RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (October 1, 2018) – It was an exciting week for the Canadian canoe slalom team as they completed their 2018 season competing at the International Canoe Federation Canoe Slalom World Championships in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from September 25 to 30.
The Kayak crews were the first competing at this Championships. The men’s crew of Ben Hayward (Ottawa, ON), Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) and Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) placed 11thwhile the women’s crew of Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON), Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) and Hayley Daniels (Calgary, AB) placed 16th.
While Canada made top 20 in the Team Events, the single events were a little more challenging. Only Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) qualified a spot in the Semi-Finals putting down two quick runs in the Men’s C1 event, placing 21stin a strong competition.
“The course designers set a challenging race course for this year’s World Championships, there were a lot of tight offsets combinations,” said Canoe Kayak Canada’s Slalom High Performance Manager. “The team isn’t satisfied with our performance here in Rio and we know we need to be better next season. We’ve made some progress this year with more athletes making semis at World Cups but we are aiming much higher for Tokyo 2020”.
In the Extreme Slalom Events, Hayward almost made it to the Men’s Kayak big final placing 5thoverall in the semi-final. Maheu also showed a great performance placing 7thoverall, while Daniels was eliminated in the quarterfinals placing 16thoverall.
|Kayak (K1) Men Teams||11|
|Kayak (K1) Women Teams||16|
|Cameron SMEDLEY||Canoe (C1) Men – Semi Final||21|
|Spencer POMEROY||Canoe (C1) Men – Heats||43|
|Lois BETTERIDGE||Canoe (C1) Women – Heats||41|
|Hayley DANIELS||Canoe (C1) Women – Heats||43|
|Michael TAYLER||Kayak (K1) Men – Heats||49|
|Ben HAYWARD||Kayak (K1) Men – Heats||50|
EXTREME SLALOM EVENTS
|Ben HAYWARD||Kayak (K1) Men – Semi Final||5|
|Florence MAHEU||Kayak (K1) Women – Semi Final||7|
|Hayley DANIELS||Kayak (K1) Women – Quarterfinals||16|
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