Burloak Story

Burloak Canoe Club’s (BCC’s) winning tradition is reflected in its bringing the National Championship home five times and the Canadian Masters National Championship six times since it was founded in 1989.

All told, BCC has won 328 National Championship races, placed in the top three clubs at the National Masters Championships 14 times since 1989 and placed in the top 3 among the clubs in Canada at the National Championships in 18 out of the last 20 years.

BCC’s Beginnings

BCC’s winning tradition was born when two former canoe clubs – the Mohawk Canoe Club (est. 1958 and located on the Burlington lakefront) and the Oakville Racing Club (est. 1974)- merged in 1989 to form the Burloak Canoe Club.

Burloak Canoe Club was first located in a garage across the street from its current clubhouse. By that time, Oakville Racing Canoe Club placed five athletes on Canadian Olympic Teams and Mohawk had placed two athletes in the Olympics.

All told, BCC and its predecessor clubs have had 15 athletes on Senior World teams, 12 athletes on junior world teams and 10 athletes on Olympic teams, three of whom have brought home seven Olympic medals.

They are Larry Cain (Olympic gold and silver, 1984), Adam van Koeverden (Olympic gold, two silver and a bronze at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics) and Mark Oldershaw (Olympic bronze, 2012). The three – and countless other paddlers – have won numerous World Championship medals.

Burloak Canoe Club is the most productive contributor to Canada’s International and Olympic teams as well as being the most successful club in Canada regionally and nationally at all age levels – including the Masters segment.

Coaching Legacy

Burloak Canoe Club’s success is a product of world-class coaching that is rooted in a culture of friendship and commitment to excellence through hard work. The Club’s coaching staff has adopted this culture in all of its programs.

Scott Oldershaw served as BCC’s Head Coach from 1990 through 2007. He based his coaching method on his own experience as an Olympic athlete to produce and offer programs that bred success at the National, International and Olympic levels.

Scott’s son Adam – himself an accomplished paddler – took over from his father and continues to train athletes of all ages to excel at all competitive levels.