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IN CLASS – Luke Morris surfs a wave downstream from the dam on the Yukon River this afternoon during a session with Corran Addison. Addison is visiting Yukon for the first time and is teaching paddling clinics with the Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club this week.

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HOLDING COURT – Corran Addison (middle) offers a few words of guidance at the beginning of a clinic on the Yukon River this afternoon.

YCKC imports world-class kayaker to offer lessons

Just a few hours after touching down in Whitehorse, Corran Addison was on the water.

By Marissa Tiel on September 6, 2017

Olympian Corran Addison will teach clinics to interested paddlers through Monday

Just a few hours after touching down in Whitehorse, Corran Addison was on the water.

The world-class paddler, who is in Whitehorse for a week hosting paddling clinics for the Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club, had never been to the Yukon before.

Addison, an Olympian and world-medallist, doesn’t teach much anymore, but when he was approached by YCKC to offer clinics to local paddlers, he jumped at the chance.

Addison currently lives in Montreal and has been impressed with the recreational infrastructure that he’s seen so far.

There are three clinics per day with Addison in a range of disciplines and the schedule will be changed as needed, he says.

“It’s sort of a moving target,” he says. “I come to these sorts of events with some pre-conceived notions about what it is that I would most likely be teaching, other people who sign up for the classes come here with some ideas of what it is that they want to learn and invariably it’s neither of those.”

During the meet and greet last night, there were more than 50 paddlers that came through, he says.

“It’s a really cool crowd. We started off on the water and paddled. There’s obviously a very diverse range of skills and ages,” he says.

The full schedule is available at yckc.ca and registration is still possible.

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