RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC (September 15, 2017) – The conditions were ideal today in Racice, Czech Republic, for the Canadian junior team athletes participating in the first day of the International Olympic Hopes Regatta. Races will be held from September 15 to 17, and Canada had a strong start today by placing 17 crews in the finals of the single and tandem events.
“Women’s canoe continue to be the strength of the Canadien Team, although the rest of the world is breaking through and challenging our dominance,” said Graham Barton, chief technical officer of the Canadian team. “A regatta like this one is an opportunity for athletes to learn from international racing and to take that back as they prepare for the next few years,” he added.
The Canadian team had excellent performances today in Racice, but Julia Lilley Osende (Mic Mac, Nova Scotia) scored the best performance of the day by winning a silver medal in the C1 1000m Female (2001) event. Jessica Mackay (Maskwa, Nova Scotia) was not too far behind as she placed 4th in the same race. Sloan McKenzie (Cheema, Nova Scotia) came third in the Women’s C1 1000m (2002) event.
Throughout the day, the athletes progressed quietly through the morning heats by taking the time to adjust to the international competition. At the end of the day, the athletes managed to cross the semi-finals by qualifying almost all crews in the finals.
To see all the results of Day 1 of this regatta, go to the event website. Competitions will continue tomorrow with the K1, C1, K2, C2, K4 and C4 event over the distance of 500 meters. You can find the schedule of Day 2 here.
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