Canadian Junior Team Wins 12 Gold Medals at the 2017 Pan American Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships

Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada


IBARRA, ECUADOR (Oct. 15, 2017) – It has been a successful weekend for the Canadian team at the Pan American Championships as the team brings home a total of 12 gold, 5 silver, and 9 bronze medals.

“All of the athletes arrived well prepared and delivered solid performances all weekend,” said Li-Yue Grenier, coach of the women’s kayak team for this competition. “They got more and more motivated with every day of the competition and got very excited for the last day of the sprints, where they showed what they were capable of,” she added.

500 meters
On Saturday, athletes competed in the 500 meter events. Once again, Sophia Jensen (Cascades, QC) dominated the C1 women’s race, as did Ashley Card (Maskwa, NS) in the women’s K1.

The women’s K4 of Ashley Card, Grace Whebby (Mic Mac, NS), Corinna Higgins (Pointe-Clair, QC) and Adrianna Lilley Osende (Mic Mac, NS) came second, as did Kate Pennyfather (Burloak, ON) and Marlee MacIntosh (Maskwa, NS) in the women’s C2 race. Also in the women’s category, Whebby and Higgins’ K2 crew earned a bronze medal. Palmer Lumb (Balmy Beach, ON) also brought home a bronze medal in the men’s K1 race.

200 meters
On Sunday, the athletes took part in their last races, the fast-paced 200 meter distance. Canadians dominated the sprints as Jensen and Whebby won the women’s C1 and K1 respectively, and Isaac Finkelstein (Rideau, ON) and Lumb won the same men’s events.

Paracanoe athletes also competed in the 200m events on Sunday. In the men’s event, Zach Fitzgerald (Sherbrooke, QC) finished 3rd in the KL3 event and Trinity Tratch (Calgary, AB) picked up the third position in the VL2 event. In the momen’s event, Erica Scarff (Balmy Beach, ON) won the gold medal in the VL3 race and silver in the KL3 race.

A complete list of our athletes’ results can be found on the Canoe Kayak Canada website:


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