CKC names Sprint Paddling Teams for 2021 International Events

Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada

Ottawa, ON (March 24, 2021) – Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is thrilled to announce the roster of sprint paddlers nominated to compete in the 2021 international sprint events. Twenty-seven athletes (listed below) will be headed to World Cup events in Szeged, Hungary, and Barnaul, Russia.

Representing Canada at the 2021 Under-23 World Championships in Portugal, are Sophia Jensen (Cascades), Julia Lilley Osende (Mic Mac Aquatic Canoe Club) and Laurent Lavigne (Club de canoe-kayak de Trois Rivieres).

All nominations are based on performances at the CKC Olympic and Paralympic trials held in Burnaby BC earlier this month. Additional internal selections will continue at World Cup events in May and this summer back on home soil. Dates and locations are still to be determined.

While the Canadian Sprint Olympic and Paralympic selection continues through the World Cup season and final Olympic qualifiers this spring, six athletes have already booked their tickets to Tokyo. The following qualified athletes include: Katie Vincent in C1, Andreanne Langlois, Alanna Bray-Lougheed, Michelle Russell, and Madeleine Schmidt in K4, and Andrea Nelson in Para Canoe. These athletes will compete at World Cup events and will ultimately be nominated to the Canadian Olympic Committee when the final Olympic and Paralympic teams are confirmed.

“With the World Cup season on the horizon and Olympic spots still on the line it will be interesting for everyone to gauge their performance level after a long hiatus away from competing,” said Chief Technical Officer, Graham Barton. “I am confident our athletes have prepared well despite the Covid restrictions they have had to navigate for the last several months and personally I think everyone is excited to experience international racing again.”

Below are the nominated Canadian sprint international teams:

Nominations to the World Cup
Andréanne Langlois Club de canoe-kayak de Trois Rivieres
Alanna Bray-Lougheed Burloak Canoe Club
Brian Malfesi Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club
Connor Fitzpatrick Senobe Aquatic Club
Courtney Stott Balmy Beach Canoe Club
Dominik Crête Club de canoe-kayak de Trois Rivieres
Julia Lilley Osende Mic Mac Aquatic Canoe Club
Katie Vincent Mississauga Canoe Club
Laurence Vincent Lapointe Club de canoe-kayak de Trois Rivieres
Laurent Lavigne Club de canoe-kayak de Trois Rivieres
Lissa Bissonnette Club de canoe Pointe-Claire
Madeleine Schmidt Rideau Canoe Club
Mark De Jonge Maskwa Aquatic Club
Michelle Russell Cheema Aquatic Club
Natalie Davison Rideau Canoe Club
Nick Matveev Balmy Beach Canoe Club
Pierre-Luc Poulin Club de canoe-kayak Lac-Beauport
Roland Varga Richmond Hill Canoe Club
Simon McTavish Mississauga Canoe Club
Sophia Jensen Cascades
Vincent Jourdenais Club de canoe-kayak de Trois Rivieres
U23 Worlds
Laurent Lavigne Club de canoe-kayak de Trois Rivieres
Julia Lilley Osende Mic Mac Aquatic Canoe Club
Sophia Jensen Cascades
Erica Scarff Mississauga Canoe Club
Andrea Nelson Balmy Beach Canoe Club
Brianna Hennesey Ottawa River Canoe Club
Gabe Ferron-Bouius Rideau Canoe Club
Mathieu St. Pierre Club de canotage du Shawinigan
Mike Trauner Ottawa River Canoe Club


*An additional athlete in the men’s C1 1000m will be added to this roster following the outcome of the postponed Olympic trials final – timing and location tbd.

To learn more about the status of Tokyo qualifications for Canadian sprint paddlers, click here.

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