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Pickering Rouge Canoe Club - Inspiring young paddlers in our communities since 1958

Full Time Staff

Head Coach – Rebecca Fanok

Rebecca began her paddling career at the Rouge in the 90’s as a bantam paddler. As she progressed in her paddling career, she trained in both Hungary and Greece. While training abroad Rebecca successfully competed internationally and has many top three finishes. She returned home to her paddling roots in May 2016 to become PRCC’s Head Coach. While at PRCC Rebecca has successfully completed her ICF level 3 coaching certificate making her one of the few coaches in Canada to have that title. She has taken 2 athletes to the World Marathon Championships, coached with Canoe Kayak Canada at international regattas and built PRCC’s Special Olympic program to be the most successful in Canada from 2019 to date. Rebecca has worked hard to build the calibre of athletes that PRCC produces at all levels and to build an inclusive culture that PRCC welcomes all.

She can be reached at rebecca.fanok@pickeringrouge.ca or at the Club phone number at (905) 767–3330.

Youth Programs – Summer 2022

Youth Programs Coordinator – Caitlyn Armstrong

Hi! My name is Caitlyn Armstrong and I am so excited to be working with the Pickering Rouge Canoe Club for another summer. I have really enjoyed these past three years working with the club and I can’t wait to explore all of the amazing opportunities that our new site has to offer with our participants. Outside of camp, I love to read, listen to music, and go on adventures with my friends and family. I am looking forward to making some new friends during our time together, and getting to reconnect with the ones I have made over the past few years!

I can be reached at caitlyn.armstrong@pickeringrouge.ca or at the club phone number, (905) 767–3330.

Lead Bantam Coach – James Mann

Hello, I am James Mann and I will be the lead bantam coach this summer. I have been a part of PRCC and sprint racing for the past 10 years. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching movies, and TV shows. I am excited to be a part of another racing season and hope my enthusiasm can encourage you all to do your best. I am excited to be your coach and share what I know with all of you. I can’t wait to meet you all and have a fantastic summer.

Lead Camp Coach – Olive

Hey everyone! My name’s Olive and I’ll be the Lead Camp Coach this summer! This will be my fifth summer working with PRCC. Before that I was a camper for many years. I always had such a great time at camp and I can’t wait to make sure that all the campers have just as much fun! We will get to be outside and hopefully you’ll get to develop a love for paddling like I did during camp. See all of you soon!

Bantam Coach – Andrew Fanok

My name is Andrew Fanok, I’m 19 years old and I have been a High Performance paddler for PRCC for the last five years, and have represented the country at the Junior Marathon World Championships in China in October of 2019. Outside of paddling, I love to play video games and hang out with my friends. I can’t wait for this summer where I will be given the chance to coach the future talent of the club. See you soon!

Bantam Coach – Declan Forgie

Hi everyone. My name is Declan Forgie and I have competed at a high performance level in sprint kayak for several years. I am eager to start my third year of coaching bantam and am looking forward to a great summer.

Bantam Coach – Sarah Smart

Hey! My name is Sarah Smart and I am so excited to be a coach this summer at PRCC. I have been involved with the club for about 5 years and this will be my second summer as a coach. Outside of paddling I am a competitive Highland dancer and a student going into my first year of university in the fall. I love paddling and believe being outside on the water is the best way to spend the summer!

Bantam Coach – Sarah Armstrong

Hi everyone! My name is Sarah Armstrong and I am so excited to be working at PRCC for another summer. I was a Bantam coach last year and will be doing the same again this year. I had a great time last year and I am looking forward to another wonderful summer with great athletes!

Camp Coach – Emelia Schaafsma

Hey everyone! My name’s Emelia and I’m super excited to be returning as a camp coach this summer! I love everything about camp, especially all the fun games we get to play, our tie-dye days and spending time out on the water. Outside of camp you may find me going for a run, reffing soccer or curled up with one of my many favourite books. I can’t wait to see you all this summer!

Camp Coach – Olivia White

Hi there! My name is Olivia White and I am super excited to be one of your PRCC camp coaches this summer! I have been a part of the bantam program over the past four years, and I enjoyed every minute of it! I hope to make sure that all of my campers have the same great experience as I did, and I am looking forward to another amazing summer!

Camp Coach – Vanessa Cholakov

Hey everybody! My name is Vanessa Cholakov and I will be a camp coach this summer! I am super excited to be back. Last year I coached the All Abilities and Solo Paddling Together programs and I was a camper at PRCC for 5 years. Looking forward to a fun summer!!

Camp Coach – Brianna Pham

I’m Brianna and this will be my first year with PRCC! My background is in expedition sea kayaking out on the West Coast, and I’m very excited to combine my love for padding and competitive sport. Looking forward to spending time on the water with some awesome campers and having a lot of fun this summer!

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