Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to announce four athletes have been confirmed to the Freestyle Squirt team to represent Canada at the 2021 ICF Freestyle World Championships. The Worlds competition will be held in Nottingham, England, scheduled for July 13th to 17th.
Matt Hamilton (Ontario), Ian Thomson (Ontario), and Marc Richard (Nova Scotia) were selected to the Men’s team. Darlene Fair (British Columbia) was named to the Women’s team.
Team Trials were held virtually this year in early October, with rides being judged by the selection committee through video submission. Trevor L’Heureux served as the Canadian Freestyle Head Judge for the online trials. Lee Vincent, CKC Freestyle Committee Chair, and James Cartwright, CKC High Performance Manager, rounded out the selection committee.
“We are thrilled to be nominating these four athletes to our 2021 Freestyle World Championships team,” Commented James Cartwright. “2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and despite this we have been able to develop and implement a creative selection mechanism that avoids unnecessary travel and keeps our athletes safe. I want to congratulate the paddlers for their selection to team Canada and I wish them all their best preparations for the 2021 Worlds.”
More information about the Freestyle Squirt team can be found here.
Photo credit: Robyn Butler