CORA is Looking for Volunteers

CORA is looking for volunteers in two areas,

1) Volunteer Writers for a planned CORA Newsletter, and

2) Volunteers to Track CORA Club Points.

If you are interested in volunteering in either of these two areas please review the details below and contact our communications group.

Volunteer Writer – CORA Newsletter

Connect with the outrigger racing community! CORA is looking for awesome volunteer writers to help start an e-newsletter for the paddling community. We are looking for volunteers who could assist with creating, writing and editing a regular newsletter for CORA members and affiliated clubs. Stories in the newsletter will also be published on CORA’s social media channels. If you’re passionate about connecting the paddling community from coast to coast, this might be the perfect volunteer position for you!


  • In collaboration with CORA Board members, develop and write content to connect the outrigger paddling community in Canada
  • Connect with paddlers from different club affiliations and backgrounds to interview and feature in the e-newsletter
  • Create and write articles on topics such as CORA Cup races, safety rules reminders, paddling/steering clinics, etc.
  • Engage the CORA membership with each other and with the benefits that CORA provides

Desired Skills:

  • Some writing experience would be preferred, but not necessary
  • Ability to meet deadlinesGreat interpersonal skills

Volunteer CORA Cup Points Tracker

For many years the CORA Cup has been annually awarded to the club with the most points within the CORA Cup race series, and to the top 3 teams in their respective division and age category. With an increasing number of teams taking part in the race series, we’re looking for detail-oriented volunteers who could give us a hand with tracking the points!


  • Collect race results from CORA Cup races and input them into a spreadsheet in a timely manner
  • On the spreadsheet, allocate eligible teams to their correct division and category, and assign their respective points
  • As necessary, liaise with Race Directors in order to confirm teams’ eligibility for CORA Cup points
  • Assist with the final tabulation of CORA Cup points and the handling of awards at the National Championship

Desired Skills:

  • Intermediate knowledge of Excel
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to learn and implement rules of CORA Cup race series

CORA Fee Increase

CORA’s membership fees have not changed in over 15 years. In 2019, CORA will be increasing its fees for adults and clubs. Here’s why.

CORA was founded to help develop the sport of outrigger canoe racing in Canada. As the sport has grown, CORA’s membership numbers and associated revenues have grown as well. In 2018, CORA reached the point where GST collection and remittance is required. Adding to this new cost, we also incur additional transaction charges as more memberships are paid for online. Online registration is crucial for the organization to maintain an accurate membership database and collect fees in an efficient and timely manner.

CORA does not take this fee increase lightly. As a volunteer organization with no employees we take pride in investing your annual member contributions with care. In fact, CORA returns most of its revenue directly back to members and clubs in the form of grants for education, trailer subsidies to transport canoes to races, grants for clubs to maintain, repair and acquire equipment, as well as support for its members to attend international and world championship events. Finally, CORA’s largest annual expense is insurance, which supports paddlers and clubs by providing liability coverage at no additional cost to our members.

In 2019, annual memberships for adults will increase from $25 to $30, day memberships from $10 to $15 and club memberships from $140 to $150. To encourage more youth participation in the sport, there will be no increases for junior paddlers (under 19); these will remain at $10 for annual junior memberships and $5 for one-day junior memberships.

Please watch for the online member renewal link in your email inbox in December. When it arrives, know that your annual fees are being invested in racing and training opportunities for outrigger paddlers across Canada, as well as insurance and infrastructure support for the clubs we call home.