Ben Hayward cracks into Slalom World Cup final

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LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA – Ben Hayward of Edmonton had an impressive weekend as he broke into the final at the second ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Ljubljana, Slovakia.

Ben Hayward (file photo: Rfort Fotos)

Ben Hayward (file photo: Rfort Fotos)

Hayward stepped up his ranking significantly on Saturday after qualifying 31st in the heat on Friday. A fast and clean run in the semi-final landed him in sixth position heading into the top-ten final where a few touches landed him tenth.“My goal this year was to make a world cup final so I am pretty excited that it happened so early on in the race circuit,” said Hayward. “I think I was finally able to sort out my mental prep for these big races. Now it’s on to the next goal of bringing home a medal for Canada.”

Hayward and his three Canadian teammates will continue on to the third ICF World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic starting on Friday. World Cups 4 and 5 will take place in August and World Championships will be held in Maryland, USA in September.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 10th in final (109.98)
Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 34th in heat (125.56)
Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 41st in heats (112.21)
David Ford (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 46th in heats (114.69)

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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For more information:

James Cartwright

Slalom High Performance Manager, CanoeKayak Canada

613.715.0727 | 613.260.1818 x 2205