CANOE KAYAK CANADA TROPHIES

The following is a list, by age category, of the various event
trophies awarded at the national championships.
photographs © CanoeKayak Canada / Liam Birch | Text courtesy C. Fred Johnston

   
 

The first trophies donated to the CCA for annual competition came by way of an intervening party, usually a member of the Board. Boards typically accepted trophies recommended by a Board member, or indeed, one offered by the member himself. This informal, collegial process of obtaining trophies continued until the post WWII era when the expansion of competition classes and events stimulated trophy donations. At times the informality of the process resulted in confusion and delay in the acceptance of awards.

At the Annual Meeting of February 17, 1968, the membership approved a report which established procedures and standards governing the acceptance of new trophies for National Championship events. By the late 1970s the number of trophy donations were continuing to increase, along with the need for the association to deal with nominations of its members for a variety of national awards. The Trophy Committee was reconstituted as the Trophy and Awards Committee with responsibility for recommending to the Board nominations for awards as well as awards offered by donors.

In 1980 the Board approved Policies and Procedures Relating to the Acceptance of Perpetual Awards which included any award offered by the Association for competition as well as recognition. Formal procedures were identified to guide potential donors, criteria governing acceptance, as well as conditions and procedures governing the withdrawal of trophies from use. In 1990 an addendum to the above policy was approved - Policies and Procedures relating to the Care and Maintenance of Sprint Racing Trophies. Over time the Association has assembled policies, procedures and criteria that govern offers, acceptance, materials and design, care and maintenance and withdrawal of trophies - sufficient to insure that awards and trophies of quality are presented that do honour to recipients, the name associated with the award, the Association and the sport.

   
 
 
 
SENIOR EVENTS
 
Event Trophy
Donated
Senior Men's C1 1000m
Aubrey E. Ireland Sr. Trophy
1921
Island Amateur Aquatic Association  
The Aubrey E. Ireland Sr. Trophy was the first trophy donated for small boat competition at the annual Canadian Championships. The donor, Aubrey Ireland Sr., was a top single blade singles paddler in the Western Division and runner up to national champion Alistair McKenzie in 1913 and 1914. In 1919, at the first championships after the war, Ireland won the Senior Singles Championship and repeated the feat in 1920 whereupon he retired from serious training and competition. During the prewar years Ireland was also the outstanding single blade paddler winning the Paddling Trophy of the American Cane Association in 1915 and 1916, and after the war, in 1920. His donation was made in his year of retirement from competition. A leader in his club, the Island Amateur Aquatic Association, in the sport of swimming and canoeing, as well as an administrator in the Western Division, he became Commodore of the CCA in 1924 and Commodore of the ACA in 1928. He was a prime force in the move to send a demonstration canoe racing team to the 1924 Olympics.
 
 
 
 
Senior Men's C1 500m
Mike Scott Trophy
1976
Rideau Canoe Club  
This trophy was donated by the Rideau Canoe Club in 1976 to honour R. Patrick "Mike" Scott for 25 years of dedication not just to the Rideau Canoe Club but to canoeing. Clubs that have ongoing success can usually attribute that success to a series of individuals who metaphorically serve as the 'glue' that binds the club together through the ups and downs of most amateur sport organisations. Since 1949, Mike had been a Rideau man, a canoe man. It's hard to find his name in the record books, but there are many a Rideau paddler who acknowledges Mike as the man who motivated success at Rideau through the "Scott" years. He worked hand in hand with that other dedicated Rideau man, Ken Stroulger, and as Ken relinquished his caring concern which comes with age, Mike Scott filled the breach. Mike served as Rideau's Commodore for 15 years when the trophy was donated. With Mike, anything and everything seems possible: he chaired eight National Championship regattas in Ottawa, a driver for the National Team van, national and provincial Team Manager, even a replacement for a departed member of the national office staff. He did it all. In 1985 Mike completed his 25th successive year as Commodore and thirty-three years on the Board of Directors. Mike was honoured by his sport with the Edgar Gilbert Award for Builder in 1985.
Senior Men's C1 200m
William (Bill) Cleevely Memorial Trophy
1995
Otterburn Boating Club  
donated by the Cleevely Family; Commodore Otterburn Boating Club, Flag Officer Eastern Division (now Quebec Division), Manager Rome Olympics, Commodore of CCA in 1946; Honourary Commodore CCA in 1972
 
 
 
 
 
Senior Men's C2 1000m


Harry L. Butler Memorial Trophy accompanied by two medals
1952
Rideau Canoe Club  
On the death of Harry L. Butler (1899-1951) the Rideau Canoe Club donated a trophy to the Association in his memory for the Senior Men's Single Blade Tandem event. His Rideau friends were able to take advantage of 'connections' at the Royal Canadian Mint to have dies made for the production of a medal to accompany the trophy. The Butler medal holds a unique place in the Mint's Coin collection and the trophy collections of men who have won the Senior Tandem event. Butler's association with canoeing began in 1912 when, as a twelve-year-old, he joined the Rideau Canoe Club. Over a competitive career that lasted 39 years, Harry Butler missed competing in only two National Championships. Butler's life evolved around canoeing, first as a competitor in team events, tandem, fours and war canoe, where he won ten Championships. Frank Amyot, among others, benefitted from Harry's knowledge and skill as a coach and trainer. Near the end of the war, in 1944, Rideau lost its clubhouse; Harry was one of the small group of members who banded together in 1946 to re-establish a new club on Mooney's Bay. He was elected the first Commodore of the new Rideau Canoe Club.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senior Men's C2 500m
John Wood Trophy
1976
Mississauga Canoe Club  
Donated by the Mississauga Canoe Club to the Canadian Canoe Association for annual competition for the Men's Senior Class 500m C2 event to honour John Wood, winner of the silver medal at the 1976 Olympics in Men's 500m C1. Wood's medal was the first Olympic medal for Canadian paddlers since 1952 when Ken Lane and Don Hawgood won a silver medal in 10,000m C2. His medal had a significant impact on a national team programme that had suffered through a twenty-five year medal drought. A young boy in the community of Mississauga by the name of Larry Cain took great encouragement from Wood's Olympic success and dedicated himself to achieving his own Olympic medal.
Senior Men's C4 1000m
W. E. Gowling Trophy
See Open Men's IC4 500m
Senior Men's C15 1000m
Colonel Herbert Molson Memorial Trophy
1931
Lachine Racing Canoe Club  
Mr. C. N. Valiquet, a Past Commodore of the Lachine Racing and Canoe Club, presented the trophy to the Canadian Canoe Association, a donation of Col. Herbert Molson, with assurances that it was not a "Brewery Trophy," but rather a personal gift of the Colonel.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the CCA, May 9, 1931
 
