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19
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CKC partners with Canada’s leading digital marketing company immediaC
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OTTAWA, ON (November 19, 2019) – Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is pleased to announce a digital partnership with Canada’s most experienced web design and mobile application company, immediaC.

Established in 1998, immediaC has built more than 3,500 professionally designed websites, mobile and web applications over the last 20 years. CKC recently partnered with immediaC to develop a mobile application custom designed for National events. CKC is thrilled to expand this partnership to offer exceptional digital tools that will serve the Canadian paddling community.

“ImmediaC will bring a wealth of extensive experience and knowledge to our organization which will allow us to grow and meet the evolving digital needs of a best-in-class National Sport Federation,” said Ian Mortimer, CKC Director of Development. “We look forward to building on our existing relationship to ensure we are delivering the best services and online products for our members across all of our disciplines.”

CKC will be launching a new, state-of-the-art, membership database in April 2020 that will offer features such as: registration, e-commerce, event management, reporting, and much more. The new system, set for beta-testing now, will be previewed at the CKC Summit this week in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Member organizations will have the opportunity to utilize the integrated system and services at no cost.

“We are very excited to be working with CKC on member registration and membership management,” said John Leahy, CEO of immediaC, “Our software and the digital strategy for CKC are focused on an engaging paddler experience.”

Further information and demonstrations will be offered at the CKC Summit with additional information released to the membership in the coming months. For questions, please contact CKC Director of Development, Ian Mortimer.

About immediaC

Founded in 1998, immediaC has become Canada’s most experienced webshop. We have delivered more than 3,800 custom websites and mobile applications for organizations of all sizes, from startups to publicly traded companies. We provide a range of online solutions including custom-designed websites, search engine optimization, iOS and Android apps, web apps and registration systems.

Oct
24
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Slalom Paddlers Competing at the Olympic Venue
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TOKYO, JAPAN (October 24, 2019) – Elite slalom paddlers will be competing at the 2019 Ready, Steady, Tokyo Olympic Test Event from October 25 – 27.

The three-day event will feature five Canadian slalom athletes competing for medals, and testing out all aspects of the 2020 Olympic venue. The slalom course is located at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre, the first manmade course newly constructed in Japan for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Women’s Canoe will make its Olympic debut next year with both Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) and Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) ready to compete in the C1 events this weekend in Japan. Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) will race in the Men’s C1 event, looking to gain further insight and experience at the Olympic venue. Smedley secured an Olympic spot for Canada in the C1 event in La Seu D’Urgell last month.

Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) will headline the Men’s Kayak events and Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) will contest the Women’s K1 event.

“Our athletes are excited to compete in Tokyo and to build on the momentum from this season,” said CKC Senior High Performance Manager, James Cartwright. “The objective at this competition is to get to know the new whitewater course and to discover Tokyo. This experience will pay dividends next summer as our athletes don’t have very much experience training or competing in Asia in a sport where World Cups are typically held in Europe.”

Best of luck to Team Canada!

What:

2019 Canoe Slalom Olympic Test Event

When:

Friday October 25 (11:00am to 2:45pm local time) (12:00am to 3:45am EST)

Saturday October 26 (9:00am to 1:00pm local time) (10:00pm to 2:00am EST)

Sunday October 27 (9:00am to 1:30pm local time) (10:00pm to 2:30am EST)

Where:

Tokyo, Japan – MAP

How to follow:

Visit the event website here.

Youtube Video links:

C1M, K1W

Odd numbers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2c4i6qgkYk

Even Bibs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiOcJ59gBQU

C1W, K1M

Odd Bibs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0PytzMjai4

Even Bibs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrFVJ_LKaIA

The Canadian entries are listed below.

Event Athlete
K1 Men Michael Tayler
K1 Women Florence Maheu
C1 Men Cameron Smedley
C1 Women Lois Betteridge
C1 Women Haley Daniels

 

Sep
29
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Canada Qualifies Men’s Slalom Kayak Entry for Tokyo 2020
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LA SEU D’URGEL, SPAIN (September 29, 2019) – Team Canada qualified a second boat for Tokyo 2020 today in the men’s kayak semifinals at the ICF Slalom World Championships.

Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) finished 14th in the semis to secure an Olympic quota spot in the K1 event. Canadian teammate Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) wrapped up his K1 event in 28th overall.

“It’s such a huge weight off my shoulders to make it through this step,” Hayward reflects. “I am so happy to have qualified the spot and to deliver a run that I am proud to look back on.”

Although Hayward missed qualifying for the finals, his time in the semifinal run would have been strong enough for a 4th place in the final.

“Looking ahead to Tokyo, this race validates that I can be in contention for a medal and I’m excited to work as hard as I can through the winter to get in the best shape possible.”

Team Canada secured two Olympic spots in the men’s C1 and K1 events this week with the next Tokyo qualification opportunity to take place at the 2020 Pan-Am Championships scheduled in Rio de Janeiro from April 3-5, 2020.

“I’m very pleased with the team’s performance in La Seu d’Urgell,” said James Cartwright, CKC High Performance and Coach Development Senior Manager. “We all worked together with a common goal to secure our entries for Tokyo. Two years ago, we set out to qualify four athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, so today we will celebrate this milestone and tomorrow we will continue our preparation for the next Qualification race in Rio and the Tokyo Games.”

What:

2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships

Where:

LA SEU D’URGELL, Spain

MAP

Visit the event website and results here.

The Canadian entries are listed below.

Event Crew
K1 Men Ben Hayward
K1 Men Michael Tayler
K1 Men Trevor Boyd
K1 Women Florence Maheu
K1 Women Lois Betteridge
C1 Men Cameron Smedley
C1 Men Spencer Pomeroy
C1 Women Lois Betteridge
C1 Women Haley Daniels
Team Event
K1M Hayward, Tayler, Boyd
K1W Maheu, Betteridge, Daniels

 

To view Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team Criteria, click here.

