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Coaches and Commodores Message

TopCOACH’S MESAGE

February 1, 2018

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another season of paddling at Pisiquid!  Whether a returning member or a new paddler, there is something for everyone in our sport and at our club.

My name is Christian Hall and I am the Head Coach at Pisiquid.  2018 will be my 10th year coaching and my second year at PCC.  I am looking forward to seeing each and every one of our paddlers continue to develop and succeed in 2018 and the continuing growth of our program.  After a great 2017 we will continue to monitor and tweak our summer and off-season programs to better serve our members. Those returning to the club in 2018 will notice investments in both our dry-land and our on-water equipment.

For both new and returning members I have a few pieces of advice to parents and paddlers to help make your paddling season successful.  These are things that, through my 10 years of coaching and many years of competing, consistently make a difference.

Get on the water early – Our spring program starts in April, and we also have a June start option which is perfect for our younger paddlers. Lengthening the season by a month or a few makes a huge difference in giving more time for skill development and improving fitness. Even first-year paddlers can participate in our June-start option!

Check the regatta schedule before making summer plans – Every year there are always paddlers who have to miss a competition because they were on a trip or away for a weekend competition.  The regatta schedule is available now at http://www.adckc.ca/Regattas/Regatta-Schedule/.  Each age group has only 2-3 regattas through the summer and our returning members can ensure you that they are highlights of the year!

Introduce yourself and stay in touch – Without a doubt, the most successful paddlers are the ones whose parents I always see around the club.  Ask me how your child is doing, what they need to do to improve, or ask about upcoming events.  Involved parents keep their paddlers on-track!

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about our programming!  You can reach me at (902) 830-9047 or at hall.christian@outlook.com.  I look forward to seeing returning members and some new faces at our spring open houses/registration!

Christian Hall

Head Coach, Pisiquid Canoe Club

TopCOMMODORE’S MESAGE

February 1, 2018

I would like to welcome all our new and returning paddlers and their families to the Pisiquid Canoe Club. Our 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 past season, and offer our returning Head Coach Christian 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 continue the development of our summer programming, with ambitions for qualification for CKC Nationals in Sherbrooke, QU this summer, and Prairie/Pacific Region for 2019.  This includes promotion and expansion of our year-round paddling programs, including Fall Training, Winter Training and our Spring Training program for our returning club athletes in April.

Our program plan is to continue our 2-week summer camps, instead of the previous single week camps. This allows 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 our sport.  We also plan to continue our age-specific 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 at the club.

We plan to improve our lake training course by reducing the number of racing lanes in the lake this June, to support our athlete training.  We will be pursuing two ADCKC hosted events this season, including an U11 event for July or August, and the annual PumpkinFest Long Distance event in October.  We will also host our annual 2018 Paddle-a-Thon planned for August 17th 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 reach similar amounts this year with the support of our parent volunteers and our local business community.

Now in our 43rd year of sprint 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 2018 season.

Kind regards,

Brad Carrigan

Commodore, Pisiquid Canoe Club

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