Dartmouth to host 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint Championships

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Jan
8
Canoe Kayak Canada
Dartmouth to host 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint Championships
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DARTMOUTH, NS (January 8, 2018) – Canoe Kayak Canada and the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada are proud to announce that Lake Banook will host the 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint Championships in September.

“CKC is delighted to be hosting the 2018 Pan Am Sprint Championship in Dartmouth which serves as the 2019 Pan American Games qualification regatta. With a world class venue and top level organizers we are confident that this will be an exceptional event,” said Casey Wade, CEO of Canoe Kayak Canada.

The Atlantic Division of CanoeKayak Canada (ADCKC) learned earlier this week that the Dartmouth race course had been chosen to host the prestigious international event. About 250 athletes representing 20 countries, and an additional 120 national team support staff, are expected to participate in the championship that will take place from September 13th to 16th.  The event will also serve as a Paracanoe championship and a Pan American Games qualifier.

“The Atlantic Divicion Canoe Kayak Canada (ADCKC) has proven it’s ability to host world-class events that exceed all expectations,” said Joao Tomasini Schwertner, President of the Pan American Canoe Federation (COPAC). “We are very excited to have the opportunity to produce a seamless competition and know all athletes, team members, VIP’s, Officials, spectators and Jury members will experience an unforgettable event,” he added.

The successful bid process was led by Olympian LA Dempster and Chris Keevill, CEO of Colour.

“We are thrilled to host the Pan American Championships and share our spectacular race course and all our city has to offer with participants from over 20 nations,” Dempster said.

“This competition will create a legacy that will allow us to attract even more international events and build the sport locally,” added Keevill.

Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer of Canoe Kayak Canada, said the championships will benefit Canadian paddlers.

“Hosting in Canada will also allow for greater Canadian athlete participation which serves to strengthen our high performance program and positions us well to qualify our boats for the 2019 Games in Lima, Peru,” he said.

 

About Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada

The ADCKC is a non-profit organization committed to the support and advancement of canoe kayak in Atlantic Canada. Representing 12 member clubs and over 1,800 competitive athletes, ADCKC represents over 40 per cent of the registered paddlers across Canada. The organization works with the canoe kayak community to ensure all athletes are able to enjoy recreational and competitive paddling in the Atlantic region.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information: 

Tracy White
Manager, Strategic Projects
Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada
gm@adckc.ca
(902) 466-9925

Joannie Verret
Communications Coordinator
Canoe Kayak Canada
jverret@canoekayak.ca
(418) 271-3785

Oct
15
Canoe Kayak Canada
Canadian Junior Team Wins 12 Gold Medals at the 2017 Pan American Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships
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IBARRA, ECUADOR (Oct. 15, 2017) – It has been a successful weekend for the Canadian team at the Pan American Championships as the team brings home a total of 12 gold, 5 silver, and 9 bronze medals.

“All of the athletes arrived well prepared and delivered solid performances all weekend,” said Li-Yue Grenier, coach of the women’s kayak team for this competition. “They got more and more motivated with every day of the competition and got very excited for the last day of the sprints, where they showed what they were capable of,” she added.

500 meters
On Saturday, athletes competed in the 500 meter events. Once again, Sophia Jensen (Cascades, QC) dominated the C1 women’s race, as did Ashley Card (Maskwa, NS) in the women’s K1.

The women’s K4 of Ashley Card, Grace Whebby (Mic Mac, NS), Corinna Higgins (Pointe-Clair, QC) and Adrianna Lilley Osende (Mic Mac, NS) came second, as did Kate Pennyfather (Burloak, ON) and Marlee MacIntosh (Maskwa, NS) in the women’s C2 race. Also in the women’s category, Whebby and Higgins’ K2 crew earned a bronze medal. Palmer Lumb (Balmy Beach, ON) also brought home a bronze medal in the men’s K1 race.

