HERTFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM (June 17, 2019) – Canadian slalom athletes competed in their first International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) Slalom World Cup event of the season from June 13th – June 16th. The competition was hosted at the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre, which was constructed for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The course was also home to the Canoe Slalom World Championships in 2015.
“I’m thrilled to see that our team started the World Cup season on a good note. This is a step in the right direction to have all four athletes advance to the semi – finals at a World Cup, something our team hasn’t accomplished is a long time,” said James Cartwright, Senior High Performance Manager and Coach Development at Canoe Kayak Canada. “I know the team will be looking to improve on this next weekend setting their sights on the finals in Bratislava.”
All four Canadian paddlers had excellent runs on Friday qualifying for the semi – finals. Later in the weekend, Cameron Smedley faced off against tough competition finishing 24th in the men’s C1 event, as did Lois Betteridge on the women’s side. Michael Tayler came 28th in the men’s K1 event, followed by Ben Hayward in 37th overall.
Full results list.
Tayler, Hayward and Betteridge will be heading to Bratislava, Slovakia this week to build upon their first World Cup experience and compete at the second World Cup at the Divoka Voda Whitewater Park.
2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 2
Wednesday June 19 (12:15pm to 12:41pm EST)
Friday June 21 (3:00am to 12:41pm EST)
Saturday June 22 (3:00am to 7:12am EST)
Sunday June 23 (3:00am to 10:15am EST)
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