 
 
 
 
Senior Men's K1 1000m
Bert Oldershaw Trophy
1957
Island Canoe Club  
Bert Oldershaw, Olympic competitor, organiser and promoter of canoe sport, grew up on the Toronto Islands, joined the Island Canoe Club in 1939 at age 18 and won his first of many National Championships for that club in 1940, Intermediate Double Blade Fours and Intermediate Single Blade Singles. At the time, many paddlers crossed over between single blade and double blade paddling; Bert excelled in both disciplines, although he had more Championship medals in single blade, tandem being a specialty for him. That event took him to two Olympic Games: London in 1948 (C2 1000m) and Melbourne, Australia in 1956 (C2 10,000m). At Helsinki in 1952, he paddled K1 1000m. Oldershaw finalled in his events at three Olympic Games. After 17 years of competition, a bag full of medals, three Olympic Games, the expropriation of private property on the Islands in 1956 and the subsequent closing of the Island Canoe Club, was an appropriate time to leave the Island and start anew in the Port Credit area. In 1956 he founded the Canadian Canoe Association annual Year Book dedicated to the promotion and development of canoeing across Canada; he was a founder of the Mississauga Canoe Club in 1958 and an enthusiastic promoter of canoeing locally and nationally. Not restricted to sprint racing only, he played a principal role in the entry of white water paddlers into the CCA as the Canadian White Water Affiliate in 1964. Bert Oldershaw donated his trophy to the Association for competition in 1958.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the CCA, May 3, 1958
Senior Men's K1 500m
Alvin Brien Memorial Trophy
1983
Banook Canoe Club  
Canadian Champion kayak paddler, Member of 1980 Olympic Games Team who tragically drowned while on a sailing trip
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senior Men's K2 1000m
Henry James Harper Memorial Trophy
1958
Gananoque Motorboat & Canoe Club  
The Henry James Harper Memorial Trophy was donated in 1958 by the Gananoque Bar Association to honour the life of Gananoque resident Henry Harper. Harper commenced his paddling career at the Gananoque Motorboat and Canoe Club during World War II. He excelled in double blade paddling when the boat used for singles and tandem events was the same as that used for single blade singles and tandem, the Canadian sheel , or "peanut." At the 1949 Championships Harper took second in Senior double blade singles 1/2 mile and third in the 10,000 m. And, with partner Bing Jackson, first in the 1/2 mile tandem event. In 1950 the Gananoque tandem repeated the 1/2 mile tandem victory and with Gerald Covey and Bennie Tackaberry, won the Double Blade Fours 1/2 mile. But Harper's greatest achievement took place in 1948 when he and Covey came out of nowhere to win selection to the 1948 Olympic Games team. At the Games, Harper and Covey had but days to practise using a decked tandem kayak and still managed a 7th place finish. In 10,000 m K2, the tandem completed the race in 14th place. Harper was a proud member of the Ontario Provincial Police, serving in the Gananoque region of Ontario when he was killed in a traffic accident.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the CCA, May 3, 1958
 
 
Senior Men's K2 500m
Pierre Tremblay Memorial Trophy
1975
Quebec Canoe Club  
This trophy was offered to the Association for annual competition by Michel Hebert, Commodore of the Lachine Racing Canoe Club on behalf of "a group of competitors and officials" (primarily from the Eastern Division), in memory of Pierre Tremblay, a young paddler for the Quebec Canoe Club who was killed in an automobile accident. Tremblay paddled single blade and in 1971 placed 1st in Junior Fours 1000m, 3rd in Junior Tandem 1000m and 2nd in Senior Fours 1000m.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the CCA, May 24/25, 1975
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senior Men's K4 500m
William L. "Bill" Patterson Trophy
1972
Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Association  
Bill Patterson was associated with many "first time" events in his illustrious years of involvement in canoe sport. He made no reputation for himself on the water; but Bill was a builder and organizer who had a significant impact on the course of development of paddling in his native province of Nova Scotia. Patterson was from the Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Association on Dartmouth's Lake Banook where he was a prime force in the development of age-class paddling on the very competitive canoeing scene on that lake after WWII. On his own initiative, he travelled to Ottawa in 1949 to see what a CCA Championships was all about; he was not disappointed. His decision to bring Mic Mac into the CCA that year was no doubt a consequence of that very positive experience at Ottawa. Anticipating another trip east, he "imported" the first "peanut" racing shell from Central Canada and in 1952 he brought the first Maritimer, Henry Moser, to compete in a CCA regatta. Patterson was instrumental in bringing the clubs in the Dartmouth area if Nova Scotia into the Canadian Canoe Association in 1956 as the Maritime Division. In the same year, a C4 from Dartmouth won the first National Championship for the Maritimes. The crew was from Mic Mac. Patterson was elected Commodore of the CCA in 1961, the first of a long line of Maritimers to hold that office. Patterson was also Flag Officer for the Atlantic Division in 1960, Honourary Commodore of the CCA 1974-1975, and a recipient in 1988 of the R. Edgar Gilbert Award - Builder Category.
Senior Women's K1 1000m
Shirley Horne MemorialTrophy
2008
Banook Canoe Club  
donated by the Society for Canoe Championships. Shirley contributed to most facets of the Canadian canoe world as parent, competitor, national official, Divisional Officials Coordinator and Club Director
 
 
 
