SORT, SPAIN (June 28, 2019) – Fourteen canoe kayak freestyle athletes will be representing Canada from June 29th to July 6th at the ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships in Sort, Spain. Half of the athletes attending have previously competed at one or many Canoe Freestyle World Championships, including 2009 Freestyle Kayak World Champion Nick Troutman.
The team was selected in August of 2018 at the National Freestyle Team Trials in Kananaskis, Alberta and will be eager to return to international competition.
“We are excited to have strong representation from Canada at the World Championships. We have a nice mix of veteran and first-time athletes, which bodes well for ongoing athlete development and future worlds,” said Lee Vincent, Team Canada Freestyle Manager. “The feature here is quite robust so the athletes have been here for over a week to take advantage of as much training time as possible before the event, often paddling late into the evening to avoid lines and maximize their training sessions.”
2019 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships
Find the competition schedule and results here.
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“L’Aigüerola” Whitewater Park
Sort, Spain – Map
June 29 – July 6 2019
2019 Canoe Freestyle Senior Team
|Darlene Fair||SQUIRT W, K1W|
|Marc Godbout||OC1, C1|
|Matt Hamilton||K1M, SQUIRT M|
|Kalem Kennedy||K1M, C1, OC1|
|Mark Richard||SQUIRT M|
|Phil Sheppard||K1 M|
|Ian Thomson||SQUIRT M|
2019 Canoe Freestyle Junior Team
Canoe Freestyle is a dynamic discipline where competitors aim to score points for tricks and flips on a set water feature. It is a constantly evolving discipline, with new tricks being developed to complement and improve on existing moves, which are similar to those performed in freestyle snowboarding, surfing and skating. Athletes have 45 seconds to perform as many different moves as possible, which are scored based on degree of difficulty. This is the second time the Freestyle World Championship has taken place in Sort, with the first being in 2001.
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Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) 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 Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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