200 meters
On Sunday, the athletes took part in their last races, the fast-paced 200 meter distance. Canadians dominated the sprints as Jensen and Whebby won the women’s C1 and K1 respectively, and Isaac Finkelstein (Rideau, ON) and Lumb won the same men’s events.

Paracanoe athletes also competed in the 200m events on Sunday. In the men’s event, Zach Fitzgerald (Sherbrooke, QC) finished 3rd in the KL3 event and Trinity Tratch (Calgary, AB) picked up the third position in the VL2 event. In the momen’s event, Erica Scarff (Balmy Beach, ON) won the gold medal in the VL3 race and silver in the KL3 race.

A complete list of our athletes’ results can be found on the Canoe Kayak Canada website: http://canoekayak.ca/event/sprint-pan-american-championships/

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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For more information :
Joannie Verret
Communications Coordinator
jverret@canoekayak.ca 
(418) 271-3785

Oct
14
Canoe Kayak Canada
Pan American Championships: Canadian Team Wins 5 Gold Medals on Day One of Finals
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IBARRA, ECUADOR (Oct. 13, 2017) – Friday the 13th did not bring bad luck for the Canadian team on their first day of finals at the Pan American Championships as the team completed the day with a total of 9 medals out of 10 races, including 5 gold medals.

“The future of these young athletes is very promising, and I am very excited to see them improve during the sprints in the next few days in Ibarra,” said Mark Granger, National Development Coach at Canoe Kayak Canada. “I look forward to seeing the athletes give their everything again and I believe we can win the overall title if we continue to battle the way we did today,” he added.

The Canadian team achieved excellent results today over the 1000 meters the distance. Despite the high altitude of the competition site, the Canadian athletes managed to win 5 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Photo: Max Finkelstein

Photo: Max Finkelstein

 

Sophia Jensen (Cascade, ON) and Isaac Finklestein (Rideau, ON) both paddled to gold in the Junior Men’s and Women’s C1 1000m. Women’s canoe athletes once again proved their strength as Kate Pennyfather (Burloak, ON) and Marlee MacIntosh (Maskwa, NS) grabbed gold in the C2 1000m event.

The Men’s and Women’s K4 teams each gave a solid performance by powering to the top of the podium as well. “Both teams have shown a great improvement over the course of the season, and this result is very representative of their efforts throughout the summer,” said Graham Barton, Technical chief officer of the Canadian team.

A complete list of our athletes’ results can be found on the Canoe Kayak Canada website: http://canoekayak.ca/event/sprint-pan-american-championships/

Races will continue tomorrow with the 500 meters event and Sunday with the 200 meters events.

       Photos: Max Finkelstein

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information :
Joannie Verret
Communications Coordinator
jverret@canoekayak.ca
(418) 271-3785

Sep
18
Canoe Kayak Canada
Olympic Hopes Team Returns Home with a Total of 9 medals
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RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC (17 September 2017) – The last day of competitions of the Olympic Hopes Regatta took place on Sunday in Racice, Czech Republic. Forty Canadian athletes competed in this international competition where 33 different countries were represented.

“The level of competition at this regatta goes up every year, this competition is now the equivalent of a World Championships for these age groups,” said the Canadian team chief technical officer, Graham Barton, at the end of day on Sunday. “Our athletes have performed very well and now know the level required here against the strongest nations like Germany, Hungary or Poland. It will take a lot of work and collaboration, but I believe that as a nation we have the talent, “he added.

On the last day of the competition, the athletes competed on the distance of 200 meters. 12 Canadian crews made it to the finals, but the only medal of the day was won once again in the women’s canoe. Sloan Mackenzie of Nova Scotia (Cheema) grabbed the bronze medal in the C1 200m 2002 age category.

Overall, during this competition, the Canadian team will have won 5 bronze medals, 3 silvers and 1 gold. These excellent results show the athletes’ hard work throughout the season.

They will have to train more to continue performing internationally. The junior canoe kayak team will soon be participating in the Pan American Championships, to be held from 12 to 15 October in Ecuador.