 
Senior Women's K1 500m
Tom Dienstmann Trophy
1967
Lachine Racing Canoe Club  
This Hungarian emigré settled into the Montreal community paddling for the Lachine and Cartierville clubs in the 1960s. The trophy was donated in 1967 by Dienstmann in memory of his infant son Eric who died shortly after his birth. Tom Dienstmann served as the Technical Director for Canoeing at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Minutes of a meeting of the CCA Board of Directors, May 13, 1967
 
 
Senior Women's K2 500m
G. M. McTavishTrophy
1973
Island Canoe Club  
A trophy for the new Women's Senior K2 500m event was presented to the Board of the CCA in 1973, as the donation of G. "Sandy" McTavish, a former Secretary to the Association Board. Sandy was associated with the Island Canoe Club in the 1950s and later took out membership in the Mississauga Canoe Club, lured there by former Islanders, Bert Oldershaw and Bill Collins.
Minutes of a Meeting of the CCA Board of Directors, Aug 17, 1973
Senior Women's K4 500m
Susan Holloway Trophy
1978
Rideau Canoe Club  
donated by Thea and Morris Holloway, parents of 1980 and 1984 Olympic paddler Sue Holloway
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senior Women's C1 1000m
Sheila Kuyper Trophy
2012
Burloak Canoe Club  
donated by McNie Protective Paddling Gear. In 1995, Canada was the first country to include women-in-canoe at its Nationals. Sheila set records that were unrivalled at the time and is known as Canada’s most decorated female canoeist. Her 1998 time for the Senior Women C-1, 1000m remains unbroken at 4:43.89. Her international lobbying efforts and mentoring of women canoeists influenced the introduction of women’s canoe at the ICF World Championships in 2001.
 
 
 
 
Senior Women's C1 200m
William 'Bill' McKee Trophy
2018
Grand Trunk Boating Club  
Respected National and International Official; proud supporter of women's canoeing. Donated by Canoë-Kayak Quebec.
 
 
 
 
Senior Women's C4 500m
Henry (Hank) Farintosh Trophy
See Open Women's IC4 500m
Senior Women's C15 500m
Harry L. Butler Trophy
1949
Rideau Canoe Club  
In 1946 women were permitted to race in the Canadian Canoe Association Championships for the first time; the event was an exhibition women's war canoe race. It was 50-year-old Harry L. Butler who donated the trophy in 1949 for the exhibition event which became an official event in 1965. On the occasion of the trophy's first presentation, the Ottawa Citizen refers to the prize as the "Rideau Cup."
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
  JUNIOR EVENTS
 
Event Trophy
Donated
Junior Men's C1 1000m
Tom McHugh Trophy
1934
     
There has been a mystery surrounding the donor of this trophy; no one appears to be familiar with a "Mr. Tom McHugh." The minutes of the 1934 Semi-Annual Meeting of the Association might provide some information relating to this donation. At the meeting, Commodore Frank Clement advised the Association, August 3, 1934, that he had accepted a trophy for the Junior Single Blade Singles event from "an old friend of the paddling game, Mr. Thomas McKeown." The membership approved the actions of the Commodore. Given the phonetic similarity in the two names, the minuted statement may refer to the trophy donor, whether his name be McHugh or McKeown.
Minutes of the Semi-Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the CCA, Montreal, QC, Friday, August 3, 1924
 
 
Junior Men's C1 500m
G. Glen Adams Memorial Trophy
2019
Otterburn Boating Club  
Glen Adams was a member of the Otterburn Boating Club who served as Commodore of the CCA in 1972. He was a member of the Board of Directors for thirteen years and served on the Olympic and International Committee for eleven years where he provided forceful leadership and sage advice. Trophy inscription reads: "May each winner be encouraged to strive for excellence." Adams received the R. Edgar Gilbert Award in the Official Category in 1982. When the original trophy was retired in 2017, a new "memorial" trophy was commissioned to continue Adams's legacy.
Junior Men's C1 200m
Centenerian of Club de Canotage Lac Sergent
2009
Club de Canotage du Lac Sergent  
donated by Lac Sergent Canoe Club and the City of Lac Sergent in celebration of the Club's 100th anniversary
 
 
 
 
 
Junior Men's C2 1000m
Len Johnson Trophy
1964
Island Canoe Club  
Len B. Johnson was a member of a paddling family that had a significant impact on the paddling community of Toronto's Centre Island. He was one who must assume some responsibility for bringing the sport through the war with some semblance of continuity and organization. He kept the Island Club open and active by drawing young teen-age boys to the sport in what was to become a new Juvenile class. He was a Commodore of the Island Canoe Club and served as Commodore of the CCA in 1945. He moved to the West Coast where he played an active role promoting the expansion of "Olympic style canoe and kayak racing" with some success.
 
 
 
 
 
Junior Men's C2 500m
Jacques Turcot Trophy
1978
Quebec Canoe Club  
This trophy was presented by the family of Dr. Jacques Turcot, a noted surgeon in Quebec City, following his death in 1975, in recognition for his devotion and service to canoeing spanning a period of over 35 years. Jacques competed for the Lake St. Joseph Aquatic Association 1926-1939, co-founded and served as Commodore of Le Club de Canotage de Quebec in 1949, served as coach and organizer 1960-1966, and President of the Quebec Division if the CCA, 1971-1973. The Trophy, a representation of a singleblade tandem crew, was hand-carved by his two sons, Roger and Bernard Turcot, themselves outstanding paddlers from the Quebec Canoe Club.
Corr. Thérese Turcot to Ken Smith, Trophy and Awards Committee, Oct 9, 1977; Glen Adams Director-at-Large to Roger Turcot, Nov 17, 1977
Junior Men's C2 200m
George "Ginger" Powell Trophy
2013
Otterburn Boating Club  
donated by Otterburn Boating Club, to honour George (Ginger) Powell for his commitment to the Club for over 50 years either as a coach or administrator. Ginger has been a constant member of Otterburn since he began paddling with the Club at the age of 12 years.
Junior Men's C4 1000m
John W. Black Trophy
1928
St. John's Yacht Club  

