Sprint Teams

MEN'S KAYAK

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WOMEN'S CANOE

PARACANOE

James Risk

Ottawa, Ontario

Birthdate: August, 7th, 2001
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners
Sport: Men’s canoe
Coach: Anthony Colin
First Year on National Team: 2018
Other Sports: Hockey

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Jakob Kryworuchko

Vancouver, British Columbia

Birthdate: June 23rd, 2001
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Canoe Club: Chilliwack Centre of Excellence
Sport: White Water Slalom

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Finley Capstick

Chilliwack, British Columbia

Birthdate: June 10, 2001
Hometown: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Canoe Club: Chilliwack Centre of Excellence
Sport: Men’s kayak
Coach: Brendan Curson / Florence Mahue
Finley’s first kayak race was in 2012 and he made the national team for the first time in June of 2018 at just 17 years old!
He hopes to make the semi finals in the 2018 and 2019 Junior World Championships.
FUN FACTS:
Instagram: @finley_capstick21
Nickname: Finley
Role model: Ben Hayward
Favourite training: Fulls
Pre-race meal: Quinoa and chicken
Post-race meal: Veggie juice
Off-season interest(s): Weight lifting
Guilty pleasure: Dark chocolate
Superhero: Deadpool
Favourite word: Superfluous

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Félix Filion

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec

Birthdate: December 26th, 2001
Hometown: Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec
Canoe Club: Kayak Valleyfield
Sport: White Water Slalom

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Austin Atkins

Chilliwack, British Columbia

Birthdate: July 26th, 2000
Hometown: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Canoe Club: Chilliwack Centre of Excellence
Sport: White Water Slalom

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Maël Rivard

Ottawa, Ontario

Birthdate: April 28th, 2001
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners
Sport: White Water Slalom

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Jocelyn Taylor

Calgary, AB

Birthdate:  August 31st, 2001

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Canoe Club: Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak

Sport: Women’s kayak

Coach: Mike Holroyd

Instagram: @jocelyn.taylor1

Jocelyn’s first canoe kayak race was in 2012, and her first year on the national team was 2016. She is a Canadian Junior National Champion and her goal for the coming years is to make a semi at Jr World Championships!

FUN FACTS:

What is the best thing about Canoe Kayak? Traveling

Describe the sport in one word: Fun

Role Model: Ricarda Funk

RESULTS

2017 Junior World Championships (Bratislava, Slovakia) - 49th

Trevor Boyd

Calgary, AB

Birthdate: July 8th, 1999

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Canoe Club: Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak

Sport: Men’s kayak

Coach: Michael Holroyd / Michael Taylor

Trevor’s first canoe kayak race was at the 2014 Alberta Cup and his first year on the national team was in 2016. He trained at the Waterwerks Kayak Club and now trains at the Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak Club.

He describes his sport as “exhilarating”!

FUN FACTS:

Favourite training: Kananaskis

Off-season interest(s): Computer Science
Other sport(s): Volleyball
Superhero: Spiderman

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Keenan Simpson

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: January 7th, 1999

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners

Sport: Men’s kayak

Coach: Michal Staniszewski

Instagram: @keenan.simpson

Website: https://m.facebook.com/Canadiankayak/

Keenan started Kayak Slalom at the age of 15. His first race was in 2014 during a competition in Valleyfield, Québec.

Keenan is a member of the Ottawa River Runners and made the national team for the first time in 2016. He is training hard and hoping to medal at the 2020 Olympic games!

FUN FACTS:

Nickname: Smokey 

Favourite training: Grand Prix loops or speed technique 

Pre-race meal: Loaf sandwich 

Off-season interest(s): Canoe camping and backpacking 

Other sport(s): Xc skiing, hockey, alpine touring, climbing 

TV show: Trailer park boys

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Yannick Laviolette

St-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC

Birthdate: December 12th, 1995

Hometown: St-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC

Canoe Club: Kayak Valleyfield

Sport: Men’s Canoe

Coach: Anthony Colin / Louis-Philippe Légaré

Instagram: @yannick_c1_can

Yannick Laviolette’s first canoe race was at Nationals in 2012, and his first year on the national team was in 2013! He trains in Valleyfield, Quebec but has also trained with the Ottawa River Runners.

Yannick loves the community that canoe kayak has given him and he is training hard to be able to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo!

FUN FACTS:

Nickname: Yan

Favourite training: Paddling

Pre-race meal: Food

Post-race meal: Poutine

Other sport(s): Kayak polo

Guilty pleasure: Dessert

Superhero: Iron man

Favourite word: Challenging

RESULTS

2017 Canoe Slalom & Wildwater Canoeing World Championships (Pau, France) C1 Team - 8th

Darius Ramrattan

Innisfail, AB

Birthdate: May 6th, 1998

Hometown: Innisfail, AB

Canoe Club: Cottonwood Kayak Club

Sport: Men’s kayak

Coach: Micheal Tayler / Micheal Holroyd 

Instagram: @dariusnoinsta

Darius made the national team for the first time in 2015 and he trains at the Cottonwood Kayak Club in Alberta. He is currently working on completing his bachelor of science degree.

FUN FACTS:

Role model: Peter Kauzer
Favourite training: Weights
Pre-race meal: Food
Post-race meal: More food
Off-season interest(s): Bachelors of Science
Guilty pleasure: Dessert
Superhero: Superman

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Liam Smedley

Dunrobin, ON

Birthdate: March 20th, 1995

Hometown: Dunrobin, ON

Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners

Sport: Men’s canoe

Coach: Anthony Colin

Instagram: @smedleycanoe

Twitter: @LiamSmedleyC1

Websitewww.smedleycanoe.ca

Liam started paddling his first slalom canoe at age 10 and quickly moved into competitive racing, training with the Ottawa River Runners since day 1! Along with his older bother Cameron, the Smedley’s have a great family history when it comes to canoeing.

Liam claimed three junior national championship titles from 2011-2013. He then transitioned to the Senior level qualifying for the senior national team in 2013, and has been ranked 2nd in Canada for the last few years. He has been a member of the Canadian team since 2011 and is focusing on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020!

“The Ottawa River is where we grew up, it’s where we learned to canoe from day one. Now it’s our training site as we look to the Olympic games. This river is home.” 

FUN FACTS 

What is the best thing about Canoe Kayak? The opportunity to play and be creative every time you’re on the water. So few things create an opportunity like that in life today.

