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.
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).
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