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2018 Winter OCup 1 - Swim Meet - Dec 9

posted Dec 1, 2018, 1:12 PM by Heather MacIntosh

OCSRA is hosting our second annual Winter OCup 1 - Swim Meet - at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.  Coaches are to register to Ryan Blair by December 3.
  • The event is open to all club members, including current members, parents, volunteers and alumni.  
  • The event will include 2018 U15, U17 and Open mixed gender events.
  • Due to multiple swim meets across the city, we will run the event from 6:30 am to 9:00 AM

EOD Coaches Nominated for Award

posted Nov 23, 2018, 11:53 AM by Heather MacIntosh   [ updated Nov 23, 2018, 11:54 AM ]

Congratulations to two valued EOD coaches who have been nominated for a Coach Development award:
  • Pat Lester, Carleton Place Canoe Club
  • Conrad Hutter, Rideau Canoe Club
Winners will be announced at Canoe Kayak Canada’s Coach Celebration Dinner taking place during the Annual Summit in Ottawa, on Saturday, December 1.

OCSRA & CKO Needs You

posted Nov 11, 2018, 2:25 PM by Heather MacIntosh   [ updated Nov 11, 2018, 4:14 PM ]

OCSRA and CKO are the two boards that run sprint canoe and kayak in Ontario. They play a vital role in our sport, which will not receive funding and support without them. Eastern Ontario Division needs two-four people on each board. Specifically, on the OCSRA board, EOD needs three reps in addition to the EOD Flag Officer. The northern rep is chosen by the northern clubs. On the CKO board, four nominees are required from the sprint discipline from both EOD and WOD.

Nominations are open for these positions. Below is a description of each. Please consider contributing a bit of your time and experience to supporting programs and athletes in Ontario. 

Contact Joanne Bryant, President of OCSRA and Past President of CKO, at joanne(dot)i(dot)bryant(at)gmail.com and Heather MacIntosh, the Flag Officer for EOD, at heathermacintosh100(at)gmail(dot)com.

OCSRA Board of Directors

The Ontario Canoe Kayak Sprint Racing Affiliation (OCSRA), formed in 1985, is one of three affiliate organizations associated with Canoe Kayak Ontario (Whitewater and Marathon are the others).  Representing the sport of Olympic Sprint Canoe Kayak racing, the main function of OCSRA is to implement, manage and monitor programs and activities that are provincial in scope.  The primary responsibility of the OCSRA is athlete development.

The board is comprised of nine members. In addition to the Flag Officers of each of the Eastern Ontario and Western Ontario divisions there are three nominees from each division as well. There is also one nominee (from either division) who represents the clubs in Northern Ontario (Sudbury, Parry Sound, North Bay, etc.).

The OCSRA contributes to the advancement of the sport of canoe/kayak through the management of or participation in the following programs:

  • Ontario Team Trials
  • Ontario Championships
  • Spring Training Camp (Florida)
  • Fall and Winter Training Camps
  • Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI)
  • Ontario Quest for Gold Program
  • Coaching Education
  • Apprentice Coaching Program
  • Club Development
  • Ontario Team Tours
  • Ontario Summer Games
  • Canada Summer Games
  • Official Development
  • CKC’s NextGen Program
  • Selection of Ontario Team Members

Board members ensure that all Ontario clubs are fairly represented in the above programs and work with and guide the Ontario Technical Director, our one full-time employee, in the fulfillment of these programs.

 president or chair, secretary and treasurer are selected from the board of directors. One board member also serves as the chair of the High Performance Committee, a sub committee of the board that assists in the creation of criteria for the selection of the Ontario Teams.

Meetings are usually held once a month or on an ad hoc basis when necessary. Meetings are held via teleconference.

CKO Board of Directors

Canoe Kayak Ontario (CKO) is the officially recognized provincial sport organization (PSO) that is the collective voice for canoeing in Ontario and which promotes the interests and supports the activities of its three (3) disciplines:

  • Ontario Canoe Sprint Racing Affiliation (OCSRA)
  • Ontario Marathon Canoe Kayak Racing Association (OMCKRA)
  • Whitewater Ontario (WO).

Each of the three disciplines has a minimum of three/maximum of four members on the board.

The Government of Ontario, which is an important source of funding for sport organizations, deals only with PSO’s for grants and other partnerships. Working with the Executive Director of CKO, the Board develops operational plans and priorities for the three disciplines and provides the necessary input for various grant applications.

The Board is also responsible for developing and disseminating the policies (safety, code of conduct, privacy etc.) that are mandated by the Government of Ontario for sports in Ontario.

