June 4, 2014 • read

Stand Up Paddle For Men’s Health Event with Simon Whitfield!

Simon Whitfield stand up paddle boarding

Wed June 11th, 1pm-2pm

Come down and cheer on our athletes before they launch their boards!!

Join us on June 11th as we watch four time Olympic athlete Simon Whitfield and 10 more athletes depart from Vancouver to Victoria in a 140 km, 3 day paddle in support of men’s health.

“Every year far too many Canadian men go missing from our daily lives, not because they die, but because they have become very unhealthy or sick,” says Olympian Whitfield. “We want men to know they can change that by making small changes now.”

The event powered by Duracell will take place during the first ever Canadian Men’s Health Week from June 9th-15th– Father’s Day.

Stand Up Paddle For Men’s Health promotional poster
Map of the paddle board route from Vancouver to Victoria

“I have always been driven by the relentless pursuit of excellence, so it’s great to be partnering with Duracell again, who like me, recognizes the power to go further,” says Whitfield. “Duracell also believes in the power of giving back, so it’s fantastic to have them onboard supporting CMHF and the Stand Up Paddle For Men’s Health.”

Whitfield sees the Stand Up Paddle For Men’s Health as a metaphor of how small steps can have a profound effect on people’s lives. The paddlers will push the limits of endurance while exploring many aspects of men’s health. “Obviously there is physical activity,” says Whitfield. “Nutrition and sleep are important. Our mental state will be critical. We will need to ask for help, work together, find ways to deal with stress, fear, and exhaustion. The team will all need to pull together.”

Media coverage

Elite athletes to paddle board from Vancouver to Victoria for men’s health, Global News

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  1. Bob Gebbie

    TriStars salutes Simon for standing up for men’s health.

    For you guys in Victoria, BC come out to our FREE community ride every Saturday at 9:00am starting from Saanich Commonwealth Place. All ages, shapes and abilities welcome as we divide into group commensurate with your abilities. For more info contact [email protected]

  2. Keith Wilson

    We paddle with Fairway Gorge Paddling Club, and we would like to paddle out to meet the guys on Friday. Any idea of when the SUP’s will be around Trial Island?

    • Natasha Ingram

      Hey Keith, great question! Please contact our Events and Communications Manager Tina Rodgers at [email protected], she can give you the info you need.


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