Canadian Best Whitewater Paddlers Complete 2018 Canadian Championships in Kananaskis, Alberta

Canoe Slalom, Nationals
Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada

KANANASKIS, ALBERTA (August 8, 2018) – Canada’s top Whitewater paddlers completed last weekend the 2018 Canadian Whitewater Canoe Kayak Championships in Kananaskis, Alberta. More than 100athletes from across the country, withathletes competing inCanoe Slalom, Freestyle and Wildwater Classic and Sprintevents,for national titles.

The Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak Association, Alberta Freestyle Kayak Association and the Alberta Whitewater Association were delighted to host this multidiscipline Canadian Championship.

The event also servedas the team trials for the Canoe Freestyle 2019 Worlds Championships team that will compete at the World Championships in Spainnext summer. Slalom athletes also had the opportunity to race for international ranking points as the Championships was part of the International Canoe Federations (ICF) Ranking Series.

The Canoe Meadows facility and the Kananaskis River provided an ideal venue for such an event where participants were able to camp next to the river, paddle two full size international slalom courses and follow each run on a pedestrian friendly venue that gave family, visitors and competitors a great opportunity to watch the action close along the river.


Team Ontario win’s the Brian Creer Cup Title

Total points 212 126 258 81 24


“Home course advantage is a huge deal for whitewater competitions,” said James Cartwright, Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Manager. “It’s a big deal for Team Ontario to defend the Brian Creer title at the National Championships in Alberta.


Senior National Champions

Canoe Kayak Slalom

Gold Canoe Slalom Women’s K1 Florence Maheu Quebec
Silver Canoe Slalom Women’s K1 Lois Betteridge Ontario
Bronze Canoe Slalom Women’s K1 Haley Daniels Alberta


Gold Canoe Slalom Women’s C1 Lois Betteridge Ontario
Silver Canoe Slalom Women’s C1 Haley Daniels Alberta


Gold Canoe Slalom Men’s K1 Ben Hayward Alberta
Silver Canoe Slalom Men’s K1 Trevor Boyd Alberta
Bronze Canoe Slalom Men’s K1 Austin Atkins British Columbia


Gold Canoe Slalom Men’s C1 Cameron Smedley Ontario
Silver Canoe Slalom Men’s C1 Spencer Pomeroy Ontario
Bronze Canoe Slalom Men’s C1 Liam Smedley Ontario


Gold Canoe Slalom C2 Mixed Cameron Smedley/ Alison Smedley Ontario
Silver Canoe Slalom C2 Mixed Yannick Laviolette/Lois Betteridge Quebec/Ontario
Bronze Canoe Slalom C2 Mixed Finn Wakeling/Isabel Taylor British Columbia


Gold Canoe Slalom Men’s C2 Yannick Laviolette/Zachary Gaudreault Quebec


Kayak Freestyle

Gold Freestyle K1 Women Alex Maggs Ontario
Silver Freestyle K1 Women Katie Kowalski Ontario
Bronze Freestyle K1 Women Reneo Ohler Alberta


Gold Freestyle K1 Men Nick Troutman Ontario
Silver Freestyle K1 Men Devyn Scott Ontario
Bronze Freestyle K1 Men Kalem Kennedy Ontario


Gold Freestyle C1 Open Kalem Kennedy Ontario
Silver Freestyle C1 Open Yannick Laviolette Quebec
Bronze Freestyle C1 Open Mael Pronovost Yukon


Gold Freestyle OC1 Open Yannick Laviolette Quebec
Silver Freestyle OC1 Open Kalem Kennedy Ontario


Canoe Kayak Downriver Classic

Gold Downriver Classic K1 Women Reneo Ohler Alberta
Silver Downriver Classic K1 Women Florence Maheu Quebec
Bronze Downriver Classic K1 Women Alex Maggs Ontario


Gold Downriver Classic K1 Men Ben Hayward Alberta
Silver Downriver Classic K1 Men Warren Hastings Ontario
Bronze Downriver Classic K1 Men Nicholas Troutman Alberta


Gold Downriver Classic C1 Men Spencer Pomeroy Ontario
Silver Downriver Classic C1 Men Andy Parry Ontario
Bronze Downriver Classic C1 Men Cameron Smedley Ontario


Canoe Kayak Downriver Sprint

Gold Downriver Sprint K1 Women Florence Maheu Quebec
Silver Downriver Sprint K1 Women Reneo Ohler Alberta
Bronze Downriver Sprint K1 Women Luanda Pronovost Yukon


Gold Downriver Sprint K1 Men Ben Hayward Alberta
Silver Downriver Sprint K1 Men Nicholas Troutman Ontario
Bronze Downriver Sprint K1 Men Warren Hastings Ontario


Gold Downriver Sprint C1 Women Luanda Pronovost Yukon


Gold Downriver Sprint C1 Men Yannick Laviolette Quebec
Silver Downriver Sprint C1 Men Jakob Kryworuchko British Columbia
Bronze Downriver Sprint C1 Men James Risk Ontario


Gabriel Rivett-Carnac, an Ottawa based sports photographer, made the trip down to the Kananaski River in order to capture great moments from the event.

You can find more of his work on his official Facebook pageand by following @GabesImages on Instagram.


Crossroad Media Productionswere also on site producing a great video edit of the full event. Visit their Facebook page to watch it online.


Canoe Kayak Canada is still compiling final results and will be posting all final documents on the results page of the CKC Website soon.

Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s websiteto get more information and make sure to @CanoeKayakCANfor more live updates.

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About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) 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 TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.




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