Nickname: Big Cat

Quote: If it’s all I can, then that will be enough (Personal motto)

Role model: Denis Gargaud-Chanut

Pre-race meal: Oatmeal

Post-race meal: Leftover oatmeal

Off-season interest(s): Coffee, sewing, photography

Other sport(s): Running, cross country skiing, climbing

Guilty pleasure: Not one croissant, but five

Favourite word: Volition

TV show: Parks and Recreation

Book: The Name of the Wind

Band: The Planet Smashers

Superhero: Guy Fox

RESULTS

2017 Senior Canadian National Championships (Ottawa, Canada) - Bronze
2017 U23 Canadian National Championships (Ottawa, Canada) - 1st
2016 Danubia Cup (Bratislava, Slovakia) - 4th
2016 Krakow President's Cup (Krakow, Poland) - 7th

2015 Oceania Open (Mangahao, New Zealand) - Gold
2015 Pan-American Games (Toronto, Canada) - 9th
2013 Junior World Championships (Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia) -21st

Lois Betteridge

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: December 17th, 1997

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners

Sport: Women’s canoe

Coach: Anthony Colin

Instagram: @loisbetteridge

Lois Bettering made the national team for the first time in May 2015 and is a 5 time national champion. She has competed at many international events representing Canada and has her sights set on competing in the Olympic Games!

FUN FACTS:
Nickname: Lou
Role model: Florence Maheu
Favourite training: Loops
Pre-race meal: Eggs
Post-race meal: Eggs
Off-season interest(s): Eating eggs
Other sport(s): Skiing, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, eating eggs
Guilty pleasure: Eating eggs
Superhero: Florence Maheu

RESULTS

2018 World Cup 1 (Liptovsky, Slovakia) - 27th
2017 U23 World Championships (Bratislava, Slovakia) - 29th

2016 U23 World Championships (Krakow, Poland) - 20th
5 Time National Champion

Jacob Steele

Halifax, NS

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Nicholas Matveev

North York, ON

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Dominik Crête

Trois-Rivières, QC

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Kate Pennyfather

Oakville, ON

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Hannah MacIntosh

Dartmouth, NS

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Julia Lilley-Osende

Dartmouth, NS

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Lucas Turnbull

Mississauga, ON

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Phil Turcanu

Ottawa, ON

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Connor Fitzpatrick

Dartmouth, NS

Canoe Club: Senobe

Sport: Men’s Canoe

Coach: Andreas Dittmer

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Natalie Davison

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: January 12, 1992

Hometown: Manotick, ON

Canoe Club: Rideau Canoe Club

Sport: Women’s kayak

Coach: Chad Brooks

Instagram: nat.davison

Natalie is from Manotick, Ontario and she grew up training at the Rideau Canoe Club. Her first ever race was a C1 200m race at the Carleton Place Canoe Club when she was just 7 years old. She finished last and even managed to tip right before the finish line! Despite this, Natalie fell in love with the sport and worked hard to achieve her dreams, and she did! Her first year on the national team was in 2017.

She came 11th in the 2017 Senior World Championships in the K4 500m event, her first World Championships!

Natalie’s goal is to race in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games! 

FUN FACTS:

Why canoe kayak: I love Canoe Kayak because I get to be out in nature floating on water and it is an amazing community to be a part of!

Describe the sport in one word: Graceful

Quote: “Encourage, lift and strengthen one another.  For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all.” – Deborah Day

Pre-race meal: Oatmeal with natural peanut butter and banana and a green tea

Post-race meal: Mango smoothie

Off-season interest(s): Camping, travelling, movies & music

Other sport(s): Martial arts & dance

Guilty pleasure: Salt & vinegar chips

TV show: Game of Thrones

Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Book: The Time Traveler’s Wife

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Mathieu St-Pierre

Shawinigan, QC

Birthdate:February 8, 1988

Hometown: Shawinigan

Canoe Club: Shawinigan Canoe Club

Sport:Paracanoe

Coach: Marc Creamer / Hélène Gervais

 

Mathieu’s first year on the paracanoe national team was in 2017 and he is coached by Marc Creamer and Hélène Gervais. Mathieu is from Shawinigan and trains at the Shawinigan Canoe Club in Québec.

FUN FACTS:

Why canoe kayak? I love being on the water and seeing the beauty of nature

What is the best thing about canoe kayak? It allows me to forget my handicap

Describe the sport in one word: Freedom

Role model: Serge Corbin

Superhero: Rocky

RESULTS

2018 Pan American Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) - VL1/2 200m Silver
2018 World Championships (Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal) - VL2 200m 7th
2018 Canadian Championships (Sherbrooke, Québec) - Open VL 200m Silver

Sophia Jensen

Chelsea, QC

Birthdate: September 18, 2001

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Canoe Club: Cascade

Sport: Women’s canoe

Coach: Jan Kruk / Adam Mayo / Fred Loyer

Instagram: @sophia_jensen_123

Website: https://sophiajensen.com/

16 year old Sophia Jensen joined the Canoe Sprint National Team in October 2017. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Sophia has been a member of the Cascade Club (Québec) for only 4 years.

Sophia tried canoeing when she first moved to Chelsea, Quebec. She had never heard of sprint canoe and decided to sign up for an 8 week program. She was also signed up for soccer, skiing, volleyball, and field hockey at the same time, but Canoe Kayak was by far her favourite sport she tried.

She won two silver medals at the 2017 Junior Worlds (C1 500m and C1 200m) and also won gold(C1 1000m) and bronze(C1 5000m) at the 2017 Canada Games.  Sophia also won 3 gold medals at the 2017 Pan American Championships in Ibarra, Ecuador.

She hopes to qualify for the Junior World Championships in 2018 and is excited that women’s canoe has been added to the Olympic program!

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Exhilarating 

Nickname: Sophia 

Quote: “it doesn’t matter how good your technique or how fast you are, all that matters is how badly you want to win”

Role model: Laurence-Vincent Lapointe 

Favourite training: Sprint work and cross coutry skiing 

Pre-race meal: Whatever the hotel has to offer 

Post-race meal: Ice cream 

Off-season interest(s): Art 

Other sport(s): Volleyball, and cross country skiing

Superhero: Thor 

Favourite word: Flabbergasted 

TV show: The office 

Movie: Star wars (all of them)

Book: Lord of the rings 

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Roland Varga

Aurora, ON

Birthdate: August 6, 1990

Hometown: Aurora, ON

Canoe Club: Richmond Hill Canoe Club

Sport: Men’s canoe

Coach: Andreas Dittmer / Helen Savin

Instagram: @Sirlordroland_

Roland has participated at the World Championships, Pan American Games and is an 11x National Champion. His first year on the national team was in 2009.

His goal is to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020!

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Grace Whebby

Dartmouth, NS

Birthdate: June 6, 1999

Hometown: Dartmouth, NS

Canoe Club: Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club

Sport: Women’s kayak

Coach: Chad Brooks

Instagram: @gracewhebby

Grace’s first race was a canoe race in 2007, at just 5 years old! Since that time, she switched to kayak because she prefers the stability of the boat and she enjoys paddling on both sides rather than just one.

Grace made the national team for the first time in 2017. She is extremely proud to be able to represent her country at the international level and she has already proven her ability to shine at such a young age!

She came 7th at Junior Worlds in the K1 200m event in 2017 and she is excited to gain more international experience!

