NextGen Paddlers set to compete at Olympic Hopes Regatta

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Bratislava, Slovakia (September 12, 2019) – Sixteen Canadian sprint paddlers are set to compete at the 2019 Olympic Hopes Regatta at the newly built Zemník venue in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Olympic Hopes Competition is an event focused on young paddlers aged 16 to 17 selected to compete internationally against athletes from over 30 countries.

“The athletes are looking well prepared for the task ahead,” said Men’s Kayak Coach, Reid Farquharson (Rideau Canoe Club). “They appreciate the quality of racing that we’ll see over the weekend, and you can feel the anticipation building.”

Athletes are entered into multiple events to provide the best opportunity to learn about racing at an international level.

“In the last 3 years the Olympic Hopes Regatta has clearly become the best athlete pathway to the International level,” said Mark Granger, CKC National NextGen Athlete Development Officer.

“Our team objectives and goals, even at this early age, is to qualify for the finals. Many of the podium athletes of today are the same podium athletes we have seen at Olympic Hopes. It better prepares our athletes for the Junior World Championships and gives them international experience.”

The Canadian entries are listed below:

Event Athlete
Men’s Canoe Andrew Billard
Men’s Canoe Austin Pigeon
Men’s Canoe Keiran Graham
Men’s Canoe Matthew O’Neill
Men’s Kayak Craig Johnson
Men’s Kayak Ian Gaudet
Men’s Kayak Jacob Price
Men’s Kayak Xavier Levasseur
Women’s Canoe Ella Hodgson-Pageau
Women’s Canoe Evie McDonald
Women’s Canoe Kate Pennyfather
Women’s Kayak Angelina Davidson
Women’s Kayak Anna O’Brien
Women’s Kayak Brooke Westwater
Women’s Kayak Cassidy MacPherson
Women’s Kayak Toshka Besharah



Olympic Hopes Regatta

September 13-15, 2019

Bratislava, Slovakia – Map

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