Slalom Teams

SENIOR TEAM

UNDER 23 TEAM

JUNIOR TEAM

Jakob Kryworuchko

Vancouver, British Columbia

Birthdate: June 23rd, 2001
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Canoe Club: Chilliwack Centre of Excellence
Sport: White Water Slalom

RESULTS

Austin Atkins

Chilliwack, British Columbia

Birthdate: July 26th, 2000
Hometown: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Canoe Club: Chilliwack Centre of Excellence
Sport: White Water Slalom

RESULTS

Maël Rivard

Ottawa, Ontario

Birthdate: April 28th, 2001
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners
Sport: White Water Slalom

RESULTS

Jocelyn Taylor

Calgary, AB

Birthdate:  August 31st, 2001

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Canoe Club: Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak

Sport: Women’s kayak

Coach: Mike Holroyd

Instagram: @jocelyn.taylor1

Jocelyn’s first canoe kayak race was in 2012, and her first year on the national team was 2016. She is a Canadian Junior National Champion and her goal for the coming years is to make a semi at Jr World Championships!

FUN FACTS:

What is the best thing about Canoe Kayak? Traveling

Describe the sport in one word: Fun

Role Model: Ricarda Funk

RESULTS

2017 Junior World Championships (Bratislava, Slovakia) - 49th

Trevor Boyd

Calgary, AB

Birthdate: July 8th, 1999

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Canoe Club: Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak

Sport: Men’s kayak

Coach: Michael Holroyd / Michael Taylor

Trevor’s first canoe kayak race was at the 2014 Alberta Cup and his first year on the national team was in 2016. He trained at the Waterwerks Kayak Club and now trains at the Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak Club.

He describes his sport as “exhilarating”!

FUN FACTS:

Favourite training: Kananaskis

Off-season interest(s): Computer Science
Other sport(s): Volleyball
Superhero: Spiderman

RESULTS

Keenan Simpson

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: January 7th, 1999

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners

Sport: Men’s kayak

Coach: Michal Staniszewski

Instagram: @keenan.simpson

Website: https://m.facebook.com/Canadiankayak/

Keenan started Kayak Slalom at the age of 15. His first race was in 2014 during a competition in Valleyfield, Québec.

Keenan is a member of the Ottawa River Runners and made the national team for the first time in 2016. He is training hard and hoping to medal at the 2020 Olympic games!

FUN FACTS:

Nickname: Smokey 

Favourite training: Grand Prix loops or speed technique 

Pre-race meal: Loaf sandwich 

Off-season interest(s): Canoe camping and backpacking 

Other sport(s): Xc skiing, hockey, alpine touring, climbing 

TV show: Trailer park boys

RESULTS

Michael Tayler

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: February 6, 1992

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Canoe club: Ottawa River Runners

Sport: Men’s kayak

Website: http://www.michaeltayler.ca

Provincial association: Whitewater Ontario

RESULTS

2012
June World Cup #3 - La Seu D'Urgell, SP - K1 - 42nd
June Wolrd Cup #2 - Pau, FRA - K1 - 62nd
April Senior National Team Trials - Charlotte, USA - K1 - 1st

Lois Betteridge

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: December 17th, 1997

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners

Sport: Women’s canoe

Coach: Anthony Colin

Instagram: @loisbetteridge

Lois Bettering made the national team for the first time in May 2015 and is a 5 time national champion. She has competed at many international events representing Canada and has her sights set on competing in the Olympic Games!

FUN FACTS:
Nickname: Lou
Role model: Florence Maheu
Favourite training: Loops
Pre-race meal: Eggs
Post-race meal: Eggs
Off-season interest(s): Eating eggs
Other sport(s): Skiing, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, eating eggs
Guilty pleasure: Eating eggs
Superhero: Florence Maheu

RESULTS

2018 World Cup 1 (Liptovsky, Slovakia) - 27th
2017 U23 World Championships (Bratislava, Slovakia) - 29th

2016 U23 World Championships (Krakow, Poland) - 20th
5 Time National Champion

Cameron Smedley

Dunrobin, ON

Birthdate: October 9, 1990
Hometown: Dunrobin, ON
Canoe club: Ottawa River Runners
Other clubs: Whitewater Wolves
Sport: Men’s Canoe
Coach: Michal Staniszewski
Instagram account: @smedleycanoe
Personal website: www.smedleycanoe.ca

Twitter account: @cameronsmedley
Nickname: Gary
First year on the national team: 2009

RESULTS

2010
1st (C-1) - Canadian National Championships (Minden, Ontario)
1st (C-2) - Canadian National Championships (Minden, Ontario)

2009
1st (C-1) - Canadian National Championships (Kananaskis, Alberta)
1st (C-2) - Pan-american Championships (Kananaskis, Alberta)

2008
9th - Junior World Championships (Roudnice, CZE)

2007
1st - Junior Canadian National Championships (Chilliwack, B.C.)

