Canoe slalom team winds up World Cup season

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AUGSBURG, GERMANY – Canada’s Canoe Slalom Team has finished the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Tour as competition comes to a close at the fifth venue in Augsburg, Germany.

Three athletes competed in semi-finals yesterday. Alexandra McGee of Ottawa finished fourteenth in Women’s C1. Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, ON was twenty-sixth in Men’s C1. Two missed gates cost Ben Hayward of Edmonton, AB two fifty second penalties to put him fortieth in Men’s K1.

David Ford of Edmonton and Michael Tayler of Ottawa joined Hayward for the Men’s K1 Team event in which three boats complete the course at the same time. The men’s team finished seventh.

Canada’s Women’s K1 team finished tenth today and the team was made up of Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB), Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC), and Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON).

After five World Cups, Ben Hayward holds Canada’s top result of the tour with a breakthrough seventh place finish at the third World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Canadian Team will return to Canada to compete at a Pan American Games Test Event taking place in Minden, ON next weekend followed by National Championships on the Madawaska River in Barry’s Bay, ON the weekend after. The grand finale of the slalom season will take place in North America this year with the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships being held at Deep Creek in Maryland, USA from September 17 to 21.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Alexandra McGee (Ottawa, ON) Women’s C1 14th in semi (143.52)
Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 26th in semi (106.86)
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 40th in semi (208.85)
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB)David Ford (Edmonton, AB)

Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)

Men’s Team Event  7th (117.44)
Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB)Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC)

Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON)

Women’s Team Event 10th (206.85)

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