2023 Participant Information
Pre Games Camp - July 28/19
Zone Teams - July 26
Equipment - Zone Reps and coaches are currently arranging equipment: Polo (boats, helmets, pfds, paddles); Slalom (slalom boat K1 or C1), Kayak Cross (half-slice or creek boat). If you have your own equipment, please ensure you let your coaches/reps know so they can plan.
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 head-to-head 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 camaraderie 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), single canoe (C-1) as well as the Team race, paddling through the gates in a timed and judged event. The last day of the ASG is the Extreme Slalom head-to-head race. It will be a highlight starting on the slide and racing head-to-head!
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 be held during the winter 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.
- Zone 1 - Medicine Hat to Crowsnest Pass - May 30 6-8pm Lee Lake - Pinch o' Crow Creekers
- Zone 2 - Canmore, Sundre, Cochrane+ - TBD - Bow Valley Kayak Club & Sundre Paddling Club
- May 14 - Canmore 4:30-7pm - Bow Valley Kayak Club
- May 17 - Sundre 7:30-8:30 - Sundre Aquaplex - Sheldon 403 638 8558
- Zone 3 Calgary
- Zone 4 -
- January 20th 7:30-8:30pm Innisfail Aquatic Centre - Rocky Canoe Club & Cottonwood Kayak Club
- April 8th 4-6pm Rocky Mountain House - Rocky Canoe Club
- April 14 7:30-8:30 Innisfail - Cottonwood Kayak Club
- Zone 5 - Jasper & Edmonton surrounds - April 18 7-8:30p Kinsmen Pool & June 6 Rundle Park, Edmonton
- Zone 6 - Edmonton - April 18 7-8:30p Kinsmen Pool & June 6 Rundle Park, Edmonton
- Zone 7 - TBD - North East
- Zone 8 - June 3rd, at Muskoseepi Park Pond at 1:00 PM - Grande Prairie - Wapiti Whitewater Paddlers
Development camps will be organized in collaboration with Alberta Canoe Polo Association, Alberta Slalom and Alberta Playboaters League.
Jan 21, 2023 - Kinsmen Sport Center, Edmonton
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 National Slalom and Polo Teams.
Questions? this page will be updated as more information becomes available. Click here for the main ASG website.