Ben Hayward

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: October 8th, 1989
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Residence: Ottawa, Ontario
Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners
Sport: K1-M
Website: benhayward.ca

Ben set Canadian history by earning a bronze medal at the 2007 Pre-Junior World Championships in Roudnice, CZE. Since this incredible result, he has been one of Canada’s most promising athletes on the international stage. At the 2009 World Championships, Ben finished 13th in the individual event, and was 4th in the team event with teammates John Hastings, and David Ford. Needless to say, Ben has made his mark on the international stage and given his age will be a medal hopeful for Canada in years to come.

Ben is currently pursuing an architecture degree at Carleton University. He is also an avid Sprint paddler, and trains with many of the National Team guys here in Ottawa at the Rideau Canoe Club.

RESULTS

2009:
3rd - Canadian National Championships (Kananaskis, AB)
4th - World Championships Team Event (La Seu D'Urgell, ESP)
13th - World Championships (La Seu D'Urgell, ESP)

2007:
3rd - Pre-Junior World Championships (Roudnice, CZE)

Jacob Steele

Halifax, NS

Birthdate: 5/28/1997
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Canoe Club: Maskwa Aquatic Club
Sport: Men’s Kayak
Coach: Jon Pike, Frédéric Jobin

Jacob has been racing for Maskwa Aquatic Club since he was 8 years old. At his first National Championships in 2011, he won gold in the Midget K2 1000m while he and his partner were still in the Bantam age group. Jacob also won the Midget K4 1000m that year, giving him an early taste of success at the national level and inspiring him to reach even further.

Jacob first represented Canada at the 2014 Pan-American Canoe-Kayak Championships, earning a gold medal in the Junior K4 1000m and a silver medal in the Junior K2 1000m. Even though there was only a few entries in the race, hearing the Canadian anthem play while standing with his teammates atop the K4 podium remains a highlight of his paddling career. After winning the Junior K1 1000m and K1 500m at 2015 National Team Trials, Jacob earned a 13th place finish in K1 1000m and a 10th place finish in K4 1000m at the 2015 Junior World Championships.

Most recently, Jacob earned 10th place finishes in the K1 1000m and K1 500m events at the 2018 World University Championships. He is studying Chemical Engineering at Dalhousie University.

 

FUN FACTS:

First year on the National Team:
2019

 

RESULTS

2018 World University Championships K1 1000m - 10th
2018 World University Championships K1 500m - 10th
2018 World University Championships K2 500m - 7th
2018 National Team Trials 3 K2 1000m - 3rd
2018 National Team Trials 3 K1 1000m - 7th
2017 Canada Games K2 1000m - Gold

2017 Canada Games K4 1000m - Silver
2017 Canada Games K2 500m - Silver
2015 Junior World Championship K1 1000m - 13th
2015 Junior World Championship K4 1000m - 10th
2014 Junior Pan-American Championship K4 1000m - Gold
2014 Junior Pan-American Championship K2 1000m - Silver

Nicholas Matveev

North York, ON

RESULTS

Dominik Crête

Trois-Rivières, QC

Birthdate: 7/7/1991
Hometown: Trois-Rivières, QC
Canoe Club: Club de Canoe Kayak Trois-Rivières
Sport: Men’s Kayak
Coach: Mathieu Pelletier / Fred Jobin

“I was introduced to canoeing, I have always practiced several sports as a youngster, and at the age of 11, I started the canoeing competition, but I stopped competing. years later, in order to focus on football.

One night later, in 2015, I met Richard Dober JR. The latter convinced me to recommend to class.

While combining work and training, I had my first successes in 2017 when I was invited for the first time to train with the national team during the 2018 winter training camps.

