Burloak Canoe Club
|Type||Organizations based in Canada|
|Purpose||advocate and public voice, educator and network|
|Headquarters||Oakville, Ontario, Canada|
|Region served||Burlington and Oakville, Ontario, Canada|
|Official language||English, French|
The Burloak Canoe Club is a flatwater canoe/kayak racing club located in Oakville, Ontario. It serves the communities of Burlington and Oakville and provides a variety of canoe-based activities for local residents focusing primarily on the two disciplines of sprint canoe and sprint kayak. Burloak Canoe Club is located on Navy Flats along the banks of Sixteen Mile Creek and boasts a sizable building that caters not only to sport but to special events as well.
Burloak's history emerges from two former canoe clubs: The Mohawk Canoe Club, formerly situated in Burlington where the Spencer Smith Park now lies, and the Oakville Racing Canoe Club. Mohawk was started in 1958 by Mike Moir, Bill Pitt and Bill Dinsmore and raced under the black and green colours. The Oakville Racing Canoe Club was founded in 1974 by former Toronto Island paddler Bill Collins and Dorothy Jamieson. Oakville's colours were brown and white but when the two clubs merged in 1989, the new entity adopted a new set of official colours, though the Mohawk colours are often used unofficially to represent Burloak. The Burloak racing vest is solid black with a coloured badge on the front.
The Burloak Canoe Club is an integral part of the local community, participating and hosting local events and providing an alternative to people looking for a unique and challenging sport. Training and competition takes place in C-1, C-2, C-4 and IC-4, C-15 (War Canoe), K-1, K-2 and K-4 canoes and kayaks.
Programs exist for all ages and skill levels, from Atom (under 10) to Masters (25 and over), and beginner to high-performance levels. Participation in local, regional and national competitions takes place for all age groups.
Olympians and World Champions
Many of the country's top paddlers have come out of the Burloak Canoe Club. These include Larry Cain (Olympic gold and silver medalist in C-1, 1984), Mark Oldershaw (Junior World Championship gold medalist in C-1, 2001) and Adam van Koeverden (Olympic gold and bronze medalist in K-1, 2004; Olympic silver in K-1, 2008). In total, Burloak sent four paddlers to the Beijing Olympics (Brady Reardon, Mark Oldershaw, Adam van Koeverden and Chris Pellini). Oldershaw and Reardon are both from families that have sent previous generations of paddlers to the Olympics. Burloak has led the way in development women's canoeing (as distinct from kayaking), with notable paddlers Sheila Kuyper and Malorie Nicholson. Nicholson won gold in the world championship C2 500 meter event in both 2010 and 2011.
Winter training for all levels and ages takes place in the clubhouse between approximately November and May, revolving around weight training and aerobic exercise.
Burloak has won the burgee at the national championship ('CCA') on ten occasions: 1981, 1982, 1983 (as Oakville Racing Canoe Club) and 1997, 1998, 2000, 2007, 2009. 2010 and 2011 Burloak Masters have achieved similar success in the over-25 age-group winning the burgee in 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2010 and being runners-up at the annual National CanMas Competition on numerous occasions, including 2008, 2009 and 2011.
- Sean Fitz-Gerald (June 15, 2012). "Mark Oldershaw continues a three-generation family tradition at Olympics". National Post. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
- "Paddling's in their genes". Hamilton Spectator. 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
- "Burloak celebrates its present, past at Olympic sendoff". Burlington Post. 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-05.
- , Burloak Paddlers Shine at World Championships
- "New Oldershaw at helm of Burloak Canoe Club". Burlington Post. 2008-01-26. Retrieved 2010-08-05.
- 26th CanMas Program and Results, 2011, p 27
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