Sep
28
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Canada Qualifies First Slalom Boat for Tokyo 2020
Canoe Slalom, World Championships
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LA SEU D’URGEL, SPAIN (September 28, 2019) – Team Canada qualified the C1 boat for Tokyo 2020 today at the ICF Slalom World Championships.

Rio Olympian and 2015 Pan Am Games silver medallist, Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) finished 9th in the semifinals to secure an Olympic quota spot in the C1 event and book his ticket into the finals – a first for Canada in the C1 event since 2002.

“I’m thrilled to be racing in the finals today and wrap up the Olympic quota for Tokyo,” said Smedley. “I executed my race plan to the best of my ability in the semifinal when the pressure was on.”

Smedley raced a strong final today finishing an outstanding 9th overall in the world – a top international performance for Canada in the C1 event.

“I made a few mistakes in the finals but I learned a lot today and this will help me execute my race plan even better next summer.”

Tune in for the last day of competition tomorrow with Team Canada set for K1 semi-final action and another opportunity to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

What:

2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships

When:

Sunday September 29 (8:30am to 1:30pm local time) (2:30am to 7:30am EST)

Where:

LA SEU D’URGELL, Spain

Szeged, Hungary – MAP

How to follow:

All races will be available to watch on Planet Canoe’s YouTube here, as well as on CBC Sports here.

Visit the event website here.

The Canadian entries are listed below.

 

Event Crew
K1 Men Ben Hayward
K1 Men Michael Tayler
K1 Men Trevor Boyd
K1 Women Florence Maheu
K1 Women Lois Betteridge
C1 Men Cameron Smedley
C1 Men Spencer Pomeroy
C1 Women Lois Betteridge
C1 Women Haley Daniels
Team Event
K1M Hayward, Tayler, Boyd
K1W Maheu, Betteridge, Daniels

 

To view Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team Criteria, click here.

Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website to get more information and make sure to follow @PlanetCanoe and @CanoeKayakCAN for more live updates.

Subscribe to Canoe Kayak Canada’s mailing list to get all news and results directly to your email.

Sep
27
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Slalom Paddlers advance to semifinals at ICF 2019 World Championships
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LA SEU D’URGEL, SPAIN (September 27, 2019) – Team Canada remains in the hunt for Olympic qualification at the ICF Slalom World Championships.

Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) and Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) qualified for the semifinals today placing 35th and 40th respectively in the K1 heats. The top 18 countries will secure a berth for Tokyo in the K1 events thus qualifying for the semifinals was a critical step for these Canadian paddlers.

“We are thrilled to see both Ben and Michael step up and come through with big performances on their 2nd runs today,” said James Cartwright, CKC Senior High Performance and Coach Development Manager. “They delivered solid race runs under a lot of pressure but we know they can still find time on the course.”

Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) secured his spot in the C1 semifinals yesterday and will be battling for Olympic qualification tomorrow. Top 11 countries will earn athlete quota spots for Tokyo in both the men’s and women’s C1 events.

“Our work isn’t over yet so we need to stay focused on our objective right to the end of the competition.”

Canada will be following the Women’s C1 and K1 races despite not advancing to the semifinal round as some Athlete Quota positions may reallocated after the competition based on the Tokyo Qualification system.

Tune in for Team Canada C1 semi-final action tomorrow and K1 semifinals on Sunday.

What:

2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships

When:

Saturday September 28 (9:00am to 1:30pm local time) (3:00am to 7:30am EST)

Sunday September 29 (8:30am to 1:30pm local time) (2:30am to 7:30am EST)

Where:

LA SEU D’URGELL, Spain

Szeged, Hungary – MAP

How to follow:

All races will be available to watch on Planet Canoe’s YouTube here, as well as on CBC Sports here.

Visit the event website here.

The Canadian entries are listed below.

Event Crew
K1 Men Ben Hayward
K1 Men Michael Tayler
K1 Men Trevor Boyd
K1 Women Florence Maheu
K1 Women Lois Betteridge
C1 Men Cameron Smedley
C1 Men Spencer Pomeroy
C1 Women Lois Betteridge
C1 Women Haley Daniels
Team Event  
K1M Hayward, Tayler, Boyd
K1W Maheu, Betteridge, Daniels

 

To view Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team Criteria, click here.

 

 

Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website to get more information and make sure to follow @PlanetCanoe and @CanoeKayakCAN for more live updates.

Sep
17
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Sprint and Paracanoe Paddlers Test out Tokyo
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TOKYO, JAPAN (September 17, 2019) – Canada’s top sprint and paracanoe paddlers competed at the ‘Ready, Steady, Test Event in Tokyo, Japan from September 12-15. Over 45 nations participated in this familiarization event at the home of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic venue in the Tokyo Bay Zone.

“This event provided us with an opportunity to experience the venue both on and off the water and collaborate on what we can do next year to optimize the performance environment,” said Graham Barton, CKC Chief Technical Director. “The athletes also had the chance to see the Olympic Village. This kind of familiarization goes a long way in making the Olympic Games less distracting and less overwhelming for everyone.”

Top Canadian performers included three-time World Champion Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) finishing 4th in the Women’s C1 200m event while Roland Varga (Richmond Hill, ON) and Connor Fitzpatrick (Senobe, NS) also placed 4th in the C2 1000m event.

Mark Oldershaw (Burloak, ON), finished top eight in the world in the C1 1000m event.

Simon McTavish (Mississauga, ON) placed 6th in B Final K1 200m event while Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach, ON) and Lisa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire, QC) finished 7th in the B Final of the K2 500m event.

Mathieu St-Pierre (Shawinigan, QC) finished 8th place overall in the VL2M 200m Para event.

Results:

2019 Canoe Sprint Olympic/Paralympic Test Event

The Canadian entries are listed below.

