George HorneTsartlip/Tsawout First Nation
George HorneTsartlip/Tsawout First Nation
I am George Horne from Tsawout/Tsartlip First Nation. I am 36 years old and have been paddling since I was 5. I have been competing in our traditional canoes since I was 5 years old and Outrigger for 8 years.
Len MorrisTsartlip First Nation
Len MorrisTsartlip First Nation
My name is Len Morris Jr from Tsartlip First Nation, and member of the Geronimo canoe club. I have been paddling war canoes since I was 7 years old and outrigger canoe for the past 8 years. I have won the Canadian national outrigger race 4 times and numerous men's single war canoe races as well.
Gus MorrisTsartlip First Nation
Gus MorrisTsartlip First Nation
My canoe experience started at the age of five. Most of us started off sitting on a log in the water, with a stick for a paddle, which earned us the name "beach kids". I remember moving up to a kayak and a paddle by the time I was 8 and then moved to the men's crew when I was 16.
Joe SewardTsartlip First Nation
Joe SewardTsartlip First Nation
My traditional name is TKOLECTEN, my borrowed name is Joe Seward, I am of the Tsartlip First Nation. I attend the University of Victoria and am a father of three, with one on the way. I am a very culturally based person; I follow culture, language and traditions, paddling being one of them.


The Geronimo Canoe Club is a team that was established in 1974 by late Ivan Morris and late Madeline Morris (Henry) of the TSARTLIP First Nation.  The club was created by late Ivan and late Madeline, for their 4 sons (Wayne, Leonard, Howard and Bruce) and 2 daughters (Sylvia and Ivy) to compete in the traditional war canoe races in different traditional territories of Vancouver Island and the lower mainland. 

Over the years GCC has found much success in these competitions.  Late Ivan took charge in training the men’s and ladies’ crews not only physically but mentally and spiritually through traditional beliefs.  Late Madeline also assisted by instilling her knowledge and traditions into the crew, also she took responsibility for nourishing the club before and after practices and races, which took place on a weekly basis.  Now that they’ve passed away, they’ve left behind a great legacy for the Morris family to uphold together.   

Respect, Direction and Mentorship

With the guidance of their parents and by following those same traditions of respect, direction and mentorship, the grandsons of late Ivan and late Madeline have won 3 Canadian Nationals outrigger titles and have been selected to represent Canada at the International level. 

Geronimo Canoe Club/Team Canada will compete at the World Distance Outrigger Championships in Tahiti, June of 2017, a World Class event, in which they dedicate to their late grandparents. 

International Va'a Federation

Tahiti 2017

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Geronimo Canoe Club