In 2018, I made my first steps on the international scene with a senior world champion and with Pan-American champions. ”

 

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FUN FACTS:

First year on the National Team:
2018

Objectives for the coming years?
Tokyo 2020
Canoe or Kayak, why?
Kayak, it’s way more logical to paddle both sides!
When was your first race?
2004 at the Lachine Canoe Club
What is your best memory about the sport?
Sunset trainings
Describe the sport in one word:
Passion

Nickname: Dom
Role model:
Richard Dober Jr
Favourite training:
100m to 150m
Pre-race meal:
Oatmeal
Post-race meal:
Sushis
Off season interest(s): 
Moto, crosscountry skiing
Other sport(s): 
Football, MMA
Guilty pleasure:
Pastry
Superhero: 
Thor
TV show: 
Supernatural
Book: 
Relentless by Tim S Grover
Band: 
Foo Fighters

RESULTS

2018 Senior World Championships, K1 200m - 3rd (B Final)
2018 Pan American Championships, K1 200m - 4th
2018 Canadian Sprint Nationals - K1 200m - Gold
2017 Canadian Sprint Nationals - K1 200m - Gold

Kate Pennyfather

Oakville, ON

Birthdate: 1/22/2002
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Canoe Club: Burloak Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s Canoe
Coach: Adam Oldershaw

 

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Instagram: @katepennyfather

 

FUN FACTS:

First year on the National Team:
2018

RESULTS

2018 Canadian Sprint Nationals, U16 C1 200m - Gold
2018 Canadian Sprint Nationals, U16 C1 1000m - Gold
2018 Olympic Hopes, C2 200m - Silver
2018 Olympic Hopes, C1 500m - Silver
2018 Olympic Hopes, C1 200m - Bronze
2018 Junior World Championships, C2 200m - 5th

Hannah MacIntosh

Dartmouth, NS

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Julia Lilley-Osende

Dartmouth, NS

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Lucas Turnbull

Mississauga, ON

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Connor Fitzpatrick

Dartmouth, NS

Canoe Club: Senobe

Sport: Men’s Canoe

Coach: Andreas Dittmer

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Natalie Davison

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: January 12, 1992

Hometown: Manotick, ON

Canoe Club: Rideau Canoe Club

Sport: Women’s kayak

Coach: Chad Brooks

Instagram: nat.davison

Natalie is from Manotick, Ontario and she grew up training at the Rideau Canoe Club. Her first ever race was a C1 200m race at the Carleton Place Canoe Club when she was just 7 years old. She finished last and even managed to tip right before the finish line! Despite this, Natalie fell in love with the sport and worked hard to achieve her dreams, and she did! Her first year on the national team was in 2017.

She came 11th in the 2017 Senior World Championships in the K4 500m event, her first World Championships!

Natalie’s goal is to race in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games! 

FUN FACTS:

Why canoe kayak: I love Canoe Kayak because I get to be out in nature floating on water and it is an amazing community to be a part of!

Describe the sport in one word: Graceful

Quote: “Encourage, lift and strengthen one another.  For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all.” – Deborah Day

Pre-race meal: Oatmeal with natural peanut butter and banana and a green tea

Post-race meal: Mango smoothie

Off-season interest(s): Camping, travelling, movies & music

Other sport(s): Martial arts & dance

Guilty pleasure: Salt & vinegar chips

TV show: Game of Thrones

Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Book: The Time Traveler’s Wife

RESULTS

Mathieu St-Pierre

Shawinigan, QC

Birthdate:February 8, 1988

Hometown: Shawinigan

Canoe Club: Shawinigan Canoe Club

Sport:Paracanoe

Coach: Marc Creamer / Hélène Gervais

 

Mathieu’s first year on the paracanoe national team was in 2017 and he is coached by Marc Creamer and Hélène Gervais. Mathieu is from Shawinigan and trains at the Shawinigan Canoe Club in Québec.

FUN FACTS:

Why canoe kayak? I love being on the water and seeing the beauty of nature

What is the best thing about canoe kayak? It allows me to forget my handicap

Describe the sport in one word: Freedom

Role model: Serge Corbin

Superhero: Rocky

RESULTS

2018 Pan American Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) - VL1/2 200m Silver
2018 World Championships (Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal) - VL2 200m 7th
2018 Canadian Championships (Sherbrooke, Québec) - Open VL 200m Silver

Sophia Jensen

Chelsea, QC

Birthdate: September 18, 2001

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Canoe Club: Cascade

Sport: Women’s canoe

Coach: Jan Kruk / Adam Mayo / Fred Loyer

Instagram: @sophia_jensen_123

Website: https://sophiajensen.com/

16 year old Sophia Jensen joined the Canoe Sprint National Team in October 2017. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Sophia has been a member of the Cascade Club (Québec) for only 4 years.

Sophia tried canoeing when she first moved to Chelsea, Quebec. She had never heard of sprint canoe and decided to sign up for an 8 week program. She was also signed up for soccer, skiing, volleyball, and field hockey at the same time, but Canoe Kayak was by far her favourite sport she tried.

She won two silver medals at the 2017 Junior Worlds (C1 500m and C1 200m) and also won gold(C1 1000m) and bronze(C1 5000m) at the 2017 Canada Games.  Sophia also won 3 gold medals at the 2017 Pan American Championships in Ibarra, Ecuador.

