Laviolette and Betteridge Complete Slalom World Cup #1 with a Ninth Place

Canoe Slalom
Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada

Canadian Athletes Ready to Compete at the Second World Cup

LIPTOVSKY MIKULAS, SLOVAKIA (June 27, 2018) – Canoe Kayak Canada’s top canoe slalom paddlers competed the first International Canoe Federation (ICF) World Cup this weekend in Liptovský Mikuláš in Slovakia. TheCanadian duo of Yannick Laviolette (Québec) and Lois Betteridge (Ontario) made it to the big final in the C2 Mixed event where they placed ninth. Canadian athletes are now ready for the second World Cup taking place in Poland starting June 29.

“I think it’s great experience for them to race in the final and to take on this new challenge in the mixed double canoe event. This event was popular back in the 70s and 80s and it’s exciting to see it brought back to the international program. They will be learning twice as much by having to prepare for another race run and they will also get more race runs at each world cup. ,” said James Cartwright, High Performance Manager at Canoe Kayak Canada. “We saw four athletes racing in the semifinals this World Cup and we were close in men’s C1 and men’s K1. I’m happy to see that our athletes’ run times are competitive when they execute their race plans.”

Florence Maheu (Québec) was the most impressive this weekend placing 13thin the Women’s K1 event. Maheu paddled down the course in a time of 108.86 seconds, just one second away from making it to the big final.

“It’s my personal best result at an international competition, and I am really proud of this 13thplace. Canada hasn’t achieved this results in Women’s K1 in many years,” mentioned Maheu. “My objective this year was to make it into the top 30 at World Cups. This result so far shows my preparation for the Olympic Games is going in the right direction and I am excited to compete at the next World Cups.”

Full results of the Canadian team at World Cup 1 are listed below. Athletes will be competing at the next World Cup on June 29thto July 1stin Krakow, Poland.

You can find all live results and information on the coming World Cups by visiting the International Canoe Federation website. Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website to get more information and make sur to follow @PlanetCanoe and @CanoeKayakCAN for more live updates.


Event Athlete Event Result
World Cup 1 Lois Betteridge and
Yannick Laviolette
C2 Mixed 9
World Cup 1 Florence Maheu K1 Women 13
World Cup 1 Lois Betteridge C1 Women 27
World Cup 1 Spencer Pomeroy C1 Men 32
World Cup 1 Lois Betteridge K1 Women 43
World Cup 1 Ben Hayward K1 Men 46
World Cup 1 Haley Daniels K1 Women 57
World Cup 1 Yannick Laviolette C1 Men 50
World Cup 1 Liam Smedley C1 Men 51
World Cup 1 Michael Tayler K1 Men 61
World Cup 1 Keenan Simpson K1 Men 75




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