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word? Determination

Nickname: G

Quote: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

Pre-race meal: Banana and crackers

Post-race meal: Boost drink

Guilty pleasure: One Direction

Superhero: The Hulk

TV Show: Grey`s Anatomy

Movie: The Avengers

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Courtney Stott

Pickering, ON

Birthdate: May 11, 1992

Hometown: Pickering, ON

Canoe Club: Balmy Beach Canoe Club

Sport: Women’s kayak

Coach: Chad Brooks

Instagram: @ _courtsport_

Website: https://m.facebook.com/courtneyandherkayak

Courtney’s first year on the national team was in 2015 and she has competed in U23 and Senior World Championships.

In 2017, Courtney came 6th in the K2 1000m event at Senior Worlds and in 2015, she came 5th in the K4 500m event at U23 Worlds!

FUN FACTS:

Club coach: Peter Martinek

Other coach(es): Ryan Blair, Kevin McIntyre

Nickname: Sport

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Mark James

Dartmouth, NS

Birthdate: June 4, 1991

Hometown: Dartmouth, NS

Canoe Club: Senobe Aquatic Club 

Sport: Men’s canoe

Coach: Andreas Dittmer / Rob Baert

Instagram: @markjamescanoe

Mark is from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and started paddling at the age of 4! His parents signed him up so he could spend the summers in a local, positive environment around the water. Senobe Aquatic Club became his second home. Where he grew up, stayed physically fit, learned great life lessons and built lasting friendships.

He trained both canoe and kayak until the age of 12, when the head coach of his club said that he needed to choose one going into the off-season. The canoe coach yelled over to him and said: “pick canoe, it’s cooler!”, and that was it for Mark, he hasn’t looked back.

His first year on the national team was in 2007 and he has since represented Canada at World Cups and World Championships, placing 18th in the C2 1000m event of the 2017 Senior Worlds! 

He has his sights set on competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo!

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Serene

Quote: “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

Pre-race meal: Oatmeal, banana, yogurt and a cup of coffee

Post-race meal: The best local pizza to celebrate the races!

Off-season interest(s): Camping, music, movies, and building projects

Guilty pleasure: Reese cups

TV show: Game of Thrones

Movie: Game of Thrones

Book: Open, an Autobiography: Andre Agassi

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Zacharie Lauziere-Fitzgerald

Sherbrooke, QC

Date of birth: July 21, 1998

Hometown: Sherbrooke, QC

Canoe club: Sherbrooke Nautical Club

Sport: Paracanoe

Coach: Nathan Desmarais / Marc Creamer

Instagram: @zachquiri

Zach is from Sherbrooke, Quebec, and his first year on the national team was in 2016. He represented Canada at several World Cups and even won a bronze medal in 2017 at World Cup 3 for KL3 200 m.

FUN FACTS:

Why canoe kayak? I feel like I’m flying on water when I paddle. It gives me such freedom that nothing else could ever give me.

What are you most proud of? My resilience

Describe the sport in one word: Freeing

Movie: Paris is Burning

Book: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastomonaco, Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Band: Haim

RESULTS

2017 World Cup 3 (Belgrade, Serbia) KL3 200 - Bronze
2017 World Cup 2 (Szeged, Hungary) KL3 200 - 7th

Trinity Tratch

Calgary, AB

Birthdate: December 3, 1998

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Canoe Club: Calgary Canoe Club

Sport: Parancanoe

Coach: Marc Creamer / Edgar Garza

Instagram: @trinity_tratch

Trinity’s first year on the national team was in 2016 and he trains at the Calgary Canoe Club in his home town. He started kayaking about 4 years ago as a way to train and be physically prepared for his ski season, a sport he’s been doing since the age of  5. After trying kayaking for the first time, he fell in love with the sport and won a bronze medal in his first ever race.

Trinity placed 3rd in 2017 at the Pan American Championships for VL2 and has represented Canada at World Cups events.

His goal for the coming years is to qualify for an A final in the KL2 200m event!

FUN FACTS:

What is the best thing about canoe kayak? The warmth compared to skiing

Describe the sport in one word: NOT rowing

Nickname: Trin

Quote: Go Beyond

Role model: Matthew Hallat

Pre-race meal: Coffee

Post-race meal: A Big Mac, I think I worked hard enough for one

Other sport(s): Alpine Skiing / Cycling

Guilty pleasure: Sleeping through morning practice

Superhero: Iron Man

Favourite word: Pamplemousse

TV show: Action/Adventure/History

Movie: Star Wars

Book: Tom Clancy: Locked On

Band: Guns n’ Roses

RESULTS

2017 Pan American Championships (Ibarra, Ecuador) VL2 200 - Bronze

Nadya Crossman-Serb

Winnipeg, MB

Birthdate: November 5, 1996

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

Canoe Club: Toba Canoe & Kayak

Sport: Women’s canoe

Coach: Jerome Seremak

Instagram: @crossman_nadya

Nadya is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and her home club is the Toba Canoe and Kayak Club. Her first Canoe Kayak race was in 2011 at the Western Canada Summer Games, and she made the national team just 2 years after in 2013!

Since then, she’s competed in many National and International events, including World Cups and Senior World Championships! She is a multiple time National Champion in many disciplines, and has won gold and silver medals at World Cups in 2016 and 2017.

She’s very proud of her continuous improvements year after year!

FUN FACTS:

Pre-race meal: Greek yogurt, fruit, and granola. 

Off-season interest(s): Skiing, Camping, Cycling, Skating. 

TV show: Twin Peaks, The Handmaids Tale, Peaky Blinders, Chef’s Table, Westworld, Stranger Things.

Movie: Leon, the Professional, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke.

Book: The Hundred Year Old Man Who Jumped Out the Window and Disappeared, The Metamorphosis, The Handmaids Tale, Redwall, Harry Potter. 

Band: Glass Animals, Billie Eilish, Sigrid, King Krule, Crooked Colours.

RESULTS

2018 ICF World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 5000 - 16th
2018 ICF World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C2 500 - 8th
2018 ICF World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C2 200 - 5th
2017 ICF Jr & U23 World Championships (Pitesti, Romania) C2 500 - 6th
2017 ICF World Cup 2 (Belgrade, Serbia) C2 200 - Silver
2017 ICF World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C2 200 - Silver
2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships (Welland, Ontario) C4 200 - Gold
2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships (Welland, Ontario) C4 500 - Gold
2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships (Welland, Ontario) C2 1000 - Gold
2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships (Welland, Ontario) C1 500 - Gold
2017 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships (Welland, Ontario) C1 1000 - Gold

2016 ICF World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C2 500 - Gold
2016 ICF Jr & U23 World Championships (Minsk, Belarus) C2 500 - Silver
2016 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) C4 500 - Gold
2016 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) C2 500 - Gold
2016 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) C1 1000 - Gold
2015 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships (Ottawa, Ontario) C4 500 - Gold
2015 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships (Ottawa, Ontario) C2 1000 - Gold
2015 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships (Ottawa, Ontario) C2 500 - Gold
2013 Olympic Hopefuls Regatta (Racice, CZE) C2 500 - Gold

Madeline Schmidt

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: May 11,1995

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Canoe Club: Rideau Canoe Club

Sport: Women’s kayak

Coach: Chad Brooks / Mike Robinson

Instagram: @maddycschmidt

Twitter: maddyschmidtt

Website: maddyschmidt95@wordpress.com

Maddy started paddling at a young age at the Ottawa River Canoe Club with her cousins and friends. She loved being at the club, being a part of a team, making friends, racing, travelling and above all learning! She switched to the Rideau Canoe Club and started to focus on kayak since she dreamed of the Olympics at such a young age.

