Richmond Hill Canoe Club is a Sprint Canoe and Kayak Racing Club affiliated with CanoeKayak Ontario and CanoeKayak Canada (CKC). Within CKC, we are part of the Western Ontario Division (WOD). We are a non-profit organization operated by an elected board of volunteers, with a paid professional head coach, and a team of experienced junior coaches. The club, founded in 1991, trains at Lake Wilcox which is located just west of Bayview Avenue between Stouffville and Bloomington Roads.
We offer several competitive programs promoting fun and fitness for ages 9-80+. Competition takes the form of “sprint races” which are generally 200m, 500m or 1000m in length, with categories for single paddlers or teams of 2 or 4 in racing kayaks and canoes or 14 paddlers together in a “war canoe”. Race venues or regattas are organized by age and gender.
Our goal is to provide challenging opportunities for paddlers of all ages to participate in competitive flat-water canoe and kayak sprint racing. New membership is encouraged... no experience necessary!
Head Coach | Helen Savin
Savin is an expert in flatwater canoe and kayak racing, an endurance and power sport similar to its more well-known cousin, rowing. Athletes paddle kayaks and canoes on their own, in pairs or in groups of four and require a high level of balance, endurance, strength and flexibility. They train year round through a combination of on-water activities in the warm months and strength training and running in the winter.
Ask Helen Savin what she likes about being the new Head Coach at the Richmond Hill Canoe Club and her eyes light up as she touches the gold kayak paddle on her necklace. “Coaching is not something you do. It’s what you are.”
Read more about Helen at our Blog.
The RHCC works to promote a healthy, active lifestyle in the community through sponsorship and outreach initiatives in an effort to expose more people to this great sport. If you represent a group that may be interested in trying canoeing or kayaking, as an educational or fun/fitness experience, please contact the club and enquire about the programs available.
Although our most competitive athletes may travel extensively to some exotic regatta destinations, a season of fun can be had with a modest commitment of time by attending local events throughout the season. Regattas are fun for the whole family, with no admission fee for spectators. Pack a picnic lunch, bring lawn chairs, and enjoy the combination of talent, sportsmanship, and camaraderie that paddlers of all ages share and enjoy.
The Western Ontario Division Trials determine the eligibility of athletes to compete at higher levels. Midget, juvenile, and junior athletes (see the membership form for ages) who finish in the top four in an event qualify for the National Championships. Bantam, midget, juvenile, and junior athletes who finish in the top four qualify for the Ontario Cup (Provincial Championships). Peewee and bantam athletes who finish in the top three qualify for the Trillium Championships. The "Trillium" represents three divisions: Quebec, Eastern and Western Ontario.
Each year, athletes from the RHCC qualify for the provincial and inter-provincial level competitions, and sometimes even finish in the medals! Their ultimate goal and the goal of their National Level coach is no less than the Olympics!