Luste Lecture: Claudia Van Wijk on Making a Paddling Community
November 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free/by donation for Wilderness Canoe Association and Canadian Canoe Museum members and volunteers, or with regular admission for non-members.
2:30-3:30pm: Luste Lecture and Q&A with Claudia Van Wijk from Madawaska Kanu Centre.
3:30-4:30pm: Museum Tour with Curator Jeremy Ward, who will be expanding on the new museum exhibit design process!
Reservations are required for the museum tour!
Please reserve your spot by emailing Karen Taylor, Director of Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (705) 748 9153 x219
ABOUT CLAUDIA VAN WIJK
Join us for an engaging talk by Claudia Van Wijk, who will be speaking on the making of a paddling community, based on her and her families’ contributions to the canoe and kayaking communities.
Kayaking is deeply a part of Claudia and her family’s history; her parents Christa & Hermann Kerckhoff, founded the Madawaska Kanu Centre in Barry’s Bay, Ontario – the first whitewater school in the world. Claudia would go on to become the co-owner and director of the Centre. Today the Madawaska Kanu Centre is run by the family’s third generation – her daughter, Stefi.
Claudia also followed in her athletic parent’s footsteps (they won the Canadian Whitewater Kayak Champion title in 1968), and made her mark on the international level as a 10 time Canadian Slalom Champion, 6 time Canadian Wildwater Champion, and winner of a bronze medal at the 1976 World Championships.
For this work, and more, Claudia Van Wijk was the first female paddler to receive a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Paddle Awards for her contribution to paddle sports!