BC Games 2018

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Hope everyone is starting to get excited about the upcoming BC games in Cowichan valley! The date for the 2018 BC Summer Games Zone 1 Trials is June 2nd at 10:00. To participate in the trials you must register through Canoe Kayak BC before April 28th.

When: Saturday, Jun 2, 2018
Where: Nelson, Lakeside Park
Description: CanoeKayak BC would like to acknowledge that this course is being offered on the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa and Sinixt First Nations. Eligible Athletes Ages 12-16 – must be born in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 or 2006 Must reside in the Zone 1, Kootenay Region of BC and be a member of Canoe Kayak BC. Individuals must register themselves for Zone 1 Trials registration at  no later than Monday May 28, 2018.

There is no fee for the event.

Athletes may attend a second BC Summer Games to compete in Train to Train singles events ONLY if at the first Games they competed in Learn to Train singles events ONLY. Athletes may not attend more than two BC Summer Games to participate in Canoe/Kayak.

Ineligible Athletes:

Athletes who have qualified for a single final at the previous year's National Championship are ineligible to participate in a subsequent BC Summer Games. Athletes who have competed in a Western Canada Summer Games or a Canada Summer Games in Canoe Kayak are ineligible to compete at a subsequent BC Summer Games.


Paddlers may use a Mini, entry-level or racing K1 as appropriate. Nelson Kayak Canoe Club will provide boats.


Athletes must enter both 200m and 2000m race in either C1 or K1.


Learn to Train/Train to Train (L2T/T2T)
Each athlete must do a trial in teach of the following races;

K1/C1 200m
K1/C1 2000m

K1/C1 200m
K1/C1 2000m

Selection Criteria

All events are direct finals with points awarded based on fastest times.

Overall Male and Female ranking lists will be created using an athletes top placings both 200m and 2000m races.

The Selection Committee will make the final decision based on age, development of athletes, gender and team blend to ensure that all athletes have multiple competitive opportunities at the Games. A maximum of 6 athletes per gender will be selected.

Zone reps will ensure that all additional athletes competing are entered into the BC Games registration site as ALTERNATES as there is a potential for additional wildcards to be assigned during the week of June 11 – 18.

In the event of a tie the best results from the 2000m race will be the deciding factor for Zone 1 Trials.

Points will be awarded; 1st 10 points, 2nd 9 points, down to 10th 1 point.

If you have any questions contact Heather Potkins at (250)-505-8108 or

Sprint Team Winter training

Tuesday 23 January 2018

The NKCC is excited to be offering the 2018 Winter Training Program, starting January 31st.  This program will be a great opportunity to gain strength, cardio, flexibility, refine paddling technique and see your paddling buddies!

Program Details:
Location: Nelson District Community Complex (Arena and pool)
When: Wednesdays 6:45-8:15 PM
Dates: January 31st - March 14th (7 sessions)
What will we be doing?
Every week will be a little different. The program is designed to prepare athletes for the upcoming season.  We will be doing a combination of aerobic exercise, and strength training in the arena for the first hour and will finish each session with a 30 minute pool paddling program, with a focus on technique. 


The cost of the program is $85 this includes everything (pool rental, equipment)
We need a minimum of four participants to run the program. 

What do you need to do?

In order to ensure that we have the minimum number of participants, please confirm by email ( or phone (250)-505-8108 by January 25th.

If you have a friend that is interested in joining the team next spring, this is a great opportunity to meet the club and get a head start on the season! 


Featured coaches

Wednesday 14 June 2017

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)



Friday 09 June 2017

We have recently heard that Canoe Kayak BC (CKBC) is sending Canoe Kids to offer a camp to our community!!

The Canoe Kids program has extremely experienced coaches who provide beginner paddlers with games and drills to help them learn in a fun, positive, and encouraging environment.

It is something to get on NOW. There is limited space available!

  • Canoe Kids Camp details:
  • June 26, 27, 28 - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • From 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Only $60 - for the 3 days! 

There is going to be a high coach to kid ratio, so the development in this short amount of time will be huge! This will provide the opportunity for kids to gain skills that will help them take advantage of our beautiful Kootenay Lake this summer!

Canoe Kids only come every few years - so don't miss this opportunity while it's available!!

To register, please contact Lauren, at

NEW Masters (adult) Paddling Program!

Friday 12 May 2017

The Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club will be offering a Masters program for beginner to advanced paddlers! 


This Masters (adult) Paddling Program is designed to challenge beginner to advanced paddlers, with an emphasis on developing aerobic fitness and improving technique.

Why join this program?
- Develop kayak and canoe technique, in your boat or ours
- Increase aerobic fitness and strength
- Set, and acheive, paddling goals
- Get onto Nelson’s beautiful Kootenay Lake with friends!

Thursday Evenings – 6:00 – 7:00 pm (Technique) 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Toonie Tour - paddle or race the set course, optional)

To register contact Lauren,, before June 8th: 125$, After: 150$ – for up to 20 weeks on the water – June 8th to Sept

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!