She hopes to qualify for the Junior World Championships in 2018 and is excited that women’s canoe has been added to the Olympic program!

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Exhilarating 

Nickname: Sophia 

Quote: “it doesn’t matter how good your technique or how fast you are, all that matters is how badly you want to win”

Role model: Laurence-Vincent Lapointe 

Favourite training: Sprint work and cross coutry skiing 

Pre-race meal: Whatever the hotel has to offer 

Post-race meal: Ice cream 

Off-season interest(s): Art 

Other sport(s): Volleyball, and cross country skiing

Superhero: Thor 

Favourite word: Flabbergasted 

TV show: The office 

Movie: Star wars (all of them)

Book: Lord of the rings 

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Roland Varga

Aurora, ON

Birthdate: August 6, 1990

Hometown: Aurora, ON

Canoe Club: Richmond Hill Canoe Club

Sport: Men’s canoe

Coach: Andreas Dittmer / Helen Savin

Instagram: @Sirlordroland_

Roland has participated at the World Championships, Pan American Games and is an 11x National Champion. His first year on the national team was in 2009.

His goal is to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020!

RESULTS

Grace Whebby

Dartmouth, NS

Birthdate: June 6, 1999
Hometown: Dartmouth, NS
Canoe Club: Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club
Sport: Women’s kayak
Coach: Chad Brooks, Chris Chiasson

Grace started out at Senobe Aquatic Club learning how to paddle. At the age of 14, she decided to switch to MIC MAC. Ever since then her love for paddling grew stronger. Her first year making a team was Olympic Hopes in Poland, and once she raced for Canada her love for racing grew. Grace went on after that to race at another Olympic Hopes in Hungary, and two Junior Worlds (in Belarus and Romania). She placed 7th in Romania in 2017, and hopes to make many more A finals in the future for Canada.

 

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FUN FACTS:

First year on the national team:
2018

What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of representing this country. I love where I live and the people I am surrounded by and
Objectives for the coming years?
To get faster with every opportunity I’m given. In the upcoming years I want to represent Canada internationally at Worlds and go to the Olympic Games.
Canoe or Kayak, why?
Kayak! Maybe because I do it everyday? But maybe I’m just biased 😉
When was your first race?
At the age of 6, I raced my first ever k1 race at the Atom Bomb regatta at Orenda Canoe Club
What is your best memory about the sport?
My best memory about the sport would be when I got to race in the final at last years trials. Leading up to the last set I was so confident in my abilities, but once I made that final and was finally on the line with the fastest girls in Canada I couldn’t have asked for much more. All that was left was a big head wind and a race plan to execute. That moment makes me smile.
What is the biggest challenge about your sport?
I think the biggest challenge about our sport is remembering the process it takes every year to get to racing season. In my opinion, racing is the fun stuff. The most challenging moments are the 10 other months of training leading up to those 2 months in the racing season, where everything needs to come together in under two minutes, or forty seconds. Getting through those 10 months of the year is hard and painful, but having those awesome moments in the season makes it all worth it.
Describe the sport in one word:
Determination

Nickname: G
Quote: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau
Pre-race meal: Banana and crackers
Post-race meal: Boost drink
Guilty pleasure: One Direction
Superhero: The Hulk
TV Show: Grey`s Anatomy
Movie: The Avengers

RESULTS

2017 Junior World Championships, K1 200m - 7th (A-final)
2017 Canada Summer Games, K1 200m - Gold
2017 Canada Summer Games, K2 200m - Gold
2017 Canada Summer Games, K4 200m - Gold
2017 Canada Summer Games, K4 500m - Silver

2017 Pan Am Championships, K1 200m - Gold
2017 Pan Am Championships, K2 200m - Gold
2017 Pan Am Championships, K4 1000m - Gold
2016 Junior World Championships, K1 200m - 14th (B-final)
2016 Olympic Hopes, K4 500m - 5th

Courtney Stott

Pickering, ON

Birthdate: May 11, 1992
Hometown: Pickering, ON
Canoe Club: Balmy Beach Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s Kayak
Coach: Chad Brooks, Peter Martinek

Courtney’s first year on the national team was in 2015 and she has competed in U23 and Senior World Championships. In 2017, Courtney came 6th in the K2 1000m event at Senior Worlds and in 2015, she came 5th in the K4 500m event at U23 Worlds!