To see all the results of the Olympic Hopes Regatta, go to the website of the event. You can also find Saturday and Sunday’s races online on Canoe Kayak Canada’s YouTube channel.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information :
Joannie Verret
Communications Coordinator
jverret@canoekayak.ca
(418) 271-3785

Sep
16
Canoe Kayak Canada
Canadian Team Gets 6 Medals on Day 2 of the Olympic Hopes Regatta
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RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC (September 16, 2017) – Canadian athletes were competing today in the second day of the International Olympic Hopes Regatta. Almost all of the crews qualified for the finals, among which 6 crews won a place on the podium.

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback today from the athletes,” said Graham Barton, chief technical officer of the Canadian team. “Everyone was excited to race and were getting into the competition spirit. After they made it through the heats, they learned to push it to the limit and continue to keep it up. We had success from our semis and had 16 crews in the finals,” added Barton.

Among the medalists was Julia Lilley Osende (Mic Mac, Nova Scotia) who won the gold medal in the women’s C1 500m 2001 age category, a few hundredths of a second ahead of the Hungarian Csenge Molnar. “She did not believe it when her coach, Jan Kruk, told her she had won the race, she was really excited,” said Graham Barton.

In the women’s canoe category, Marlee MacIntosh (Maskwa, Nova Scotia) placed second in the C1 500m 2000 age category and Sloan Mackenzie (Cheema, Nova Scotia) came third in the C1 500m 2002 age category. In the C2 event, Jessica Mackay (Maskwa, Nova Scotia) and Lilley Osende won a silver medal in the 2001 age category.

Andrew Billard (Maskwa, Nova Scotia) picked up the 3rd place in the Men’s C1 500m 2002 age category and the Men’s C4 crew of Nicholas Billard, Dawson Peachey (Maskwa, Nova Scotia), Tyler Laidlaw (Sack-a-wa, Nova Scotia) and Mason Koch (Cheema, NS) had an exciting race coming third in the 500m.

To get all the results of Day 1 and 2 of this regatta, go to the event website. Competitions will end on Sunday with the K1, C1, K2, C2, K4 and C4 event over the famous distance of 200 meters. You can find the schedule of the last day here.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information :
Joannie Verret
Communications Coordinator
jverret@canoekayak.ca
(418) 271-3785

 

Sep
15
Canoe Kayak Canada
Olympic Hopes Regatta : 17 Canadian crews advance to Day 1 finals
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RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC (September 15, 2017) – The conditions were ideal today in Racice, Czech Republic, for the Canadian junior team athletes participating in the first day of the International Olympic Hopes Regatta. Races will be held from September 15 to 17, and Canada had a strong start today by placing 17 crews in the finals of the single and tandem events.

“Women’s canoe continue to be the strength of the Canadien Team, although the rest of the world is breaking through and challenging our dominance,” said Graham Barton, chief technical officer of the Canadian team. “A regatta like this one is an opportunity for athletes to learn from international racing and to take that back as they prepare for the next few years,” he added.

The Canadian team had excellent performances today in Racice, but Julia Lilley Osende (Mic Mac, Nova Scotia) scored the best performance of the day by winning a silver medal in the C1 1000m Female (2001) event. Jessica Mackay (Maskwa, Nova Scotia) was not too far behind as she placed 4th in the same race. Sloan McKenzie (Cheema, Nova Scotia) came third  in the Women’s C1 1000m (2002) event.

Photo: Stephane Richard

Throughout the day, the athletes progressed quietly through the morning heats by taking the time to adjust to the international competition. At the end of the day, the athletes managed to cross the semi-finals by qualifying almost all crews in the finals.

To see all the results of Day 1 of this regatta, go to the event website. Competitions will continue tomorrow with the K1, C1, K2, C2, K4 and C4 event over the distance of 500 meters. You can find the schedule of Day 2 here.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information :
Joannie Verret
Communications Coordinator
jverret@canoekayak.ca
(418) 271-3785

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