DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA (June 24, 2017) – Three standout paddlers stole the spotlight on Day 2 of the immediaC Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Team Trials in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Fifteen-year-old Sophia Jensen (Chelsea, QC) took the gold in the Junior Women’s C-1 500m. It follows her Day 1 victory in the Junior Women’s C-1 200m.
Among the junior men, Issac Finkelstein, 18, who paddles out of the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa, added two more gold medals, winning the Junior C-1 500m title and the Junior C- 2 1000m with his 18-year-old partner, Conor O’Neil (Ottawa, ON). Finkelstein provided one of the most dominant performances on Day 1, leaving the rest of the field in his wake in taking the gold in the Junior Men’s C-1 1000m.
In Senior Women’s competition, 26-year-old, Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire, QC) confirmed why she’s considered the class of the field in women’s kayak, winning the K-1 200m. It’s her second gold medal of the regatta, having won the Senior Women’s K-1 500m on Day One.
Among other Day 2 winners was 17-year-old Ashley Card (Halifax, NS) who overcame pre-race nerves to power to victory in the Junior Women’s K-1 500m. “I was pretty nervous at the start but stuck to my race plan and it went perfectly,” she said from the regatta on Lake Banook. “It felt really good to get the win – I’ve been nervous all week and crossing the line felt great.”
In the Men’s KL3 K-1 200m Paracanoe competition, Zacharie Lauzière-Fitzgerald, 18, of Sherbrooke beat out Trinity Tratch, 18, of Calgary for the top spot.
“A lot of great things are happening that I didn’t expect this year,” said Lauzière-Fitzgerald, who qualified for a final at his first World Cup earlier this spring. “Getting four races at the international level has really helped my confidence.”
This weekend’s immediaC Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Team Trials are being used to select Canada’s 2017 Junior World Championship Team and to continue the selection process for this year’s U23 World Championships and the Senior World Championships, where both able bodied and Para athletes will compete.
The top three finishers in each event are listed in the table below, along with their home clubs. Full regatta results can be found here. Follow the action live by using the immediaC Canoe Kayak app available through the App Store.
Junior Men’s C2 1000m
|Rideau Canoe Club, Ottawa ON
Rideau Canoe Club, Ottawa ON
Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Toronto ON
Mississauga Canoe Club, Mississauga ON
Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS
Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS
Junior Men’s K1 500m
|1||2:02.630||Palmer Lumb||Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Toronto ON|
|2||2:03.940||Luke Stienburg||Senobe Aquatic Club, Dartmouth NS|
|3||2:05.586||Oskar Morawski||Richmond Hill Canoe Club, Richmond Hill ON|
Junior Women’s K1 500m
|1||2:12.443||Ashley Card||Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS|
|2||2:15.699||Samantha Sula||Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Toronto ON|
|3||2:15.749||Grace Whebby||Mic Mac Aquatic Club, Dartmouth NS|
Junior Women’s C-1 500m
|1||2:28.880||Sophia Jensen||Cascades Canoe Club, Chelsea QC|
|2||2:31.554||Marlee MacIntosh||Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS|
|3||2:31.746||Kate Pennyfather||Burloak Canoe Club, Oakville ON|
Junior Men’s C-1 500m
|1||2:09.300||Isaac Finkelstein||Rideau Canoe Club, Ottawa ON|
|2||2:12.188||Tyler Laidlaw||Sack-A-Wa Canoe Club, Lower Sackville NS|
|3||2:12.386||Kieran Moorfield-Yee||Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Toronto ON|
Senior Men’s K-1 1000m
|1||4:04.749||Zane Clarke||Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS|
|2||4:04.797||Andrew Jessop||Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS|
|3||4:05.949||Brian Malfesi||Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club, Maple Ridge BC|
Senior Women’s K-1 200m
|1||44.670||Lissa Bissonnette||Club de Canoe Kayak Pointe Claire, Pointe Claire QC|
|2||45.706||Courtney Stott||Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Toronto ON|
|3||45.892||Madeline Schmidt||Rideau Canoe Club, ON|
Open Men’s Para K1 200m
|1||48.673||Zacharie Lauzière-Fitzgerald||Club de Canoe Kayak Sherbooke, Sherbrooke QC|
|2||52.613||Trinity Tratch||Calgary Canoe Club, Calgary AB|
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