Benus and Funk win 2nd stop of Canoe Slalom World Cup Circuit

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Haley Daniels (photo by Balint Vekassy)

AUGSBURG, GERMANY (June 25, 2017) – Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) finished 27th overall in the men’s C1 semi-final in the second round of the Canoe Slalom World Cup circuit. Smedley incurred four seconds in penalties after hitting 2 of the 24 gates on the course, which was designed by Alex Kuder (SLO) and Michael Trummer (GER). Slovenia’s Matej Benus demonstrated speed and elegance, posting a penalty free run with a time of 104.90 seconds in the final to take first place. Local paddlers Sideris Tasiadis and Franz Anton placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

“Cam had a solid race plan and he got off to a great start up at the Washing Machine at the top the Eiskanal,” said James Cartwright, Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Manager. “The top athletes are really pushing hard to cut the lines now to make up time and a slight miscalculation can result in big time loss. Unfortunately, Cam bounced off the wall pushing into gate 17 which cost him 4 seconds. We’ll move on to Markleeberg now to prepare for the next World Cup.”

Germany’s Ricarda Funk defended her home course advantage and placed first overall. No other

paddlers where able to match her time in either the semi-final or final run. Slovakia’s Jana Dukatova and Slovenia’s Ursa Kragelj placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Canada had several high finishes in the Extreme Slalom. Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) and Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) finished 10th and 13th respectively on the women’s side, while Smedley came in 15th in the men’s event.

Sunday’s finals will be webcast on CBC’s digital platforms including the CBC Sports app and CBC Sports is the Official Broadcast Partner of Canoe Kayak Canada.

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Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s Extreme Slalom 15th
Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON) Men’s Extreme Slalom DSQ-R
Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) Women’s Extreme Slalom 10th
Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) Women’s Extreme Slalom 13th
Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 Slalom 27th
Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON) Men’s C1 Slalom 44th
Liam Smedley (Ottawa, ON) Men’s C1 Slalom 46th
Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) Women’s C1 Slalom 36th
Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 Slalom DSQ-R
Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) Women’s K1 Slalom 47th
Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) Women’s K1 Slalom 61st

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada 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.


For more information:

James Cartwright,

High Performance Manager

613.715 0727