It took three years before the Canadian Canoe Association finally accepted the offer of the Black Trophy from the St. John's Yacht Club, St. John's, Quebec. It was first offered in 1925, but not accepted, pending resolution of a dispute between the club and the Eastern Division executive. Not until July 18, 1928 at an Eastern Division meeting was the trophy accepted on behalf of the Canadian Canoe Association from Mr. Rollo, Trustee for the donor, Mr. John W. Black. "The Black" is a much-coveted trophy by Canadian paddlers. Many are the stories that could be told about the Black. In 2001 the trophy had major restoration that it may reflect its lustre for another 75 years.
Minutes of a Meeting of the Eastern Division of the Canadian Canoe Association, May 15, 1925 / July 18, 1928

John W. Black Trophy Stories 

Junior Men's C15 1000m
Francis "Frank" Amyot Memorial Trophy
1964
Britannia Yacht Club  

This trophy was donated by the Britannia Yacht Club in loving memory of Frank Amyot who had been a life member of the club. Frank won his first Senior Singles Championship in 1924 for the Rideau Aquatic Club and over the next 10 years, he won five more. His paddling career was interrupted by the depression and the need to gain employment, wherever he had to go to get it. During the 20s he competed against the finest collections of single blade paddllers in the Association's history up to that time: Alexander Lindsay, ROy Nurse, Ernie Jarvis to name only a few. The 1936 Olympics doubtlessly prolonged his paddling career; a mature paddler at 32 years of age, Amyot was manager, and coach to his younger team mates when he left for Germany and the Olympic Games of 1926. There, he won Canada's first gold medal for canoeing. He retired from competition after the 1936 Olympics but continued his involvement with canoeing as a member of the Olympic and International Committee of the CCA and as an official at local competitions. Amyot served in the navy during World War II and continued his involvement with canoeing on his return. He is a distinguished member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Junior Men's K1 1000m
Gordon Potter Memorial Trophy
1972
Gananoque Motorboat & Canoe Club  

At a meeting in February, 1972, Committee Chair Ken Lane informed the Association that Mrs. Gordon Potter of Gananoque had offered a trophy to the Association in the name of her late husband, Gordon Potter who had been a member of the 1936 Olympic Team.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the CCA, Feb 18, 1972

 
 
 
 
Junior Men's K1 500m
Don Ring Memorial Trophy
2007
Banook Canoe Club  

donated by the Ring family of Nova Scotia to recognize Don’s commitment to the sport in various capacities with the Banook Canoe Club and the Atlantic Division and instilling in his family the need to give back to the sport.

 
 
 
 
Junior Men's K2 1000m
Ken E. Smith Trophy
1965
Chateauguay Canoe Club  

On February 6, 1965, Ken Smith, Vice Commodore of the Association, offered to donate a trophy for the Junior K2, 1000m event. The offer was accepted and Smith presented his trophy to the Association at the semi-annual meeting in Ottawa, August 6 of the same year. Ken was a member and past Commodore of the Chateauguay Aquatic Club of the Eastern Division and served as Commodore of the Association in 1966, after which he devoted much of his canoeing time to the development and preservation of the Association's much-valued trophy collection. Smith served as a flag officer of the Quebec Division in 1965 and was a recipient of the R. Edgar Gilbert Award - Official Category in 1983. He passed away May 24, 1985.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the CCA, Feb 6, 1965
Minutes of the Semi-Annual Meeting of the CCA, Aug 6, 1965

 
Junior Men's K2 500m
Judy Tutty Trophy
2008
Mississauga Canoe Club  

donated by Western Ontario Division; Flag Officer of WOD; recipient in 1993 of R. Edgar Gilbert Award Builder Category; member of various divisional, provincial and national committees; national and ICF Official

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Junior Men's K4 500m
Richard Chapman Memorial Trophy
1966
Cartierville Boating Club  

Introduced in 1966, the trophy was donated by the family in memory of their son, Richard, who paddled for the Cartierville Boating Club and drowned during a K4 training session. The original Richard Chapman Memorial Trophy, donated in 1966, was lost in the summer of 1989 and replaced with the current trophy in 1991.
Minutes of a meeting of the CCA Executive Committee, July 1, 1966

 
 
 
 
 
Junior Women's K1 500m
Marjorie Homer-DixonTrophy
1973
Mississauga Canoe Club  

This trophy was donated in 1973 by Marjorie Homer-Dixon who competed for the Mississauga Canoe Club during the 1965-1972 period. In 1967 she won her first CCA medals, first in K2 with Joanne Nischan and second in the Mississauga women's K4. In 1968 she took gold at the Nationals in both K1 and K2, the latter, again with Nischan. She, along with Claudia Hunt and Betty-Ann Gowans, were the first women selected to an Olympic Canoeing team in 1968. She was challenged by Claudia Hunt in 1969 and 1970 but came back in 1972 to claim Women's K1 again. She and Claudia Hunt were selected to the 1972 Olympic Team.
Minutes of a meeting of the CCA Board of Directors, Aug 17, 1973

 
 
 
Junior Women's K2 500m
Kevin Duffey Trophy
1973
Chateauguay Canoe Club  

This trophy was donated by Kevin Duffey, a long time Commodore of the Chateauguay Boating Club and a Director in the Eastern/Quebec Division of the CCA.
Minutes of a Meeting of the CCA Board of Directors, Aug 17, 1973

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Junior Women's K4 500m
Frank Clement Memorial Trophy
1970
Lachine Racing Canoe Club  

From the Lachine Racing Canoe Club, Clement was Commodore of the CCA in 1934 and remained involved at the division and national levels as administrator and official until he was required by age to 'withdraw.' He served in the very demanding position of Secretary-Treasurer 1965-1969. The conditions associated with the appearance of this trophy are unique; it was initiated by the CCA Executive Committee and paid for with contributions from the divisions.
Minutes of the CCA Executive Committee, Oct 18, 1969
Minutes of the Semi-Annual Meeting of the CCA, Aug 7, 1970

Junior Women's C1 1000m
Russ Dunn Trophy
2007
Balmy Beach Canoe Club  

donated by the Balmy Beach Canoe Club to recognize Russ for his many contributions to the sport since 1948 as athlete, administrator in several roles, and founder of Canadian Masters (CanMas).

