Slalom Athletes to Take First Strokes into 2019 World Cup Season

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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

Live Results




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

Bratislava, Slovakia

June 21st – 23rd


2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 3

Tacen, Slovenia

June 28th – 30th


2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4

Markkleeberg, Germany

August 30th – September 1st


2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 5

Prague, Czech Republic

September 6th – 8th


Visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website to get more information and make sure to follow @PlanetCanoe and @CanoeKayakCAN for more live updates.

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About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.



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Laurel MacAdam

Communications Intern


Colleen Coderre

Communications Lead