 

FUN FACTS:

Instagram: @_courtsport_
Website:
https://m.facebook.com/courtneyandherkayak

First year on the National Team: 2015

Nickname: Sport

RESULTS

2015 U23 Worlds - 5th K4 500m
2017 Sr Worlds - 11th K4 500m
2017 Sr Worlds - 6th K2 1000m
2018 Sr Worlds - 9th K4 500m
2018 Sr Worlds - 11th K2 500m

Mark James

Dartmouth, NS

Birthdate: June 4, 1991

Hometown: Dartmouth, NS

Canoe Club: Senobe Aquatic Club 

Sport: Men’s canoe

Coach: Andreas Dittmer / Rob Baert

Instagram: @markjamescanoe

Mark is from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and started paddling at the age of 4! His parents signed him up so he could spend the summers in a local, positive environment around the water. Senobe Aquatic Club became his second home. Where he grew up, stayed physically fit, learned great life lessons and built lasting friendships.

He trained both canoe and kayak until the age of 12, when the head coach of his club said that he needed to choose one going into the off-season. The canoe coach yelled over to him and said: “pick canoe, it’s cooler!”, and that was it for Mark, he hasn’t looked back.

His first year on the national team was in 2007 and he has since represented Canada at World Cups and World Championships, placing 18th in the C2 1000m event of the 2017 Senior Worlds! 

He has his sights set on competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo!

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Serene

Quote: “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

Pre-race meal: Oatmeal, banana, yogurt and a cup of coffee

Post-race meal: The best local pizza to celebrate the races!

Off-season interest(s): Camping, music, movies, and building projects

Guilty pleasure: Reese cups

TV show: Game of Thrones

Movie: Game of Thrones

Book: Open, an Autobiography: Andre Agassi

RESULTS

Zacharie Lauziere-Fitzgerald

Sherbrooke, QC

Date of birth: July 21, 1998

Hometown: Sherbrooke, QC

Canoe club: Sherbrooke Nautical Club

Sport: Paracanoe

Coach: Nathan Desmarais / Marc Creamer

Instagram: @zachquiri

Zach is from Sherbrooke, Quebec, and his first year on the national team was in 2016. He represented Canada at several World Cups and even won a bronze medal in 2017 at World Cup 3 for KL3 200 m.

FUN FACTS:

Why canoe kayak? I feel like I’m flying on water when I paddle. It gives me such freedom that nothing else could ever give me.

What are you most proud of? My resilience

Describe the sport in one word: Freeing

Movie: Paris is Burning

Book: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastomonaco, Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Band: Haim

RESULTS

2017 World Cup 3 (Belgrade, Serbia) KL3 200 - Bronze
2017 World Cup 2 (Szeged, Hungary) KL3 200 - 7th

Trinity Tratch

Calgary, AB

Birthdate: December 3, 1998

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Canoe Club: Calgary Canoe Club

Sport: Parancanoe

Coach: Marc Creamer / Edgar Garza

Instagram: @trinity_tratch

Trinity’s first year on the national team was in 2016 and he trains at the Calgary Canoe Club in his home town. He started kayaking about 4 years ago as a way to train and be physically prepared for his ski season, a sport he’s been doing since the age of  5. After trying kayaking for the first time, he fell in love with the sport and won a bronze medal in his first ever race.

Trinity placed 3rd in 2017 at the Pan American Championships for VL2 and has represented Canada at World Cups events.

His goal for the coming years is to qualify for an A final in the KL2 200m event!

FUN FACTS:

What is the best thing about canoe kayak? The warmth compared to skiing

Describe the sport in one word: NOT rowing

Nickname: Trin

Quote: Go Beyond

Role model: Matthew Hallat

Pre-race meal: Coffee

Post-race meal: A Big Mac, I think I worked hard enough for one

Other sport(s): Alpine Skiing / Cycling

Guilty pleasure: Sleeping through morning practice

Superhero: Iron Man

Favourite word: Pamplemousse

TV show: Action/Adventure/History

Movie: Star Wars

Book: Tom Clancy: Locked On

Band: Guns n’ Roses

RESULTS

2017 Pan American Championships (Ibarra, Ecuador) VL2 200 - Bronze

Madeline Schmidt

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: May 11,1995
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Canoe Club: Rideau Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s kayak
Coach: Chad Brooks, Mike Robinson

Maddy started paddling when she was 8 years old. She did many other sports like swimming, cross country, and track, but fell the most in love with being outside and on the water. She started paddling at the Ottawa River Canoe Club where her main focus was having fun with all her friends. She developed an affinity for learning and challenging herself, so the natural next step was to move to the Rideau Canoe Club to train with more, older, and faster athletes when she was 13.

