MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC (May 12, 2019) – The Sprint and Paracanoe National Team Trials #1 in Montréal came to a close Sunday afternoon after three days of hard racing. Later this week, Canoe Kayak Canada will be announcing the athletes selected to represent Canada at the upcoming Senior World Cup Events in Poland and Germany.
“Our coaches were very pleased with the results this weekend”, said Chief Technical Officer, Graham Barton. “We will be sending a team that will battle it out for selection to the 2019 Senior World Championship Team at two World Cups later in May and a small team of juniors to compete at an international regatta in Brandenburg, Germany. I believe our teams will be very competitive as we start the summer of 2019.”
On Saturday, World and Pan American Games Champion, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières), took the gold in the C1 200m event, followed by her C2 partner Katie Vincent (Mississauga) and Junior athlete Sophia Jensen (Cascades). Vincent and Vincent-Lapointe continued their podium appearances on Sunday by winning the C2 500m race, as Sophia Jensen and Julia Lilley-Osende (Mic Mac) took silver, and Marlee Macintosh (Maskwa) and Anna Roy-Cyr (Lac-Beauport) took the bronze. On the men’s canoe side, Olympic medallist Mark Oldershaw (Burloak) won the C1 1000m in a close finish with Connor Fitzpatrick (2nd – Senobe) and Drew Hodges (3rd – Rideau).
The paracanoe athletes benefitted greatly from the opportunity to have multiple races this weekend which will help prepare them for international competitions. Trinity Tratch (Calgary) and Mathieu St.Pierre (Shawinigan) had excellent performances as they battled against the clock. Michael Trauner (Ottawa River) demonstrated great improvement making for very intense head to head racing.
The K4 events were the last races of the day on Sunday and were an exciting end to finish off the weekend. The women’s K4 500m champions were Lissa Bissonnette, Michelle Russell, Madeline Schmidt and Courtney Stott, and the men’s K4 500m event champions were Mark De Jong, Nicholas Matveev, Simon Mctavish and Pierre-Luc Poulin.
Canoe Kayak Canada will be holding another National Team Trial event in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia from June 21st – 23rd, where more team selections will be made.
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