Important Upcoming Events This September

A Letter From Coach Jim...

As most of you are aware, September is the Month of the Dragon here at the Club.  Our largest annual fundraising event, the 23rd Annual Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival is 8th Sept with the months of preparation almost completed...and we need everyone to help out, all hands on deck!

Directly following this is the largest paddling event to hit the venue since 2003 Sprint Worlds.  Beginning with the first day of practice 9th Sept, the ICF Dragon Boat World Championships are right here on our home course!

The park, boat ramp and such are all closed for this week as with any world championships security is tight.

Lanier Team USA paddlers include: Aaron Dickson, Alec Wilson, Allen Marsh, Andrew Surles, AnneBlanchard, Caitlin Marsh, Caleb Copper, Cannie Colburn (Ash), Charlie Tilse, Corban Martin, Daniel Liu, Dave Bittenbender, Drew Deppe, Enoy  Chanlyvong,  Ethan Deppe, Ethan Jackson, Ethan Palmer, Jackson Hickerson, Jim O'Dell, Josh Burchardt, Laurie Moore, Lucas Pitts, Maggie Bowmar, Nate Boyd, Olivia Clark, Paige Farley, Sean Allen, Tina Young, Vladimir Samoylenko.

You will find them all in competition beginning 13th Sept through the 16th Sept!

Our Olympic Hopes paddlers will be traveling to one of my favorite cities, Poznan, Poland for that important race.  These Canoe paddlers are Edward Surles, Kevin Rochester and Natalie Brunson.  They will also be racing the very same weekend.

Also on the same weekend - ICF really knows how to plan - are the Pan American qualifiers in Nova Scotia.  Our athletes there include Aaron Mullican, Nik Miller, Owen Farley-Klacik and Stanton Collins.

So many opportunities all in one month!  Proof that the training here at LCKC is truly world-class.

Feeling that paddling itch that needs to be scratched?  Join the fun and hard work here at LCKC.

Paddles UP!!!

- Coach Jim

Jim O’Dell announced as new High Performance 1 Coach



LANIER CANOE KAYAK CLUB announces the appointment of Jim O’Dell as the High Performance I coach for the LCKC Sprint team effective February 1st. Jim has been a member of LCKC as a Masters Paddler since 2002. Jim served as LCKC Interim Coach for several months in 2006 and is an accomplished paddler. Jim has competed in many USA Canoe/Kayak Masters National Championships over the years, earning several gold medals. Jim has served as the Regional Coach for Dragon Boat USA and competed in the Dragon Boat World Championships in 2010 and 2014. He has also worked as a Running and Wellness Coach. Jim will join the LCKC Coaching Staff of Claudiu Ciur and Kalen Scholz as they continue to train athletes to fulfill their dreams and accomplish their goals. LCKC President Terry Baker comments “We welcome Jim to our staff and believe he will be a great asset to our team and a mentor to our young athletes”.

LCKC Launching Para-Canoe Program this Spring



The Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club (LCKC) is excited to announce the beginning of a new para-canoe program this spring. The “Paddle-ability” program is intended to introduce and offer paddle sport opportunities to the disabled veterans of our community. It will focus on the individual’s ability in canoeing and kayaking rather than disability.

“We’re excited to be able to offer this program to the veterans of our community,” said LCKC President Terry Baker. “The Paddle-ability program goes hand-in-hand with our mission to promote health, education and fitness for all ages and abilities through quality flatwater canoe and kayak programs.”

The program will meet on Saturdays throughout the year and will cater to a wide range of interests. It goes without saying that the characteristics and attributes of water in itself are therapeutic. Looking for fitness? Paddle sports make an excellent choice. For those with a competitive drive, this program could be the stepping stone to LCKC’s competitive sprint teams. Para-canoe is making its debut in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“Part of our vision at the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club is to give back to our community by providing programs for all individuals regardless of gender, national origin, religion or ability levels,” said Para-canoe Committee chair and former President David Haack, “I believe that this program will fill a needed void for our community. I look forward to working with and growing Paddle-ability to its fullest potential.”

LCKC will host an Open House on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 from 9am-3pm. Please join them to learn more about this exciting new program, try out a boat or tour the Venue. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available at noon.

The Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club makes it home at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue and Clark’s Bridge Park located at 3105 Clark’s Bridge Road, Gainesville, Georgia 30506. The Lake Lanier Olympic Venue was host to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games for the canoe, kayak and rowing events.

For more information on the Paddle-ability Program, Open House or any of LCKC’s programs, please visit or email David Haack at

Local Paddlers to OKC for US National Team Trials



Local Paddlers to OKC for US National Team Trials

Gainesville, GA- Local Paddlers head to Oklahoma City this week for US National Team Trials on April 24-25. Twenty one paddlers who call Lanier Canoe Kayak their home team will be competing for positions on the US National Jr. and Sr. Teams to compete at International Events this summer The Lanier Canoe Kayak Club, a legacy program of the 1996 Olympics for flatwater sprint canoe/kayak has been home to dozens of athletes on the US National team over the past twenty years. LCKC President Terry Baker says “we are extremely proud of all our athletes and look forward to LCKC and Gainesville, GA being represented on the world stage in 2015 and beyond”.

Summer Sprints Regatta – July 16th


Rentals are now closed for the season. Check back next Spring.



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