13 Canadian Athletes Competed at the 2017 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships in San Juan, Argentina

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13 Canadian Athletes Competed at the 2017 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships in San Juan, Argentina
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13 Canadian Athletes Competed at the 2017 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships in San Juan, Argentina

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (December 4, 2017) – The ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships were held from November 27 to December 2 in San Juan, Argentina. Nick Troutman and Devyn Scott managed to make it to the quarter-finals, and Kalem Kennedy made it to the semi-finals.

The Canoe Freestyle World Championships took place at the « White Water » Park, downstream of the Ullum Dam on the San Juan River in Argentina. Organized by the International Canoe Federation (ICF), the competition was spread over five (5) days.

Nick Troutman in action on the San Juan River. (Photo: Peter Holcombe)

Troutman’s family cheering for Canadian athletes in Argentina. (Photo: Peter Holcombe)

 

Kalem Kennedy (Pembroke, ON) made it to the men’s Squirt semi-final. Despite his good performance, he was unable to reach the final but finished 7th in the semi.

Nicholas Troutman (Beachburg, ON) And Devyn Scott (Pakenham, ON) both made it to the quarter-finals in the men’s K1 event finishing 12th and 16th, respectively.

Photo: Peter Holcombe

Photo: Peter Holcombe

 

Other Canadian athletes performed well in the preliminaries. The complete results of the Canadian team are summarized in the table below.

First Name Last Name Discipline Finish  Level
Kalem Kennedy Men’s Squirt 7th Semis
Mark Richard Men’s Squirt 11th Heats
Pierce Huser Jr Men’s K1 18th Heats
Sam Duff Jr Men’s K1 19th Heats
Marc-Antoine D’Avignon Jr Men’s K1 21st Heats
Nick Troutman Men’s K1 12th Quarters
Devyn Scott Men’s K1 16th Quarters
Sydney Nixon Women’s K1 Unlisted Heats
Katie Kowalski Women’s K1 Unlisted Heats
Alex Maggs Women’s K1 Unlisted Heats
Cheryl McGregor Women’s K1 Unlisted Heats
Marc Godbout Men’s C1 11th Heats
Kalem Kennedy Men’s C1 15th Heats

 

To get more information about the competition, full results and watch the live videos, visit the event’s website : https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-freestyle-world-championships/san-juan-2017

 

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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Sep
30
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2017 ICF Slalom World Championships: Personal best for Smedley at World Championships
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PAU, FRANCE (September 30, 2017) – Cameron Smedley of Ottawa paddled to a personal best result at the Canoe Slalom World Championships in Pau, France finishing 18th overall in a highly competitive men’s C1 field.

“Cam made a big breakthrough this year qualifying for all the semifinals of the international season. I’m happy to see him finish the season on a strong run in the semifinal today. He should be proud of how he performed under pressure and this shows that he is closing the gap” added James Cartwright, Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Manager.

Slovenia’s Benjamin Savsek finished on top of the men’s canoe podium after putting down an exhilarating run of 94.81 seconds and finishing ahead of Slovakian teammates Alexander Slafkovsky and Michal Martikan in second and third respectively.

Australia’s Jessica Fox stunned the crowd winning the women’s kayak World Championships title by a margin of 4.62 seconds ahead of Slovakia’s Jana Dukatova with of Germany’s Ricarda Funk placing third.

To get the full schedule and online results, go to the event website. You can also watch the live races online on Canoe Kayak Canada YouTube’s 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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Sep
28
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2017 ICF Slalom World Championships: Smedley Qualifies In the C1 Event Semi-Finals in Pau, France
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PAU, FRANCE (September 27, 2017) – Cameron Smedley (Ottawa, ON) has advanced directly to the semi-final in the men’s C1 event this morning on Day 3 at the Canoe Slalom World Championships. Smedley managed to finish 18th in the morning heats and will be competing again on Saturday, where he will be looking to advance to the final.

“Cameron’s run was right on pace with the world’s top paddlers on the top half of the course, there are a few sections on the bottom where we can make up some time so I feel good about Cameron’s potential” added national team head coach Michal Staniszewski.

“Cameron has spent a lot of time training here in Pau over the past two seasons so it’s nice to see his hard work paying off,” added James Cartwright, Canoe Kayak Canada’s high performance manager.

Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON) got off to a promising start earlier this morning, placing 28th on his first run, 8th spots back from the first run cut-off. Spencer was able to produce competitive second run but he picked up a couple of touches which pushed him down to the 47th place. Also competing in Men’s C1 was Yannick Laviolette (St-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC) who placed 60th.

https://youtu.be/KfI6gsYrB6E

In the women’s kayak event, Florence Maheu of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield (39th), Jessica Groeneveld of Innisfail (40th) and Lois Betteridge of Ottawa (45th) struggled to find their best form on today’s race course. All three athletes managed to improve on their second runs through the race course but penalties and technical errors kept them from moving on to the semifinals.

