Freestyle Teams

Senior Men’s K1

Senior Women’s K1

Junior Men’s K1

Junior Women’s K1

Men’s C1

Open C1

Men’s Squirt Boat

Women’s Squirt Boat

Sydney Nixon

Elora, ON

Birthdate: September 23rd, 1997

Birthplace: Elora, ON

Sydney was first introduced to kayaking at 12 years old and grew up paddling on her home river, the Elora Gorge. She quickly graduated to paddling the Ottawa river has spent more and more of her time paddling it. She has worked at the Ottawa Kayak School as an instructor over the summers.


Savannah Westeide

Birthdate: July 23, 2000

Hometown: Ottawa, ON


She started kayaking at the age of 10 at a kids camp at Wilderness Tours and loved it so much that she went back the next year. She continued with teen camps and has been progressing ever since.


Marc-Antoine D’Avigon

Birthdate: July 23, 2001

Hometown: Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC

He started paddling in 2011 with Kayak Valleyfield and got into Freestyle in 2015. He also enjoys slalom paddling.


Pierce Huser

Birthdate: September 30, 1999

Hometown: Kamloops, BC

His parents taught him to kayak and he started paddling down rivers at 9 years of age. He says getting into paddling has been his best decision to date.


Sponsors: NRS Canada


Sammy Duff

Birthdate: June 19, 2000

Hometown: Pembroke, ON

He started kayaking at the age of 11 at Liquid Skills on the Ottawa River and fell in love with the sport. He started competing at National Team Trials at the age of 13.


Marc Godbout

Date of Birth: September 16, 1996
Hometown: Mono, ON
Sport: C1 Freestyle

Marc started with kayaking then switched to C1 a few years back and he really enjoys canoeing.



  • 2 silver medals, 2016 World Championships


Ruth Ebens

Burnstown, ON


  • Gold medal, 2007 World Championships
  • Silver medal, 2009 World Championships
  • Bronze medal, 2011 World Championships
  • 5 x Canadian National Champion


Cheryl McGregor

Alexandria, ON

Birthdate: January 22, 1986

Cheryl started paddling in 2007 with the Cornwall Recreational Whitewater Club and ever since has made it her mission to get on the water as much as possible. She competed at the 2013 World Championships.

Sponsors: Kiwi Dezignz


Seth Ashworth

Foresters Falls, ON

Birthdate: December 15, 1989

Originally born in London, England, Seth now lives in Foresters Falls where is the the Kayak Program Director at Ottawa Kayak School.

Sponsors: Kokatat, Jackson Kayaks, VE paddles


Adam Chappell

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: November 3, 1992

Adam been paddling since 2008. He competed at the 2013 World Championships and was National Champion in 2012.


Nick Troutman

Birthdate: October 20 1988
Hometown: Beachburg, ON
Sport: Kayak Freestyle

Nick started kayaking in 2003 at the age of 13. He was immediately hooked on the sport of freestyle and competing. He started his first competition 3 weeks after first learning to kayak and placed 2nd to last. Though this only drove him harder, the following year, Nick earned his first place on the Canadian Team and finished 4th at the Pre- worlds. He then went on to win several titles while being able to travel the world with his kayak, some of which include, Canadian national champion, North American champion, Pan American Champion, World Cup Champion, and World Champion.Nick is a proud father of two, and continues to kayak the world, traveling and competing.

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Adidas, GoPro



  • Silver medal, 2015 World Championships
  • Gold medal, 2009 World Championships
  • Bronze medal, 2007 World Championships


Devyn Scott

Birthdate: July 24, 1991
Hometown: Pakenham, ON
Sport: Kayak Freestyle

Devyn grew up on the banks of the Ottawa River and started kayaking at age 15.  Ever since day 1 he has been hooked and knew he would be paddling forever. His specialty is freestyle but he says any day on the water is a good day.

Sponsors: Airborn Athletics, Level 6, Liquid Skills and Featherweight


Joel Kowalski

Birthdate: November 7 1988
Hometown: Beachburg Ontario
Sport: Kayak Freestyle

Sponsors: Wilderness Tours, Ottawa Kayak School, Jackson Kayak, Core paddle, Smith Optics, Level 6


Alex Maggs

Birthdate: May 15, 1994
Hometown: Ottawa ON
Sport: Kayak Freestyle

Alex is the Canadian Senior Women’s Freestyle Champion and has been kayaking for 15 years. She started at the age of 5 with her family and the Guelph Kayak Club. She grew up paddling the Ottawa river every summer and the Elora gorge in between. Her first freestyle competition was in 2010 where she placed 2nd in the Junior Women’s category. In 2013 she was the first woman to run the Fish Hatchery Top Drop race at MACKfest. She has also done well in the Hell Or High Water races in Petawawa and placed 2nd in the creek boat division in 2014. This year she placed first in the Rouge River Challenge with partner Jessica Droujko.

