Canoe Slalom Team wraps up World Cup Tour

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PAU, FRANCE – The Canadian canoe slalom team has wrapped up their World Cup season after five competitions in Europe.

David Ford finished thirty-first in the semi-final of Men’s K1 at the fifth ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Pau, France on Saturday.

Women’s K1 preliminary runs also took place on Saturday. Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) finished forty-first, Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) was forty-sixth and Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC) came in sixtieth. The three women also teamed up for the Women’s K1 Team event on Sunday where they finished eighth overall.

Ben Hayward had Canada’s top result of the five World Cups with a tenth place finish in Men’s K1 at World Cup 4 in La Seu D’Urgell, Spain.

The World Championships in London will wrap up the slalom season from September 16 to 20. The World Championships will serve as an opportunity for teams to earn quota spots for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. One Olympic quota spot will be given to each team placing in the top fifteen nations for K1 events, top ten nations for Men’s C1 and top eight nations for Men’s C2. From there, one additional continental quota spot per event will be allocated based on the results of the continental qualifier which ran during the Pan American Games in Minden, ON. CanoeKayak Canada will send a team of nine athletes to London to contend for Olympic Quota spots.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
David Ford (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 31st in semi
Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) Women’s K1 41st in heats
Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) Women’s K1 46th in heats
Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC) Women’s K1 60th in heats
Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC), Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC), Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) Women’s K1 Team Event 8th overall
Friday Results
Alexandra McGee (Ottawa, ON) Women’s C1 22nd in heats
Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) Women’s C1 26th in heats
Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 52nd in heats
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 69th in heats
Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 68th in heats
Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 DNF


Full Results

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Ian Miller
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