8 Whitewater Canoeing Athletes Named to the Canoe Kayak Canada Wildwater National Team  

Wildwater Canoeing
Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada


OTTAWA, ONTARIO (May 8, 2018) – 8 Canadian athletes were named to the Wildwater Canoeing National Team after competing at the Wildwater Canoeing National Team trials this weekend on the Moira River in Ontario.

The race took place on an approximately 5 km stretch of the Moira River in Roslin, Ontario. The race happened in Class 2 and Class 3 whitewater from Chisholm’s Mills to Scuttlehole Rapid.

“For the second year in a row, high water levels on the Madawaska River forced a last-minute change of venue,” said Warren Hastings, Chair of the Wildwater committee on the Whitewater Council at Canoe Kayak Canada. “There were safety concerns around a rapid called Staircase, so we moved it for our athletes’ well-being and to ensure good paddling during a period of elevated water levels.”

Four boats were qualified for both the Classic and Sprint events of the Canoe Wildwater discipline for a total of 8 different athletes.

In the C-1 Classic event, Spencer Pomeroy came first with a time of 16 min 28,45 seconds, followed by Gwyn Ashcroft who came second (17 min 34,63 secs). John Hastings came first in the K-1 Classic event with a time of 15 min, followed by Warren Hastings (15 min 15,66 secs) and Neil Gerrard (15 min 27 secs). In the Sprint event, Pomeroy won the C-1 race with a time of 93,54 seconds while John Hastings won the K-1 race with a time of 80,45 seconds.

Name Event Team Classic Sprint
Spencer Pomeroy Men’s C-1 Senior Team 16:28,45 93,54 secs
Gwyn Ashcroft Men’s C-1 Senior Team 17:34,63 103,18 secs
Avery Wilkins Men’s K-1 Junior Team 17:22,00 98,21 secs
John Hastings Men’s K-1 Senior Team 15:00,00 80,45 secs
Warren Hastings Men’s K-1 Senior Team 15:15,66 84,51 secs
Neil Gerrard Men’s K-1 Senior Team 15:27,00 84,63 secs
Harold Van Winssen Men’s K-1 Senior Team 15:37,00 n.a.
Ed Winacott Men’s K-1 Senior Team 15:57,00 93,51 secs


The next race on the Canoe Wildwater calendar is the Whitewater National Championships taking place in Kananaskis, Alberta, from August 2 to 6.


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