Gauthier and Scarff paddle through final stage of Paralympic qualification

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MONTRÉAL, QC (June 26, 2016) –Christine Gauthier (Pointe-Claire, QC) and Erica Scarff (Toronto, ON) both competed today at the Sprint Canoe Kayak Team Trials in Montreal, QC to wrap up the Canadian selection process for the first Paralympic Games to ever include Paracanoe events. Both won their classes uncontested and have qualified Paralympic quota spots in their events. Canoe Kayak Canada will present its team selected for the Olympic and Paralympic Games tomorrow in Montreal.

In Men’s Paracanoe events, Trinity Tratch (Calgary, AB) won his category while Zacharie Lauziere-Fitzgerald (Sherbrooke, QC) also won his. 

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) repeated a win in the second final of the Senior Women’s C1 200m. Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) finished a close second in the C1 200m, but later in the day beat out Vincent-Lapointe by winning the C1 500m.

Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) won the Senior Men’s K1 500m. The trials include carding races to assess athletes for Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program, as well as selection races for the Junior and Under 23 World Championships.

In Junior events, Lucas Turnbull (Toronto, ON) won the Men’s C1 500m while Isaac Finkelstein (Ottawa, ON) was a close second. The two paired in the Junior Men’s C2 1000m to take the top spot. Olivier Courchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC) won the Junior Men’s K1 500m and Emily Hannah Little (Oakville, ON) won the Junior Women’s C1 500m.

In U23 events, Drew Hodges (Ottawa, ON) and Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS) repeated a win from National Team Trials 1 to take the top spot in the Men’s C2 1000m. Maxence Beauchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC) and Vincent Jourdenais (Trois-Rivières, QC) won the Men’s K2 1000m.

In the U23 Women’s K4 500m, Alanna Bray-Lougheed (Oakville, ON), Samantha Hall (Dartmouth, NS), Madison Mackenzie (Chelsea, QC) and Madeline Schmidt (Ottawa, ON) were the top crew.

Athletes must achieve performance standards in order to be selected to various teams. Canoe Kayak Canada will announce team selections soon.

Summary of Results

Event Result
Senior Women’s C1 200m – Final 2 1)   Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC)

2)   Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON)

3)   Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent (Trois-Rivières, QC)

Paracanoe Men’s KL3 200m 1)   Zacharie Lauziere-Fitzgerald (Sherbrooke, QC)
Paracanoe Men’s KL2 200m 1)   Trinity Tratch (Calgary, AB)

2)   Tommy Grenier (Sherbrooke, QC)

Paracanoe Women’s KL3 200m 1)   Erica Scarff (Toronto, ON)
Paracanoe Women’s KL2 200m 1)   Christine Gauthier (Pointe-Claire, QC)
Senior Women C1 500m 1)   Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON)

2)   Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC)

3)   Jillian Perrone (Oakville, ON)

Junior Men’s C1 500m 1)   Lucas Turnbull (Toronto, ON)

2)   Isaac Finkelstein (Ottawa, ON)

3)   Connor Fitzpatrick (Dartmouth, NS)

Junior Men’s K1 500m 1)   Olivier Courchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC)

2)   Scott Braddon (Ottawa, ON)

3)   Aidan Messenger (Burloak, ON)

Senior Men’s K1 500m 1)  Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC)

2)  Jarret Kenke (Saskatoon, SK)

3)  Rob Clarke (Mississauga, ON)

U23 Women’s K4 500m 1)  Alanna Bray-Lougheed (Oakville, ON), Samantha Hall (Dartmouth, NS), Madison Mackenzie (Chelsea, QC), Madeline Schmidt (Ottawa, ON)

2)  Kate Braddon (Ottawa, ON), Ailish McNulty (Dartmouth, NS), Hayley Plante (Toronto, ON), August Sibthorpe(Ottawa, ON)

3)  Monica Black (Chelsea, QC), Kady Leard (Waverley, NS), Naomi van Walraven (Ottawa, ON), Lexy Vincent (Regina, SK)

U23 Men’s C2 1000m 1)  Drew Hodges (Ottawa, ON), Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS)

2)  Evan Bezemer (Mississauga, ON), Jeremy Stott (Mississauga, ON)

3)  Thomas Hall (Dartmouth, NS), Maxim Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC)

U23 Men’s K2 1000m 1)  Maxence Beauchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC), Vincent Jourdenais (Trois-Rivières, QC)

2)  Hunter Morrissey (Waverley, NS), Kingston Morrissey (Waverley, NS)

3)  Alex Brent (Maple Ridge, BC), Zacharie Cameron (Trois-Rivières, QC)

Junior Women’s C1 500m 1)   Emily Hannah Little (Oakville, ON)

2)   Emily Howard (Mississauga, ON)

3)   Lindsay Irwin (Carleton Place, ON)


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