Cameron Smedley will be competing later this week in Saturday’s C1 men semi-final and in Sunday’s Extreme Slalom competition along with teammates Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON), Florence Maheu and Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB).

https://youtu.be/pF6xxU0ig8w

To get the full schedule and online results, go to the event website. You can also watch the live races online on Canoe Kayak Canada YouTube’s 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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Sep
26
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2017 ICF Slalom World Championships: Smedley, Pomeroy and Laviolette Finish 8th in the Team Event
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PAU, FRANCE (September 26, 2017) – The Canadian team of Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON), Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON) and Yannick Laviolette (St-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC) placed 8th this morning in the men’s C1 team event on Day 1 at the Slalom World Championships in Pau, France.

“I am really proud of how the team performed today in Pau. The men’s canoe team scored one of Canada’s best results in this team event,” said James Cartwright, slalom High Performance Manager at Canoe Kayak Canada. “Our athletes have achieved excellent results today while respecting their race plans and facing very good teams from all over the world,” Cartwright added proudly.

The racing conditions on Tuesday morning were perfect and the women’s team of Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB), Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) and Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) were also able to deliver a strong race run while finishing 11th in the K1 team event.

Cameron Smedley also teamed up in the men’s K1 team event, with Michael Tyler (Ottawa, ON) and David Ford (Edmonton, AB). Unfortunately, the crew was later disqualified after one of their boats didn’t pass the equipment control.

The team were feeling good this morning and we are eager to race in the individual events at these World Championships,” said James Cartwright. “We know the course well and starting with team races today set a good tone for the remainder of the week.”

The Canadian team will move onto racing in the individual C1 and K1 races later this week.

Wednesday, September 27th Thursday, September 28th
Women’s C1

Lois Betteridge

Haley Daniels

 

Men’s K1

David Ford

Michael Tyler

 

Women’s K1
Lois Betteridge

Florence Maheu

Jessica Groeneveld

 

Men’s C1

Yannick Laviolette

Spencer Pomero

Camerson Smedley

 

 

 

To get the full schedule and online results, go to the event website. You can also watch the live 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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Sep
13
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2017 Canoe Marathon World Championship: Canadian athletes proudly represented the country in South Africa
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (September 13, 2017) – Four Canadian athletes have made a name for themselves on the international stage at the 2017 Canoe Marathon World Championships. The annual regatta organized by the International Canoe Federation was held from September 7 to 10 in Pietermaritzburg, near the city of Durban in South Africa.

“The whole experience was unreal, it’s completely different than sprint canoe,” said Madeline Mitchell (Winnipeg, Manitoba), on her return home. “Although the marathon race can be two hours long, the result can be determined in the first few meters of the race, anything can happen,” explained the one who completed the 19km individual women’s canoe race.

Mitchell achieved an extremely satisfying result by finishing in 4th position, less than fifteen minutes behind the Ukrainian, Liudmyla Babak, who completed the race in 1 hour 47 minutes. “There were some really strong paddlers out there, 4th is a tough spot to finish after such a grueling race, but I’m extremely happy that I made the commitment to the race and to representing Canada. Each time I came through the portage, the announcers would talk about how Canada has had an impact on the inclusion of the women’s canoe on the international stage and that I was the first to represent Canada in women’s canoe at a Marathon World Championship, it was very encouraging,” she explained.

Madeline Mitchell (Winniped, Manitoba) finishing 4th in the Women’s Canoe event.   / Photo: ICF

In the women’s kayak, Samantha Sula (Balmy Beach, Ont.) Finished 14th in the 19km Junior Women’s K1. On the men’s side, Alec Myles (Trois-Rivières, Quebec) took part in the 19km of the Junior Men’s K1, but unfortunately did not finish the race, as well as for Frank Desrosiers (Ottawa, Ontario) who raced the 30km Men’s K1.

“My race was cut short as I tipped at the first turn, but my overall experience was amazing. The feeling of wearing the maple leaf and representing my country on the world stage is something I will remember for the rest of my life,” explained Alec Myles, who was participating in his first international competition.

Find all the results, photos and videos of the competition on the event’s website.