Maddy made the national team in 2013 and since then has competed at the Junior and U23 World Championships and Senior World Cups. She finished 3rd at Junior Worlds in 2013 and was very close to qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

FUN FACTS:

Nickname: Maddy

Quote: “Today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one alive that is youer than you!”  -Dr Suess

Favourite training: Running and skiing

Pre-race meal: Oatmeal

Post-race meal: Oatmeal 

Off-season interest(s): Camping and being outside

Other sport(s): Cross country skiing, swimming, running

Superhero: Wonder Woman

Movie: I always fall asleep during movies… 

Book: Harry Potter and Autobiographies 

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Katie Vincent

Mississauga, ON

Birthdate: December 3, 1996

Hometown: Mississauga, ON

Canoe Club: Mississauga Canoe Club

Sport: Women’s canoe

Coach: Jan Kruk / Kyle Jeffery

Instagram: @k.vincent_

Twitter: @kvincent96

Website: kitkatkanu.mli.st

Katie is a proud member of the Mississauga Canoe Club since 2006! She has been on the senior national team since 2016 and has represented Canada at a number of international events.

Katie has won 4 gold medals at World Championships since 2014. These gold medals include: C1 200m at Junior Worlds in 2014, C1 200m at U23 Worlds in 2016, C1 200m at U23 Worlds in 2017, C2 500m at Senior Worlds 2017.

She has been a dominating force with Laurence Vincent-Lapointe in C2 500m, winning gold and beating their previous World Records in this event at both World Cups of the 2018 season (Szeged and Duisburg). Their new world record is 1:51.428!

Katie has her sights set on competing at the upcoming Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and LA 2028 Olympic Games where she hopes to compete in the C2 500m and C1 200m events!

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Art

Nickname: Kitkat

Role model: My Mom

Favourite training: Catch-Exit-Together

Pre-race meal: Light breakfast and coffee

Post-race meal: A cold beer with my teammates. Hard work deserves reward.

Off-season interest(s): Travel, eating

Other sport(s): Alpine Skiing

Guilty pleasure: Fine cheese

TV show: The Office

Movie: Step Brothers

Band: Busty and the Bass

RESULTS

2018 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 500 - Gold
2018 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C2 500 - Gold
2018 World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C2 500 - Gold
2018 World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 200 - Bronze
2017 Senior World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C2 500 - Gold

2017 U23 World Championships (Pitesti, Romania) C1 200 - Gold
2016 U23 World Championships (Minsk, Belarus) C2 500 - Silver
2016 U23 World Championships (Minsk, Belarus) C1 200 - Gold
2015 U23 World Championships (Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal) C1 500 - Silver
2014 Junior Worlds (Szeged, Hungary) C1 200 - Gold
2014 Junior Worlds (Szeged, Hungary) C2 500 - Silver

Anna Roy-Cyr

Lac-Beauport, QC

Birthdate:September 18, 1998

Hometown:Lac-Beauport 

Canoe Club:Lac-Beauport Canoe-Kayak Club

Sport:Women’s canoe

Coach:Luc Grenier 

Instagram:@anna.roycyr

Anna’s first year on the senior National Team was in 2016. Before that, Anna represented Canada at the Junior World Championships in 2015 where she finished 3rd. She also came 4th this 2018 season in the C2 200m event at World Cup 1 in Szeged, and 6th at the same world cup in C1 500m!

Her goal is to someday compete in the Olympic Games.

RESULTS

2018 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C2 200 - 5th
2018 World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C2 200 - 4th
2018 World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 500 - 6th
2015 Junior World Championships (Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal) - Bronze

Mark de Jonge

Halifax, NS

Birthdate: February 15, 1984
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Residence: Halifax, NS
Canoe Club: Maskwa Aquatic Club
Sport: Men’s Kayak 200
Coach: Fred Jobin

Instagram: @markdejonge

When Mark de Jonge’s family moved from Calgary to Halifax in 1997, they signed him up at Maskwa Aquatic Club to help him make friends in his new community. It was a start to many long friendships and a very successful paddling career. He won his first national titles in 1999 and went on to win an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, as well as a World champ silver medal in 2013. Mark is also a world record breaker and was World Champion in the K1 200m event in 2014 and 2015.

In 2011, Mark de Jonge’s paddling career was heating up again as he reached the podium at a World Cup and qualified Canada’s Olympic quota spot in the K1 200 with a sixth place result at World Championships. Everything was on track until Mark dropped an 80 pound dumbbell on his finger in April 2012 and was unable to paddle for several weeks. After sitting out of World Cup competitions, Mark came back to qualify for the Canadian Olympic Team by winning National Team Trials in a time faster than ever recorded in international competition. He won an Olympic bronze medal in London seven weeks later.

Mark holds an engineering degree and does some part-time engineering work when he is in Halifax.

His goal for the coming years- Olympic gold medal in Tokyo 2020!

RESULTS

2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) K1 200 - 7th
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) K1 200 - Gold
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 - Gold
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 Relay - 7th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 - Silver
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 200 - Gold
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 - Silver
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 Relay - 5th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K1 200 -Gold
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 200 - 6th
2012 Olympic Games (London) K1 200 – Bronze

2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 - 6th
2011 World Cup 3 (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 - Bronze
2011 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 200 – 4th
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) K1 200 Relay - 5th
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) K4 200 - 6th
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) K1 200 - 13th
2007 Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) K4 1000 - Silver
2003 Pan American Games (Santo Domingo) K1 500 – Bronze

Alanna Bray-Lougheed

Oakville, ON

Date of birth: 2/24/1993
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Canoe Club: Burloak Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s Kayak
Coach: Adam Oldershaw / Chad Brooks

Instagram & Twitter: @alannabl
Website: www.alannabraylougheed.com

Alanna has been a member of the National Sprint ​​Kayak Team since 2015. She started kayaking in 2003 and her first competition was the 2003 Mississauga Regatta in which she competed in the front of her very first K-2 race. His best memory of the sport is spending long summer days at the club, trainning hard with her friends and enjoying the good weather on the water until the sun sets down!

Her highest level of competition in the sport is to have competed at the 2018 and 2017 World Championships, as well as several World Cups. Her goal for the future is to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics !

FUN FACTS:

What is the best thing about this sport? The people in the sport

Nickname: Lanny

Favorite training: Race specific paddling; weights; running

Pre-race meal: Hard boiled egg, toast and peanut butter

Post-race meal: Chips of some sort

Off-season interest(s): School, spending time with friends and family, traveling if I can.

