Wall of Fame

Larry Cain

Larry Cain began canoeing at age 10 in 1974 and developed quickly as a paddler – competing in all disciplines of the sport just one year later. Larry earned his place on the national canoeing team in 1979. Two years later, he became the junior world champion, the first Canadian in over 40 years to win a gold medal in canoeing at the international level.

In the years that follwed and as leader of the Canadian canoeing team, Larry went on to win a gold medal in men’s C-1 (canoe-single) 500m at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Larry captured the silver medal in the C-1, 1,000m race as well.

Larry continued to compete internationally, finishing fourth at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He retired from the sport in 1996 and works as a physical education school teacher and coach in Ontario.

Adam van Koeverden

Adam van Koeverden started kayaking at the Burloak Canoe Club in 1995 at age thirteen. Kayaking allowed Adam’s strength as an individual to shine, and gave him the chance to develop as an athlete.

Nine years later, Adam was Canada’s lone double medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, capturing a gold medal in the men’s K-1 500m event a day after racing to a bronze in the men’s K-1 1,000m. He was chosen as Canada’s Closing Ceremonies flag-bearer, and the 2004 Lou Marsh Award winner for Canadian Athlete of the Year. He also served as flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremonies for Canada at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, where he went on to win silver in the men’s K-1 500m event.

Adam went on to a repeat silver medal performance in the men’s K-1 1,000m race at the summer Olympics in London in 2012, solidying his place as the country’s most decorated paddler: a two-time World Champion, 22-time World Cup Champion and 67-time Canadian Champion

Adam graduated Valedictorian of his class in 2007 from McMaster University, with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.

Mark Oldershaw

Mark Oldershaw has literally paddled his entire life. Growing up at the Burloak Canoe Club, Mark learned the fundamentals of paddling and excelled early at a competitive level – winning his first Junior World Championships in men’s C-1 500m and 1,000m in 2001.

As a third generation Olympian following in the footsteps of his father Scott, uncles Dean and Reed, and grandfather Bert, Mark got his first taste of Olympic competition in 2008 in Beijing where he finished 10th in the men’s C-1 500m event.

Mark went on to capture bronze in the men’s C-1 1,000m race four years later at the summer Olympics in London.

Mark has paddled his way to 65 National Championship victories and 7 World Cup Gold Medals In addition to his Olympic triumph.

Mallorie Nicholson

Mallorie started paddling with the Burloak Canoe Club in 2001 at the age of fourteen. She immediately became involved in the then emerging discipline of Women’s Sprint Canoeing. Within five years she was winning national and international events, including 4 Canada Summer Games titles, 31 National titles, 12 Pan American titles, and setting six national records.

In 2010 she teamed up with C-2 partner Laurence Vincent-Lapointe to win the demonstration women’s canoe event at World Championships. The following year, in Szeged, Hungary, they repeated their success, becoming the first official World Champions of the Women’s C-2 500m event.

In 2012, in her final year of paddling, Mallorie won her first World Cup title in singles, just edging out reigning World Champion and partner Laurence in the C-1 200m. Mallorie concluded her paddling career in 2012 after graduating from the University of Toronto. She now lives in Victoria, BC where she is completing her Masters of Dispute Resolution.