RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC (17 September 2017) – The last day of competitions of the Olympic Hopes Regatta took place on Sunday in Racice, Czech Republic. Forty Canadian athletes competed in this international competition where 33 different countries were represented.
“The level of competition at this regatta goes up every year, this competition is now the equivalent of a World Championships for these age groups,” said the Canadian team chief technical officer, Graham Barton, at the end of day on Sunday. “Our athletes have performed very well and now know the level required here against the strongest nations like Germany, Hungary or Poland. It will take a lot of work and collaboration, but I believe that as a nation we have the talent, “he added.
On the last day of the competition, the athletes competed on the distance of 200 meters. 12 Canadian crews made it to the finals, but the only medal of the day was won once again in the women’s canoe. Sloan Mackenzie of Nova Scotia (Cheema) grabbed the bronze medal in the C1 200m 2002 age category.
Overall, during this competition, the Canadian team will have won 5 bronze medals, 3 silvers and 1 gold. These excellent results show the athletes’ hard work throughout the season.
They will have to train more to continue performing internationally. The junior canoe kayak team will soon be participating in the Pan American Championships, to be held from 12 to 15 October in Ecuador.
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