Andrew Hill, Nick Troutman and Zachary Zwanenburg Medal at Canoe Freestyle World Championships

Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada

BEACHBURG, ONTARIO – The three Canadians paddlers who advanced to the World Championships finals earned a spot on the podium. The final day of competition started out Andy Hill winning the gold medal in the Open Canoe event. The Cobden, Ontario paddler competed in his own custom build boat that he designed and built in his garage.  Andrew finished ahead of Dane Jackson and Brad McMillan of USA.

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Dane Jackson (Gold); Mathieu Dumoulin (Silver); Nick Troutman (Bronze)
Photo: Larry Norman

In the men’s kayak event, Nick Troutman of Beachburg, Ontario claimed the Bronze medal in heavily contested event featuring a five boat final featuring athletes from USA, Canada, France, Spain, and Great Britain. In the end defending World Champion, Dane Jackson, of USA claimed the World Championships title with Mathieu Dumolin of France in second position.

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Zachary Zwanenburg (Bronze)
Photo: Larry Norman

In the single canoe event, Zachary Zwanenburg of Cornwall performed under the pressure and styled the Garburator wave earning a bronze medal in his first World Championships final. USA took 1st and 2nd place in the men’s single canoe event with Dane Jackson claiming his second World Championships title and third medal of the competition. Seth Chapelle also of USA earned the silver medal.

The Canadian Freestyle Team certainly stepped up to the challenge of competing on home soil with many athletes achieving personal best results. Freestyle competitions and boat designs have come a long way in the past decade with athletes pushing the boundaries of what was once thought impossible and completing massive aerial moves while launching their kayaks completely out of the water. Many Canadian athletes have been at the forefront of discovering these tricks on the Ottawa River.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Lars Romeskie (Beachburg, ON) Men’s Kayak Squirt 8th Final Result
Matt Hamilton (Forresters Falls, ON) Men’s Kayak Squirt 9th Final Result
Mark Richard (Dartmouth, NS) Men’s Kayak Squirt 11th Final Result
Nick Troutman (Beachburg, ON) Men’s Kayak 3rd Final Result
Devyn Scott (Pakenham, ON) Men’s Kayak 7th Final Result
Joel Kowalski (Beachburg, ON) Men’s Kayak 8th Final Result
Kalob Grady (Westmeath, ON) Men’s Kayak 9th Final Result
Patrick Camblin (Arnprior, ON) Men’s Kayak 15th Final Result
Katie Kowalski (Beachburg, ON) Women’s Kayak 6th Final Result
Alex Maggs (Fergus, ON) Women’s Kayak 18th Final Result
Rae Boratto (Beachburg, ON) Women’s Kayak 23rd Final Result
Kalem Kennedy (Pembroke, ON) Junior Men’s Kayak 6th Final Result
Quinton Kennedy (Pembroke, ON) Junior Men’s Kayak 7th Final Result
Andrew Oxley (Montreal, QC) Junior Men’s Kayak 15th Final Result
Emily Zwanenburg (Cornwall, ON) Junior Women’s Kayak 6th Final Result
Claire Parrot (Waterloo, ON) Junior Women’s Kayak 12th Final Result
Andrew Hill (Cobden, ON) Open Canoe 1st Final Result
Matt Cuccaro (Renfrew, ON) Open Canoe 8th Final Result
Zach Zwanenburg (Cornwall, ON) Single Canoe 3rd Final Result
Vincent Dupont (Verdun, QC) Single Canoe 7th Final Result
Chris McDermott (Beachburg, ON) Single Canoe 8th Final Result

Full Results

CanoeKayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. The organization’s vision is to be a Canadian sport for families, communities and champions. From supporting clubs to developing a competitive National Team, CanoeKayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.


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James Cartwright

Slalom High Performance Manager, CanoeKayak Canada