 
 
Junior Women's C2 500m
Darren McPhee Memorial Trophy
See U18 Women's C2 1000m
Junior Women's C4 500m
Island Canoe Club Trophy
2004
Island Canoe Club  

donated by “Island Four from ‘54” to commemorate 50th anniversary gold performances by Jack Hayward, Gus La Mantia, Paul Lambert and Art Dierden in Junior and Senior C-4 events

 
 
 
 
 
Junior Women's C15 500m
Mike Moir Trophy
1990
Mohawk Canoe Club  

donated by friends of Mike Moir in recognition of his contribution to the Mohawk Canoe Club as founder, administrator and coach; Flag Officer of Western Ontario Division 1970-1974, 1989-1991; Commodore of CCA in 1975; Commodore Mohawk Canoe Club; Commodore of Ak-o-Mak Canoe Club; Co-founder of Burloak Canoe Club; recipient in 1987 of the R. Edgar Gilbert Award Official Category

 
 
 
 
 
   
  OPEN EVENTS
 
Event Trophy
Donated
Open Men's K4 200m
C. Fred Johnston Trophy
2020
Sudbury Canoe Club  
donated by Friends of Fred Johnston. C. Fred Johnston’s name is synonymous with canoeing in Canada. Fred’s involvement with paddling began at the Sudbury Canoe Club in the 1950s where he won several medals at the National Championships, particularly in crew boats. Upon a career move to Kingston, Fred was instrumental in rejuvenating the Cataraqui Canoe Club. He became involved in officiating and served as the Eastern Ontario Division Flag Officer from 1973-1976. The following year, Fred served as Vice Commodore of the Canadian Canoe Association and then served two years as Commodore from 1978-1979. Fred’s vast knowledge of canoe sport led him to become involved on an international level with the International Canoe Federation. Fred acted as chair of the ICF Public Relations Committee for sixteen years from 1984 until 2000. In 1983, Fred was presented with the R. Edgar Gilbert award by the CCA, a prestigious recognition of his contributions as a builder within the canoe-kayak community. But what Fred is most known for is his historical contributions to Canadian canoeing. In 1975, Fred initiated a call to action from paddling alumni to contribute items to a proposed Canoe Museum. These items eventually became the beginnings of the CCA archives, a vast collection of materials from across the country, collected and stored where else, but in Fred’s basement! This in turn led to Fred’s publication “The Book of Champions” in 1984, a complete list of medalists from each National Championships race dating back to the first championships in 1900. The Book of Champions was updated and expanded in 2003 to include a wealth of racing information beyond just the National Championships.
Open Men's IC4 500m
W. E. Gowling Trophy
1922
Rideau Aquatic Club  
This trophy was named after its donor, W. E. Gowling, President and Principal of the Gowling Business College in Ottawa. He was a founding member and Commodore of the Rideau Canoe Club in 1902, Commodore of Rideau again from 1908 to 1926, and Commodore of CCA in 1911. (originally awarded to Senior Mens C4 1/2 Mile-1000m, 1922-2014)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Open Women's K4 200m
James "Jim" McGown Memorial Trophy
2004
Mississauga Canoe Club  
donated by the McGown family and Western Ontario Division, R. Edgar Gilbert Award recipient (Official category), and outstanding volunteer for 30 years.
 
 
Open Women's IC4 500m
Henry "Hank" Farintosh Trophy
1995
Balmy Beach Canoe Club  
donated by son Jim Farintosh; Honourary Life Member of Balmy Beach Canoe Club; Flag Officer of Western Ontario Division 1952; CCA Commodore in 1954, active as on-water official for many years at Canadian Championships, was instrumental in the adoption of our motto "per aquas ad fraternitatem" (through the waters to friendship) (originally awarded to Senior Womens C4 500m, 1995-2014)
 
 
U18 / U19 / JUVENILE EVENTS
Event Trophy
Donated
U18 Men's C1 1000m
Ken Stroulger Trophy
1991
Rideau Canoe Club  
donated by Rideau Canoe Club Boosters; CCA Commodore in 1950, Manager of 1956 Olympic Games Team and long term member of Rideau Canoe Club; Flag Officer of Eastern Ontario Division in 1949; Commodore of CCA in 1950; Honorary Commodore of CCA in 1986-1990.
 
 
 
 
 
 
U18 Men's C1 500m
W. J. "Bill" Colligan Trophy
1946
Grand Trunk Boating Club  
W. J. Colligan (1911-1975) donated the trophy bearing his name for the Men's Juvenile Single Blade Singles event in 1946. His competition years were in the decade that preceded the suspension of the Championships in 1942, when he paddled both single and double blade for Grand Trunk, winning Double Blade Fours in 1940 and 1946. He was elected Commodore of the Grand Trunk Boating Club for three years. At the National level he served his long apprenticeship culminating as Commodore, in 1962, after which he habitually served as an official at the National Championship Regatta.
 
 
 
 
 
 
U18 Men's C2 1000m
David M. Jones Memorial Trophy
1987
Banook Canoe Club  
donated by 1985-1986 National Team in memory of David M. Jones, competitor, coach, volunteer, and national team manager. David paddled for the Banook Canoe Club and was a member of the C4 crew in 1975 which won the Juvenile event and placed second in the Junior race. For health reasons he shifted his involvement from competition to administration. He became involved with the National Team and served as manager for several tours. David died in 1985. In appreciation for his contributions to the sport, members of the national team donated funds for the purchase of a trophy in his name.
CCA Annual Report, 1987
U18 Men's C2 500m
Mac Hickox Trophy
1977
Mississauga Canoe Club  
Presented to the CCA by the Mississauga Canoe Club's Ladies' Auxilliary to honour the coaching contribution Mac Hickox made to the sport and to the Mississauga Club where he had served as head coach for a number of years. Mac was John Wood's personal coach leading up to the Montreal Olympics and was selected as a coach to the 1976 Olympic Canoeing Team. In 1976 Mac received the Air Canada Amateur Coach of the Year award. The Hickox Trophy was assigned to the Men's Juvenile Class 500m C2 event commencing 1977 as replacement for the Art Filiatrault Trophy that was seriously damaged as well as having run out of space for additional winner's name plaques. That trophy was retired to the History and Archives Collection of the CCA. Mac was a recipient of the R. Edgar Gilbert award in the Coach Category in 1996.
Corr. Ken Lane to T.A. Deakin, CCA Commodore, Oct 7, 1976
 
