Cameron Smedley slides into semi-final in Prague

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Cameron Smedley slides into semi-final in Prague

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (June 16, 2017) – Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) opened the first ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague by qualifying for Sunday’s semi-finals. Smedley placed 28th overall in the preliminary heat of the Men’s C1. Heavy winds and cooler temperatures in the afternoon presented challenging racing conditions in a sport where precision and speed are critical. A top-ten result in the semi-final Sunday morning will put him through to the afternoon final. Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON) and Yannick Laviolette (St-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC) placed 43rd and 58th respectively.

Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) produced Canada’s top women’s kayak result, placing 43rd overall in Friday’s preliminary heats. Salaberry-de-Valleyfield’s Florence Maheu, racing in her first season as a member of the Senior National Team, was close behind in 44th position. Maheu produced a quick run but incurred two touches to knock her out of contention for the semi-final. Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) finished 65th overall.

“This was a strong field, and I know that I have the speed to make it to the semi-final, but I need to deliver a clean run,” said Maheu. “I’m happy with my run time, but frustrated that I touched gate 21. Afterwards I lost my focus on the last gate sequence near the finish line.”

Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) placed 36th and Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) finished 42nd in the heats for Women’s C1, which was recently added to the program for the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. A top-thirty result was needed to advance to the semi-finals.

Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON) and Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON) placed 72nd and 69th respectively using this first international event to build experience in preparation for the U23 and Junior World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia later this summer.

“The race today was okay. I executed my race plan on my first run and my strategy on my second run was to race more aggressively to gain some time. Unfortunately, I picked up three touches which resulted in a slower run” said Musgrave. “Overall, it was a good learning experience giving me something to build on and aim to deliver a strong performance in Bratislava at the U23 World Championships.”

This weekend’s races will be webcast on CBC’s digital platforms. CBC Sports is the Official Broadcast Partner of Canoe Kayak Canada.

CBC webcast times – watch online at or via the CBC Sports app.

  • Saturday at 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Sunday at 1:30 p.m. EST


Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 28th in heat
Advanced to semifinal
Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON) Men’s C1 43rd in heat
Did not advance
Yannick Laviolette (St-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC) Men’s C1 58th in heat
Did not advance
Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) Women’s C1 36th in heat
Did not advance
Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) Women’s C1 42nd in heat
Did not advance
Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 69th in heat
Did not advance
Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 72nd in heat
Did not advance
Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) Women’s K1 43rd in heat
Did not advance
Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield) Women’s K1 44th in heat
Did not advance
Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) Women’s K1 65th in heat
Did not advance


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