Event Crew
C1W 200m Katie Vincent
C1M 1000m Mark Oldershaw
C2M 1000m Roland Varga
Connor Fitzpatrick
K1W 500m Madeline Schmidt
K2W 500m Courtney Stott
Lisa Bissonnette
K1M 200m Simon McTavish
K1M 1000m Simon McTavish
VL2M 200m Mathieu St-Pierre

 

 

Sep
16
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Podium success for Young Sprint Paddlers on the International Stage
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Bratislava, Slovakia (September 16, 2019) – Canadian sprint paddlers earned an impressive twelve medals, including five gold medals at the 2019 Olympic Hopes Regatta in Bratislava, Slovakia this weekend. The Olympic Hopes Competition is an event focused on young paddlers aged 16 to 17 on the Olympic pathway.  This event has emerged over the past five years as the optimal international competition for young athletes to test themselves against the best in the world. This year’s Olympic Hopes competition saw 835 competitors from 36 nations competing in age class competition.

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) prepares for this event as both a performance indicator and a valuable learning opportunity, as such Canadian athletes were entered into multiple events to provide the best experience racing at an international level.

This approach led to an impressive medal haul for Team Canada and leading the way was Andrew Billard (Halifax, NS) who won four medals including two gold in C1 events, one silver and a bronze in the C2 events with Mathew O’Neill (Ottawa, ON). Ella Hodgson-Pageau (Ottawa, ON) also won three medals, two gold and one silver in the C1 and C2 event with Evie McDonald (Carleton Place, ON). Along with the strong performances by Canada’s eight medal-winning athletes (full medal tally below), the rest of the team also demonstrated great results with Canada finishing top 5 in a number of other events.

The outstanding medal haul at the 2019 Olympic Hopes Regatta comes after a 15 medal-count tally for Team Canada at the 2018 event.

The sustained success of our 16 and 17 years old athletes at the Olympic Hopes Regatta reflects the strength of our club programming and coaches across the country,” said Ian Mortimer, CKC Director of Development. “This group of athletes performed very well over the weekend and have provided significant inspiration to paddlers across the country. They continue to set a high standard for performance as we enter the offseason and begin to prepare for a big 2020.” 

Canadian Medal Count at the 2019 Olympic Hopes Regatta:

Ella Hodgson-Pageau and Evie McDonald – GOLD U16/U17 C2 200m
Ella Hodgson-Pageau – GOLD U16 C1 200m
Ella Hodgson-Pageau – SILVER U16 C1 500m
Andrew Billard – GOLD U17 C1 500m
Andrew Billard – GOLD U17 C1 1000m
Andrew Billard and Mathew O’Neill – BRONZE U16/U17 C2 1000m
Andrew Billard and Mathew O’Neill – SILVER U16/U17 C2 200m
Evie McDonald – BRONZE U16 C1 200m
Toshka Besharah – BRONZE U16 K1 200m
Ian Gaudet – BRONZE U16 K1 200m
Kieran Graham – BRONZE U16 C1 200m
Craig Johnson – GOLD U16 K1 500m

The Canadian team roster listed below:

Event Athlete
Men’s Canoe Andrew Billard
Men’s Canoe Austin Pigeon
Men’s Canoe Keiran Graham
Men’s Canoe Matthew O’Neill
Men’s Kayak Craig Johnson
Men’s Kayak Ian Gaudet
Men’s Kayak Jacob Price
Men’s Kayak Xavier Levasseur
Women’s Canoe Ella Hodgson-Pageau
Women’s Canoe Evie McDonald
Women’s Canoe Kate Pennyfather
Women’s Kayak Angelina Davidson
Women’s Kayak Anna O’Brien
Women’s Kayak Brooke Westwater
Women’s Kayak Cassidy MacPherson
Women’s Kayak Toshka Besharah

 

Sep
12
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NextGen Paddlers set to compete at Olympic Hopes Regatta
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Bratislava, Slovakia (September 12, 2019) – Sixteen Canadian sprint paddlers are set to compete at the 2019 Olympic Hopes Regatta at the newly built Zemník venue in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Olympic Hopes Competition is an event focused on young paddlers aged 16 to 17 selected to compete internationally against athletes from over 30 countries.

“The athletes are looking well prepared for the task ahead,” said Men’s Kayak Coach, Reid Farquharson (Rideau Canoe Club). “They appreciate the quality of racing that we’ll see over the weekend, and you can feel the anticipation building.”

Athletes are entered into multiple events to provide the best opportunity to learn about racing at an international level.

“In the last 3 years the Olympic Hopes Regatta has clearly become the best athlete pathway to the International level,” said Mark Granger, CKC National NextGen Athlete Development Officer.

“Our team objectives and goals, even at this early age, is to qualify for the finals. Many of the podium athletes of today are the same podium athletes we have seen at Olympic Hopes. It better prepares our athletes for the Junior World Championships and gives them international experience.”

The Canadian entries are listed below:

Event Athlete
Men’s Canoe Andrew Billard
Men’s Canoe Austin Pigeon
Men’s Canoe Keiran Graham
Men’s Canoe Matthew O’Neill
Men’s Kayak Craig Johnson
Men’s Kayak Ian Gaudet
Men’s Kayak Jacob Price
Men’s Kayak Xavier Levasseur
Women’s Canoe Ella Hodgson-Pageau
Women’s Canoe Evie McDonald
Women’s Canoe Kate Pennyfather
Women’s Kayak Angelina Davidson
Women’s Kayak Anna O’Brien
Women’s Kayak Brooke Westwater
Women’s Kayak Cassidy MacPherson
Women’s Kayak Toshka Besharah

 

 

What:
Olympic Hopes Regatta

When:
September 13-15, 2019

Where:
Bratislava, Slovakia – Map

How to Follow:
Event Website

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About Canoe Kayak Canada

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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Communications Lead
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Sep
11
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Sprint and Paracanoe Paddlers Competing at 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Venue
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TOKYO, JAPAN (September 11, 2019) – Canada’s top sprint and paracanoe paddlers are set to compete this week in the ‘Ready, Steady, Test Event in Tokyo, Japan from September 12-15. Nine Canadian elite athletes will test out the Sea Forest Waterway venue, home of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic competition.