 
U18 Men's IC4 500m
E. Ralph Reilly Trophy
1952
Island Canoe Club  
E. Ralph Reilly was a member of Island Canoe Club, located on Long Pond, Centre Island, off the Toronto shoreline. Through his involvement with the administration of the club, and through the club with the Western Division of the CCA, he earned a reputation for his organisational abilities which served him well as a representative to the National Association. He was elected Vice Commodore in 1950 and moved up to the Commodore's position in 1951. It was from his Commodore's position that he offered to donate a trophy for the the Men's Juvenile Single Blade Fours event at the National Championships. In 1957 he was appointed Secretary-Treasurer by the Board for 1957 and again in 1970. In 1971 when the Association advertised the position for a full-time, paid Executive Director, Ralph Reilly was selected for the position which he held for five years. Having a knowledgeable, well-organised and dedicated "canoe man" available to set up the first national office provided a solid foundation on which to build an efficiently-operated Canadian Canoe Association.
 
 
U18 Men's C15 500m
F. K. Joseph Geisler Trophy
1959
Otterburn Boating Club  
Geisler paddled for the Otterburn Boating Club in the pre-WWII years where he was a founding member and Commodore. In 1955 he was elected Second Rear Commodore of the National Association and Commodore in 1958. Upon retiring as Commodore he donated a trophy to the association for Men's Juvenile War Canoe, 500m. In 1980, just before his death, Joe exchanged his trophy for a plaque.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the CCA, May 7, 1959
 
 
 
 
U18 Men's K1 1000m
Jean Fournel Memorial Trophy
1999
Pointe Claire Canoe Club  
donated by the Pointe Claire Canoe Club and the Lachine Fire Department in memory of Jean Fournel, 1976 and 1980 Olympian, co-founder Pointe Claire Canoe Club.
 
 
 
U18 Men's K1 500m
Gabor Joo Trophy
1967
Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club  
Gabor Joo left his homeland in the wake of the 1956 Hungarian uprising against the Soviet Union and made Canada his home. With him, he brought Hungarian kayaking experience, with its classical style and dedication to year-round training. A young John Wood learned much of his early training routine from Gabor. Joo, paddling for the Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club, was Senior K1 1000m Champion 1958 to 1966, with the exception of 1962, and four times Senior K2 Champion. He was selected to the Olympic Games teams of 1964 and 1968.
 
 
U18 Men's K1 200m
Michael Schaus Memorial Trophy
2009
Banook Canoe Club  
donated by Laura Tupper-Ring and the Banook Canoe Club; in memory of Michael Schaus, member 2005 Junior World Team and 2005 Pan American Team, Banook coach and youngest ever board member.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U18 Men's K2 500m
Kenny "Ken" Jewer Memorial Trophy
2006
Orenda Canoe Club  
donated by family; trophy hand-crafted by Harold Jewer, father to Ken.
 
 
U18 Men's K4 500m
David M. Smith Memorial Trophy
1999
Burloak Canoe Club  
donated by the Smith Family, in memory of David Smith, member of national team; sculpture by Milt Jewell.
 
 
 
 
U18 Women's K1 1000m
Lucy Slade Memorial Trophy
2013
Rideau Canoe Club  
donated by family and friends of Lucy Slade (1972-2011), former National Team and Ontario Team athlete, a member of the 1991 Pan American Games Team who won a medal in Havana, Cuba, a four-time gold medalist at the 1989 Canada Games, and she won many provincial and national medals throughout her career. Lucy was a member of the Rideau Canoe Club.
 
 
 
 
U18 Women's K1 500m
William J. Crocker Memorial Trophy
1975
Mississauga Canoe Club  
Dorothy Jamieson of the Mississauga Canoe Club presented a trophy at the annual meeting of 1975, a donation by the John Mansville Company to honour the career in sport of William Crocker. The membership voted to accept the William Crocker Memorial Trophy for the Women's Juvenile class K1 500m event.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the CCA, May 24/25, 1975
 
 
 
