Canada took home 11 medals this weekend, competing at the second and final ICF Sprint Canoe and Paracanoe World Cup event of the year.
Olympic bronze medallist Katie Vincent proved her prowess winning 4 medals on Sunday, including a silver in the C1 200m. Katie also secured a gold medal in the new C4 500m event, silver in the 5km long distance event, and silver in the C2 mixed 500m with partner Connor Fitzpatrick. She finished just off the podium in 4th place in the women’s C2 500m with partner Sloan Mackenzie.
Sophia Jensen also paddled in the gold medal winning C4 500m boat with Katie, Sloan Mackenzie and Julia Lilley Osende, rounding a successful World Cup event with a total of 3 medals. She also won gold in the C2 mixed 500m with partner Alix Plomteux and took the bronze in the C1 200m behind her teammate Katie Vincent.
One of the final podium performances of the day was from Craig Spence and Bret Himmelman in the men’s C2 1000m crossing the line in bronze medal position.
There were many notable races that fell just shy of the podium in 4th place position including Connor Fitzpatrick (Men’s C1 1000m), Pierre Luc Poulin and Simon McTavish (Men’s K2 500m) and the men’s K4 500m team that also includes Pierre Luc, Simon, Nick Matveev, and Laurent Lavigne.
Team Canada also demonstrated great strength from within the Paracanoe program with 4 medals among three Para canoe paddlers on Saturday. Mathieu St Pierre dominated his race winning gold in the VL 200m event. Erica Scarff secured a gold medal in the VL3 200m with her teammate Brianna Hennessy capturing two medals, silver in the VL2 200m and bronze in the KL1 200m.
The Canadian team will now head home and start preparing for National Team Trials in Montreal from June 24-27. This event is a qualifier for the ICF Sprint World Championships held in Canada (Dartmouth, NS) in August.