Over 45 nations will participate in the four-day test event at a newly designed facility in the Tokyo Bay Zone.

Three-time World Champion Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) will be competing for Team Canada in the C1 200m event following her 5th place finish and Olympic berth for Canada at the ICF World Championships in Szeged, Hungary.

Also competing for Canada is Mark Oldershaw (Burloak, ON), 3-time Olympian, and London 2012 bronze medallist in C1 1000m.

Simon McTavish (Mississauga, ON) will compete in the K1 200m and K1 1000m this week, recently securing an Olympic berth for Canada at the ICF World Championships in the K4 500m.

Roland Varga (Richmond Hill, ON) and Connor Fitzpatrick (Senobe, NS) will compete in C2 1000m event, setting a new Canadian record of 3:28.74 last month at the ICF World Championships.

Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach, ON) and Lisa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire, QC) will contest the K2 500m event, earning an Olympic berth for Canada in the K4 500m in Szeged, Hungary. Madeline Schmitt (Ottawa, ON) will compete in the K1 500m event.

Mathieu St-Pierre (Shawinigan, QC) will compete as the sole Canadian Paracanoe athlete in the VL2M 200m starting on Saturday.

“This competition, while not your typical performance event, is absolutely critical for all teams in familiarizing themselves with the venue and the city of Tokyo,” said CKC Chief Technical Director, Graham Barton. “It has been an amazing experience this week and the organizing committee has done a tremendous job in preparing the venue and informing us of what to expect in 2020.”

The Canadian entries are listed below.

Event Crew
C1W 200m Katie Vincent
C1M 1000m Mark Oldershaw
C2M 1000m Roland Varga
Connor Fitzpatrick
K1W 500m Madeline Schmidt
K2W 500m Courtney Stott
Lisa Bissonnette
K1M 200m Simon McTavish
K1M 1000m Simon McTavish
VL2M 200m Mathieu St-Pierre

 

 

What:

2019 Canoe Sprint Olympic/Paralympic Test Event

When:

Thursday September 12 (9:00am to 2:20pm local time) (GMT+9)

Friday September 13 (9:00am to 1:30pm pm local time)

Saturday September 14 (9:00am to 1:50pm local time)

Sunday September 15 (9:00am to 1:40pm local time)

Where:

Sea Forest Waterway

Tokyo, Japan – MAP

 

How to follow:

Visit the event website here.

Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website to get more information and make sure to follow @PlanetCanoe and @CanoeKayakCAN for more live updates.

Subscribe to Canoe Kayak Canada’s mailing list to get all news and results directly to your email.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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For more information:

Colleen Coderre

Communications Lead

ccoderre@canoekayak.ca

Sep
11
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Team Canada Set for World Ocean Racing Championships
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SAINT-PIERRE QUIBERON, FRANCE (September 10, 2019) – Team Canada paddlers are set to compete at the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Ocean Racing World Championships in Saint-Pierre Quiberon, France. Canada will have three U23 athletes competing in the World Championships race held on a challenging 21.93 KM downwind course of the Normandy coast on Wednesday.

“CKC is very excited to see how our strong young surf ski paddlers stack up against the World’s best in France,” said Director of Development, Ian Mortimer. “We have a strong community of surf ski paddlers in Canada and this strength is reflected in our growing events here in Canada and will be shown on the Atlantic Ocean this week.”

Canada will be represented by Sandrine Hamel (St-Augustin de Desmaures, QC) in the U23 Women’s event, and by Seth Putnam-Rea (North Vancouver, BC) and Philippe Therien (Lac-Beauport, QC) in the Men’s U23 event.

In the Masters event set for Thursday, Canada will be represented by Daryl Remmler (North Vancouver, BC), Bob Putnam (North Vancouver, BC) and Warren Bruce (Deep Cove, ON).

What:

International Canoe Federation Ocean Racing World Championship

When:

Wednesday, September 11 World Championship

Where:

SAINT-PIERRE QUIBERON, France  – Map

How to Follow:

Live GPS Tracking and Results

Sep
9
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Canada’s Top Slalom Paddlers Wrap-up World Cup season in Prague
Canoe Slalom, International, Teams, World Cups
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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (September 9, 2019) – The Canadian slalom team wrapped up the World Cup season at the Prague Whitewater course competing in the World Cup Final and the Extreme Slalom World Championships.

Ben Hayward finished 6th in the Extreme Slalom K1 event and narrowly missed advancing to the finals after a close photo finish video review eliminated Hayward from the 4-boat final. Haley Daniels finished 14th overall in the women’s K1 Extreme Slalom event. Michael Tayler and Ben Hayward also advanced to the semi-final in the Canoe Slalom K1 event demonstrating speed and composure placing 5th and 9th in 2nd heat. Tayler placed 33rd and Hayward finished 40th respectively K1 semi-final on Sunday.

“I’m pleased with the resilience and mental toughness this weekend. Many of our athletes struggled throughout the week with a bug going through the team. They put down fast race runs and were competitive when the pressure was on” said James Cartwright, Senior Manager of High Performance and Coach Development at Canoe Kayak Canada. “We will be looking to extract the lessons from this race, remember what was good and forget what didn’t work so well. We want to end the season on a high note in Seu.”

