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Pan American Championships & Continental Olympic Qualifier
The heat is on at Lake Lanier as sprint paddlers take their final shot at earning additional Olympic quota spots. Four-time Olympic medalist Adam van Koeverden will compete in the final on Friday and a win there will earn him a spot on the Canadian Olympic Team. For the others who will be chasing quota spots, this is the second step in the qualification process following National Team Trials two weeks ago. Depending on the number of spots qualified in each discipline, selections are likely to continue into World Cups and race-offs at National Team Trials 2 in Montreal.
In Men’s Canoe, a maximum of two additional quota spots can be earned. Depending on which events are qualified, assessments will go to World Cups to determine which event has the best international medal potential.
Men’s K2 can also earn a maximum of two quota spots between the K2 1000m and K2 200m. As long as at least one crew earns the quotas, World Cups will be used to make the decision based on international performance. In the case of the Men’s K2 200m, crew composition could change after World Cups.
For Women’s Kayak there is an opportunity to earn up to three additional athlete quota spots including the K1 200m and K2 500m. The athletes to fill those spots will likely be determined at race-offs at National Team Trials 2 in Montreal.
Athletes by Event
- Men’s K1 1000m – Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON)
- Men’s K2 1000m – Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) & Marshall Hughes (Waverley, NS)
- Men’s K2 200m – Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC) & Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS)
- Women’s K1 200m – Andréanne Langlois (Québec, QC)
- Women’s K2 500m – Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) & Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON)
- Men’s C1 1000m – Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON)
- Men’s C1 200m – Ben Tardioli (Ottawa, ON)
- Men’s C2 1000m – Paul Bryant & Roland Varga (Richmond Hill, ON)
The Pan American Championships will take place in conjunction with the Continental Qualifier and Canada also has a junior and senior team competing. Jessica MacDonald of Dartmouth, NS proudly carried the Canadian flag into the opening ceremonies.