OTTAWA, ONTARIO (July 26, 2019) – Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) and the Marathon Canoe Racing Council (MCRC) is pleased to announce Patrick Bilewicz and Andrew Fanok as the two athletes who will be representing Canada at the 2019 ICF Marathon World Championships in Shaoxing, China from October 17th to 20th.
Bilewicz (Pickering, ON) and Fanok (Scarborough, ON) were selected as the members of the Canadian team following the Ontario World Marathon Trials which were held in conjunction with the Ontario Marathon Canoe Kayak Racing Association’s (OMCKRA) 41st annual Marsh Mash Canoe Race. The race took place on May 18th, 2019, on the Holland Marsh and Fraser Creek near Bradford, Ontario. Fanok finished the 24km race with a time of 1 hour and 59 minutes, followed by Bilewicz who finished in 2 hours and 8 minutes.
Both Bilewicz and Fanok will be racing in the junior men K1 events as well as together in the junior men K2 event at the World Championships.
“This event will expand these athletes’ paddling experience and teamwork as they compete against the best in their respective category,” said Kristoffer Archibald, Chair of CKC’s Marathon Canoe Racing Council (MCRC). “CKC’s Marathon community will be cheering for these two athletes!”
This is the second time the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships is being held in Asia, with the first being in Singapore in 2011.
“We are very excited to represent Canada at our very first international competition, added Bilewicz and Fanok. “We have been working extremely hard to get here and are going to make this a memorable experience!”
2019 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships
October 17th – October 20th 2019
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