Freestyle Teams

Senior Men’s K1

Senior Women’s K1

Junior Men’s K1

Junior Women’s K1

Men’s C1

Open C1

Men’s Squirt Boat

Women’s Squirt Boat

Luanda Pronovost

Whitehorse, YT

Birthdate: September 15th, 2003

Hometown: Whitehorse, Yukon


Hunter Vincent

Whitehorse, YT

Birthdate: August 3rd, 2003

Hometown: Whitehorse, Yukon

Hunter started kayaking at the age of 7 and has been hooked on the sport ever since. He has competed in slalom, downriver and freestyle over the last four years and found that Freestyle is what he loves best. Hunter has trained and competed across North America and has also been lucky to travel and kayak with his family in Mexico, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Level Six, Salus Marinewear, Aquabatics


Cole Oruski

Canmore, AB

Birthdate: December 14th, 2002

Hometown: Canmore, Alberta

Cole grew up paddling on the Kananaskis river near Canmore, Alberta. Cole enjoys playing  around on the waves, on a hot summer day.


Luke Pomeroy

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: June 29th, 2001

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario


Maël Pronovost

Whitehorse, YT

Birthdate: July 3rd, 2001

Hometown: Whitehorse, Yukon


Darlene Fair

Hometown: Kamloops, British Columbia

Sports: Freestyle Kayak and Squirt

Competition Experience

  • 1994 Western Canadian Freestyle Team Trials, Darlene qualified for the National Team in both Women’s K1 and Women’s Squirt
  • 1995 Darlene competed at the  World Championships in Augsburg, Germany in both K1 and Squirt
  • 1996 Western Canadian Freestyle Team Trials, Darlene qualified in Women’s Squirt
  • 1997 Darlene competed at the World Championships in Ottawa, Canada in the Women’s Squirt event
  • 1998 Western Canadian Team Trials, Darlene qualified in both Women’s K1 and Women’s Squirt


Ian Thomson

Birthdate: March 7th, 1967

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Ian started paddling at the age of 16 when a visionary high school math teacher and swim coach encouraged a band of interested kids give up their March break in order to make their own fiberglass kayaks out of a club old and learn to slalom paddle.  They competed in a few races around Ontario.  After years of developing his skills in kayak, C1 and canoe he became fascinated with what was then called ‘Rodeo’ and began to compete at the very inception of the sport.  He has competed in New Zealand as the Canadian C1 champion placing tenth overall.  After the upcoming Worlds Ian will have represented Canada in all four disciplines of the sport.  His early exposure to kayak building helped him develop his own cutting edge competition boats, some of which were pivotal to the development of freestyle paddling and boat design.  More recently Ian has discovered the joy of squirt boating and devotes most of his on water time to exploring the depths of the sport.  Ian enjoys traveling and paddling with his wife and teenage son and is looking forward to a Caledonian adventure with them next summer.


Joey Hitchins

Beachburg, ON

Birthdate: June 3rd, 1980

Hometown: Beachburg, Ontario


Pierce Huser

Birthdate: September 30, 1999

Hometown: Kamloops, BC

His parents taught him to kayak and he started paddling down rivers at 9 years of age. He says getting into paddling has been his best decision to date.


Sponsors: NRS Canada


Nick Troutman

Birthdate: October 20 1988
Hometown: Beachburg, ON
Sport: Kayak Freestyle

Nick started kayaking in 2003 at the age of 13. He was immediately hooked on the sport of freestyle and competing. He started his first competition 3 weeks after first learning to kayak and placed 2nd to last. Though this only drove him harder, the following year, Nick earned his first place on the Canadian Team and finished 4th at the Pre- worlds. He then went on to win several titles while being able to travel the world with his kayak, some of which include, Canadian national champion, North American champion, Pan American Champion, World Cup Champion, and World Champion.Nick is a proud father of two, and continues to kayak the world, traveling and competing.

