HERTFORDSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM (June 13, 2019) – Four of Canada’s top slalom paddlers will be competing at the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre from June 13th – 16th for the first International Canoe Federation (ICF) World Cup competition.
Lois Betteridge, Ben Hayward, Cameron Smedley and Michael Tayler were selected to compete at this World Cup following the Canoe Slalom National Team Trials in Oklahoma City, USA which took place in April.
The competition will kick off for the Canadians with the extreme slalom men’s time trials on Thursday, where Hayward and Tayler will each aim to qualify for the quarter finals. On Friday morning, Smedley will race in the C1 men’s heats, followed later in the day by Betteridge who will battle it out in both the C1 and K1 women’s heats.
“I’m looking forward to seeing our athletes back in action in Lee Valley at World Cup #1.” Said James Cartwright, Senior High Performance Manager and Coach Development at Canoe Kayak Canada. “The Lee Valley Whitewater Park is a spectacular facility and I’m certain that all the best athletes will be looking to kick off the 2019 World Cup series with a strong performance. This race will be an excellent assessment of our performance readiness and preparation for the World Championships in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain at the end of September.”
2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1
Thursday June 13 (9:00 to 9:27am EST)
Friday June 14 (4:00 to 11:43am EST)
Saturday June 15 (4:00 to 11:10 am EST)
Sunday June 16 (4:00 to 8:12am EST)
Lee Valley Whitewater Centre
Hertfordshire, UK – Map
Canadian athletes will be competing in four other World Cup events this summer which are listed below:
2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 2
June 21st – 23rd
2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 3
June 28th – 30th
2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4
August 30th – September 1st
2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 5
Prague, Czech Republic
September 6th – 8th
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