OCup 2 - Spring Sports Camp information and registration package + waiver forms

posted May 20, 2018, 4:51 PM by Ryan Blair


Please see attached the OCup 2 - Spring Sports Camp information and registration package, as well as links to OCSRA's 2018 participant waiver form (online).

OCup 2 - Spring Sports Camp

Hosted at the Mississauga Canoe Club (Mississauga, ON) on June 16th - 17th, 2018, the event is targeted towards LTAD Training to Train stage (U13, U14, U15 & U16 development) paddlers.  The camp will include both on-water and off-water sport activities.

Coaches please complete the attached OCup 2 registration form and email to Ryan Blair by Monday, June 11, 2018.

Participant Waivers

Each paddler must complete an online waiver to participant in any OCSRA events, including: OCup 1 - Ontario Team Trials, OCup 2 - Spring Sports Camp, OCup 3 - Ontario Championships and OCup 4 - Long Distance Regatta (see links below).   Once completed, the waiver will cover participation in all 2018 OCSRA events.

Important Deadlines   
  • Tuesday, May 22nd:  Club & Coach Development Project (CCDP) applications due.
  • Tuesday, May 22nd:  coach workshop registration deadline for all May 26 weekend workshops.
  • Wednesday, May 23rd:  OCup 1 - Ontario Team Trials registration deadline.
  • Monday, June 11th:  OCup 2 - Spring Sports Camp registration deadline.

If you have any questions please let me know.


OCup 1 - Ontario Team Trials information & registration package

posted May 4, 2018, 12:36 PM by Ryan Blair


Please see attached the OCup 1 - Ontario Team Trials information and registration package.  Hosted by the Eastern Ontario Division (EOD), at the Rideau Canoe Club (Ottawa, ON) on June 2-3, 2018, the competition will be used as:
  • a performance evaluation for the Ontario Team selection; 
  • a performance evaluation for the Ontario Regatta Team selection. 
The competition includes Open Men's Kayak, Open Men's Canoe, Open Women's Kayak, Open Women's Canoe and Open Paracanoe events.

All registrations are to be completed through CKC's Padtrac online entry system.  Registration opens on Wednesday, May 9 and will close on Wednesday, May 23 at 3:00 pm.  Any additional entries after the registration deadline will only be considered at the Competition Meeting on Friday, June 1 at 5:00 pm if there is an available lane (no additional heats will be added for post-entries).

Cost for the event is $150 per athlete.  National Team carded athletes receive a free entry into the event. 

Each participant must complete an online waiver to compete in the event.  The link to the waiver will be published by May 15, 2018.  Once completed, the waiver will cover participation in all 2018 OCSRA events.   

This is the first of four OCup Series events this summer.  Participant results will go towards their clubs OCup Series Grand Champion and Excellence Award points.   

If you have any questions please let me know.


OCSRA's 2018 Program Overview & CCDP info package

posted May 3, 2018, 7:54 AM by Ryan Blair

Coaches/Board of Directors/Volunteers

Please see attached OCSRA's 2018 Program Overview document, and our Club & Coach Development Project (CCDP) information package and application form.

2018 Program Overview

This document will assist clubs in the planning of their summer season.  It outlines OCSRA's available support to clubs and our activities for the 2018 season, including:
  • Ontario Team Program - support to athletes who qualify for the 2018-2019 OHSPI, OAAP (Q4G) and Development Teams based on selection criteria.  
  • Competitions - purpose of the event, targeted group, events (races), cost and qualification process for each event hosted by OCSRA.
  • Ontario Team Training Camps - dates, locations and training activities for Ontario Team members at our three (3) fall/winter training camps.  
  • Ontario Team Regatta Tour - general information on the tour and qualification process.
  • Club Development Programs - general information on our Club & Coach Development Project (CCDP).  Full details on the CCDP can be found below.
  • Coach Education & Professional Development - details on coach workshops and professional development opportunities for Ontario coaches.

Club & Coach Development Project (CCDP)

The CCDP was created to assist clubs in their program delivery, as well as provide enhanced professional development opportunities for their coaches.  Support to clubs is provided within three (3) main categories:  equipment support, program support and coach development.  

We have redesigned the project to have a greater impact on clubs.  Please see attached CCDP information package for full details.  Club's are asked to complete the applicable application forms and email to Ryan Blair by May 22, 2018.  Given the competitive nature of the application process, some clubs may not receive support in 2018, although, we are looking at a long-term plan for this project where multiple clubs will receive support over the next five (5) years.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Good luck this summer!

