Canadian Canoe Slalom Team to kick off season Down Under

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Slalom Australia 1OTTAWA – CanoeKayak Canada’s slalom team will splash up a big start to its international competition season in Penrith, Australia at the 2014 ICF Junior and Under 23 World Championships.

Thirteen up-and-coming athletes from across Canada will compete from April 23 to 27. The team was selected at National Team Trials last season. Headliners in the U23 events include 2012 Olympian Michael Tayler and Senior National Team athletes Thea Froehlich, Jazmyne Denhollander, Liam Smedley and Alexandra McGee. In Junior events, Zachary Zwanenburg will race K1 and C1 men’s events while Kylie Zirk will do the same in women’s events.

Preliminary runs take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Semi-finals, finals and team events will take place Friday through Sunday.Slalom Australia 2

Schedules and Results 

Slalom Teams 

U23 Men’s K1

Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)

Adrian Cole (Calgary, AB)

Junior Men’s K1

Zachary Zwanenburg (Cornwall, ON)Slalom Australia 3

Ryley Penner (Lundbreck, AB)

Maxime Leboeuf (Valleyfield, QC)

U23 Women’s K1

Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON)

Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC)

Florence Maheu (Valleyfield, QC)

Junior Women’s K1

Hannah Penner (Lundbreck, AB)

Natasha O’Connell (Ottawa, ON)

Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK)

U23 Men’s C1

Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

Michael Tayler

Yannick Laviolette (Valleyfield, QC)   (Ottawa, ON)

Junior Men’s C1

Zachary Zwanenburg (Cornwall, ON)

U23 Women’s C1

Alexandra McGee (Ottawa, ON)

Junior Women’s C1

Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK)


Michal Staniszewski (National Team Coach)

James Cartwright (High Performance Manager)

Mike Holroyd (Coach)

Sylvie Lebel (Assistant Team Manager)

CanoeKayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. The organization’s vision is to be a Canadian sport for families, communities and champions. From supporting clubs to developing a competitive National Team, CanoeKayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.


Media Contact:

Ian Miller

Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada