TOKYO, JAPAN (October 24, 2019) – Elite slalom paddlers will be competing at the 2019 Ready, Steady, Tokyo Olympic Test Event from October 25 – 27.
The three-day event will feature five Canadian slalom athletes competing for medals, and testing out all aspects of the 2020 Olympic venue. The slalom course is located at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre, the first manmade course newly constructed in Japan for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Women’s Canoe will make its Olympic debut next year with both Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) and Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) ready to compete in the C1 events this weekend in Japan. Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) will race in the Men’s C1 event, looking to gain further insight and experience at the Olympic venue. Smedley secured an Olympic spot for Canada in the C1 event in La Seu D’Urgell last month.
Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) will headline the Men’s Kayak events and Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) will contest the Women’s K1 event.
“Our athletes are excited to compete in Tokyo and to build on the momentum from this season,” said CKC Senior High Performance Manager, James Cartwright. “The objective at this competition is to get to know the new whitewater course and to discover Tokyo. This experience will pay dividends next summer as our athletes don’t have very much experience training or competing in Asia in a sport where World Cups are typically held in Europe.”
Best of luck to Team Canada!
2019 Canoe Slalom Olympic Test Event
Friday October 25 (11:00am to 2:45pm local time) (12:00am to 3:45am EST)
Saturday October 26 (9:00am to 1:00pm local time) (10:00pm to 2:00am EST)
Sunday October 27 (9:00am to 1:30pm local time) (10:00pm to 2:30am EST)
Tokyo, Japan – MAP
How to follow:
Visit the event website here.
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The Canadian entries are listed below.
|K1 Men||Michael Tayler|
|K1 Women||Florence Maheu|
|C1 Men||Cameron Smedley|
|C1 Women||Lois Betteridge|
|C1 Women||Haley Daniels|