Alex is a current member of 3 whitewater clubs in Ontario. She has been a member of the winning club at the King of Clubs competition on the Ottawa river 4 of 6 years. Three of those years with the Guelph Kayak Club and once with the Carleton University Kayak Club. She is also a member of the Coureurs de Bois. Alex is in her third year of studying Chemistry at the University of Ottawa and helping to start a Kayak Polo Club there.

Sponsors: Guelph Kayak Club


Katie Kowalski

Birthdate: April 15, 1991
Hometown: Beachburg, Ontario
Residence: Kamloops, British Columbia
Kayak Club: Ottawa Kayak School
Sport: Freestyle kayaking

Katie has been kayaking since the age of thirteen, and has kayaked in many countries all over the world; US, Switzerland, Australia, Mexico, Chile and China and has competed at three World Championships to date. Currently making the National Team for forth time, training hard to compete at the World Championships on her home river in August 2015.

When she is not training, she is working towards a degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC and enjoying her time in the mountains. In the summers Katie also works as a whitewater raft guide on the Ottawa River, and a whitewater kayak instructor.


Kalem Kennedy

Pembroke, ON

Birthdate: June 1, 1998
Hometown: Pembroke, ON
Sport: Freestyle K1, OC1, Squirt Boat

Kalem has been paddling for about 6 years and thought this was a sport that would be fun to continue with considering the Ottawa River is only 15 minutes from his house. He participated in the Keener Program offered by Ottawa Kayak School for a few years and was coached by some of the best paddlers in the World. He found himself on the Canadian Junior Freestyle team in 2012 and competed at World’s in 2013 in North Carolina. He had a great time and finished out the week in 13th place and top ranked Canadian at the competition.

This past year , Kalem took part in the Canada Cup Pre-World’s / Canadian Team Trials and placed third over all and second in Canada. He finds it very exciting to be part of the team especially because his river will host the 2015 ICF World’s Freestyle Kayaking competition on the Ottawa River. Another special part of this event while be that his brother Quinton will also being competing as he finished first at the Canada Cup. Quinton has been his paddling partner since day one and they head out each Spring as soon as the ice is off the river and paddle into the Fall till they can’t feel their fingers.

Kalem is pumped for World’s and is looking forward to training hard and being as ready as possible to compete and to make the Ottawa Valley proud.

Sponsors: Titan, Level 6, Hunt Club Volkswagen


Andrew Hill

Date of Birth: August 4, 1988
Hometown: Headingley, MB
Residence: Cobden, ON
Sport: Open Canoe and C1 Freestyle

Andy Hill began Open Canoeing two days before Canadian Team Trials. 12 years of freestyle kayaking experience and 10 years of raft guiding made the switch to OC1 natural.  Andy is also a member of the Canadian National Rafting team which competed at the 2013 World Rafting Championships in New Zealand.  Andy’s team came 10th overall, but had an impressive silver medal finish in the sprint event.  When Andy is not trying to do what ever he can to get on the river, he is a self-employed carpenter and a primary-care paramedic.  Andy’s favourite spot in the world to paddle is Sturgeon Falls, Manitoba – you have to go there to understand.



  • Gold medalist, 2015 World Championships


Marc Richard

Birthdate: Nov 23rd, 1965
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Sport: Squirt


Marc has been paddling for fun and teaching kayaking in Nova Scotia for over twenty years. A member of the Canadian Freestyle Team since 2007 with 2 National titles and two top ten finishes at the World Championships. Currently the director of Kayak Instruction for Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia and running his own business called Kayak Nova Scotia.

Marc is motivated by the joy of being on and in the water, from quiet pools to giant ocean waves. He is growing stronger with each competition, pushing his limits and tempers the challenges of being the oldest member of the team with words of one of freestyle paddling’s greatest pioneers Jim Synder… “If you’re having fun, then you’re doing as well as anyone ever has.” Mark is excited to be part of such an amazing group of athletes and returning to the Ottawa River for 2015 World Championships at Wilderness Tours, where he first learned to paddle with Champions like Ken Whiting, Eric Jackson and Perry McGregor.


Zachary Zwanenburg

Date of Birth: January 27, 1996
Hometown: Cornwall Ontario
Sport: K1, C1, OC1 Freestyle

Zachary has competed in the sport of whitewater Kayaking and Canoeing at a regional, provincial, national and international level for the past 9 years.

He is currently one of the top 3 Canadian C1-ers in Canada.

2013/2014 was Zachary’s last year as a Junior Slalom and Freestyle Kayaking Athlete completing his junior career with the following Rankings: Canadian Ranking: 3rd place in C1 freestyle and 1st place in C1 Slalom at Canadian Nationals, 9th at the 2014 Freestyle World Cups, and top 25 Junior Slalom Athletes in the world!

Sponsors: Kiwi Dezingz, Paguaie Select, Sandiline, Vajda, Cornwall Gravel, Action Sport Physiotherapy



  • Bronze medal, 2015 World Championships


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