Katie Vincent named Ontario’s Athlete of the Year

posted Apr 22, 2018, 2:53 PM by Ryan Blair   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 5:59 AM ]


GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA, USA (April 22, 2018) – Canoe Kayak Ontario is delighted to announce that Katie Vincent, Canoe Sprint athlete at the Mississauga Canoe Club, was named the 2018 Ontario Female Athlete of the Year at the Ontario Sports Awards.


Vincent flew home on Saturday, April 14 to receive her award, just a few days prior to the Canadian Sprint Team Trials that took place this weekend in Gaineville, GA. 


“It’s an honour to receive this award and represent Women’s Canoe where Canada is a leader in gender equality,” says Vincent.  “I am a part of something that is much more than me, a movement for female sport.”


This weekend, Katie broke her own world record time in the C-2 500 meter race by 4 seconds, with partner Québec’s Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières). They placed first in a time of 1:52.745. Katie also came second in both the C-1 200 meter and C-1 500 meter races, with impressive times of 46.586 and 2:04.803 respectively. 


“We are really excited to have Katie named athlete of the year,” said Ryan Blair, Technical Director at Ontario Canoe Kayak Sprint Racing Affiliation. “She is a tremendous athlete on and off the water, but especially a great role model for all female athletes in Ontario. She showed excellent performances this weekend at the National Team Trials and it is very promising for her 2018 season both on the national and international stage.”


On Monday, April 23, Canoe Kayak Canada will be announcing the selected teams that will be representing Canada at the 2018 ICF World Cups, as well as the selected athletes who have already secured a spot on the 2018 World Championships team.


Ontario Athlete of the Year Award


Presented by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTSC), the Ontario Sport Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions of Ontario amateur athletes, individuals, and sport organizations to the Ontario sport system.  Since 1965, the Ontario Sport Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in Ontario amateur sport and are the highest honour the province bestows on athletes and organizations that demonstrate excellence in sport. 

Katie has emerged as one of the world’s top athletes in Canoe Sprint and a role model for women and girls in sport.


Her achievements from 2017 include a five-medal haul on the World Cup tour, a gold medal at the U23 World Championships in the C-1 200 meter and, another gold medal at the Senior World Championships in the C-2 500m category.


Katie has taken the podium in over 16 international competitions throughout her career and was named Mississauga’s 2013 Female Athlete of the Year. When the Women’s Canoe discipline makes their debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, there is no doubt Katie will be an athlete to watch.


“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my coach Kyle and the support I have received from the Mississauga Canoe Club, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), the Ministry and Canoe Kayak Canada,” explains Vincent.    

Final 2018 Ontario Team & Ontario Regatta Team Criteria

posted Mar 31, 2018, 4:25 AM by Ryan Blair


Please see attached the final 2018 Ontario Team & Ontario Regatta Team criteria.  If you have any questions please let me know.

Draft 2018 Ontario Team & Ontario Regatta Team Criteria

posted Feb 26, 2018, 7:18 AM by Ryan Blair


Please see attached the draft 2018 Ontario Team & Ontario Regatta Team criteria.  Please review and send any feedback to myself or your representative on the High Performance Committee (HPC) by Sunday, March 4, 2018.  Below is an overview of changes from 2017.

Coaches rep - Cheyanne Farquharson 
Athlete's rep - Dana Morgoch

Changes to Ontario Team Criteria:
  • Men's Canoe events at Ontario Team Trials (OTT's) will be 500m and 1000m, instead of 2x 1000m used in 2017.
  • OHPSI Tier 2 support minimum performance will include a performance review by the HPC.
  • Addition of OHPSI Tier 2  support for Para athletes.
  • CKC NextGen program nomination has been removed from OHPSI Priority of Funding.
  • Athlete Profiles will include CKC's National Ranking List (used by CKC for Regatta Team and Sport Canada nomination), performance reviews at OTT's, NTT3 and National Championships, and on-water & off-water performances for Para athletes only.
  • Addition of Para OAAP Quest for Gold Half Cards.
  • Nomination to Development Team will include athletes nominated to any CKC or OCSRA Regatta Team.
Changes to Ontario Regatta Team Criteria:
  • The Regatta Team will only compete at the Canada Day/Canada Cup Regatta on June 30 - July 1 in Ottawa.  The tour will start on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
  • Men's Canoe events will include 500m and 1000m, Men's Kayak will include 200m, 500m and 1000m. 
  • The tie breaker will include priority given to the athlete with the higher combined ranking list points when two or more athletes reach the same level of discipline ranking.  