 
U18 Women's K2 500m
Chris Hook Trophy
1976
Banook Canoe Club  
Presented to the CCA in 1975 by Clary Hook, in honour of his son, Chris Hook. Chris was an outstanding paddler from the Maritimes who commenced paddling with the Banook Canoe Club but never raced in his first CCA competition until 1963, winning Juvenile C1 500m and a second in the Banook Juvenile C4 crew. In the same year he won his first North American title, Juvenile C1 500m. Junior C1 500m was won in 1965 following which he took four successive Senior C1 1000m titles, 1967-1970. In Canada-USA competition he took successive C1 1000m championships 1966-1968. Over these same years he won the North American C1 10,000m championships in 1966 and 1968. Selected to the 1968 Canadian Olympic team, Hook was the only Canadian paddler to make it to the finals that year. He continued paddling in the early 1970s and was selected to the 1970 and 1971 Senior Worlds Teams. Hook was the first Nova Scotian paddler to graduate from national to international competition; he served as inspiration for those who followed in the 1970s - Ann Dodge, Dave McNaughton, Bruce Chaisson...
Chris Hook, The Nova Scotia Sports Heritage Dinner Program, 1982
U18 Women's K4 500m
Frank Garner Trophy
1975
Mississauga Canoe Club  
Frank commenced paddling with the recently established Mississauga Canoe Club in the community of Port Credit, Ontario. He was there as a novice paddler and remained long enough to make a major contribution to the moulding of what became the most successful canoe club in Canada. As a young single blade paddler Frank experienced success, particularly in tandem paddling. Under the watchful eye of Bill Collins, Head Coach and mentor, Frank was directed to the Juvenile war canoe as trainer and cox where he led Mississauga to four successive National Championships, 1963-1966. That war canoe was the development boat for a generation of young single blade paddlers who played a major role in the five National club titles garnered by Mississauga 1966-1970. Frank pursued his university studies at St. Mary's University in Nova Scotia, 1964-1967, and remained in the province to commence his teaching career and, in 1969, his ten year term as volunteer head coach with the newly established Cheema Aquatic Club in Waverley. With Garner as head coach, Cheema was transformed into the top club in the Dartmouth area and in 1977, the best club in Canada winning its first CCA burgee. Frank's skill working with young, national team-inspired athletes brought him to the attention of those responsible for the CCA's international program. His first international assignment was as an assistant coach with the 1974 Senior World Team to Mexico City. Thereafter he served on National Junior and Senior teams as team leader and coach culminating with his selection as Head Coach, Canadian Olympic canoe team in 1984 at the Los Angeles Olympics, where he led a triumphal National Team to six Olympic medals, canoeing's best-ever performance in international competition. He was a promoter of Lake Banook as an international regatta site and one of a small group that was successful in attracting International Canoe Federation regattas to the community: World Junior Championships in 1989 and Senior Worlds in 1997. For the latter event Frank served as General Manager and Technical Director. Frank's coaching achievements have been duly recognized: 1984, Coaching Association of Canada Coaching Excellence, 1985, Nova Scotia's Coach of the Year Award and in the same year, the Canadian Canoe Association's much-coveted Gilbert award for Coaching Excellence. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. Since retiring from coaching, Frank continues his association with canoeing, as a member of the Canadian Canoe Association's High Performance Committee since 1988 and as a member of the sprint racing Technical Committee of the International Canoe Federation since 1994. In that position he has served on the Technical Committee responsible for the conduct of Senior World Championships and Olympic Games canoeing events. The trophy was donated by Frank for the Women's Juvenile K4, 500m event for competition in 1975.
JoAnn Sherwood, Frank Garner, Nova Scotia's Heritage Centre
U18 Women's C1 500m
Gananoque Cup
1997
Gananoque Motorboat & Canoe Club  
donated by the Gananoque Canoe Club; to recognize Lesley White who in 1995 was the first Woman C-1 national champion in the Juvenile category.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U18 Women's C2 1000m
Darren McPhee Memorial Trophy
2007
Otterburn Boating Club  
in recognition of dedicated service for 25 years to the Otterburn Boating Club including eight years as head coach. (originally awarded to Junior Women C2 500m, 2007-2010)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U18 Women's IC4 500m
Balmy Beach Canoe Club Centennial Trophy
2005
Balmy Beach Canoe Club  
donated by the Balmy Beach Canoe Club on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, and to recognize its many members who have contributed to the sport.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U18 Women's C15 500m
Wilf Simon Memorial Trophy
1982
Cartierville Boating Club  
donated by Quebec Division, member of Cartierville Boating Club, Flag Officer of Quebec Division, CCA Commodore 1973.
 
 
U16 / U17 / MIDGET EVENTS
Event Trophy
Donated
U16 Men's C1 1000m
Donald Stringer Memorial Trophy
1988
Sudbury Canoe Club  
donated by his father Weir Stringer, member of Sudbury Canoe Club, member of Olympic Team 1956 and 1960.
 
 
 
 
U16 Men's C2 1000m
Ken Lane Trophy
1981
Balmy Beach Canoe Club  
made and donated by his wife Madge Lane; Canadian Champion paddler, Silver Medallist in 1952 Olympic Games; Treasurer of Western Ontario Division 1944-1999; Flag Officer of Western Ontario Division 1959; CCA Commodore in 1960, Honourary Commodore of CCA 1980-1983; recipient in 1984 of R. Edgar Gilbert Award Builder Category; inducted Canada’s Olympic Hall of Fame 2003.
 
U16 Men's C4 1000m
Don May Trophy
2006
Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club  
donated by Don May, who has been active in the sport for over 58 years at the divisional, provincial, national, and international levels; CCA Commodore 1980-1982, recipient R. Edgar Gilbert Award Builder Category, and national Official.
 
U16 Men's C15 500m
Bill Collins Trophy
1979
Island Canoe Club  
donated by friends of Bill Collins, member of 1956 Olympic team; member Mississauga Canoe Club, Island Canoe Club, Burloak Canoe Club.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U16 Men's K1 1000m
Renn Crichlow Trophy
2006
Rideau Canoe Club  
donated by friends of Dr. Renn Crichlow, Olympian 1988, 1992, 1996; first Canadian male to win medal Junior World Championships in kayak 1987; first Canadian to win gold at senior world championships 1991; Vice Chair Canadian Olympic Association Athletes Council. Sculpture by Milt Jewell.
 
 
 
 
 
 
U16 Women's K1 1000m
Caroline Brunet Trophy
2007
Club de Canoë-Kayak Lac Beauport  
donated by Lac Beauport Canoe Club to honour Caroline, a four-time Olympian, and her extraordinary career over several years at the national and international levels. (originally awarded to Midget Womens K1 1000m, 2007-2013)
 
 
 
 
 
 
U16 Women's K4 500m
Rideau Canoe Club Trophy
2002
Rideau Canoe Club  
donated by the Rideau Canoe Club, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, to recognize its volunteers, and its contribution to canoe kayak. Carved by artist Jesper Lind. (originally awarded to Midget Womens K4 1000m, 2002-2013)
 
 
 
 
U16 Women's C1 1000m
Naomi Morris Award
1997
Island Canoe Club  
donated by Sheila Kuyper to recognize Naomi Morris as a pioneer of women paddling C-boats and for her outstanding contribution to the sport of canoeing over 50 years. (originally awarded to Midget Womens C1 1000m, 1997-2013)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U16 Women's C1 6000m
David G. Findlay Memorial Award
2012
Carleton Place Canoe Club  
donated by the Carleton Place Canoe Club. Mr. Findlay was involved with CPCC from an early age until his death in September 2010. As a paddler he won Canadian Championship medals in several events. He developed a vision that CPCC, despite being a small club, could compete on a national level. Mr. Findlay was also involved with CKC for over 20 years, serving as Treasurer and Committee member, as well as Commodore in 1963. He took on national team duties during the 1970’s and was Manager of the 1976 Olympic Team. In 1987 he was appointed Honourary CCA Commodore and in 1988 he received the R. Edgar Gilbert Award, the highest honour in the sport.
 
