Paddlers from Burloak Canoe Club Challenge Olympians at RBC FanFit

Group shot of all the canoe kayak athletes involved in FanFit
Paddlers from Burloak Canoe Club Challenge Olympians at RBC FanFit
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Nicole Marenick

Nicole Marenick

Nicole Marenick is the Burloak Canoe Club's Marketing Volunteer. She is a Marketing Consultant for Practical Marketing. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Burloak Canoe Club (BCC) members took on the RBC FanFit challenge at McMaster in Hamilton on Saturday, January 28, 2017 to demonstrate their competitive spirit and to raise money to support the club and Canadian Olympians.

BCC had the largest representation from any other organization. Forty BCC athletes comprised of the entire high performance and competitive program, plus a representation from the masters’ program were led by BCC Director of Athlete Development Hunter George on the day. Hunter commented, “We were excited to be involved with this years’ RBC FanFit. We had a lot of fun and we’re happy to help raise money for such a great cause.”

The BCC teams performed amazingly well and BCC’s Christian Sprang won the Overall Beep test challenge and event set a new FanFit record at 15.3! The average performance for this running test is between 4.0 and 9.0!

Burloak Olympians Adam Van Koeverden and Mark Oldershaw also competed. Adam Van Koeverden is a sprint kayaker, 4 x Olympic medalist, 2 x World Champion, 22 x World Cup Champion and 67 x Canadian Champion. Mark Oldershaw is a sprint canoer, Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2 x Olympian, 73 x National Champion and 7 x World Cup Gold medalist.

The event had almost 300 participants in total and raised nearly $10,000.

FANFIT is one day event where local athletes challenge their fitness level alongside Olympians and aspiring Olympians. In the Hamilton event, there were 11 Olympians to compete against. Competitors test their speed, power, agility, core strength, and endurance on multiple Olympic training tests. It is like a fun one-day “Team Canada” tryout! As a bonus, registration supports the Canadian Olympic Foundation and Canadian young leaders in sport.


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