Maddy has been on the national team since 2011 where she raced at her first Junior World Championships. Maddy has races at two Junior World Championships, three U23 World Championships, one Senior World Championships, and she was on the brink of qualifying for Rio Olympics. Maddy loves riding her bike to practice, eating oatmeal for breakfast, drinking fancy lattes, and spending 95% of her day in fresh air.

 

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Instagram: @maddycschmidt
Twitter: maddyschmidtt
Website: maddyschmidt95@wordpress.com

FUN FACTS:

First year on the National Team:
2011

What are you most proud of?
Being a part of the 6km Queen Trophy making
Objectives for the coming years?
Becoming the most authentic me and the best athlete I can be in the pursuit of qualifying for the Olympic Games while also finding time to give back to the world around me.
Why is paddling the best sport?
Being outside and on the water is the best place to be!
Canoe or Kayak, why?
It’s a family sport.

Nickname: Maddy
Quote: “Today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one alive that is youer than you!”  -Dr Suess
Favourite training: Running and skiing
Pre-race meal: Oatmeal
Post-race meal: Oatmeal
Off-season interest(s): Camping and being outside
Other sport(s): Cross country skiing, swimming, running
Superhero: Wonder Woman
Movie: I always fall asleep during movies…
Book: Harry Potter and Autobiographies 

RESULTS

2018 Pan American Championships, K4 500m - Gold
2018 Pan American Championships, K1 1000m - Gold
2018 Senior World Championships, K4 500m - 9th
2017 U23 World Championships, K1 500m - 9th
2013 Junior World Champiponships, K1 200m - Bronze

Katie Vincent

Mississauga, ON

Birthdate: December 3, 1996
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Canoe Club: Mississauga Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s canoe
Coach: Jan Kruk / Kyle Jeffery

Katie is a proud member of the Mississauga Canoe Club since 2006! She has been on the senior national team since 2016 and has represented Canada at a number of international events.

Katie has won 4 gold medals at World Championships since 2014. These gold medals include: C1 200m at Junior Worlds in 2014, C1 200m at U23 Worlds in 2016, C1 200m at U23 Worlds in 2017, C2 500m at Senior Worlds 2017.

She has been a dominating force with Laurence Vincent-Lapointe in C2 500m, winning gold and beating their previous World Records in this event at both World Cups of the 2018 season (Szeged and Duisburg). Their new world record is 1:51.428!

Katie has her sights set on competing at the upcoming Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and LA 2028 Olympic Games where she hopes to compete in the C2 500m and C1 200m events!

 

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Instagram: @k.vincent_
Twitter: @kvincent96
Website: kitkatkanu.mli.st

FUN FACTS:

First year on the National Team:
2013

What are you most proud of?
Becoming an athlete who uses sport to better themselves as a person on and off the water.
Objectives for the coming years?
Continue to grow and push my own limits
Why was your first race?
Mississauga home regatta june 2006
What is the biggest challenge about your sport?
Gaining a bigger fan base and making the sport accessible around the world
Describe the sport in one word:
Power & grace

Nickname: Kitkat
Quote: “we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle
Role model: Adam van Koeverdan, Mark Oldershaw
Favourite training: Catch-Exit-Together
Pre-race meal: Light breakfast and coffee
Post-race meal: A cold beer with my teammates. Hard work deserves reward.
Off-season interest(s): Travel, eating
Other sport(s): Alpine Skiing
Guilty pleasure: Fine cheese
TV show: The Office
Movie: Step Brothers
Band: Busty and the Bass

RESULTS

2018 Senior World Championships, C2 500m - Gold
2018 Senior World Championships, C1 500m - Bronze
2018 U23 World Championships, C1 500m - Gold
2018 U23 World Championships, C1 200m - Gold
2018 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 500 - Gold
2018 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C2 500 - Gold
2018 World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C2 500 - Gold
2018 World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 200 - Bronze

2017 U23 World Championships (Pitesti, Romania) C1 200 - Gold
2017 Senior World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C2 500 - Gold
2016 U23 World Championships (Minsk, Belarus) C2 500 - Silver
2016 U23 World Championships (Minsk, Belarus) C1 200 - Gold
2015 U23 World Championships (Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal) C1 500 - Silver
2014 Junior Worlds (Szeged, Hungary) C1 200 - Gold
2014 Junior Worlds (Szeged, Hungary) C2 500 - Silver

Anna Roy-Cyr

Lac-Beauport, QC

Birthdate:September 18, 1998

Hometown:Lac-Beauport 

Canoe Club:Lac-Beauport Canoe-Kayak Club

Sport:Women’s canoe

Coach:Luc Grenier 

Instagram:@anna.roycyr

Anna’s first year on the senior National Team was in 2016. Before that, Anna represented Canada at the Junior World Championships in 2015 where she finished 3rd. She also came 4th this 2018 season in the C2 200m event at World Cup 1 in Szeged, and 6th at the same world cup in C1 500m!