 
U16 Women's C2 500m
Tamas Buday Sr. Trophy
2012
Mississauga Canoe Club  
donated by athletes, coaches and friends in canoeing, in recognition of Tamas Buday Sr. serving as Canada’s National Canoe Team Coach for 25 years, his enduring passion for the sport and his volunteerism. Following his successes as a Hungarian National Team canoeist, highlighted by Olympic medals, Tamas Sr. accepted a coaching position in 1987 with Western Ontario Division and shortly thereafter with Canada’s National Canoe Team. (originally awarded to Midget Womens C2 1000m, 2012-2013)
 
 
 
 
 
 
U16 Women's C4 1000m
Mississauga Canoe Club Trophy
1994
Mississauga Canoe Club  
donated by Mississauga Canoe Club, on occasion of its 35th anniversary, to recognize winning 14 national burgees, and many national, international and Olympic athletes from Mississauga. (originally awarded to Midget Womens C4 500m, 1994-1996)
 
 
 
 
 
 
U16 Women's C15 500m
Jim Mossman Trophy
1995
Balmy Beach Canoe Club  
donated by Balmy Beach Canoe Club to recognize Jim's 60+ years, coach Balmy Beach, war canoe coxswain; Olympic coach 1960, 1964, 1968; Commodore at Beach; founding director Coaching Association of Canada; Technical Coordinator CCA; organizer first World Masters Games; recipient in 1983 of the R. Edgar Gilbert Award Coach Category
 
 
 
 
MASTERS EVENTS
Event Trophy
Donated
Masters Men's C1 500m
Tom Hodgson Trophy
1995
Island Canoe Club  
donated by Masters at the Mississauga Canoe Club to recognize and honour Tom's 60+ years of continuous active participation in paddling; artist of the R. Edgar Gilbert Award.
 
 
 
 
 
 
RETIRED & MISCELLANEOUS
Event Trophy
Donated
Senior Men's C15 1/2 mile
Henry Birks Cup
1921
     
Donated by Henry Birks & Sons of Montreal, it was the only trophy not granted in perpetuity; the trophy could be claimed by a club that won the trophy three times, and not necessarily in succession. The trophy was claimed on August 3, 1929 by the Ottawa-New Edinburgh Canoe Club of Ottawa, having won the trophy in 1924, 1928 and 1929. It was replaced the following year by the Colonel Herbert Molson Memorial Trophy.
Claimed by Ottawa-New Edinburgh Canoe Club, 1929
 
 
 
 
 
Open Men's C15 1 mile
George Fulford Trophy
1902
Brockville Rowing Club  
George Fulford I was a wealthy Brockville resident who made his fortune from the world wide sale of "Dr. William's Pink Pills for Pale People." His pharmaceutical business financed a grand, three-storey stone mansion at the east end of Brockville overlooking the St. Lawrence River. A supporter of local sports, Fulford was President of the Brockville Rowing Club, a founding club member of the Canadian Canoe Association in 1900, by virtue of its involvement in the sport of war canoe racing. In 1902 Fulford offered a magnificent silver trophy to the CCA for a war canoe tug-of-war competition that he wished to see on the CCA Championship programme. The event was held and won by the Brockville Rowing Club. As few clubs had much experience with tug-of-war racing, Senator Fulford was requested and agreed to allow the trophy to be used for the open, mile war canoe race with a turn, first held in 1903. The first winner of the Fulford Trophy was the Grand Trunk Boating Club of Montreal that beat out the Bohemian Amateur Athletic Association of Brockville. The Mile Race, the last race of the annual championships, was discontinued in 1979 and the Fulford Cup was retired from competition.
Ottawa Evening Journal, August 6, 1902
Montreal Daily Star, August 11, 1902
Retired (currently missing)
Junior Men's C1 500m
G. Glen Adams Trophy
1976
Otterburn Boating Club  
Glen Adams was a member of the Otterburn Boating Club who served as Commodore if the CCA in 1972. He was a member of the Board of Directors for thirteen years and served on the Olympic and International Committee for eleven years where he provided forceful leadership and sage advice. Trophy inscription reads: "May each winner be encouraged to strive for excellence." Adams received the R. Edgar Gilbert Award in the Official Category in 1982. The trophy was retired after the 2017 National Championships upon the wishes of the donor.
  Retired (to be archived)
Juvenile Men's C2 500m
Art Filiatrault Trophy
1959
Grand Trunk Boating Club  
Art Filiatrault was a long-time member of the Grand Trunk Boating Club and a very active and diligent member of the Eastern Division when he offered his trophy to the Association in 1959. Seriously damaged, the trophy was retired to the History and Archives Collection in 1977.
  Retired (archived)
Senior Men's K4 1000m
William J. Colligan Trophy
1960
Grand Trunk Boating Club  
The second of two trophies donated by eventual 1962 Commodore William J. Colligan, (see U19 Men's C1 500m) this trophy was first presented at the National Championships, August 1960. It appears to have been retired in 1971 to be replaced by the Bill Patterson Trophy.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the CCA, May 7, 1959
Retired (archived)
 
 
 
Commodore's Cup
This Cup is presented to the Commodore each year by the Athlete’s Representative during the traditional Commodore’s Salute at the Championships. The Commodore accepts the Cup on behalf of all volunteers and gives a big wave to the crowd after the war canoes give three rousing cheers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fair Play Award
The Fair Play Award is presented to recognise an act of fair play by an athlete or team during the year, up to and including the Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Canada Cup
The Canada Cup was first awarded in 2000 to the Pointe Claire Canoe Club.