LIPTOVSKY MIKULAS, SLOVAKIA (June 21, 2018) – Canoe Kayak Canada’s top canoe slalom paddlers will be representing Canada at the first International Canoe Federation (ICF) World Cup of a series of five starting this weekend. The Canadian Team will be competing on Friday, June 22 until Sunday, June 24 in Liptovský Mikuláš in Slovakia.
“We have a great group of experienced and young paddlers on the team this year and I am confident our Canadian team will be able to achieve some great performances this weekend in Slovakia,” said James Cartwright, High Performance Manager at Canoe Kayak Canada. “The Canadian team has been preparing in Liptovský Mikuláš since last week and it’s now time to test that preparation.”
Liptovský Mikuláš is a small village in northern Slovakia near the Polish boarder. It is home to some of the best slalom athletes in the world including 1996 and 2008 Olympic Champion, Michal Martikan. Martikan will be racing this weekend in front of a home-town crowd.
The Canadian World Cup team was selected last May at the National Slalom Team trials held in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield in Québec. The team will first compete in Slovakia this weekend, followed by four other World Cup being held in Poland, Germany, Slovenia and Spain over the next few months.
World Cup #1
June 22 to 24 – Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
World Cup #2
June 29 to July 1 – Krakow, Poland
World Cup #3
July 6 to 8 – Augsburg, Germany
World Cup #4
August 31 to September 2 – Tacen, Slovenia (Canadian team not attending)
World Cup #5 – Final
September 7 to 9 – La Seu D’Urgell, Spain
You can get live results and all information by visiting the International Canoe Federation website. Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website to get more uptades and make sur to follow @PlanetCanoe and @CanoeKayakCAN for more live updates.
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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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