RAYA CUTHILL, Assistant Coach
Raya comes to YCKC as a gymnastics coach and sprint racing paddler. Currently serving as Assistant Coach for YCKC’s racing team, Raya is also preparing to compete at Western Canada Summer Games and the 2019 CANADIAN SPRINT CANOE KAYAK CHAMPIONSHIPS, both held in August. Raya currently ranks 3rd in Saskatchewan for Women’s Kayak.
YCKC's annual DEVELOPMENTAL REGATTA at York Lake Regional Park, Yorkton, SK is a particularly special event as YCKC celebrates more than 30 years of serving Yorkton and District! The day is enjoyed by all who watch beginner paddlers race to the finish line in Olympic style races for the Olympic sports of sprint canoe and kayaking, complete with podium ceremonies—Gold, Silver, Bronze medals included!
YCKC is ever grateful to its sponsors— City of Yorkton, CKS, KidSport, Scoops, Yorkton This Week, Park’s Jewellery, Real Canadian Superstore, Save On Foods, Yorkton Co-op, CTV, Harvest Meats, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming, Smith Steel, and Penguin Ice! THANK YOU for helping to make YCKC's Developmental Regatta a success!
YCKC Executive and paddlers say a special THANK YOU to the parents and volunteers who donate time, items, and skills towards this regatta and to the club in general... for the making of wonderful memories, with more to come!
Flatwater/Sprint Canoe and Kayaking takes place on lakes and calm rivers:
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 9:30am - 5 pm.
Free Spectator Admission / Free Parking
YCKC’s Developmental Regattas are a success on all fronts! Paddlers from western provinces grace the podium alongside Yorkton paddlers during the medal ceremonies.
This regatta is important in that it provides beginner canoers and kayakers an opportunity to compete for gold in K1, K2, K4, C1, C2, and C4 races that are 200 m., 500 m., and 1000 m. in length. Athletes experience Olympic-style competition in a safe and fun environment.
We thank all paddlers, coaches, and parents who drive distances during the wee hours of the morning, in order to participate. We are particularly grateful to YCKC volunteers who donate over 260 hours in order to make these regattas a success! Feedback we've received:
“In discussing this regatta, there isn’t one thing we’d change!”
"So very well organized!"
“We’ve attended many regattas – this has been the best.”
“It should be two days next time.”
“This is such an important experience for these athletes.”
“Thank you again for putting on such a wonderful regatta last weekend. I was truly impressed with how smoothly everything ran. My kids had a wonderful time and were all talking about the regatta this morning at practice. It was such a great opportunity for them.”
JON MUIR, Assistant Coach
YCKC welcomes back Jon Muir as our CanoeKids coach! Assistant Coach Jon graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and will be teaching in Yorkton this Fall. Jon is the recipient of numerous awards for academic excellence and community involvement. Jon holds a Black Belt in Karate.
“I’m very passionate about whatever I do and about active living, whether that is in sport or recreation. I have a drive to learn new concepts and to consistently challenge myself. I have coached football for many years and look forward to doing that again this fall.”
The Yorkton Canoe and Kayak Club(YCKC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing and developing the sport of Flatwater/Sprint Canoe and Kayak in Yorkton and District.
For over 30 years, YCKC has offered programs for all ages! YCKC is known for hosting its annual Yorkton Developmental Regatta, which draws in athletes from around the province to compete in a challenging yet fun filled environment. YCKC athletes have made Yorkton proud by representing their club at local, provincial, and national regattas, always competing with sportsmanship, dedication, and excellence.
Though mainly a Sprint Club, YCKC also offers Learn-to-Paddle, Recreational, Group, and Rental programs that focus on paddling safety, healthy and active lifestyle, and having fun! In 2014, YCKC started a Dragon Boat program as well as Paddle-All (partnership with Sask Abilities).
YCKC is a member of Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan (CKS) and Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC).
YCKC's coaches and Executive are committed to creating a positive, challenging, and fun environment for everyone. All Executive and Coaches are Respect in Sport certified. We are open to new ideas on how to improve our club and its service to the community! Email and/or call us. We look forward to seeing you on the water!
YCKC thanks the following organizations for their ongoing support over the years:
TYANA KATZELL, Assistant Coach
YCKC welcomes Tyana on board as a summer program coach! Tyana is a certified lifeguard, having also achieved her Bronze Cross and Bronze Medallion as well as numerous other advanced lifesaving courses. Tyana’s expertise as a speed swimming coach and her volunteer experience are well appreciated by YCKC members and participants. In September, Tyana plans to continue with her university studies.
YCKC’s Head Coach, Jessica Riley, is a certified NLS Lifeguard, NCCP coach, and a member of the provincial coaching association. Coach Riley holds a Saskatchewan Professional A Teacher Certificate. Coach Riley began paddling at YCKC, competing as a sprint kayaker in the 2000 Sask Summer Games, and as a competitive sprint canoer in various regattas. She is committed to inspiring paddlers in the sport of canoeing and kayaking by providing a fun, safe, and educational experience for all. Coach Riley served as Head Coach for Team SK at the Canada Day 2019 Canada Cup East competition in Ottawa, and looks forward to her 13th year coaching at YCKC!
Summer Assistant Coaches
Want to learn an Olympic sport, enjoy the outdoors and stay fit while you work this Summer? Become an Assistant Coach at YCKC! University students who enjoy the outdoors, are self-motivated/take initiative, have a strong work ethic, like working with kids and those with disabilities, and who have their own accommodation and transportation in the Yorkton/Melville area are invited to apply. Preference is given to those who have lifeguard certification. Email your updated Résumé to: email@example.com.
KAITLYN KLEMETSKI, Assistant Coach
YCKC welcomes Kaitlyn to its summer coaching staff. Kaitlyn brings to our members and participants her sport and coaching competencies, multiple awards and certifications in long distance track, cross country, curling, competitive figure skating, and Ukrainian dance. Kaitlyn will leave us in the fall to spend the next year touring internationally as a professional skater with DISNEY ON ICE before pursuing a degree in nursing.