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Commodores and Coaches Message

COMMODORE’S MESSAGE

April 1, 2016

I would like to welcome all of the new and returning paddlers and their families to the Pisiquid Canoe Club. Our board of directors are very excited for the upcoming “2016 Nationals” 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 Coach Gabor and his staff the upmost support for this upcoming season. We share his vision and objective to develop our club into a group of competitive and high-performance young athletes, while still maintaining our small-town team atmosphere. With CKC Nationals returning to Dartmouth this year, Gabor and his staff will be working hard to develop our local athletes for qualification. This includes development 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 building expansion and renovations that have been performed over the winter, and that once again we will be loading any damaged boats on our trailer for repair work over the spring, to ensure that our equipment is 100% ready to hit the water.

Our programming intent is to expand the plan for our weekly Learn-to-Paddle camps, so that anyone that is new to the sport will receive a complete week of comprehensive teaching to make their experience more enjoyable. It is also planned to expand the U8 program that has been offered the past two seasons, and increase the number of Kiddie Canoe athletes up to 20 kids this summer.

We will be reinstalling our racing lanes in the lake this year to support our athlete training, and will be pursuing three ADCKC events this season. This will include a Masters provincial regatta, an U11 timed event, as well as the return of the 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 to hold our 2016 Paddle-a-Thon planned for August 26th 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 the same amount this year with the support of our parent volunteers and the local business community.

Now in our 41st 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 2016 season. #pisiquidpride

Kind regards,

 

Brad Carrigan

Commodore, Pisiquid Canoe Club

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