IVREA, ITALY (July 23, 2018) – After a week competing at the 2018 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships in Italy, the Canadian Slalom team comes home with a fourth place in the U23 Mixed C2 event.
Lois Betteridge (Ontario) and Yannick Laviolette (Québec) showed a great performance at the World Championships by taking the fourth place in the C2 event behind Spain, Russia and China.
“To finish second in the semi was an amazing feeling”, explained Betteridge and Laviolette. “We went into the final feeling pretty well and then, repeating a nice and clean run in the final was even better. We are looking forward to more racing as crew in the future!”
Betteridge, who was competing in both the Women’s C1 and K1 events, also qualified in the U23 Women’s C1 semi-final, but did not make it into the final. The rest of Canadian team, which was composed of some young athletes, had some great races during the week-end and learned a lot from this international experience.
“I think our athletes will have learned some important lessons about training and racing in Europe over the last weeks,” said Canoe Kayak Canada’s High Performance Manager, James Cartwright. “Their next task is putting those lessons into action and battling for top honours at our National Championships in Alberta”.
Canadian’s top Slalom and Whitewater paddlers are now on their way to Kananaskis, Alberta for the 2018 Canadian Whitewater Canoe Kayak Championships. The event will take place on the Kananaskis River from August 2 to 6.
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Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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