About Us

The Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Race Team is committed to coaching children aged 9 to 18 years old in the paddle sports of Olympic Canoe and Kayaking.

GHCKRT has a history of excellence in the sport of Canoe/Kayak, producing multiple National Champions and world class athletes. Numerous young Gig Harbor athletes have gone on to represent the USA at the Junior World Championships, Pan American Championships, and Olympic Hope Regattas at locations throughout Europe and the Americas. This talented team is also proud to have won the USA National Team Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.


What People are saying about GHCKRT

First and foremost, the club is a five-time national championship winner. This club does not breed mediocrity. And while winning isn’t the most important thing in life, the results show that the club is well-respected across the country and in the Gig Harbor community.

“The city of Gig Harbor recognizes the efforts that goes in to a national championship,” Payne said. “This is just a phenomenal opportunity for our community and our youth who represent us.”


“It’s really special,” she said. “I never thought when I was little that I’d be such an intense athlete. I was very much a pretty, pink princess kind of person. To everyone’s surprise, it turns out, I’m extremely competitive. I think I found my stride in paddling. Just getting to go to Hungary, it’s like the equivalent of Wimbledon for tennis.”