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Coaches and Commodores Message

TopCOACH’S MESAGE

March 1, 2019

Hello Everyone,

While it sure doesn’t feel like it outside, it is almost time for PCC paddlers to hit the water for our spring and summer programs!  While our winter training group has been working hard in the gym, in the pool, and outside running, everyone is ready to be back on the lake.  Spring Paddling starts on April 1 and our Summer Program kicks off on July 2.

My name is Christian Hall and I am the Head Coach at Pisiquid.  2018 will be my 11th year coaching and my third year at PCC.  I am looking forward to seeing each and every one of our paddlers continue to develop and succeed in 2019 and the continuing growth of our program.  After a great 2018 we will continue to develop our summer and off-season programs to better serve our members. Those returning to the club in 2019 will see notable improvements and investments in equipment including two brand new K2s!

For both new and returning members I have a few pieces of advice to parents and paddlers to help make your paddling season successful.

Hit 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 draft regatta schedule is available now at https://www.adckc.ca/regatta-safety-boat-spotter-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!  Stay in the loop by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and by subscribing to our Newsletter.

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, 2019

I would like to welcome 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 the past few seasons 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 Regina, SA this summer and for Ottawa in 2020.  This includes continued expansion of our year-round paddling programs, including Fall Training, Winter Training and our Spring Training program for our returning club athletes on April 1, 2019.

Our program plan is to continue our 2-week summer camps, instead of 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 one U10 event for July or August, and our annual PumpkinFest Long Distance event in October.  We will also host our annual 2018 Paddle-a-Thon planned for August 30th. Last year our Paddle-a-Thon raised over $5,000 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.  We also plan to launch a brand new major fundraising event this Spring that will assist the club in annual boat and equipment upgrades and modernization.

Now in our 44th 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 2019 season.

Brad Carrigan

Commodore, Pisiquid Canoe Club

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