Superhero: Wonderwoman

TV Show: Game of thrones, House of cards

Movie: Inception

Book: Girl with the dragon tattoo series

RESULTS

Erica Scarff

Toronto, ON

Birthdate: August 16 1996

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Canoe Club: Balmy Beach Canoe Club

Sport: Paracanoë

CoachPeter Martinek

 

Erica Scarff starting paddling in 2013 when it was suggested to her by her coach at the time, Mari Ellery at a prothestic clinc. Scarff, a gymnast before her amputation, was already into sports as a teenager despite her disability dabbling in swimming, cycling and alpine skiing. She actually had to chose between racing on slopes or on flatwater!

Scarff burst on the national scene in 2013 earning a gold medal in the K1 200m at the Canadian Championships. She has since represented Canada at many international events, including World Championships and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio where she placed 7th in the KL3 200m event.

At age 12, Scarff was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that Terry Fox had. She says she is inspired by how Fox fought the cancer and was able to launch his Marathon of Hope.

RESULTS

2018 Pan American Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) KL3 200 - Silver
2018 World Championships (Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal) KL3 200 - 7th
2017 Pan American Championships (Ibarra, Ecuador) VL3 200 - Gold
2017 Pan American Championships (Ibarra, Ecuador) KL3 200 - Silver
2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) KL3 200 - 4th

2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) KL3 200 - 7th
2016 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) KL3 200 - 6th
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) KL3 200 - 7th
2014 National Championships (Regina, Canada) K1 200 LTA - Gold
2013 National Championships (Montreal, Canada) K1 200 LTA - Gold

Drew Hodges

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: October 13, 1993

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Canoe Club: Rideau Canoe Club

Sport: Men’s canoe

Coach: Andreas Dittmer / Ben Tardiloli

Instagram: @drew.hodges

Website: http://drewhodges.mli.st

Drew Hodges started his paddling career at the Rideau Canoe Club. The club atmosphere and his friends are what made him discover his passion for paddling. Drew takes a lot of pride in wearing the Rideau purple singlet.

His first year on the national team was in 2013, the same year he competed in his first Pan American Championships, coming 4th in C1 1000m. Drew is also a Canada Games gold medalist, and a multiple time national champion. He came 6th in C2 at the 2016 U23 World Championships and 9th in C4 1000m in the 2017 Senior World Championships.

When not in his canoe, Drew enjoys spending time with his friends and family.

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Family 

Nickname: Hodges

Role model: Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny

Favourite training: Cross country skiing

Pre-race meal: Chicken sub from Subway

Post-race meal: Pizza!

Off-season interest(s): Completing my business degree

Other sport(s): Football, hockey and cross country skiing

Guilty pleasure: Watches

Favourite word: Grit

TV show: Breaking Bad

Movie: Step Brothers 

RESULTS

2017 Senior World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C4 1000 - 9th
2016 U23 World Championships (Minsk, Belarus) C2 1000 - 6th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) C2 1000 - 12th
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) C1 1000 - 4th

2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C1 5000 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C1 1000 - Silver
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C4 1000 - Silver
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C4 200 - Bronze

Craig Spence

Waverley, NS

Hometown: Waverley, NS

Canoe Club: Cheema Aquatic Club

Sport: Men’s canoe

Coach: Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki / Andreas Dittmer / Mike Kerrivan

Instagram: @craigspence_

Twitter: @CSpenceCanoe

Craig Spence started his paddling career at the Senobe Aquatic Club. It is there that he fell in love with the sport, and his competitive spirit eventually led him to join the Cheema Aquatic Club. Since then, Craig has been improving year after year.

Craig represented Nova Scotia at the 2013 Canada Games. He also raced for Canada at the 2013 Junior World Championships, Pan American Championships and World Cups. In 2017, Craig came 10th in the C1 1000m event at the U23 World Championships and 9th in the C4 1000m event at the Senior World Championships.

Craig is known for his great attitude and his strong work ethics. In 2014, he made a big jump and joined the Senior National Team after a strong race at National Team Trials in Montreal.

He is majoring in economics with a statistics minor at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

RESULTS

2018 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 1000 - 5th
2018 World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 1000 - 9th
2017 Senior World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C4 1000 - 9th
2017 U23 World Championships (Pitesti, Romania) C1 1000 - 10th
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) C4 1000 - Silver
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) C1 1000 - 7th

2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior C1 5000 - Silver
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior C1 200 - Bronze
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior C1 1000 - 5th
2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) C1 1000 - 19th
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C1 1000 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C1 5000 - Silver

Pierre-Luc Poulin

Lac-Beauport

BirthdateDecember 21, 1995

Hometown: Lac-Beauport

Canoe ClubLac-Beauport Canoe Club

Sport: Men’s kayak

Coach: Fred Jobin

Instagram: @ppoulin11

Website: poulinkayak.mli.st

Pierre-Luc Poulin grew up around the Lac Beauport Canoe Club, following in the footsteps of his brother Maxim Poulin. It is Fred Jobin who really got Pierre-Luc interested in kayaking, when he took him out in the coaching boat one summer afternoon to introduce him to the athletes. Fred Jobin also gave him a DVD of the World Championships races, which got Pierre-Luc hooked.

Pierre-Luc broke onto the international scene in 2013 at the Junior World Championships. He came 3rd in the K2 200m at the 2015 PanAm Games, 8th in the K2 200m 2017 Senior World Championships and 4th at the 2017 U23 World Championships. He is most proud of paddling behind Mark de Jonge and Adam van Koeverden during his first year on the Senior World tour when he was just 19!

Known for his sprinting ability and his size, he is a big asset on the men’s kayak team. Pierre-Luc hopes to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!

FUN FACTS:

What is canoe kayak’s biggest challenge? For me it’s the last 75m of any race. It hurts every time, no matter what. I like it!

Canoe or kayak, why? Kayak because my brother did canoe.

Pre-race meal: Oatmeal with fruit

Post-race meal: Steak

Other coaches: Mathieu Drolet, Fred Loyer

When was your first canoe kayak race? Back in 2002, it was a K4 race. 

What is the best thing about canoe kayak? Making one with so many components. Finding the perfect tone between you, your paddle, your boat and the water.

Describe the sport in one word: Amalgam

Nickname: PL

Quote: You can be disappointed, but still satisfied

Role model: Adam Van Koeverden

Other sports: Cross country skiing

Guilty pleasure: Sugar pie

Movie: Intouchables

Band: Red Hot Chili Peppers

RESULTS

2017 Sr World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 200 - 8th
2017 U23 World Championships (Pitesti, Romania) K4 500 - 4th
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) - 16th
2015 Pan Am Games (Toronto, Canada) K2 200 - Bronze
2015 Pan Am Games (Toronto, Canada) K4 1000 - 4th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K4 1000 - 8th
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior K1 1000 - Gold
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior K1 200 - Gold
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior K1 5000 - 5th
2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) K1 200 - 8th

2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) K4 1000 - 8th
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 500 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 200 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K2 200 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K4 200 - Silver

Alex Scott

Bedford, NS

Birthdate: May 6, 1995
Hometown: Bedford, NS
Residence: Bedford, NS
Canoe Club: Maskwa Aquatic Club
Sport: Men’s Kayak 200
Coach: Fred Jobin / Chad Brooks

Alex started paddling at the age of 8 at the Maskwa Aquatic Club, and fell in love with it. Alex Scott was a promising young judoka when he was younger, competiting at the Winter Canada Games in 2010. However, paddling was always in the back of his mind.

