Featured coaches

Our youth leaders are very important to our club!  We have featured a few of our senior members and coaches here who have contributed to event planning, grant writing, presentations and delivery of programs within our club. See below for bios on our senior paddlers including: Lauren Heckley, Reece Boulanger, Tessa Timmermans, Heather Potkins, Quinn Currie, Anna Milde and Baily Stefani.

Biographies of featured coaches/senior athletes
Lauren Heckley: "My coaching philosophyAiming on developing athletes who have the intrinsic motivation and confidence to reach their potential." 

This is Lauren’s 2nd year as our head coach for all our programming.  Lauren is currently working on a Master’s in Sport Psychology and is also head programmer for the Nelson Nordic School outreach programs.  Lauren has her Level 1 National Coaching Certification, Pleasure Craft Operator card and Standard First Aid.  Lauren is great at making sure all youth and Master’s enjoy their on-water experience.

Tessa Timmermans and Heather Potkins, Partners in canoeing and coaching

Tessa has been hired as our Junior coach in 2017 and Tessa will be helping to run summer programs under a Canada Summer Jobs Grant along with our head coach, Lauren Heckley.  Tessa always makes her time with younger paddlers super fun and lively.  Tessa is a Level 1 and Canoe Kids certified coach under the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

We are proud of Heather because she has just been named to the 2017 Canada Summer Games Team for sprint canoe.   Heather recently made an excellent presentation to the Nelson city council for our application for funds for a 2-person para-athlete kayak, worked as a Junior coach in 2016 and is coaching ladies’ night this summer.  Heather is also a NCCP Level 1 certified coach.

Tessa Timmermans (front), Heather Potkins (back)

Reece Boulanger: "The Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club provides a wide variety of leadership opportunities for senior members"

Reece Boulanger has an affinity for sprint kayak and is a Level 1 coach under the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) with Pleasure Craft Operator Card and Standard First Aid certifications.  In 2016, Reece wrote a $2000 grant under the Columbia Basin Trust- Community Investment Program (CBT-CIP) to help purchase a 4-person canoe.  This summer, Reece is also a lead organizer of “Keep the Beat” taking place on Aug. 26, 2017 at Lakeside Park.  Mark the date to bring your boat for a paddle, listen to local musicians while enjoying Nelson’s vibrant waterfront.


Quinn Currie, passing on skills to our members

Senior athletes, such as Quinn, quickly become the experts in sprint paddling technique and in turn help to pass on their skills to our newer Master’s paddlers and younger paddlers.  Our 4-person boats allow mixed teams of youth/Master’s paddlers and experienced/newer paddlers to work together promoting community spirit.  Quinn is also a Level 1 and Canoe Kids certified coach and has his powerboat operator card.

Quinn Currie (far left) coach Matt Nutall, and Master’s paddlers, Dave Potkins and James McCormack. (right to left)


Anna Milde and Bailey Stefani:  Team-mates in kayak & fundraising

Anna is an example of one of our athletes who cross-country ski in the winter and paddle in the summer.  Anna is a coach with the Nelson Nordic Club, one of our partner organizations.  Anna, also participated in the BC Summer Games in 2016 and recently qualified for provincial-level track and field, specializing in hurdles.

Bailey just started sprint kayak and canoe in 2016 and has made fast progress.  She participated in the BC Summer Games in 2016 and is a gymnastic coach.  In addition, together, Anna and Bailey made a presentation to RDCK Area E for our 2017 application to fund a 2-person kayak under the CBT-CIP process that will allow para-athlete programming.

Bailey Stefani (right) and Anna Milde (left)


Our Sponsors

Thank you to the Nelson Athletic Association for the loan of Buoy markers to set up
our sprint distance courses! And thank you to Hellman Canoes and Kayaks for their continued support of our sprint team with boat repairs and Tech apparel ware!