2019 Canoe Slalom World Cup Final Results

2019 Extreme Slalom World Championships Results

The team will now be heading to La Seu d’Urgell, Spain to prepare for the World Championships taking place September 25-29 which will also count as an Olympic Qualification Event. Countries will be vying for Quotas for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

This event will be live streamed on the ICF website where you can also find live results.

Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website to get more information and make sure to follow @PlanetCanoe and @CanoeKayakCAN for more live updates.

 

Subscribe to Canoe Kayak Canada’s mailing list to get all news and results directly to your email.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information:

James Cartwright

Senior Manager of High Performance and Coach Development

jcartwright@canoekayak.ca

 

Colleen Coderre

Communications Lead

ccoderre@canoekayak.ca

Aug
30
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Canoe Kayak Canada Names Canoe Slalom Team to attend World Cup 5 and the World Championships
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (August 30, 2019) – Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is proud to name six athletes to compete at World Cup 5 and eight athletes to compete at the upcoming Canoe Slalom World Championships. Four Canadian athletes were selected at the Canoe Slalom National Team trials earlier this spring in Oklahoma City and another four athletes were selected to the team after the conclusion of the National Championships held in Minden Hills, Ontario August 18.

“Our team is thrilled to get back in international competition after a long break following the World Cups in June”, said said James Cartwright, Senior Manager of Slalom High Performance Manager and Coach Development at Canoe Kayak Canada. “Everyone enjoyed a fun National Championships in Minden last week and now our coaches and athletes are back to work and preparing for the biggest test of the season. We experienced some success earlier this year and it’s great to see some new athletes elevate their performances at the selection races in Minden. I am looking forward to cheering for this team in Spain”

Six athletes will be competing in World Cup 5 in Prague (Czech Republic) from September 6-8 and eight athletes will be competing at the World Championships which is also a Global Qualification event in La Seu d’Urgell (Spain) from September 25-29.

NATIONAL TEAM COMPETING AT WORLD CUP 5

Athlete Province Event(s)
Florence Maheu Quebec Women’s K1
Lois Betteridge Ontario Women’s C1 and K1
Haley Daniels Alberta Women’s C1
Ben Hayward Alberta Men’s K1
Michael Tayler Ontario Men’s K1
Cameron Smedley Ontario Men’s C1

 

NATIONAL TEAM COMPETING AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Athlete Province Event(s)
Florence Maheu Quebec Women’s K1
Lois Betteridge Ontario Women’s C1 and K1
Haley Daniels Alberta Women’s C1
Ben Hayward Alberta Men’s K1
Michael Tayler Ontario Men’s K1
Trevor Boyd Alberta Men’s K1
Cameron Smedley Ontario Men’s C1
Spencer Pomeroy Ontario Men’s C1
Aug
28
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Canada secures ten Olympic and Paralympic quota spots for Tokyo at the 2019 ICF Sprint/Paracanoe World Championships
World Championships
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SZEGED, HUNGARY (August 26, 2019) – The 2019 ICF Sprint/Paracanoe World Championships wrapped up on Sunday in Szeged, Hungary with Olympic qualification in four events including the women’s C1 200m event, the women’s K4 500m, the men’s K4 500m, and the women’s KL2 200m.

Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) finished fifth overall securing a berth for Canada in the C1 200m event while the Men’s K4 500m team of Mark de Jonge (Maskwa, NS), Nicholas Matveev (Balmy Beach, ON), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac-Beauport, QC) and Simon McTavish (Mississauga, ON) placed 14th overall locking in 4 more quota spots for Team Canada.

The Women’s K4 500m team of Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach, ON), Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire, QC), Natalie Davison (Rideau, ON) and Michelle Russell (Cheema, NS) finished 12th overall earning another berth.

Andrea Nelson (Balmy Beach, ON) secured a Paralympic spot on Friday in the KL2 200m with a 5th place finish overall.

“I’m extremely proud of our team at this World Championships. Coming into this event, we wanted to improve and maximize our qualification possibilities for Tokyo,” said CKC Chief Technical Officer Graham Barton. “We qualified one Paralympic quota and nine Olympic quotas, one of our best ever at a World Championships. We also established ourselves as the best in the Americas in seven of the nine remaining events for our next qualification opportunity.”

The next opportunity for qualification will be at the Continental Olympic Qualifier in May 2020.

Visit the event website here for results.

To view the ICF Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification system, click here.

Aug
28
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Canada secures ten Olympic and Paralympic quota spots for Tokyo at the 2019 ICF Sprint/Paracanoe World Championships
World Championships
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SZEGED, HUNGARY (August 26, 2019) – The 2019 ICF Sprint/Paracanoe World Championships wrapped up on Sunday in Szeged, Hungary with Olympic qualification in four events including the women’s C1 200m event, the women’s K4 500m, the men’s K4 500m, and the women’s KL2 200m.

Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) finished fifth overall securing a berth for Canada in the C1 200m event while the Men’s K4 500m team of Mark de Jonge (Maskwa, NS), Nicholas Matveev (Balmy Beach, ON), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac-Beauport, QC) and Simon McTavish (Mississauga, ON) placed 14th overall locking in 4 more quota spots for Team Canada.

The Women’s K4 500m team of Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach, ON), Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire, QC), Natalie Davison (Rideau, ON) and Michelle Russell (Cheema, NS) finished 12th overall earning another berth.

Andrea Nelson (Balmy Beach, ON) secured a Paralympic spot on Friday in the KL2 200m with a 5th place finish overall.

“I’m extremely proud of our team at this World Championships. Coming into this event, we wanted to improve and maximize our qualification possibilities for Tokyo,” said CKC Chief Technical Officer Graham Barton. “We qualified one Paralympic quota and nine Olympic quotas, one of our best ever at a World Championships. We also established ourselves as the best in the Americas in seven of the nine remaining events for our next qualification opportunity.”

The next opportunity for qualification will be at the Continental Olympic Qualifier in May 2020.