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Adidas, GoPro



  • Silver medal, 2015 World Championships
  • Gold medal, 2009 World Championships
  • Bronze medal, 2007 World Championships


Alex Maggs

Birthdate: May 15, 1994
Hometown: Ottawa ON
Sport: Kayak Freestyle

Alex is the Canadian Senior Women’s Freestyle Champion and has been kayaking for 15 years. She started at the age of 5 with her family and the Guelph Kayak Club. She grew up paddling the Ottawa river every summer and the Elora gorge in between. Her first freestyle competition was in 2010 where she placed 2nd in the Junior Women’s category. In 2013 she was the first woman to run the Fish Hatchery Top Drop race at MACKfest. She has also done well in the Hell Or High Water races in Petawawa and placed 2nd in the creek boat division in 2014. This year she placed first in the Rouge River Challenge with partner Jessica Droujko.

Alex is a current member of 3 whitewater clubs in Ontario. She has been a member of the winning club at the King of Clubs competition on the Ottawa river 4 of 6 years. Three of those years with the Guelph Kayak Club and once with the Carleton University Kayak Club. She is also a member of the Coureurs de Bois. Alex is in her third year of studying Chemistry at the University of Ottawa and helping to start a Kayak Polo Club there.

Sponsors: Guelph Kayak Club


Katie Kowalski

Birthdate: April 15, 1991
Hometown: Beachburg, Ontario
Residence: Kamloops, British Columbia
Kayak Club: Ottawa Kayak School
Sport: Freestyle kayaking

Katie has been kayaking since the age of thirteen, and has kayaked in many countries all over the world; US, Switzerland, Australia, Mexico, Chile and China and has competed at three World Championships to date. Currently making the National Team for forth time, training hard to compete at the World Championships on her home river in August 2015.

When she is not training, she is working towards a degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC and enjoying her time in the mountains. In the summers Katie also works as a whitewater raft guide on the Ottawa River, and a whitewater kayak instructor.


Kalem Kennedy

Pembroke, ON

Birthdate: June 1, 1998
Hometown: Pembroke, ON
Sport: Freestyle K1, OC1, Squirt Boat

Kalem has been paddling for about 6 years and thought this was a sport that would be fun to continue with considering the Ottawa River is only 15 minutes from his house. He participated in the Keener Program offered by Ottawa Kayak School for a few years and was coached by some of the best paddlers in the World. He found himself on the Canadian Junior Freestyle team in 2012 and competed at World’s in 2013 in North Carolina. He had a great time and finished out the week in 13th place and top ranked Canadian at the competition.

This past year , Kalem took part in the Canada Cup Pre-World’s / Canadian Team Trials and placed third over all and second in Canada. He finds it very exciting to be part of the team especially because his river will host the 2015 ICF World’s Freestyle Kayaking competition on the Ottawa River. Another special part of this event while be that his brother Quinton will also being competing as he finished first at the Canada Cup. Quinton has been his paddling partner since day one and they head out each Spring as soon as the ice is off the river and paddle into the Fall till they can’t feel their fingers.

Kalem is pumped for World’s and is looking forward to training hard and being as ready as possible to compete and to make the Ottawa Valley proud.

Sponsors: Titan, Level 6, Hunt Club Volkswagen


Marc Richard

Birthdate: Nov 23rd, 1965
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Sport: Squirt


Marc has been paddling for fun and teaching kayaking in Nova Scotia for over twenty years. A member of the Canadian Freestyle Team since 2007 with 2 National titles and two top ten finishes at the World Championships. Currently the director of Kayak Instruction for Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia and running his own business called Kayak Nova Scotia.

Marc is motivated by the joy of being on and in the water, from quiet pools to giant ocean waves. He is growing stronger with each competition, pushing his limits and tempers the challenges of being the oldest member of the team with words of one of freestyle paddling’s greatest pioneers Jim Synder… “If you’re having fun, then you’re doing as well as anyone ever has.” Mark is excited to be part of such an amazing group of athletes and returning to the Ottawa River for 2015 World Championships at Wilderness Tours, where he first learned to paddle with Champions like Ken Whiting, Eric Jackson and Perry McGregor.


Matt Hamilton

Birthdate: December 18 1975
Hometown: Foresters Falls Ontario
Sport: Squirt

Matt has been paddling for 30 years; he is a 4 times national Freestyle team member. He is also a CKC learning facilitator.

His best international result: 11th in 2000 in Sort Spain

Level 6, Smith Optics, Pyranha Kayaks, Werner Paddles.