Slalom Athlete’s Resume World Cup Season in Ivrea, Italy

World Cups
Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada

IVREA, ITALY (September 1, 2017) –  Canoe Kayak Canada’s team is back in action at the fourth stop of the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup series. The man-made whitewater course flows from the glacial waters of the Dora Baltea river. Ivrea is known as one of the most challenging whitewater courses on the World Cup circuit and is situated at the base of the Italian Alps in Northern Italy. Eight Canadian athletes negotiated the turbulent course today set by Roberto D’Dangelo (ITA) and Arnaud Brogniard (FRA).

Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) lead the Canadian team by placing 19th in the men’s C1 qualification rounds. Cameron Smedley moved produced a clean run down the turbulent rapids posting a time of 99.55 seconds and will advance directly to the C1 semi-final on Sunday morning. Slovakia’s Matej Benus set the qualification standard producing a runtime of 93.55 seconds. Fellow Canadians, Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) and Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON) finishing 39th and 47th overall.

Australia’s Jessica Fox set the standard again in the women’s canoe event while leading the qualifications round with a time of 113.52 seconds. Calgary’s Haley Daniels placed 34th and narrowly missed the semi-final after incurring several penalties on her second qualification run. “I feel at home in the mountains and paddling in the cold water here in Ivrea,” said Haley before her run. “It’s a challenging course but I was looking forward to getting back to racing and throwing down a smooth run today. Unfortunately, my run didn’t go per the plan and I’ll have to analyze the video footage to learn from my mistakes,” she added.

In men’s kayak, Ottawa’s Michael Tayler (48th in Heats) and Edmonton’s David Ford (37th in Heats) were back to international competition to prepare for the World Championships after missing the first three World Cups earlier this season. Chilliwack’s Austin Atkins raced his first ever Wolrd Cup and finished 62nd overall. Italy’s Zeno Ivaldi took full advantage of his home course and set the pace posting a time of 87.83 seconds.

Florence Maheu of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield in Québec, placed 38th overall after the judges assessed four penalties during her race run for touching the gates. Corinna Kuhnle of Austria lead the women’s field producing a blistering fast run of 91.67 seconds.

Sunday’s finals will be webcast on CBC’s digital platforms including the CBC Sports app and CBC Sports is the Official Broadcast Partner of Canoe Kayak Canada.

CBC webcast times – watch online at or via the CBC Sports app.

  • Saturday at 7:30 a.m. EST
  • Sunday at 7:30 a.m. EST



Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Cameron Smedley
(Dunrobin, ON)
Men’s C1 Slalom 19th Advance to semi-final
Liam Smedley
(Dunrobin, ON)
Men’s C1 Slalom 39th final result
Spencer Pomeroy
(Ottawa, ON)
Men’s C1 Slalom 47th final result
Haley Daniels
(Calgary, AB)
Women’s C1 Slalom 34th final result


David Ford
(Edmonton, AB)
Men’s K1 Slalom 37th final result
Michael Tayler
(Ottawa, ON)
Men’s K1 Slalom 48th final result
Austin Atkins
(Chilliwack, BC)
Men’s K1 Slalom 62nd final result
Florence Maheu
(Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC)
Women’s K1 Slalom 38th final result



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