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30th Annual Gull River Open Canoe Slalom Race

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2014 WO donation from HOHW & 2013 donation allocation

Once again, the Hell or High Water Organising Committee has generously directed funds raised to WO's Advocacy Committee. We are the grateful recipients of $1000-thanks HOHW and congratulations on another fantastic event and a battle nearly won!
We would like to take this opportunity to update members on where last year's donation was directed. In consultation with the WO Advocacy Committee & the HOHW Organising Committee, the $2800 was allocated and then offered to the following initiatives:

$1600 to OWL Rafting to cover costs of a new paddler Outhouse at the Lorne Access

$250 to Wilderness Tours to help with road maintenance of the WT takeout

$250 to OWL Rafting to help with road maintenance of McCoys putin and Lorne access road

$250 to OWL Rafting to help with repair/reconstruction costs of the bridge on Lorne access trail which was washed away in high water last spring

$450 kept in reserve for future signage and additional advocacy projects


Due to a major renovation project on the Roger Parson's Centre commencing Sept. 8, 2014, the entire building, including downstairs washrooms, and water supply will be closed to public use from Sept 8th, through the end of the paddling season. The campground area will remain open until late fall.

These changes are being funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the TO2015 legacy funding which is helping WO undertake this needed upgrading  and modernization of the Roger Parsons Centre as part of the WO hosting of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Canoe Slalom event on the Gull River in July 2015. Updates will be posted on this website from time to time.

Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation.


MWWP Committee

Many Reasons to be Proud

Mael Rivard of Ottawa competing at the Minden Hills Open

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Photo by Mark Arike / The Highlander

Whitewater Ontario and the Ottawa River Runners have much to be proud of after organizing and hosting two major slalom events in past ten days. Our organizations have reason to celebrate as both the Minden Hills Open at the Gull and the National Whitewater Championships at MKC were incredibly successful with a high quality experience for athletes, officials, and spectators. 

The team of volunteers that contributed to the organization of these events displayed an outstanding commitment and dedication to ensure the races were conducted at the highest level possible. Many of the athletes competed in both events and were grateful for the efforts put forward on their behalf.

Why were these two events so important to WO and ORR? The Minden Hills Open provided us the opportunity to once again use our new timing system at the Gull which is site of the 2015 Pan Am Games Canoe Slalom competition. Our team of volunteers worked with Pan Am Technical Advisor Eric Lokken to streamline the procedures necessary to run a high caliber race. Our judges did an outstanding job while the timing system worked flawlessly. Transmission officials relayed section results via radio and our verification team quickly entered gate scores for each paddler. The athletes had quick, accurate results that were posted electronically at the finish line.  The Gull River presents challenges when conducting any level of race but our volunteers made sure that this was an overall success.

As part of the MHO and with great support from the Township of Minden Hills, National Senior Team members organized the first ever Parallel Slalom event on the Gull River in the town of Minden near the bridge. This was a fun event enjoyed by the athletes and spectators who gathered along the river and bridge to watch. A big thank you to the Township for allowing this event to take place.

Our National Whitewater Championships were held at MKC August 27-29th and many thanks go out to Claudia and Dirk Van Wijk for graciously hosting this celebration of whitewater paddling. With an abundance of support from the MKC staff, our volunteers organized three excellent days of competition which included both downriver and slalom events. We had representation from 6 Canadian provinces and territories and the championship showcased our emerging talent (particularly from Ontario). The competition featured a schedule that ran completely on time for every race and our team once again provided quick, accurate results.

Putting on two major events stretched the limits of our volunteer capacity but we worked well as a team with the goal of organizing an outstanding set of races. On behalf of Whitewater Ontario, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who contributed time, energy, and expertise in making these two events so successful. We had experienced volunteers working alongside people completely new to the sport but with everyone working together to collectively build our capacity to host major events. Many thanks to you all.

Along with James Cartwright and Canoe Kayak Canada, thanks also go out to International Truckload Services Inc. for their financial support for Nationals. Molly’s Bistro in Minden supplied great lunch sandwiches for our volunteers at the MHO. Special thanks to Duncan Daniels who served as a Chief Judge at both the MHO and Canadian Nationals.

Congratulations to all the athletes who raced in these events and performed so capably in a variety of categories and disciplines.

Whitewater Ontario and the Ottawa River Runners are poised and ready for next year’s Senior Team Trials and Pan Am Canoe Slalom competition both of which take place at the Gull in 2015.

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