Year Round Coaches

Chris MacPherson – Head Coach

As a long time resident of Lower Sackville, I grew up paddling at Sackawa Canoe Club. Competing for Sackawa at Nationals in the early 1990’s meant you were limited to competing in singles and doubles. As with many athletes in the same position as me, I left Sackawa to compete with MicMac ACC and take advantage of crew boat opportunities. Paddling in both canoe and kayak classes, I competed for Sackawa and Mic Mac AAC at several National Championships, with most of my success coming in a canoe. It is through paddling that I found my true passion in the sport – coaching. 

I went on to coach at several of the top clubs in the country, working with many of the most prestigious coaches in CanoeKayak. I proudly rejoined Sackawa as Assistant Head Coach in 2009, with the single goal of building the competitive level to a point where athletes no longer felt the need to leave the community for greater opportunity. With over 20 years coaching experience in the Atlantic Division, in 2015, I took over the Head Coach role and have been pushing Sackawa forward with international representation and mature athlete retention. 

As a long time resident of the Lower Sackville First Lake Area, it is important to me that Sackawa has a strong, nationally competitive program. As a parent of two paddlers, it is important to me that Sackawa can see them through their paddling careers while providing crew boat and war canoe opportunities. As a Head Coach, it is my goal to deliver that opportunity to all the athletes at Sackawa.

I am NCCP Competition Development trained, with my coaching background in program development. I continue to coach the U12-U19 war canoes because I love war canoe! It is here that I get a chance to coach the athletes entering the “learn to train” and “train to train” stages of the sport. I have been a “club rat” since I was 12 years old, so you will see me coaching and hanging out throughout the day with the various groups of athletes. I have learned that the key to the success of any canoe club is a strong foundation of young athletes. If the base of the program is constantly feeding the High-Performance program, then there is always a pool of athletes ready to take on the role of club leaders.

Coaching Philosophy:

If you believe in the athlete, they will move mountains. Success is my motivating factor. Success can only be achieved through training. Training will only happen if there is a love of the sport, and love of the sport is fostered in fun.


Ian Feriancek – Year Round Coach 


I’ve been around Sackawa Canoe Club my entire life! I paddled competitively throughout junior high and high school. After breaking my leg in high school I began coaching at the club and I’ve  been coaching in the summer for the past 6 years now. A fun fact about me is I love chocolate milk. Milk is good for your bones and good bones are good for training – Logic!