decision to produce a second edition of The Book of Champions
developed over a period of time and for a number of reasons.
The 100th anniversary of the Canadian Canoe Association
in 2000 seemed an opportune time to review the first edition,
to identify its weaknesses and to produce a new edition
to celebrate the Association's history.
the last quarter of the 19th century the Canadian Canoe
Association underwent significant structural changes with
the admission of other canoe sports into the association:
the white water disciplines of slalom, downwater and freestyle
canoeing and kayaking, marathon racing, some canoe sailing
and most recently, although not formally, some involvement
with dragon boating at the club level. I contemplated how
I might incorporate these new disciplines into a more accurate
view of canoe sport within the association but had to forfeit
what would no doubt have become an overwhelming expansion
of the mission I launched in 1975. I look forward to the
addition of subsequent volumes to record the Champions of
these more recent canoe disciplines.
do reflect in the events of the Chronology and the changes
in the Officers of the Association, the changes in the organisation
and structure of the Association over the last quarter century.
book, which deals with the discipline more accurately referred
to as "sprint racing," has been updated with Canadian
performances in international competitions not included
in the first edition: Pan American Games 1967-1997, Senior
World Canoe Championships 1958-2000 and the Junior World
Canoe Championships 1985-2000. With these additions the
competitive career of Canadian paddlers can be followed
through national age classes, performance classes and to
international competitions. Information that appeared in
the first edition has been upgraded to the year 2000 and
the result is 100 Years of Champions of the Canadian
Canoe Association 1900-2000.
importantly, a new edition permits the author to eliminate
errors that appeared in the first edition. I am indebted
to so many competitors, relatives, spectators and students
of the sport who passed corrections, additions and advice
on to me. I want to single out several who were called upon
on a number of occasions for assistance and never disappointed
me: Nancy McKenzie, my very good Atlantic Division friend,
Howard Radford whose long and distinguished involvement
in canoe sport has been ever available to clarify some arcane
detail from the past. Mike Scott was particularly dedicated
to material relating to the Ottawa canoe scene and took
care to send corrections to me. And for indispensable assistance
in the production of the final copy I must acknowledge the
generous assistance of Brenda Campbell. Judy Tutty deserves
a special commendation for the very taxing assignment of
proof reading major parts of the manuscript.
want to thank Gerry Pynenburg and his assistant, Steve Young,
at Queen's Printing for the valuable advice and assistance
in getting the final copy to print.
am grateful to the staff in the National Office for the
unquestioning support and assistance they have provided
whenever needed. Thank you Catherine, John, Graham and Anne.
am confident this new edition provides a more complete and
accurate record of competitive sprint canoe racing in Canada.