Alex Scott is a newcomer on the international paddling scene. His first international experience came from participating in the 2013 Junior World Championships. Since then, Alex has been racing for Canada at Pan American Championships and the U23 World Championship.

Alex is a training partner of World Champion Mark de Jonge, and sees him as a role model.

Alex is currently studying computer science at Saint-Mary’s University. When not paddling, he enjoys spending time with friends, and watching TV shows.

RESULTS

2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K2 200 - 6th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 - 14th
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior K2 200 - Silver

2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior K2 1000 - 5th
2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) K2 200 - 10th

Ryan Cochrane

Windsor, Nova Scotia

Birthdate: July 24, 1983
Hometown: Windsor, NS
Residence: Lac Beauport, Quebec
Canoe Club: Lac Beauport
Sport: Men’s kayak
Coach: Fred Jobin
Instagram: @Cochranekayak
Twitter: @rcochrane2012

Ryan Cochrane comes from the small town of Windsor, NS and began paddling when he was seven years old at the Pisiquid Aquatic Club. He became Pisiquid’s biggest success story when he made the Junior World Championship in 2001.

Ryan trained at Maskwa Aquatic Club for several years with Mark de Jonge. He later moved to Ottawa to train at the Rideau Canoe Club and now represents Lac Beauport where he currently resides with his partner Mylanie Barré, who was also an Olympic kayaker, and their daughter, Layla, who was born in 2013. Their son, Logan, was born in 2015.

In pursuit of representing Canada at the Olympic Games in the K2 200, Ryan and his partner Hugues Fournel won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games, won National Team Trials and posted Canada’s two best K2 results at the 2012 World Cups which included a bronze medal in Poznan, Poland. Ryan and Hugues placed seventh in the Olympic final as the K2 200 metre made its debut on the Olympic programme. In 2013 coach Fred Jobin changed up the crews and Ryan he paired with Richard Dober Jr. to finish eighth in the K2 200 metre at World Championships. He was then paired with Hugues Fournel again and they finished 8th in K2 200m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. At the 2017 Worlds, paired with Pierre-Luc Poulin in the same event, they finished 8th.

Ryan holds a bachelor of science in psychology with a minor biology, and enjoys building things, the outdoors, and spending time with his family!

His goal for the coming years is to win an Olympic medal!

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Fun!

Nickname: Scrizz

Quote: “Anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” ~Steve Prefontaine

Role model: My grandfather

Favorite training: K2 and K4

Off-season interest(s): Woodworking, camping

Book: The Hobbit

RESULTS

2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) K4 500 - 10th
2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 200 - 8th
2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) K2 200 - 8th
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) K2 200 - 9th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K2 200 - 13th
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 200 - 7th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 Relay - 5th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K2 200 - 8th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K2 200 - 9th

2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 200 - 8th
2012 Olympic Games (London, Great-Britain) K2 200 - 7th
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K2 200 - 5th
2012 World Cup 1 (Poznan, Poland) K2 200 - Bronze
2011 Olympic Test Event (London, Great Britain) K2 200 - 4th
2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K2 200 - 10th
2011 Pan Am Games (Guadalajara, Mexico) K2 200 - Gold
2010 World Championships (Poznan, Poland) K2 200 - 6th
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) K4 200 - 6th
2001 Junior World Championships (Curituba, Brazil) K4 1000 - 13th

Marshall Hughes

Waverley, NS

Birthdate: February 14, 1995
Hometown: Waverley, NS
Residence: Waverley, NS
Canoe Club: Cheema Aquatic Club
Sport: Men’s kayak
Coach: Fred Jobin
Instagram: @MarshallHughes_Can

When Marshall’s family moved to Waverley, NS when he was just a kid, the family’s real estate agent kept talking about Cheema Aquatic Club. In a small community like Waverley, it’s hard not to know Cheema and Marshall discovered paddling at the age of eight through a summer camp. His first race was in 2005 and his best memories are of all the friends he has made paddling throughout the years. Seeing older athletes at the club training hard every day in pursuit of their dreams inspired Marshall to do the same. He did just that, and made the national team for the first time in 2013.

A highlight moment in Marshall’s paddling career was winning a World Cup bronze medal in K4 1000 while he was still a Junior. He went on that season to place eighth in both the K1 and K4 1000 at the 2013 Junior World Championships.

Marshall has since raced at Pan American Championships, U23 and Senior World Championships.

When not paddling, Marshall enjoys spending time with his friends around the lake, and archery.

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Determination

Nickname: Marshy-Baby

Pre-race meal: Oatmeal and yogurt

Other sports: Swimming, skate skiing

Guilty pleasure: Cookies

Superhero: Spider Man

TV show: The Office

Movie: Step Brothers

RESULTS

2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K1 5000 - Gold
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K1 1000 - 5th
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K4 1000 - 6th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K1 1000 - 16th
2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) K4 1000 - 8th
2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) K1 1000 - 8th

2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K4 1000 - Bronze
2013 Junior Piestany International Regatta (Piestany, Slovakia) K1 1000 – Bronze
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K4 1000 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 1000 - Silver
2012 Pan Am (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Junior K1 5000 - Gold

Michelle Russell

Fall River, NS

Birthdate: June 27th, 1992
Hometown: Fall River, NS
Residence: Fall River, NS
Canoe Club: Cheema Aquatic Club
Sport: Women’s kayak
Coach: Mike Kerrigan

Michelle began her paddling career at the Abenaki Aquatic Club so she could paddle with her family and cousins. She moved on to the Cheema Aquatic Club in 2004.

Since then, Michelle’s paddling career has been on a steep incline. She is the 2013 Under 23 World Champion in K1 200 and also won a bronze medal in the K1 500 at the Championships in Welland to be Canada’s only double-medalist on home water. 2012 was her first World Cup tour where she took home a bronze in K1 200 relay.

Michelle has become one of Canada’s best women’s K1 paddler. She has won multiple national team trials, and represented Canada at several Senior World Championships. She is known to be a hard worker, and to always be pushing her limits.

In her spare time, Michelle loves to read and usually has a good book or two on the go.

RESULTS

2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 Relay - 11th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K2 500 - 12th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 - 13th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 - 15th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K1 500 - 12th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K1 5000 - 15th
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 1000 - Silver
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 5000 - 8th
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 500 - 12th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 Relay - 8th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 - 14th

2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) K1 200 - Gold
2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) K1 500 - Bronze
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K1 200 - 6th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K1 500 - 7th
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 500 - 9th
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 200 - 9th
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 5000 - 13th
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 Relay - Bronze
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K4 500 - 8th
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K2 500 - 14th
2011 Junior World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 500 - 8th
2011 Junior World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K4 500 - 8th
2011 Junior World Championships (Brandenburg, Germany) K1 1000 - 10th

Lissa Bissonnette

Sherbrooke, QC

Birthdate: December 14th, 1990
Hometown: Sherbrooke, QC
Residence: Gatineau, QC
Canoe Club: Pointe-Claire Canoe Kayak Club
Sport: Women’s Kayak

Lissa started paddling at the age of ten at the Deux-Rives Canoe Club. She later joined the Sherbrooke Canoe Club and started training seriously. She was inspired by Canadian paddling icon Caroline Brunet to pursue her dream of becoming a National Team kayaker. She moved to Pointe-Claire to train and says watching canoer Tom Hall train to win an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 had a big impact on her.

