Betteridge and Maheu qualify for semi-finals at U23 Slalom Worlds

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KRAKOW, POLAND (July 14, 2016) – Two Canadian athletes have advanced to the semi-finals at the ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships in Krakow, Poland. Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) placed twelfth overall on her first run in the U23 Women’s C1 to advance to tomorrow’s semi-final.

“I’m really proud of my run, I feel that I raced to my potential,” said Betteridge. “My race plan was to stay calm and happy, and I did just that. I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring but I’m excited.”

Betteridge will need a top-10 result in tomorrow’s semi to put her through to the afternoon final. Betteridge doubled up on events and also raced in the U23 Women’s K1 where she finished 44th.

Teammate Florence Maheu (Salaberry-De-Valleyfield, QC) did get through to semi-finals in the U23 Women’s K1.

“I am very satisfied with my day,” said Maheu. “I did a very competitive time being in the top-10 on my second run, so I think it’s possible for me to qualify for the final. That’s my goal.”

On her second run, Maheu finished 28th place overall in the opening heats and will race the semi-final on Sunday.

“Florence and Lois have shown the quality of our up and coming women’s team,” said coach Michael Holroyd from Krakow. “’It’s been a great trip, especially for the first timers who have gained valuable experience.”

A full summary of results for the 17-athlete team is shown below. Competition continues through to Sunday with semi-finals, finals and team runs.

Full Results

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Summary of Results

Athlete Event Rank in heats
Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) C1W U23 12th

Advanced to semi-final

Florence Maheu (Salaberry-De-Valleyfield, QC) K1W U23 28th

Advanced to semi-final

Willa Mason (Chelsea, QC) C1W U23 29th
Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) C1M U23 34th
Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK) C1W Junior 34th
Hannah Penner (Salaberry-De-Valleyfield, QC) K1W Junior 36th
Pelly Vincent-Braun (Whitehorse, YK) C1M Junior 38th
Yannick Laviolette (Salaberry-De-Valleyfield, QC) C1M U23 44th
Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) K1W U23 44th
Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK) K1W U23 47th
Benjamin Risk (Ottawa, ON) C1M Junior 53rd
Ryley Penner (Lundbreck, AB) K1M U23 57th
Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON) K1M Junior 57th
Trevor Boyd (Calgary, AB) K1M Junior 59th
Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON) K1M U23 61st
Jocelyn Taylor (Calgary, AB) K1W Junior 62nd
Reneo Ohler (Calgary, AB) K1W Junior 64th
Darius Ramrattan (Innisfail, AB) K1M U23 73rd
Sheamus O’Connell (Ottawa, ON) K1M Junior 79th


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