ORCC COACHING STAFF 2020
All of ORCC coaches have a great deal of experience and passion for paddling. We look forward to a great season on the water!
Joel Hazzan - Head Coach
I have been a coach in the Sport of Sprint Canoe Kayak for 16 years, coaching athletes at all levels from Regatta Ready athletes to National Team. Before joining the Ottawa River Canoe Club I was the Head Coach for the Ontario Canoe and Kayak Team. In this position I was the Head Coach and Team Leader for Ontario at two Canada Summer Games (2009 and 2013). I was also a member of the Team Canada Coaching staff for the 2009 Junior Worlds and the 2006 Pan American Canoe Championships.
Before joining the Ontario Team I was the Head Coach of the Rideau Canoe Club, where I learned to paddle and race. I was a member of the Canadian National Canoe and Kayak Team in 1999-2000 and have competed internationally for Canada. I also competed internationally in Dragon Boat winning a silver medal in the mixed 500m event at the 2002 World Club Crew Championships in Rome.
I am a level 3 certified coach under the Coaching Association of Canada National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and a Chartered Professional Coach with Coaches of Canada. I am pursuing my Level 4 certification, which should be complete by this fall. I am also a course conductor and evaluator in the NCCP for the Entry Level Competitive Coach Program and Community Coach Program. And I was the coordinator and author of the CanoeKayak Canada Long Term Athlete Development Project. In 2005, I completed my Master of Kinesiology degree at the University of Calgary specializing in functional and applied exercise physiology. This is where I met my beautiful wife Eslin and we now have a 2 year old daughter Olivia. In addition to being an avid paddler, I enjoy running and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Lesley Anne (L.A.) Schmidt - Para Canoe and Paddle All Coach / Coach mentor
L.A is always working tirelessly behind the scenes, mentoring many of the younger coaches, continually building relationships in the community to make the club's program great. L.A is co-founder of the canoe club in partnership with her husband Bevin. They have both worked very hard to develop its programs and engage the community in its growth.
A note from L.A: "I am one of the co founders of this wonderful Canoe Club called ORCC. I am passionate about the sport of paddling and the club and all it does in the community. It is a great family place to hang out in the summer. I am looking forward to paddling more this summer and I look forward to meeting new paddlers and old friends on the water!! Get out there and have fun everyone. Something I am passionate about is making great things happen for my family, for the community and for students in my care as a teacher. There is no better feeling than watching someone reach their potential at whatever they do!!!
Bevin Schmidt – Paddle4Life Coach (Masters), SUP Instructor
Bevin is co-founder of the Ottawa River Canoe Club with his wife L.A. The Schmidt family are avid outdoor enthusiasts and passionate about the sport of paddling. Bevin is not only a lead coach on our staff, he is the current chair (flag officer) of the Eastern Ontario Division/Canadian Canoe Kayak Canada for Sprint Racing. Bevin's volunteer work, and coaching roles play a critical part in the success of the club. He is not only a force on the water, but represents the club at international and national events through his work on and off the water. Bevin does a lot of work behind the scenes repairing boats, engaging novice paddlers, and general work around the club and always with a smile. Bevin is a CKC level 2 ELCC coach, CSIA/CSCF level 3/2 coach, Paddle Canada certified SUP instructor, owner of Wavepaddlesport.ca, and recipient of the 2015 Russ Dunn award at CanMas.