Canada Qualifies First Slalom Boat for Tokyo 2020

Canoe Slalom, World Championships
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LA SEU D’URGEL, SPAIN (September 28, 2019) – Team Canada qualified the C1 boat for Tokyo 2020 today at the ICF Slalom World Championships.

Rio Olympian and 2015 Pan Am Games silver medallist, Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) finished 9th in the semifinals to secure an Olympic quota spot in the C1 event and book his ticket into the finals – a first for Canada in the C1 event since 2002.

“I’m thrilled to be racing in the finals today and wrap up the Olympic quota for Tokyo,” said Smedley. “I executed my race plan to the best of my ability in the semifinal when the pressure was on.”

Smedley raced a strong final today finishing an outstanding 9th overall in the world – a top international performance for Canada in the C1 event.

“I made a few mistakes in the finals but I learned a lot today and this will help me execute my race plan even better next summer.”

Tune in for the last day of competition tomorrow with Team Canada set for K1 semi-final action and another opportunity to qualify for Tokyo 2020.


2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships


Sunday September 29 (8:30am to 1:30pm local time) (2:30am to 7:30am EST)



Szeged, Hungary – MAP

How to follow:

All races will be available to watch on Planet Canoe’s YouTube here, as well as on CBC Sports here.

Visit the event website here.

The Canadian entries are listed below.


Event Crew
K1 Men Ben Hayward
K1 Men Michael Tayler
K1 Men Trevor Boyd
K1 Women Florence Maheu
K1 Women Lois Betteridge
C1 Men Cameron Smedley
C1 Men Spencer Pomeroy
C1 Women Lois Betteridge
C1 Women Haley Daniels
Team Event
K1M Hayward, Tayler, Boyd
K1W Maheu, Betteridge, Daniels


To view Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team Criteria, click here.

Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website to get more information and make sure to follow @PlanetCanoe and @CanoeKayakCAN for more live updates.

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