Canada finishes Pan Am Canoe Championships with 26 medals

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GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA (May 22, 2016) – The Pan American Canoe Sprint Championships concluded today on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. Canada managed to add to its medal count in the final few races to bring its total to 26 over the four-day competition.

The Senior Women’s K4 500m crew of Lissa Bissonnette (Sherbrooke, QC), Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS), Jewelia Orlick (Chelsea, QC) and Grace Whebby (Dartmouth, NS) started the day off with a gold medal. Jessica MacDonald (Dartmouth, NS) and Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent (Trois-Rivières) also earned a gold in the Junior Women’s C2 200m.

Olivier Courchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC) and Aidan Messenger (Oakville, ON) earned a bronze medal in the Junior Men’s K2 200m. Marc Tarling (Pointe-Claire, QC) won a bronze in the Senior Men’s C1 500m and Jillian Perrone (Oakville, ON) won bronze in the Senior Women’s C1 500m.




Summary of Results

Athlete(s) Event Result
Lissa Bissonnette (Sherbrooke, QC)

Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS)

Jewelia Orlick (Chelsea, QC)

Grace Whebby (Dartmouth, NS)

Senior Women’s K4 500m 1st

Gold medal

Jessica MacDonald (Dartmouth, NS)

Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent (Trois-Rivières)

Junior Women’s C2 200m 1st

Gold medal

Olivier Courchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC)

Aidan Messenger (Oakville, ON)

Junior Men’s K2 200m 3rd

Bronze medal

Marc Tarling (Pointe-Claire, QC) Senior Men’s C1 500m 3rd

Bronze medal

Jillian Perrone (Oakville, ON) Senior Women’s C1 500m 3rd

Bronze medal

Tess Peterman (Chelsea, QC)

Jillian Perrone (Oakville, ON)

Senior Women’s C2 200m 4th
Jane Girgulis (Calgary, AB)

Jewelia Orlick (Chelsea, QC)

Junior Women’s K2 200m 4th
Aidan Messenger (Oakville, ON) Senior Men’s K1 500m 7th


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Ian Miller
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