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Q: Does LCKC train athletes that go to the Olympics?

If your child has big dreams for the Olympics or World Championships, you should understand the basic rules for age and participation and communicate regularly with our coaches to make sure they are getting the appropriate level of training they need to meet their goals. Other athletes can take a more casual approach to their participation. The first year an athlete is eligible for international competition, is the year they turn 15. The last year an athlete can compete at the Junior World Championships is the year they turn 18. The Junior World Championships are held only on odd numbered years so every athlete has two opportunities to qualify. Senior World Championships for the Olympic discipline are offered every year but the Olympic year. USA Canoe / Kayak is the National Governing body for the Olympic and International Canoe Federation Paddlesport disciplines. USACK is responsible for writing the selection criteria and running the selection trials for all of their paddlesport disciplines. In addition to the Olympic disciplines of Sprint and Slalom, USACK has committees for marathon, wildwater, canoe polo, freestyle, outrigger, dragon boat and canoe sailing. The LCKC has actively supported marathon training and placed many local youth on National Marathon teams. We are planning to develop competitive Dragon Boat teams in 2009 and have Canoe Polo equipment in the boathouse. We don’t currently have much activity in the other paddlesport disciplines. Contact the club or USACK if you would like more information.

Q: Does LCKC go on trips?

LCKC travels for fun and to gain competitive opportunities. Small trips are scheduled through out the year. These smaller competitions may include running races, triathlons, and/or distance races on Florida Rivers or flatwater sprint races at nearby clubs in Washington, DC or Florida. The Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club took its top junior athletes on the first LCKC European Tour in 2003 and again in 2004. The Gold Team members went to Australia in January 2005 for extensive training and competition. These trips provide valuable international racing experience to the athletes who are ready for that level of competition. We understand that USACK has funding for international summer tours again. It is very important that any athlete who wants to qualify for these tours is ready for the trials.

Q: When do these trips generally occur?

In the spring we generally plan an intensive Spring Break Training Camp in Florida. This is only an option for athletes who have trained consistently through the winter and are trying to make a national team. The younger and / or less serious athletes may have the opportunity to participate in a local spring break training camp, when coaching is available. Masters paddlers are welcome to join in the local spring break training camp on a space available basis. The athletes who attend the Spring Break Training Camp train 4 or more times a day on the water and participate in weight training, swimming and running. Parents come along to help with chaperoning and team support. The cost is determined each year based on the number of athletes participating and the costs incurred to organize the trip.

In the summer we have more intensive training sessions at the boathouse. In the past, we have taken the higher intermediate level paddlers on a competitive tour to Canada for two weeks. Participation in this trip is by invitation-only based on how serious the athlete is and his/her level of competence. Athletes generally compete in 3 or more regattas, depending on the schedule. The regattas vary, but historically, we have attended the Canada Day Regatta hosted by the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa on July 1 and usually attend the big Independence Day celebration in downtown Ottawa while in Canada. The cost for this two-week tour is determined each year based on the number of athletes participating and the costs incurred to organize the trip. We often take the beginner sprint paddlers to a regatta in Washington, DC. The cost is determined each year based on the number of athletes participating and the costs incurred to organize the trip.

LCKC also attends the USACK Sprint National Championships each year – usually late July or early August. The location varies; the USACK tries to schedule the competition so that it is on the East Coast one year and the West Coast the next. LCKC hosted the event in 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006. The club won the national title in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Q: How are these trips paid for?

Each trip has its own budget and is expected to break even. There are no club funds budgeted to cover travel expenses with the exception of the team trailer and related equipment. The club does a great job at budgeting trips as inexpensively as possible, but it does add up. Please attend Sprint Committee meetings which are designed let athletes and their parents know well in advance of the trip what to expect financially as well as logistically. Depending on the budget and the availability of chaperones and drivers, the athletes will also cover all, part or none of the expense of the coaches, chaperones and drivers. Each trip will require a non-refundable deposit by a specified date. If for any reason an athlete decides not to participate in a trip for which he/she has registered, the deposit will be forfeited. If for any reason LCKC cancels the trip, all deposits will be returned to the athletes/families. Please be sure to check the budget and make sure your expectation matches the trip budget plan before you participate. Please see the trip information guidelines for the current year and make sure the office knows about your plans!

Q: How do we get to go on these trips?

The privilege to travel with the LCKC team must be earned. An athlete must demonstrate that he/she is serious about the sport by showing up for practice and showing a good effort and attitude. The Head Coaches will enforce a minimum standard of practice attendance for team travel. Each athlete is expected to pitch in with tasks at LCKC in the boathouse and on the road. Team members are expected to show respect for each other, the club staff and competitors. Co-ed travel requires an extra level of maturity and responsibility. An athlete who travels with the team will not exhibit public displays of affection. Alcohol, tobacco or drug use will not be tolerated. Any unlawful activity will cause immediate dismissal. All athletes are expected to abide by the Athlete Code of Conduct. Those who break the Code will be sent home at parent expense.

Q: What are your equipment policies?

LCKC provides entry–level equipment for the use of our members and programs. We also provide high quality competitive level team boats for our racing program. Individuals who require or desire better equipment must purchase it privately, but can store it at the boathouse for an additional boat storage fee. LCKC staff will assign a spot for personal equipment. Personal equipment stored in the boathouse or on team trailers during trips is not covered by our insurance. Personal equipment is stored at the risk of the owner and should be covered by personal insurance. Please do not use the private equipment of another LCKC member without the written permission of the equipment owner.

If you are ready to purchase a boat, the LCKC staff can assist in the selection. Unfortunately, our sport is small and the acquisition of equipment is not as simple as going down to REI and equipment out from their shelves. If you would like a new sprint boat, we can help you find one, but it may take some time. Used boats are frequently available. Please contact our staff or coaches for additional information.

Sprint kayaks are fragile and very expensive. With proper care a sprint boat should last a lifetime. They should always be placed in a sling or hull side up on the dock. No one should ever stand up in a sprint boat, even if you can. Your weight could break through the hull and / or damage the seat platform. No club boats should ever be bumped or scraped against anything. If you are not strong enough to carry a team boat, wait until enough people are available to carry it. Boats should always be checked to make sure seats and footboards are securely fastened. Do not crash boats into docks or other boats. These activities are only appropriate for the plastic kayak polo boats. Never leave seats and hardware on the docks for any length of time. Paddles and boat parts should not be left on the dock. They can be easily kicked or blown into the water. Paddles should never be scraped across the ground nor should club paddles be stored in personal equipment. All club paddles should be returned to the paddle storage lockers after each use.

Please return all equipment you use to its proper location and in the proper condition when you finish using it. Boats should be rinsed off with fresh water from the hose, completely emptied of water and stored hull side up (with the exception of specific boats with exterior rudder controls).

Please leave a note in the equipment log or on the boat itself if something is not working properly. LCKC will do its best to conduct routine maintenance on the equipment, but each individual using the equipment has an obligation to use all equipment properly and to return it properly after use. Members who do not follow these LCKC equipment guidelines will lose the privilege of using the Club equipment. Those who damage or break the equipment while not following these guidelines will be billed for replacement of the equipment.

The club sea kayaks and recreational boats are intended for use on Lake Lanier around the boathouse. We rent our recreational canoes and kayaks to the public as long as they remain on Lake Lanier. The recreational group does take the boats on some of their Club sanctioned trips. No club member is allowed to take LCKC equipment away from the boathouse grounds for use on non Club sanctioned trips. Any member who does so will be suspended or expelled at the discretion of the LCKC Board of Directors or the LCKC Executive Committee.





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