CKO also offers a comprehensive liability and sport accident insurance package to its members while they are participating in sanctioned activities or conducting business on behalf of their members. The Board works with the insurance broker to ensure coverage is adequate and affordable.

CKO is a member of Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) and is recognized by CKC as the governing body for the sport in Ontario.

A president or chair, secretary, treasurer and affiliate vice-presidents are selected from the board of directors.

Meetings are usually held once a month or on an ad hoc basis when necessary. Meetings are held via teleconference.

OCSRA website

CKO website

Proposed Sprint Rule Changes 2018

posted Nov 3, 2018, 3:23 PM by Heather MacIntosh

The following information is from CKC:

The Proposed Rule Changes to be put before the Sprint Meeting of Members to be held in Ottawa on December 1st, are now posted on the CKC website here: http://canoekayak.ca/rule-change-proposals-2018/

The process for amendments to the competition rules of the sprint racing discipline can be found in Section VII of the Sprint Rule Book here: http://canoekayak.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2017-18-EN-Rulebook-Final-1.pdf


Details on the CKC Summit 2018, of which the Meeting of Members is a part, can be found here: http://canoekayak.ca/event/canoe-kayak-canada-summit/

OCSRA AGM - Nov 24

posted Oct 29, 2018, 6:20 PM by Heather MacIntosh   [ updated Nov 3, 2018, 3:17 PM ]

The Ontario Canoe Sprint Racing Affiliation's AGM and annual Coaches Meeting will take place on Saturday, November 24, 10:00 - noon, to be followed by the CKO AGM, all at the same venue in Peterborough. See details below and the attached file below.

Attention Coaches: Your feedback at the coaches meeting is needed to ensure OCSRA provides programs and activities that meet the needs of our athletes, coaches and clubs.  

Date:  Saturday, November 24, 2018

Location:  Fleming College - 599 Brealey Ave., Peterborough, ON

10:00 am - 11:30 am OCSRA Annual General Meeting.  Executive Meeting Room, B3330 B Wing
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Report by Special Olympics Ontario on program implementation and recruitment strategies.  
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm OCSRA Annual Coaches Meeting.  Lecture Room, D1120 D Wing

CKC Annual Summit 2018

posted Oct 24, 2018, 1:45 PM by Heather MacIntosh   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 1:45 PM ]

Canoe Kayak Canada will be hosting the Annual Summit in Ottawa, ON from November 28-December 2, 2018. The event brings together club representatives, coaches, provincial and territorial sport organizations and committee members for a combination of events, workshops, sharing best practices and networking opportunities. Canoe Kayak Canada’s Meeting of Members will take place on Saturday, December 1 at 13:00.


The development opportunities and meetings will take place at the Sheraton Hotel (150 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON).


Starts: Thursday November 29

Ends: Sunday December 2

Event Registration:

Register for the event here!


Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON

Preferred rate of $149 is available until Tuesday November 6

Click here to book a room at the Sheraton Hotel

Schedule and event details:


Still have questions?

You may contact Jessica Price at jprice@canoekayak.ca

The Cannabis Act and Sport

posted Oct 19, 2018, 10:19 AM by Heather MacIntosh

Given the recent legalization of recreational cannabis, the following letter lays out Sport Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)’s position regarding the government’s Cannabis Act and sport

To all National Sport Organizations (NSOs), Multisport Service Organizations (MSOs), and Canadian Sport Centres (CSCs) and Other Supporting Initiatives.


As you may be aware, the Cannabis Act (https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-24.5) came into force on October 17, 2018. The Cannabis Act is designed to better protect the health and safety of Canadians, to keep cannabis out of the hands of youth and to keep profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime.    It is important to note that recreational marijuana remains on the Prohibited List and that Canadian sport organizations and athletes have ongoing responsibilities in relation to their anti-doping obligations under the Sport Support and the Athlete Assistance programs.


Restrictions on the promotion of cannabis are intended to protect youth from being persuaded through marketing or advertising to consume cannabis. At the same time, consumers need access to clear, objective information on which they can make informed decisions about consumption.


Therefore, the legislation permits information-type promotion - in other words, factual, accurate information about cannabis products (ingredients, THC and CBD levels, etc.). Information that allows consumers to tell the difference between brands would also be permitted. In all cases, these types of promotion would only be allowed where they could not be seen by youth.