Her goal is to someday compete in the Olympic Games.

RESULTS

2018 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C2 200 - 5th
2018 World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C2 200 - 4th
2018 World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 500 - 6th
2015 Junior World Championships (Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal) - Bronze

Mark de Jonge

Halifax, NS

Birthdate: February 15, 1984
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Residence: Halifax, NS
Canoe Club: Maskwa Aquatic Club
Sport: Men’s Kayak 200
Coach: Fred Jobin

Instagram: @markdejonge

When Mark de Jonge’s family moved from Calgary to Halifax in 1997, they signed him up at Maskwa Aquatic Club to help him make friends in his new community. It was a start to many long friendships and a very successful paddling career. He won his first national titles in 1999 and went on to win an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, as well as a World champ silver medal in 2013. Mark is also a world record breaker and was World Champion in the K1 200m event in 2014 and 2015.

In 2011, Mark de Jonge’s paddling career was heating up again as he reached the podium at a World Cup and qualified Canada’s Olympic quota spot in the K1 200 with a sixth place result at World Championships. Everything was on track until Mark dropped an 80 pound dumbbell on his finger in April 2012 and was unable to paddle for several weeks. After sitting out of World Cup competitions, Mark came back to qualify for the Canadian Olympic Team by winning National Team Trials in a time faster than ever recorded in international competition. He won an Olympic bronze medal in London seven weeks later.

Mark holds an engineering degree and does some part-time engineering work when he is in Halifax.

His goal for the coming years- Olympic gold medal in Tokyo 2020!

RESULTS

2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) K1 200 - 7th
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) K1 200 - Gold
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 - Gold
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 Relay - 7th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 - Silver
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 200 - Gold
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 - Silver
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 Relay - 5th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K1 200 -Gold
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 200 - 6th
2012 Olympic Games (London) K1 200 – Bronze

2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 - 6th
2011 World Cup 3 (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 - Bronze
2011 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 200 – 4th
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) K1 200 Relay - 5th
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) K4 200 - 6th
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) K1 200 - 13th
2007 Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) K4 1000 - Silver
2003 Pan American Games (Santo Domingo) K1 500 – Bronze

Alanna Bray-Lougheed

Oakville, ON

Date of birth: 2/24/1993
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Canoe Club: Burloak Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s Kayak
Coach: Adam Oldershaw / Chad Brooks

Instagram & Twitter: @alannabl
Website: www.alannabraylougheed.com

Alanna has been a member of the National Sprint ​​Kayak Team since 2015. She started kayaking in 2003 and her first competition was the 2003 Mississauga Regatta in which she competed in the front of her very first K-2 race. His best memory of the sport is spending long summer days at the club, trainning hard with her friends and enjoying the good weather on the water until the sun sets down!

Her highest level of competition in the sport is to have competed at the 2018 and 2017 World Championships, as well as several World Cups. Her goal for the future is to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics !

FUN FACTS:

What is the best thing about this sport? The people in the sport

Nickname: Lanny

Favorite training: Race specific paddling; weights; running

Pre-race meal: Hard boiled egg, toast and peanut butter

Post-race meal: Chips of some sort

Off-season interest(s): School, spending time with friends and family, traveling if I can.

Superhero: Wonderwoman

TV Show: Game of thrones, House of cards

Movie: Inception

Book: Girl with the dragon tattoo series

RESULTS

Erica Scarff

Toronto, ON

Birthdate: August 16 1996

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Canoe Club: Balmy Beach Canoe Club

Sport: Paracanoë

CoachPeter Martinek

 

Erica Scarff starting paddling in 2013 when it was suggested to her by her coach at the time, Mari Ellery at a prothestic clinc. Scarff, a gymnast before her amputation, was already into sports as a teenager despite her disability dabbling in swimming, cycling and alpine skiing. She actually had to chose between racing on slopes or on flatwater!

Scarff burst on the national scene in 2013 earning a gold medal in the K1 200m at the Canadian Championships. She has since represented Canada at many international events, including World Championships and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio where she placed 7th in the KL3 200m event.

At age 12, Scarff was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that Terry Fox had. She says she is inspired by how Fox fought the cancer and was able to launch his Marathon of Hope.

