The best 64 young whitewater paddlers in Alberta gather every 2 years for 3 days of competition in mid July at the Alberta Summer Games. This biennial event includes a range of other sports and Canoe/Kayak is privileged to be included in the mix of sports showcasing Alberta's young athletes. This is the one competition that brings all the different types of clubs, athletes and programs together to test their skills. The competitions include canoe polo, slalom in kayaks and C-boats, and a downriver race. It is all held on a flatwater creek, pond or moving river and it gives everyone a good test of skill and athletic ability.
It is exciting to see how the Canoe Polo players from Grande Prairie, Edmonton and Innisfail stack up against the River Runners from Jasper, Sundre, Canmore and Lethbridge vs the Slalom specialists from Pincher Creek, Calgary and Innisfail. Throw in a few newbies and add on a Pre-ASG camp and there will be some interesting results over the weekend. The best part of the event is the intermingling between all of these young athletes sharing the sport of canoe/kayak and finding camaderie in the competition.
Thanks to all the coaches and chaperones who come from across the province to support their zones and who provided great leadership during the event and in the Pre-ASG camp the week prior to the Games.
There are 3 events held at the Alberta Summer Games for Canoe/Kayak. The 1st day of the competition is the Canoe Polo Tournament. All 8 zones playoff against each other to earn a spot in the Medal Round at the end of the day. This exciting team sport event is a crowd favourite and fun for all the teams playing a game of water polo in their kayaks. On the 2nd day of competition is the slalom race, every competitor gets the chance to participate in the kayak (K-1), one man canoe (C-1) and doubles canoe (C-2) as well as the Team race, paddling through the gates in a timed and judged event. The last day of the ASG is the long distance kayak and C-2 downriver race. It should be fun seeing these long fast boats trying to go fast and maneuver down the course.
The age of athletes for the ASG is 11 – 17 as of the date of the Games. Athletes cannot be 10 years of age or younger or 18 years of age or older at the Games.There are 3 age groups, Pre-Cadets, Cadets and Juniors:
Pre-Cadet: 11 - 12 years of age
Cadet: 13 - 14 years of age
Junior: 15 - 17 years of age
ASG Zone Team Tryouts - Time Trials
Zone trials use a standardized provincial time trial format combining skill sets of slalom boat maneuvers and canoe polo ball handling in local 25 meter - 6 lane pools. Zone trials will begin in January and athletes can repeat the time trial skill set multiple times until the registration deadline in early June. More details on running and the format for Time Trials under the next webpage.
A 3 and half day camp will be held just prior to the Games. Cost will be $180 for the 3.5 days and includes coaching, meals and camping. Check on the website and calendars for more information on how to register for the camp.
The Alberta Whitewater Association recognizes that the Alberta Summer Games is a critical pillar in identifying, recruiting and developing athletes. Many athletes get their first taste of whitewater competition at the ASG and the experience can be an important stepping stone. The AWA retains athletes after the summer games by organizing and hosting training camps and races. Some of the athletes who have participated in the ASG games have gone on to earn spots on the Canadian Whitewater Slalom, Wildwater and Canoe Polo Teams.
Questions? this page will be updated as more information becomes available. Click here for the main ASG website.