BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA (July 18, 2017) – Canada’s top young slalom paddlers are gearing up for the biggest competition of the season at the ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. Thirteen Canadian athletes are racing this week on a challenging 23-gate race course.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our emerging athletes to compete against the best in the world, and a critical step in the athlete development pathway,” said James Cartwright, Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Manager. “We’ve pulled together a team of three provincial coaches and the National Team Head Coach to support our athletes throughout the three-week European training camp and competition.”
Canada’s next generation of canoe slalom athletes from Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan will take advantage of a rare opportunity to compete on a world-class artificial course against top international racers.
Team Canada hopes to see several athletes advancing to the semi-final competitions as a stepping stone to eventual success at the Senior World Championships, the Olympics and Paralympics.
Day 1 Summary
Ottawa’s Ben Risk and St-Louis-de-Gonzague’s Yannick Laviolette placed 45th and 46th respectively in the Mens U23 C1. Ottawa’s Liam Smedley finished 54th after being awarded a 50-second penalty on the last gate.
Canadian athletes will be racing from July 18th to July 20th. The full results from the competition are available here.
Summary of Canadians Competition Schedule
About Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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