  

    

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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Aug
27
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Double Gold for Vincent-Lapointe at Canoe Kayak World Championships
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Double Gold for Vincent-Lapointe at Canoe Kayak World Championships

RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC (August 27, 2017) – Canadian Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) captured her second world title in two days, winning the Women’s C-1 200m Final on the last day of competition at the ICF Canoe Kayak Sprint World Championships in Račice, Czech Republic.

On the heels of her triumph yesterday in the C-2 500m Final with partner Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON), Vincent-Lapointe dominated the international field in today’s 200m sprint and crossed the finish line in a world record time of 45.478 seconds.

“I’m extremely happy to win back my world title after missing a few strokes in 2015 and finishing fourth,” said Vincent-Lapointe after the race. “This event has been good for us winning in world record times and taking the overall title for Women’s Canoe at these World Championships. It’s been a great start on the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but there’s still a lot of hard work ahead.”

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe breaking the world record in the C-1 200m.

With her dominant performance at this week’s World Sprint Championships, Vincent-Lapointe has solidified her reputation as the athlete to beat as the world’s best female canoers prepare for their first-ever Olympic competition in Tokyo in 2020.

“It’s been almost 20 years since the last time Canada won two gold medals in Olympic events at a World Championship,” added Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer for Canoe Kayak Canada. “That was 1998 when Stephen Giles and Caroline Brunet shared the honours. I’m really pleased with the results and with the team’s overall performance this week.”

In other Day 5 action, the Canadian K-4 Men’s crew of Maxence Beauchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC), Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS), Marshall Hughes (Waverly, NS), and Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) delivered an impressive bounce-back performance to win the 500m B Final.

“Our guys just missed a berth in the A Final yesterday,” added Barton. “So what this result confirms is that Canada’s K-4 crew belongs with the best in the world. I’m really excited about what our sprint program is capable of achieving over the next few years.”

Men’s K-4 crew happy after their first place in the B final.

On the women’s side, Canada’s K-4 crew of Courtney Stott (Pickering, ON), Alanna Bray-Lougheed (Oakville, ON), Lisa Bissonnette (Sherbrooke, QC), and Natalie Davidson (Ottawa, ON) also delivered a strong performance, finishing second in the B Final behind the boat from Portugal.

The Men’s C-4 1000m A Final saw the Canadian crew of Roland Varga (Richmond Hill, ON), Marc Tarling (Pointe-Claire, QC), Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS), and Drew Hodges (Ottawa, ON) finish a very respectable 9th place.

Quebec City’s, Andreanne Langlois, wrapped up a strong world championship with a third place finish in the B Final of the Women’s K-1 200m.

In the B Final of the Men’s K-1 500m, Canada’s Jarett Kenke (Saskatoon, SK) finished 6th.

Find a complete summary of race results 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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Aug
25
Canoe Kayak Canada
Vincent-Lapointe Continues to Dominate in Women’s Canoe at World Sprint Championships
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RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC (August 25, 2017) – Canada’s Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) clocked the fastest time in the Women’s C-1 200m heats today, advancing straight through to tomorrow’s Semi-final at the ICF Canoe Kayak Sprint World Championships in Račice, Czech Republic. The defending World Cup Champion also achieved a personal best for boat speed, reaching just over 18 kilometers per hour.

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe giving her last strokes in the C-1 200m

Several other Canadians qualified for semi-finals tomorrow, including:

  • the Men’s K-4 crew of Maxence Beauchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC), Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS), Marshall Hughes (Waverly, NS), and Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) in the 500m distance. The foursome finds itself up against a deep, highly competitive field. They delivered a solid performance today, finishing third in a strong heat. A relatively young crew, they’ll be looking to put together another good race to earn a berth in Sunday’s “A” Final;
  • Andreanne Langlois (Quebec, QC) looked hungry in finishing fourth in a tightly contested K-1 200m heat;
  • the Women’s K-4 crew of Courtney Stott (Pickering, ON), Alanna Bray-Lougheed (Oakville, ON), Lisa Bissonnette (Sherbrooke, QC) and Natalie Davidson (Ottawa, ON) will need a top 3 finish in tomorrow’s semi-final to qualify for the “A” Final;
  • Alex Scott (Bedford, NS) in the Men’s K-1 200m;
  • former Olympic medallist, Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) and teammate, Mark James (Dartmouth, NS), will be hoping to use the semi-final to bounce back from a disappointing performance in today’s heats of the C-2 1000m competition.

Competing at his first senior world championships, Jarret Kenke (Saskatoon, SK) finished fifth in his semi-final today to qualify for Sunday’s K-1 500m “B” Final.

The Men’s K4 making their way to the semi-final in the 500m race.