Her first year on the national team was in 2009 and since then Lissa has competed on several World Cup tours and World Championships. She placed eighth in K4 at the 2013 U23 World Championships and 11th in K4 500m at the 2017 Senior World Championships.

She now lives in Gatineau, QC and when she is not paddling, Lissa enjoys downhill skiing, and spending time around the lake with her family.

FUN FACTS:

Why canoe kayak? Because you can do it in a group and individually.

Canoe or kayak, why? Kayak, it’s the perfect balance.

Nickname: Lissa Bissa

Role model: Roger Federer

Favorite training: Sprints and strength training

Pre-race meal: Pasta

 Post-race meal: Steak

Off-season interest(s): Alpine skiing, drawing

Other sport(s): Alpine skiing, tennis, climbing

Guilty pleasure: Ribs

Superhero: Thor

RESULTS

2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K1 1000 - Silver
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K2 200 - 4th
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K2 500 - 5th
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K4 500 - 5th
2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) K4 500 - 8th
2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) K2 500 - 9th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K4 500 - 5th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K2 200 - 8th

2013 U23 Piestany International Regatta (Piestany, Slovakia) K1 200 - Gold
2013 U23 Piestany International Regatta (Piestany, Slovakia) K2 200 - Gold
2013 U23 Piestany International Regatta (Piestany, Slovakia) K2 500 - Gold
2013 U23 Piestany International Regatta (Piestany, Slovakia) K1 500 - Bronze
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K4 500 - 8th
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K2 500 - 17th
2010 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K2 1000 - Bronze

Andreanne Langlois

Lac-Beauport, QC

Birthdate: April 1, 1993

Hometown: Lac-Beauport, QC

Canoe Club: Trois-Rivières Canoe Club

Sport: Women’s kayak

Coach: Chad Brooks/ Mathieu Pelletier

Instagram: @andreannelanglois

Website: andreannelanglois.ca

Finding role models in her sister-Marie-Pier, and Olympian-Émilie Fournel, has given Andréanne motivation to pursue paddling to the highest level. Her first race was at Lac-Sergent in 2000 and ever since she has followed in her sister’s lead in making the Junior World Championships in 2009. She is now proud to be able to call her childhood idol, Émilie, her teammate. Andréanne’s first year on the national team was in 2013.

Since joining the Trois-Rivières Canoe Club, Andréanne has not only met teammates, but they also became very close friends. She enjoys the friendly atmosphere at the club, and is very proud whenever she gets to race for her club.

Her first international competition was at the age of 16 and since then she has represented Canada at the Pan American Championships, World Cups, World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. At these Olympics, Andréanne was part of the K4 500m crew that came in 8th place!

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Liberating

Nickname: Dédé

Quote: “Vomir c’est repartir”

Role model: Émilie Fournel

Pre-race meal: Lots of carbs

Post-race meal: Cake!!!

Off-season interest(s): Hiking, Baking

Superhero: Hulk

TV show: Game of Thrones

Movie: Harry Potter

Book: André Agassi Biography

Band: Mumford and Sons 

RESULTS

2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K2 1000 - Silver
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K1 5000 - Bronze
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K1 200 - Bronze
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K4 500 - 5th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K4 500 - 8th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K2 500 - 9th
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) K1 200 - Gold
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) K4 500 - Silver
2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) K4 500 - 8th

2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K4 500 - 5th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K2 200 - 8th
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K2 200 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K4 500 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 500 - Bronze
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K4 200 - Bronze
2011 Junior World Championships (Brandenburg, Germany) K4 500 - 8th
2011 Junior World Championships (Brandenburg, Germany) K1 200 - 8th

Mark Oldershaw

Hamilton, ON

Birthdate: February 7th, 1983

Hometown: Hamilton, ON

Canoe Club: Burloak Canoe Club

Sport: Men’s Canoe

Coach: Anders Gustafsson / Scott Oldershaw

Instagram: @markoldershaw

Twitter: @markoldershaw

Website: http://oldershaw.ca

Mark Oldershaw’s first year on the national team was in 2001 and he has been a dominating force on the international scene ever since. He competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics finishing 10th in the C1 500m event, and he captured the Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the C1 1000m event. In 2015 Mark won silver at the 2015 Pan Am Games and at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mark came 12th in C1 1000m!

Mark is a third generation Olympian and fifth member of his family to compete in the Games. His grandfather Bert, uncles Dean and Reed, and father Scott all competed in the sport of CanoeKayak, but Mark is the first of the family to win a medal.

Mark is also an 85 time National Champion, is an 11 time winner on the World Cup Circuit, was a double Junior World Champion in 2001 and a 2 time World Championship bronze medalist.

FUN FACTS:

What are you most proud of? My daughters 

Favourite training: Canoeing

Pre-race meal: Boneless skinless chicken thighs

Post-race meal: Beef wellington

Off-season interest(s): Home improvement

Other sport(s): Hockey

Guilty pleasure: French fries

Superhero: Wolverine

Favourite word: Defenestration

Movie: Braveheart

Book: Catch 22

RESULTS

2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 5000 - 14th
2017 World Cup 3 (Belgrade, Serbia) C2 1000 - 11th
2017 World Cup 3 (Belgrade, Serbia) C1 5000 - 8th
2016 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 1000 - 7th
2016 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C4 200 - 2nd
2016 World Cup 3 (Montemor, Portugal) C1 1000 - 7th
2016 World Cup 3 (Montemor, Portugal) C1 500 - Gold
2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) C1 200 - 20th
2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) C1 1000 - 12th
2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, Canada) C1 1000 - Silver
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) C1 1000 - 9th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) C1 1000 - 6th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) C1 200 Relay - 8th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) C1 5000 - 13th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 500 - Silver
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 5000 - Silver
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 1000 - 8th
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 1000 - Silver
2014 World Cup 1 (Milan, Italy) C1 500 - Silver
2014 World Cup 1 (Milan, Italy) C1 1000 - Bronze
2014 World Cup 1 (Milan, Italy) C1 5000 - 6th
2014 World Cup 1 (Milan, Italy) C1 200 - 9th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) C1 5000 - Bronze

