Sprint Kayak Staff
Head Coach, Connor Fehr, arriving May 2018
My name is Connor Fehr, and I am from Chelsea, Quebec. I have been paddling for as long as I can remember. Growing up I paddled at the Cascades Canoe Club, which was a very young and small club. I was actually part of the first paddling program ever offered at Cascades, consisting of 8 children. I grew to love the sport and started to compete competitively, I was a member of the Quebec provincial team for 3 years from 2011-2013. In 2012 my c2 partner and I won c2 200m at Nationals. This was Cascades first ever national championship and my fondest memory in paddling. I have been coaching at Cascades since the summer of 2013 and have served as the Assistant Head Coach for the last two seasons. Working as a coach has given me another form of appreciation for paddling and has allowed me to stay involved in the paddling community. I am very excited to be part of FCKC as Head Coach and look forward to everything that is to come!
Coach & Summer Coordinator, Corey Rublee
My name is Corey Rublee and I started paddling in my hometown Kamloops at a summer camp in 1998. While I wasn’t interested in paddling at first, the more I tried it the keener I became. Canoeing especially got my attention. It wasn’t like anything else, just balancing was hard. That’s what I liked and still like about canoeing. There’s always something to be better at. Once I had my balance, I had to work on my steering. Once I got that I needed to work on handling wash and waves. Once I had that I needed to work on paddling for more than 20 strokes at a time. In canoeing, there is always another step; there is always a chance for self-improvement.
My career accomplishments are 5 time gold medals for Team Saskatchewan at Canada Games, National Team member, National record holder, multiple Pan American Canoe Championships medalist and World Cup Finalist. I would say however, that the best part of my paddling career is all the amazing people I’ve met. All the coaches, support staff and athletes all over the country are really incredible people. I truly believe that being part of a strong and supportive community benefits the kids.
I retired from competitive paddling in 2016 and moved into a coaching role at CanoeKayakBC. I was fortunate to work with the organization from June 2016 until September 2017. While with CanoekayakBC I worked with clubs all over the province and got to know the fantastic athletes. I always looked forward to visiting Fort Langley because of the great atmosphere and positive attitude.
I’m very excited to be working with the athletes more consistently and making a positive impact.