Visit the event website here for results.

To view the ICF Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification system, click here.

Aug
24
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Canada secures Tokyo 2020 Qualification in Szeged – ICF Sprint/Paracanoe World Championships
Canoe Sprint, Uncategorized
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SZEGED, HUNGARY (August 24, 2019) – Day four of the 2019 ICF Sprint/Paracanoe World Championships wrapped up on Saturday in Szeged, Hungary with Olympic qualification in two events including the women’s C1 200m event. Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) finished fifth overall securing a berth for Canada for the first time ever in Tokyo 2020.

“This is the proudest moment I’ve had as an athlete,” said Vincent. “I’m glad I could get the job done for Team Canada.”

The men’s K4 crew of Mark de Jonge (Maskwa, NS), Nicholas Matveev (Balmy Beach, ON), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac-Beauport, QC) and Simon McTavish (Mississauga, ON) placed fifth in their semi-final today securing another Tokyo 2020 berth for Canada and will race in the B Final tomorrow.

“I am very proud of what Katie accomplished today. To be told at the last minute you will be racing C1 and the devastating news about her partner is a testament to her competitive spirit,” said Chief Technical Officer, Graham Barton. “Additionally, to qualify the men’s K4 takes some pressure off going into tomorrow’s B Final. It was not their best race today but they know they can be much better and have shown it this year with a 4th place A final finish at the first World Cup.”

On the women’s side, Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach, ON), Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire, QC), Natalie Davison (Rideau, ON) and Michelle Russell (Cheema, NS) finished 4th in the semi-final and will advance to the B final on Sunday as well.

Roland Varga (Richmond Hill, ON) and Connor Fitzpatrick (Senobe, NS) finished 2nd in the B final today in the C2 1000m. The duo set a new Canadian record in the semi-finals yesterday with a time of 3:28.74.

Para athlete Trinity Tratch (Calgary, AB) raced in the KL2 200m, finishing 2nd in the B Final.

Michelle Russell (Cheema, NS) wrapped up her K1 200m event in 7th in the B Final today while on the men’s side, Alex Scott (Maskwa, NS) finished 8th in the B Final.

Natalie Davison (Rideau, ON) and Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach, ON) finished fourth in their K2 500m B final today while Madeline Schmidt heads to the C Final tomorrow in the K1 500m. Brian Malfesi and Vincent Jourdenais have qualified for the B Final tomorrow in the K2 1000m.

Stay tuned for the last day of Canadian finals action tomorrow including the K1 500m, K4 500m, C1 1000m, K2 1000m, and C1 5000m.

How to follow:

All races will be available to watch on Planet Canoe’s YouTube here, as well as on CBC Sports here.

Visit the event website here for results.

To view the ICF Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification system, click here.

To view Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team Criteria, click here.

To view Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Team Criteria, click here.

Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website to get more information and make sure to follow @PlanetCanoe and @CanoeKayakCAN for more live updates.

Subscribe to Canoe Kayak Canada’s mailing list to get all news and results directly to your email.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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For more information:

Colleen Coderre
Communications Lead
ccoderre@canoekayak.ca

Aug
22
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Day 2 complete at 2019 ICF Sprint/Paracanoe World Championships
Canoe Sprint, Paracanoe, World Championships
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SZEGED, HUNGARY (August 22, 2019) – Day two of the 2019 ICF Sprint/Paracanoe World Championships wrapped up on Thursday in Szeged, Hungary. The competition which will run from August 21-25, features the top athletes in the world, aiming for Tokyo 2020 qualifications.

On Wednesday, para athlete Trinity Tratch (Calgary, AB) raced in the KL2 200m event coming fourth in the semi-final, just missing qualification for the A final. Tratch will race the B final on Saturday morning. Erica Scarff (Balmy Beach, ON) also came just short in qualifying for the A final, and will race the KL3 200m B final on Friday.

Michelle Russell (Cheema, NS) came third in her heat, while on the men’s side, Alex Scott (Maskwa, NS) followed her lead, also coming third in K1 200m. Both will race the semi-final in K1 200m on Friday.

On Thursday morning, Mathieu St-Pierre (Shawinigan, QC) had an excellent B final race, placing second in VL2 200m. Canada’s Andrea Nelson came second in her semi-final and qualified for the A final in KL2 200m, which she will race on Friday.

The Canadian canoers had strong starts as well. Roland Varga (Richmond Hill, ON) and Connor Fitzpatrick (Senobe, NS) placed first in their heat to advance to the semi-finals in C2 1000m on Friday. World Champion Katie Vincent (Mississaugua, ON) also won her C1 200m heat, and will compete for her spot in the A final during the semi-finals on Friday.

Later Thursday morning, Natalie Davison (Rideau, ON) and Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach, ON) finished fifth in their K2 500m semi, advancing them to the B final on Saturday.

Finishing off the races on Thursday were Canada’s K4 crews. The men’s crew of Mark de Jonge (Maskwa, NS), Nicholas Matveev (Balmy Beach, ON), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac-Beauport, QC) and Simon McTavish (Mississauga, ON) placed fourth in their heat and will advance to the semi-final on Saturday. On the women’s side, Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach, ON), Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire, QC), Natalie Davison (Rideau, ON) and Michelle Russell (Cheema, NS) came third in their heat and will advance to the semi-final on Saturday as well.

Additional races on Friday include Madeline Schmidt’s K1 500m heat, Brian Malfesi and Vincent Jourdenais in the K2 1000m heat and Mark Oldershaw’s C1 1000m heat.

 

How to follow:

All races will be available to watch on Planet Canoe’s YouTube here, as well as on CBC Sports here.

Visit the event website here for results.

To view the ICF Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification system, click here.

To view Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team Criteria, click here.

To view Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Team Criteria, click here.

 

Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website to get more information and make sure to follow @PlanetCanoe and @CanoeKayakCAN for more live updates.

