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CanoeKayak Canada selects Michael Tayler for nomination to the Canadian Olympic Team - April 13th, 2012

Charlotte, North Carolina – After four demanding runs down the canoe slalom course in Charlotte, Michael Tayler has proven himself as the man to represent Canada in men’s K1 canoe slalom event at the London 2012 Olympic Games. CanoeKayak Canada will now recommend Michael Tayler for nomination to the Canadian Olympic Team.


“I’m absolutely shocked. I’m just over the moon,” said Tayler after his race. “I knew I had a chance going in, but that last run … I just said I want to go out and have a good run for me and I did exactly that. It was a great run and it was enough to do it.”


It all came down to the final run tonight. The selection was based on the competitors’ best 3 out of 4 rankings, with the fastest time on the fourth run counting as a tie breaker. After the third run five athletes were in a position to take the spot by winning the final run.


Tayler of Ottawa pulled through with a victory on the last run, squeezing out John Hastings of Aurora, ON, by a narrow 0.1 of a second. It was a surprise to many, including his parents, who Tayler called in excitement right after clenching the spot. At just 20 years of age, Tayler turned heads yesterday by ranking as the top Canadian in the opening round.


“It was a really competitive field and it came right down to the wire,” says James Cartwright, CanoeKayak Canada’s Slalom High Performance Coordinator. “Congratulations to Michael – it’s really exciting for him. A lot of guys wanted that spot and each of them put out an amazing effort.”  


Paul Manning-Hunter of Edmonton finished third and David Ford of Edmonton finished forth as he made an attempt for his sixth Olympic Games. Ford qualified the quota spot for Canada with a win at the Pan American Championships last month in Brazil.


Tayler will attend an international training camp on the Olympic course in Hertfordshire, England from April 23 - May 5.


The national team trials took place over two days and the course gates were changed between Thursday and today. The trials were also used to select Senior A and B teams for World Cups in Europe in June.


The following athletes have been named to the teams:


Senior A


Men’s K1

Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)

John Hastings (Aurora, ON)

Paul Manning-Hunter (Edmonton, AB)


Women’s K1

Sarah Boudens (Pembroke, ON)

Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB)

Thea Frohlich (Ottawa, ON)


Men’s C1

Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)


Men’s C2

Jamie Cutts and Adam Cutts (Ottawa, ON)

Daniel Purcell (Red Deer, AB) et Thomas Purcell (Innisfail, AB)


Women’s C1

Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB)

Alexandra McGee (Montréal, QC)



Senior B


Men’s K1

David Ford (Edmonton, AB)

Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB)

Chris McTaggart (Canmore, AB)


Women’s K1

Jazmyne DenHollander (Chilliwack, BC)

Florence Maheu (Valleyfield, QC)





Men’s K1

*Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)

Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB)

Maxime Leboeuf (Valleyfield, QC)

Adrian Cole (Calgary, AB)


Women’s K1

Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON)

Florence Maheu (Valleyfield, QC)

*Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC)

Kathleen Tayler (Ottawa, ON)


Men’s C1

Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

*Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)


Women’s C1

Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB)

Alexandra McGee (Montréal, QC)


*Declined nomination and will compete at the Junior World Championships


The Senior A team will compete at World Cups 2 and 3, while the Senior B team will compete at World Cup 1. Selection for the two World Cups taking place in August will be base on the first three World Cups.


The trials were run in conjunction with American team trials, but rankings were calculated separately.



Final Rankings



Race Schedule


World Cup 1

June 8-10

Cardiff, Great Britain

Senior B

World Cup 2

June 15-17 

Pau, France

Senior A

World Cup 3

June 22-24 

La Seu D'Urgell, Spain

Senior A

Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom

World Championships 

July 11-15

Wausau, USA


Olympic Games

July 29 - August 2

Hertfordshire, England

Olympic Team

World Cup 4

August 24-26 

Prague, Czech Republic

Determined by previos World Cups

World Cup 5

August 31 - September 2

Bratislava, Slovakia

Determined by previos World Cups



For more information, contact:


Ian Miller
Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada
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