2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) C1 200 Relay - Bronze
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) C1 1000 - 9th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) C1 5000 - 4th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) C4 1000 - 7th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) C1 1000 - 9th
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 1000 - 5th
2012 Olympic Games (London, Great-Britain) C1 1000 - Bronze
2012 World Cup 3 (Moscow, Russia) C1 1000 - 5th
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 200 Relay - Bronze
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 1000 - 4th
2012 World Cup 1 (Poznan, Poland) C1 1000 - Gold
2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) C1 1000 - 5th
2011 World Cup 3 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 1000 - Silver
2011 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 1000 - Gold
2011 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 5000 - Gold
2010 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 1000 - Bronze
2010 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 1000 - Bronze
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) C1 1000 - 4th
2008 Olympic Games (Beijing, China) C1 500 - 10th
2001 Junior World Championships (Curituba, Brazil) C1 1000 - Gold
2001 Junior World Championships (Curituba, Brazil) C1 500 - Gold

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe

Trois-Rivières, QC

Birthdate: May 27 1992

Hometown: Trois-Rivières

Canoe Club: Trois-Rivières Canoe-Kayak Club

Sport: Women’s canoe

Coach: Jan Kruk / Mathieu Pelletier

Instagram: @laurence_vincentlapointe

Laurence started paddling in 2005 at the Trois-Rivières Canoe Club, and she has established herself as arguably the best female canoer in the world.

She stepped onto the international scene in 2010 and won two gold medals at the World Championships. She repeated her results in 2011 and won another two gold medals in C1 200 and C2 500 with her partner Mallorie Nicholson and again in 2013 with partner Sara-Jane Caumartin. She also became the inaugural Under 23 World Champion in 2013. The streak continued, as Laurence won gold at Worlds in 2014, and again in 2017 in C2 500m and C1 200m.

Laurence currently holds the world record for C1 200m with a time of 44.502 seconds posted at World Cup #1 of 2018 in Szeged, Hungary. She also holds the world record with partner Katie Vincent in C2 500m, with a time of  1:51.428 seconds posted at that same event.

Laurence has been a big voice in advocating for the inclusion of women’s canoe on the Olympic programme and her efforts have paid off- C2 500m and C1 200m disciplines were added to the Olympic schedule for Tokyo 2020! Laurence is hungry for an Olympic medal.

She hopes to enter Med School after her paddling career.

FUN FACTS:

What are you most proud of? Setting 2 world records in 2017 after not having competed internationally since 2015.

Why canoe kayak? It’s my passion

What’s the best thing about canoe kayak? The freedom our sport gives us.

What is your best memory about the sport? My first World Cup medal in 2010

RESULTS

2018 Canoe Sprint Super Cup (Barnaul, Russian Federation) C1 350 - Gold
2018 Canoe Sprint Super Cup (Barnaul, Russian Federation) Mixed C2 350 - 4th
2018 World Championships (Montemor O Velho, Portugal) C2 500 - Gold
2018 World Championships (Montemor O Velho, Portugal) C1 200 - Gold
2018 World Championships (Montemor O Velho, Portugal) C1 5000 - Gold
2018 ICF World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C2 500 - Gold
2018 ICF World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 200 - Gold
2018 ICF World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C2 500 - Gold
2018 ICF World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 200 - Gold
2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 200 - Gold
2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C2 500 - Gold
2017 ICF World Cup 3 (Belgrade, Serbia) C1 200 - Gold
2017 ICF World Cup 3 (Belgrade, Serbia) C1 5000 - Silver
2017 ICF World Cup 2 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 500 - 4th
2017 ICF World Cup 2 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 200 - Gold
2017 ICF World Cup 2 (Szeged, Hungary) C2 500 - Silver
2017 ICF World Cup 1 (Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal)

2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) C1 200 - 4th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) C1 200 - Gold
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) C2 500 - 4th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) C1 200 - Gold
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) C2 500 - Gold
2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) C1 200 - Gold
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) C1 200 - Gold
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) C2 500 - Gold
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 200 - Gold
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C2 500 - Gold
2012 World Cup 3 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 200 - Gold
2012 World Cup 2 (Poznan, Poland) C1 200 - Gold
2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) C1 200 – Gold
2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) C2 500 – Gold
2010 World Championships (Poznan, Poland) C1 200 – Gold
2010 World Championships (Poznan, Poland) C2 500 – Gold

Christine Gauthier

Dorval, QC

Birthdate: May 6, 1970

Hometown: Dorval, QC

Canoe Club: Pointe-Claire Canoe Club

Sport: Paracanoë

Coach: Marc Creamer / Michael Thomas / Eric Mihalovic

Christine is a five-time Paracanoe World Champion from 2009 to 2013 in the K1 200 metre LTA. She started Paracanoe in 2008 during an outing with her sisters after suffering injuries during her military service. Christine was in the regular force field artillery for 10 years. While training on an obstacle course in 1989 she jumped into a deep hole and had a bad landing. The resulting injuries to her knees, hips, neck and back have required eight surgeries so far and more to come.

She competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympics and finished 4th despite a total ruptured shoulder. She has hopes of competing once again at the Paralympics in Tokyo, and this time claiming a medal!

FUN FACTS:

What is the best thing about canoe kayak? The sense of freedom and joy that fulfills me when I paddle.

Describe the sport in one word: Breathtaking!

Nickname: CG

Quote: Every day is a new start!

Role model:  Many of my army buddies (new or old) whether I know them or not !

Pre-race meal:  Very light, usually just a protein smoothie

Post-race meal: Eggs

Off-season interest(s): Sports!! Cross training with hand cycle / sledge hockey / weights 

RESULTS

2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Kl2 200 - 4th
2016 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) KL2 200 - 5th
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) KL2 200 - 6th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 TA - Silver
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) V1 200 LTA - Bronze
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 LTA - 7th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) V1 200 TA - Silver

2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 TA - Bronze
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 LTA – Gold
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) V1 200 LTA – Silver
2012 World Championships (Poznan, Poland) K1 200 LTA – Gold
2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 LTA – Gold
2010 World Championships (Poznan, Poland) K1 200 LTA – Gold
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) K1 200 LTA – Gold

Brian Malfesi

Ridge

Birthdate: October 3, 1993

Hometown: Maple Ridge, BC

Canoe Club: Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club

Sport: Men’s kayak

Coach: Fred Jobin

Instagram: @b.falconmalfesi

Brian Malfesi started paddling in 2005 to follow in his brother’s footsteps. His early years are what made Brian fall in love with paddling. He made many friends, and the paddling community became like a second family to him.

Brian’s first international experience came in 2010, when he was selected to represent Canada in Mexico City for the Pan American Championships. He also competed at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany. Since then, he represented Canada at U23 and Senior World Championships.

In 2013, Brian was proud to be representing Team BC at the Canada Summer Games, in Sherbrooke.

RESULTS

2016 U23 World Championships (Minsk, Belarus) K4 1000 - 8th
2015 Senior World Championships (Milan, Italy) K2 1000 - 15th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K4 1000 - 8th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K2 1000 - 12th
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 1000 - Gold

2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 500 - Silver
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K2 200 - Bronze
2011 Junior World Championships (Brandenburg, Germany) K4 1000 - 14th
2010 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) Junior K4 1000 - Bronze
2010 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) Junior K2 1000 - Bronze

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