Ryan Blair
Technical Director, OCSRA
(647) 505-9476

OCSRA's Winter OCup 2 - Ski Race Results & Overall Winter OCup Series Points

posted Feb 8, 2018, 8:23 AM by Ryan Blair


65 participants completed in OCSRA's Winter OCup 2 - Ski Race this past Sunday in Gatineau Park, QC.  Lots of fresh snow made it difficult for the competitors who competed in either a 7km loop, 14km loop or the 22km loop.  

Congratulations to Rideau Canoe Club for winning the event.  Please see attached file for full results.

Winter OCup 2 - Ski Race Club Points:
  1. Rideau - 103 points
  2. Burloak - 87 points
  3. Carleton Place - 45 points
  4. Balmy Beach - 33 points
  5. Richmond Hill - 28 points
  6. Ottawa River - 25 points
  7. Mississauga & Pickering Rouge - 6 points
Thank you to our event sponsor Steve Tuttle and Kunstadt Sports (Kanata & Ottawa locations) who provided gear, prizes and race numbers.

Congratulations also goes out to Richmond Hill Canoe Club for being the overall OCSRA 2018 Winter OCup Series Champion.  The Winter OCup Series combines each clubs total points from the OCup 1 - Swim Meet and the OCup 2 - Ski Race.  

Winter OCup Series Results:
  1. Richmond Hill - 204 points
  2. Burloak - 150 points
  3. Rideau - 125 points
  4. Balmy Beach - 118 points
  5. Carleton Place - 45 points
  6. Pickering Rouge - 29 points
  7. Ottawa River - 25 points
  8. Mississauga - 23 points
  9. South Niagara - 19 points

Ryan Blair
Technical Director, OCSRA
(647) 505-9476

RHCC wins the 1st annual Winter OCup Swim Meet

posted Dec 12, 2017, 12:45 PM by Ryan Blair


It was great to have over 100 participants compete in the 1st annual OCSRA Winter OCup 1 Swim Meet this past weekend.  From novice to
experienced swimmers (and everything in between) the athletes had a lot of fun in a friendly competition against their peers.

Please see attached final results.  Note times were not recorded for the U17 50m freestyle Heat #4, therefore, final ranking for the U17 50m
freestyle event was based on finals times not position of finish.  Congratulations to Richmond Hill for winning the competition.  The full Winter
OCup 1 points are listed below. 

The swim competition is the first of two Winter OCup events, the second event is our Nordic ski competition on February 4, 2018 in Ottawa.  
Similar to our summer OCup Series, we will combine each clubs total points from both Winter OCup events to determine the Winter OCup
Series Champion.  

Winter OCup 1 Swim Meet Points:
  1. Richmond Hill - 176 points
  2. Balmy Beach - 85 points
  3. Burloak - 63 points
  4. Pickering Rouge - 23 points
  5. Rideau - 22 points
  6. South Niagara - 19 points
  7. Mississauga - 17 points
  8. Carleton Place & Ottawa River - 0 points

Have a great holiday.  See you on February 4th!

Ryan Blair
Technical Director, OCSRA
(647) 505-9476

OCSRA's Winter OCup 1 Swim Meet draw

posted Dec 9, 2017, 7:57 PM by Ryan Blair   [ updated Dec 9, 2017, 7:58 PM ]


Please see attached draw for tomorrow mornings swim meet. Participants can warm up in the pool from 7:00 am - 7:30 am.  

The event is located at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre's Competition Pool - 875 Morningside Ave., Toronto, ON M1C 0C7. 
Participants should enter from the main entrance (south entrance) and go to the front desk for instructions on how to enter the pool area.  

See you in the morning.  

Ryan Blair
Technical Director, OCSRA
(647) 505-9476

OCSRA Winter OCup 1 Swim Meet Information & Registration package

posted Nov 19, 2017, 11:45 AM by Ryan Blair


Please see attached the information and registration package for our newly created Winter OCup Series swim meet. 

Hosted at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre on December 10, 2017, the event is open to all club members, parents, volunteers and alumni.  

Events include 50m, 200m and 300m freestyle.  

Club registration is due on Monday, December 4th by 5:00 pm.   

Let me know if you have any questions.

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