attract more long-term athletes to the sport.  It is also planned to expand the programming for our U8 athletes, to increase the amount of technical coaching, include participation in more team boats and most importantly, improve the overall level of safety and supervision of every program.

We will be reinstalling our racing lanes in the lake this June to support our athlete training, and will be pursuing three ADCKC hosted events this season.  This will include a Masters provincial regatta, an U11 mini-event, as well as the return of our annual PumpkinFest Long Distance event in October.  We will also be participating in our own interclub regatta during the Avon River Days Festival, and will continue with our 2017 Paddle-a-Thon planned for September 1st in Windsor. Last year our Paddle-a-Thon raised over $12,000 in a single day to support club operations, and we are hoping to match or exceed that amount this year with the support of our parent volunteers and the local business community.

Now in our 42nd year of paddling in Windsor, our overall vision for the Pisiquid Canoe Club remains:

Offer Recreational and Competitive Paddling Opportunities for All Members

  • Provide an Affordable and Inclusive Program for our Community
  • Ensure the Safety of our Participants and our Equipment

Again, a warm welcome goes out to our new paddlers, parents, coaches and board members for the 2017 season.  #pisiquidpride

Kind regards,

Brad Carrigan

Commodore, Pisiquid Canoe Club