CanoeKayak Canada names Slalom Junior and Under 23 Team

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OTTAWA – CanoeKayak Canada is proud to officially name its Junior and Under 23 National Slalom Team for the 2015 competitive season. The team will compete at next year’s ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil taking place from April 22 to 24, 2015.

Selections to the team are based on the results of the National Championships which took place at the Madawaska Kanu Centre in Barry’s Bay, ON at the end of August. The team has been finalized by the Slalom High Performance Committee based on the application of performance standards and additional considerations. Athletes on the team come from all over Canada and will be training hard back on the whitewater of their hometowns and at training camps to prepare to represent Canada on the World stage next year. Gaining this type of international race experience will go a long way in helping these up-and-coming athletes develop into top senior-level racers. CanoeKayak Canada has also named a Junior National Development Team based on the next tier of athletes who have met the performance standards.

Under 23 Team

Men’s K1

Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)

Ryley Penner (Lundbreck, AB)

Adrian Cole (Calgary, AB)

Women’s K1

Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC)

Florence Maheu (Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC)

Men’s C1

Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

Yannick Laviolette (Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC)

Zachary Zwanenburg (Cornwall, ON)

Women’s C1

Alexandra McGee (Ottawa, ON)

Junior Team

Men’s K1

Maxime Leboeuf (Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC)

Darius Ramrattan (Innisfail, AB)

Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON)

Women’s K1

Hannah Penner (Lundbreck, AB)

Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK)

Natasha O’Connell (Ottawa, ON)

Men’s C1

Ben Risk (Ottawa, ON)

Pelly Vincent-Braun (Whitehorse, YK)

Cole Gerber (Pincher Creek, AB)

Women’s C1

Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK)

Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)

Willa Mason (Chelsea, QC)

Junior National Development Team

Men’s K1

Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON)

Jeremy Tian (Ottawa, ON)

Sheamus O’Connell (Ottawa, ON)

Nicolas Blouin-Leclerc (Beaupré, QC)

Maksym Kryworuchko (Saskatoon, SK)

Tyler Gerber (Pincher Creek, AB)

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