Subscribe to Canoe Kayak Canada’s mailing list to get all news and results directly to your email.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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For more information:

Laurel MacAdam

Communications Assistant

lmacadam@canoekayak.ca

 

Colleen Coderre

Communications Lead

ccoderre@canoekayak.ca

Aug
20
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Sprint and Paracanoe Paddlers Competing for Tokyo Qualification at ICF 2019 World Championships
Canoe Sprint, Paracanoe, World Championships
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SZEGED, HUNGARY (August 20, 2019) – The most anticipated event of the season will be kicking off in Szeged, Hungary on August 21st. Top sprint and paracanoe paddlers from around the world will be competing at the 2019 International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) Senior World Championships.

The four-day event will feature 16 Canadian sprint athletes and 4 Canadian paracanoe athletes competing for possible Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifications.

Two-time Senior World Champion and four-time U23 World Champion Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) will compete in the C1 200m and C1 5000m events.

Also competing for Canada is Mark Oldershaw (Burloak, ON), 3-time Olympian, London 2012 bronze medallist and TORONTO 2015 Pan Am games silver medallist in C1 1000m.

Another 3-time Olympian and 2012 bronze medallist, Mark De Jonge (Maskwa, NS) will compete in the K4 500m event with teammates Nicholas Matveev (Balmy Beach, ON) , Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac-Beauport, QC) and Simon McTavish (Mississauga, ON).

The paracanoe events will be kicking things off on Wednesday morning, starting with Trinity Tratch (Calgary, AB) competing in men’s KL2 200m.

Rio 2016 paralympian Erica Scarff (Balmy Beach, ON) will then compete in women’s KL3 200m, followed by Mathieu St-Pierre (Shawinigan, QC) in men’s VL2 200m, and Andrea Nelson (Balmy Beach, ON) in women’s KL2 200m.

“The para team has been preparing here in Szeged and we have seen some great improvement from these athletes.  A qualification will require a top seven finish. It will be tough, but performances earlier this summer indicate they have the potential to reach the final and after that anything is possible”, said Chief Technical Officer of CKC, Graham Barton.  “The sprint team had a great pre-world camp in Kienbaum, Germany.  We have several boats in the running for qualification spots. The singles events are extremely tough with a top 5 finish required for qualification. The tandems can earn a spot with a top 8 finish and the four boats can qualify if they finish 10th or better. This is our goal this week. While we can qualify additional boats at a Continental event next spring, it is always better to get as many qualified this week as possible.”

 

What:

2019 ICF Sprint & Paracanoe Senior World Championships

When:

Wednesday August 21 (9:00am to 6:20pm local time) (3:00am to 12:20pm EST)

Thursday August 22 (9:00am to 5:51pm local time) (3:00am to 11:51am EST)

Friday August 23 (9:00am to 6:28pm local time) (3:00am to 12:28pm EST)

Saturday August 24 (9:00am to 5:20pm local time) (3:00am to 11:30am EST)

Sunday August 25 (10:10am to 5:05pm local time) (4:10am to 11:05am EST)

Where:

Olympic Centre of Szeged

Szeged, Hungary – MAP

How to follow:

All races will be available to watch on Planet Canoe’s YouTube here, as well as on CBC Sports here.

Visit the event website here.

World Cup 1 results.

World Cup 2 results.

 

The Canadian entries are listed below.

Event Crew
KL2M 200m Trinity Tratch
KL2W 200m Andrea Nelson
KL3W 200m Erica Scarff
VL2M 200m Mathieu St-Pierre
K1M 200m Alex Scott
K4M 500m Mark de Jonge

Nicholas Matveev

Pierre-Luc Poulin

Simon McTavish

K2M 1000m Brian Malfesi

Vincent Jourdenais

K1M 5000m Simon McTavish
K1W 200m Michelle Russell
K1W 500m Madeline Schmidt
K2W 500m Courtney Stott

Natalie Davison

K4W 500m Courtney Stott

Lissa Bissonnette

Natalie Davison

Michelle Russell

K1W 5000m Michelle Russell
C1M 1000m Mark Oldershaw
C2M 1000m Roland Varga

Connor Fitzpatrick

C1M 5000m Connor Fitzpatrick
C1W 200m Katie Vincent
C1W 5000m Katie Vincent

 

To view the ICF Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification system, click here.

To view Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team Criteria, click here.

To view Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Team Criteria, click here.

 

Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website to get more information and make sure to follow @PlanetCanoe and @CanoeKayakCAN for more live updates.

Subscribe to Canoe Kayak Canada’s mailing list to get all news and results directly to your email.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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For more information:

Laurel MacAdam

Communications Assistant

lmacadam@canoekayak.ca

 

Colleen Coderre

Communications Lead

ccoderre@canoekayak.ca

Aug
20
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2019 Canadian Whitewater Nationals Complete
Canoe Freestyle, Canoe Slalom, Nationals, Wildwater Canoeing
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MINDEN HILLS, ONTARIO (August 20, 2019) – The 2019 Whitewater National Championships are now complete, after an exciting weekend of extreme slalom, downriver, freestyle and slalom events. 66 athletes from across the country gathered in Minden Hills, Ontario at the Minden Whitewater Preserve on the Gull River from August 14th to 18th.

Team Ontario claimed the overall Brian Creer trophy for earning the most points throughout the five days of whitewater competition featuring Freestyle, Slalom.

This renowned natural course was an excellent spot for the event with whitewater rapids ranging from Class II to Class IV. The preserve also had campsites where many participants stayed right next to the river.

The medallists for the Open events are listed below and complete results are posted on Canoe Kayak Canada’s website.