Of particular interest for sport organizations, events, facilities and athletes are restrictions on several types of promotional activities (s. 16-24 of the Cannabis Act), such as:

  • Promotion considered appealing to youth;
  • Promotion through sponsorship, testimonials, or endorsements; and
  • Promotion using the depictions of persons, celebrities, characters, or animals.


As a matter of policy, Sport Canada requires that national amateur sport bodies and athletes funded in part by the federal government not enter into sponsorship arrangements with the cannabis products industry. 


Consistent with the Federal Government Policy on Tobacco Sponsorship of National Sport Organizations, the federal government will withhold all funds from national amateur sport organizations associating in any sponsorship, promotional or other financial support arrangements (e.g. advertising) with the cannabis products industry for events or programs predominantly involving amateur athletes    


It is important to note that cannabis (natural and synthetic cannabinoids) remains on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List for in-competition use with the exception of cannabidiol.


The Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) administered by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) adheres to WADA’s Prohibited List, an international standard under the World Anti-Doping Code.


As with all prohibited substances, athletes subject to the CADP can avoid violations by abstaining from cannabis use during their athletic careers. Athletes will be held strictly liable for any prohibited substance that is found in their sample.


The CCES has developed educational information for athletes and support personnel to navigate the cannabis legislation and its impact on sport at https://cces.ca/cannabis. This includes a downloadable educational kit and information on the use of cannabis related products including medical marijuana and cannabidiol. Sport Canada encourages the sport community to use these educational resources and address any further questions on anti-doping regulations related to cannabis in sport to the CCES.


To learn more about the Cannabis Act and the health effects of cannabis, visit www.Canada.ca/Cannabis



Vicki Walker

Directrice générale | Director General
Sport Canada
Ministère du Patrimoine canadien | Department of Canadian Heritage
Gatineau, Canada K1A 0M5
Téléphone | Telephone 819-956-8153
Télécopieur | Facsimile 819-956-8006
Gouvernement du Canada | Government of Canada
Téléimprimeur (sans frais) 1-888-997-3123 / Teletypewriter (toll free) 1-888-997-3123
Gouvernement du Canada / Government of Canada


Ginette Richards

Adjointe exécutive / Executive Assistant

Bureau du directeur général, Sport Canada

Office of the Director General, Sport Canada

Patrimoine canadien / Canadian Heritage

Gatineau, Canada, K1A 0M5


Téléphone / telephone 819-956-8151

Télécopieur / Facsimile 819-956-8006

Grant Writing Webinar - Oct 24

posted Oct 19, 2018, 8:07 AM by Heather MacIntosh

Advancing Your Game Webinar Series:
Grant Writing Basics

The Sport Law & Strategy Group provides legal solutions, planning and governance services, and strategic communications consulting in the Canadian sport system. We believe that our webinar series can help make a difference in your sport organization.

Grant Writing Basics

With increasing competition for scarce funding resources, there is a greater emphasis on ensuring that your grant application stands out from the crowd. How many times have you invested the time and energy in preparing an application just to have it rejected at the first stage? Whether applying for $10,000 or $1 million, grant writing is a skill and this webinar will provide you with some tips and tools to make your next grant application a success.
Kathy Hare has successfully written numerous grant applications ranging in value from $5,000 to over $1.8 million and will share her experiences as well as some do’s and don’ts in grant writing.

This webinar is being held on Wednesday October 24th at 12:00pm EDT. You can register for the webinar on our website. The cost is $40 tax included.

The webinar will be recorded. If you cannot attend you can still register and the recording will be sent to you.

CKO Seeks New Board Members

posted Oct 19, 2018, 8:03 AM by Heather MacIntosh   [ updated Oct 19, 2018, 8:04 AM ]

The Canoe Kayak Ontario Board is seeking new board members. CKO oversees sprint, marathon and whitewater canoe and kayak in Ontario. Please notify members of your clubs. For more information, refer to the CKO website (which recently got a new look) at https://www.canoekayakontario.ca/.

EOD members currently serving on the CKO board are Charles Slade, LA Schmidt and Heather MacIntosh. If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Bryant at joanne(dot)i(dot)bryant(at)gmail(dot)com. 

CKC Annual Summit, Nov 28-Dec 2, Ottawa

posted Oct 19, 2018, 7:34 AM by Heather MacIntosh

The CKC Annual Summit will be held Thursday, November 28 to Sunday, December 2 at the Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert St. in downtown Ottawa. There will be sessions on effective leadership, enhanced performance, proactive communications, and grassroots and club development. Club leaders should plan to attend the SRC Meeting of Members on Saturday, December 1, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, to vote on rule changes, among other things.

The draft agenda is posted in the file below.

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