Fallapalooza Showcases CanoeKayak Canada National Team Members Giving Back

Posted Sep 18th, 2014 in Events

The Welland International Flatwater Centre is pleased to be the host of the Fallapalooza 2014 Training Camp on Saturday, September 20 to Sunday, September 21st. Over one hundred youth, between the ages of 13 – 16, will arrive Saturday morning at 8 am to register, from across Southern Ontario as well as Ottawa. Four youth from the South Niagara Canoe Club will be taking advantage of this amazing opportunity in their own backyard.

The individuals will receive training on and off the water from CanoeKayak Canada National Team Athletes, including Adam van Koeverden – four time Olympic medalist. With many world championships titles to their names and Olympic experience, the camp will feature various talented National Team athletes: Brady Reardon, Sam Roworth, Paul Bryant, Alana Bray-Loughead, KC Fraser, Drew Hodges, Marianne Fraser, Hunter George, and Aaron Rublee. This provides the opportunity for young athletes to learn from National Team athletes who are still competing at a high performance level.

“I find that there is a gap in the training camps that are available for this age group. The Fallapalooza 2014 Training Camp provides a great training opportunity for these young and developing paddlers. They are able to meet and train with experienced athletes competing at the highest level of paddling, who the youth themselves aspire to be like one day and gain valuable insight into becoming the best paddlers they can be. Whether it be technical questions or paddling inquiries in general, this is an opportunity to learn from athletes who now represent Canada on the international stage,” Fallapalooza Coordinator and coach KC Fraser states. Fraser has frequented the WIFC much over her paddling career. As a gold medalist in the K4 500 at the 2011 Pan American Games, she took part in the inaugural race at the WIFC ribbon cutting ceremony in 2013 against Olympian canoeist, Mark Oldershaw; “The Welland International Flatwater Centre was an obvious choice for the camp; it’s an amazing training venue that accommodates for a large number of athletes and is a world-class facility.”

Training will begin at 9 am Saturday morning and run until Sunday at 2 pm, with a focus on technique. There will be an on-the-water aspect as well as off the water dry land training. Fallapalooza 2014 Training Camp coaches would like to give a special thank you to the Ontario team and the Western Ontario Division for their financial support and enabling the event to be as affordable to youth as possible as well as the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation for hosting the event.

Fallapalooza 2014 Training Camp

Saturday, September 20 – Sunday, September 21

Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC)

16 Townline Tunnel Road, Welland, Ontario

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