Canoe Kayak Slalom

Women’s K1

Gold Florence Maheu Quebec
Silver Lois Betteridge Ontario
Bronze Lea Baldoni Ontario

 

Women’s C1

Gold Lois Betteridge Ontario
Silver Haley Daniels Alberta
Bronze Sophie Gilfillan Ontario

 

Men’s K1

Gold Ben Hayward Alberta
Silver Trevor Boyd Alberta
Bronze Maël Rivard Ontario

 

Men’s C1

Gold Spencer Pomeroy Ontario
Silver Cameron Smedley Ontario
Bronze Liam Smedley Ontario

 

Mixed C2

Gold Isabel Taylor &

Finn Wakeling

British Columbia

 

Men’s C2

Gold Dane Menzies &

Reece Hately Honeyman

Alberta

 

 

Downriver Classic

Men’s Open C1

Gold Cameron Smedley Ontario
Silver Yannick Laviolette Quebec
Bronze Spencer Pomeroy Ontario

 

Men’s Open K1

Gold Ben Hayward Alberta
Silver Warren Hastings Ontario
Bronze Harold Van Winssen Ontario

 

 

Downriver Sprint

Men’s C1

Gold Cameron Smedley Ontario
Silver Larry Norman Ontario
Bronze Spencer Pomeroy Ontario

 

Men’s K1

Gold Ben Hayward Alberta
Silver Trevor Boyd Alberta
Bronze Warren Hastings Ontario

 

 

Freestyle

Men’s K1

Gold Tyler Curtis Ontario
Silver Zach Zwanenburg Ontario
Bronze Kalem Kennedy Ontario

 

Women’s K1

Gold Alex Maggs Ontario
Silver Ayden Dermenjian Ontario
Bronze Laura Silverthorne Ontario

 

C1 Open

Gold Kalem Kennedy Ontario
Silver Zach Zwanenburg Ontario
Bronze Yannick Laviolette Ontario

 

 

Extreme Slalom

Open Men

Gold Ben Hayward Alberta
Silver Spencer Pomeroy Ontario
Bronze Yannick Laviolette Quebec

 

Subscribe to Canoe Kayak Canada’s mailing list to get all news and results directly to your email.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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For more information:

Laurel MacAdam

Communications Assistant

lmacadam@canoekayak.ca

 

Colleen Coderre

Communications Lead

ccoderre@canoekayak.ca

Aug
19
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CKC STATEMENT: Laurence Vincent Lapointe
Uncategorized
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON (August 19, 2019) – It is with great sadness that Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) has to announce that Laurence Vincent Lapointe has returned an adverse analytical finding following an out-of-competition doping control that took place in late July. Ms. Vincent Lapointe and CKC were informed of this finding on August 13, 2019.

The substance that was found in Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s sample has been the subject of recent established contaminated supplement cases and the preliminary information, available at this time, supports that Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s adverse analytical finding may have been caused by inadvertent and unknowing use of a prohibited substance from such a source.

“CKC fully supports Laurence in this extremely difficult and unfortunate situation and we will do everything we can to help her prove her innocence,” said Canoe Kayak Canada CEO, Casey Wade. “CKC firmly believes in clean sport, but we also have strong reason to believe that Laurence has taken all of the necessary precautions from an anti-doping perspective and that she has not knowingly or intentionally taken a prohibited substance. We will continue to assist Laurence in determining how this unfortunate situation could have occurred.”

In accordance with the International Canoe Federation’s Anti-Doping Rules, Ms. Vincent Lapointe has been provisionally suspended pending the final outcome of her case. Consequently, she will not be racing at the upcoming ICF World Championships.

“I am shocked and completely devastated by this situation because I have done absolutely nothing wrong and I have nothing to hide. I am a person of integrity and any form of cheating disgusts me. I believe in clean sport and it is what I apply as a principle in my life as an athlete. I would never put my name, my reputation, or my career at risk to improve my performances and widen the gap with my opponents,” said Laurence Vincent Lapointe. “This feels like a nightmare; I still cannot believe what has happened. Since learning of my positive test just a few days ago, I have done everything possible, with the support of CKC and within a short period of time, to determine the source of the prohibited substance that was found in my sample so that I can prove that I am innocent and that I am an honest and clean athlete.”

Canoe Kayak Canada will not make any further comment regarding this case pending the final outcome of the matter.

Laurence Vincent Lapointe will speak with the media on Tuesday in Montreal and Trois-Rivières, QC. Details below.

Montreal

Date | Tuesday August 20, 2019

Time | 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Location | Sheraton Hotel, 1201 René Lévesque ouest, Montréal (QC), H3B 2L7.

Salon 5, located on level 2.

Format | Speech and scrums (French and English).

Who | Laurence Vincent Lapointe, canoeist and Adam Klevinas, sport lawyer and Canoe Kayak Canada representative.

 

Trois-Rivières

Date | Tuesday August 20 2019

Time | 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Location | Delta Hotel, 1620 rue Notre-Dame, Trois-Rivières (QC), G9A 6E5.

Mékinac room, 2nd floor.

Format | Speech and scrums (French and English).

Who | Laurence Vincent Lapointe, canoeist and Adam Klevinas, sport lawyer and Canoe Kayak Canada representative.

 

Note that this will be Laurence Vincent Lapointe’s only media availability, pending the International Canoe Federation’s final decision.

To confirm your presence:

Laurence Vallerand

514-507-6299

514-966-2972

laurence@malallier.com

 

Marie-Anik L’Allier

514-507-6299

514-983-8236

ma@malallier.com

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Contact Information:

Colleen Coderre

Canoe Kayak Canada

Communications Lead

1.613.530.6217

ccoderre@canoekayak.ca

 

Marie-Anik L’Allier

M-A L’Allier Public Relations – Laurence Vincent-Lapointe

1.514.983.8236

ma@malallier.com

 

Laurence Vallerand

M-A L’Allier Public Relations

1.514.966.2972

laurence@malallier.com

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.