“We’re seeing some encouraging performances here,” said Graham Barton, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Chief Technical Officer. “In just about every event, we see Canadian athletes demonstrating that they can compete with the best in the world. But we’re a relatively young team and there’s a lot of work to be done over the next couple of years to get ready for Olympic and Paralympic qualification.”

Barton noted that this week’s championships will give athletes and coaches a clear idea of what areas they need to work on as they head into the fall training period. “The goal is to eliminate inconsistencies and improve on the parts of the races that aren’t working as well as we’d like them to,” he added.

In addition to the slate of semi-finals tomorrow, Vincent-Lapointe will team up with Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) to compete in the C-2 500m “A” Final. The duo clocked the fastest time in the heats on Thursday.

Watch live coverage online and find a complete summary of race results 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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Aug
24
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Three Canadian Crews Qualify for “A” Finals at ICF Canoe Kayak Sprint World Championships
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RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC (August 24, 2017) – Canadians Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) and Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) clocked the fastest time of the day in the C2 500m heats and advanced directly to Saturday’s “A” Final at the ICF Canoe Kayak Sprint World Championships in Račice, Czech Republic.

Vincent-Lapointe is the reigning C1 World Cup Champion and the world record holder in the C1 200m. Her C2 partner, Katie Vincent, is coming off an impressive performance at the U23 Sprint World Championships in Romania where she captured gold in the Women’s C1 200m.

Other Canadian crews advancing to “A” finals included Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS) and Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) in the Men’s K-2 200m, and on the women’s side, Courtney Stott (Oakville, ON) and Alanna Bray-Lougheed (Oakville, ON) in the Women’s K-2 1000m.

Photo: Balint Vekassy

The only Canadian to compete in a final today was Erica Scarff (Toronto, ON) who delivered her best-ever finish at a World Championships, finishing fourth in the Paracanoe KL3 200m.

“This is a terrific result for Erica,” said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer for Canoe Kayak Canada. “She’s shown steady improvement over the last three years: from a 7th place finish in 2015, to 6th last year, and now just one spot away from a medal. She’s definitely established herself as one of the best in the world.”

Photo: Balint Vekassy

There are several Canadians to watch on Day 3:

  • The Men’s K-4 crew of Maxence Beauchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC), Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS), Marshall Hughes (Waverly, NS), and Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) will look to make a statement in their 500m heats. At last month’s U23 Sprint World Championships, the Canadian crew came within one-tenth-of-a-second of a gold medal;
  • Laurence Vincent-Lapointe is the pre-race favourite heading into the Women’s C-1 200m heats;
  • 2012 Olympic medallist, Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON), will team up with Mark James (Dartmouth, NS) in the C-2 1000m competition;
  • Andreanne Langlois (Quebec, QC) will draw on 2016 Olympic experience in the K-1 200m; and,
  • Coming off a strong performance in the Women’s K-2 1000m, Courtney Stott and Alanna Bray-Lougheed will team up with Lisa Bissonnette (Sherbrooke, QC) and Natalie Davidson (Ottawa, ON) in the K-4 500m.

Watch live coverage online and find a complete summary of race results 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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Aug
23
Canoe Kayak Canada
Canadian Paddlers “Upbeat” at ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships
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RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC (August 23, 2017) – The mood amongst Team Canada athletes is upbeat as a mix of rookies and seasoned veterans makes final preparations for this week’s ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Led by defending World Cup champion and world record holder, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) in women’s canoe, and Olympic medalist, Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON), in men’s canoe, the Canadian contingent is ready to take on the best in the world as they start their journey towards the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo.

Photo: Canoe Kayak Canada

“This event will give our athletes and coaches a good sense for where they’re at and what they’ll need to do if they hope to qualify for Tokyo,” said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer for Canoe Kayak Canada. “For the younger athletes, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to learn from their teammates about what it takes to compete for a spot on the podium at an elite international competition.”

This is a year of transition for Canada’s sprint canoe and kayak program, with several athletes retiring after last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. Younger athletes now have the opportunity to test themselves against top-notch competition.

Besides Vincent-Lapointe and Oldershaw, Barton says he’s excited to watch the Men’s K-4 crew of

Maxence Beauchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC), Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS), Marshall Hughes (Waverly, NS), and Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC). At the recent U23 Sprint World Championships in Romania, Canada’s four-man crew came within one-tenth-of-a-second of a gold medal in the 500m final. For this week’s championships, Canada has added some veteran experience in Cochrane who has two Olympic Games under his belt.

In Paracanoe action today, Canada’s Erica Scarff (Toronto, ON) advanced to tomorrow’s final in the KL3 200m after finishing third in her heat.

Photo: Shelly Beazley

Watch live coverage online and find a complete summary of race results 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:
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(418) 271-3785

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