Col. Deborah Page is the Para Canoe Coach for South Florida Canoe Kayak Club. Deborah has been active in the Sport for many decades and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Para athletes. Deborah is currently serving as the Para Canoe Chair for USA Canoe Kayak and has worked with a multitude of disabilities and classifications. Deborah’s goal at SFCKC is to offer all ability levels an opportunity to excel in the Sport.
Joe Brugger started Canoeing at the age of 5. Some of his career highlights include qualifying for the 1968 Olympic Trials and becoming the National Champion in 1972, C2 10,000. Joe also competed in the 1975 World Champions in Wild Water Canoeing. Joe’s canoe teaching career started in 1966 with the Boy Scouts of America scout camp at Shaver Lake, CA. In an interview Joe stated “Canoeing is a great sport. There are so many things you can do and places you can go. I really enjoy getting someone who knows nothing and in a few lessons, they can control the canoe and enjoy their time on the water”. Having moved to Cape Coral in October 2013, he is working with athletes of all ages at SFCKC.
Larry Parzynski is our Performance Race Team coach. Larry’s connection with the water began at his parents knees while sailing the Michigan waterways. His kayak career began as a marathon paddler at age 14. That same year he built his first racing kayak. He was named state champion in 2001 & 2002. In 2002 he was named Amateur Athlete of the Year by the Florida Sports Foundation and in 2004 he took 1st place in the 200m at USACK Nationals. Larry was coached and mentored by Olympic paddler Angel Perez and trained in Austria and Hungry. He has paddled distances from 200m to 100 miles. Today you will find Larry coaching and paddling alongside the race team and competing in local kayak and surfski races.