RESULTS

2018 Pan American Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) KL3 200 - Silver
2018 World Championships (Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal) KL3 200 - 7th
2017 Pan American Championships (Ibarra, Ecuador) VL3 200 - Gold
2017 Pan American Championships (Ibarra, Ecuador) KL3 200 - Silver
2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) KL3 200 - 4th

2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) KL3 200 - 7th
2016 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) KL3 200 - 6th
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) KL3 200 - 7th
2014 National Championships (Regina, Canada) K1 200 LTA - Gold
2013 National Championships (Montreal, Canada) K1 200 LTA - Gold

Drew Hodges

Ottawa, ON

Birthdate: October 13, 1993

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Canoe Club: Rideau Canoe Club

Sport: Men’s canoe

Coach: Andreas Dittmer / Ben Tardiloli

Instagram: @drew.hodges

Website: http://drewhodges.mli.st

Drew Hodges started his paddling career at the Rideau Canoe Club. The club atmosphere and his friends are what made him discover his passion for paddling. Drew takes a lot of pride in wearing the Rideau purple singlet.

His first year on the national team was in 2013, the same year he competed in his first Pan American Championships, coming 4th in C1 1000m. Drew is also a Canada Games gold medalist, and a multiple time national champion. He came 6th in C2 at the 2016 U23 World Championships and 9th in C4 1000m in the 2017 Senior World Championships.

When not in his canoe, Drew enjoys spending time with his friends and family.

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Family 

Nickname: Hodges

Role model: Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny

Favourite training: Cross country skiing

Pre-race meal: Chicken sub from Subway

Post-race meal: Pizza!

Off-season interest(s): Completing my business degree

Other sport(s): Football, hockey and cross country skiing

Guilty pleasure: Watches

Favourite word: Grit

TV show: Breaking Bad

Movie: Step Brothers 

RESULTS

2017 Senior World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C4 1000 - 9th
2016 U23 World Championships (Minsk, Belarus) C2 1000 - 6th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) C2 1000 - 12th
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) C1 1000 - 4th

2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C1 5000 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C1 1000 - Silver
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C4 1000 - Silver
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C4 200 - Bronze

Craig Spence

Waverley, NS

Hometown: Waverley, NS

Canoe Club: Cheema Aquatic Club

Sport: Men’s canoe

Coach: Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki / Andreas Dittmer / Mike Kerrivan

Instagram: @craigspence_

Twitter: @CSpenceCanoe

Craig Spence started his paddling career at the Senobe Aquatic Club. It is there that he fell in love with the sport, and his competitive spirit eventually led him to join the Cheema Aquatic Club. Since then, Craig has been improving year after year.

Craig represented Nova Scotia at the 2013 Canada Games. He also raced for Canada at the 2013 Junior World Championships, Pan American Championships and World Cups. In 2017, Craig came 10th in the C1 1000m event at the U23 World Championships and 9th in the C4 1000m event at the Senior World Championships.

Craig is known for his great attitude and his strong work ethics. In 2014, he made a big jump and joined the Senior National Team after a strong race at National Team Trials in Montreal.

He is majoring in economics with a statistics minor at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

RESULTS

2018 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 1000 - 5th
2018 World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 1000 - 9th
2017 Senior World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C4 1000 - 9th
2017 U23 World Championships (Pitesti, Romania) C1 1000 - 10th
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) C4 1000 - Silver
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) C1 1000 - 7th

2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior C1 5000 - Silver
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior C1 200 - Bronze
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior C1 1000 - 5th
2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) C1 1000 - 19th
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C1 1000 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) C1 5000 - Silver

Pierre-Luc Poulin

Lac-Beauport

BirthdateDecember 21, 1995

Hometown: Lac-Beauport

Canoe ClubLac-Beauport Canoe Club

Sport: Men’s kayak

Coach: Fred Jobin

Instagram: @ppoulin11

Website: poulinkayak.mli.st

Pierre-Luc Poulin grew up around the Lac Beauport Canoe Club, following in the footsteps of his brother Maxim Poulin. It is Fred Jobin who really got Pierre-Luc interested in kayaking, when he took him out in the coaching boat one summer afternoon to introduce him to the athletes. Fred Jobin also gave him a DVD of the World Championships races, which got Pierre-Luc hooked.

Pierre-Luc broke onto the international scene in 2013 at the Junior World Championships. He came 3rd in the K2 200m at the 2015 PanAm Games, 8th in the K2 200m 2017 Senior World Championships and 4th at the 2017 U23 World Championships. He is most proud of paddling behind Mark de Jonge and Adam van Koeverden during his first year on the Senior World tour when he was just 19!

Known for his sprinting ability and his size, he is a big asset on the men’s kayak team. Pierre-Luc hopes to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!

FUN FACTS:

What is canoe kayak’s biggest challenge? For me it’s the last 75m of any race. It hurts every time, no matter what. I like it!

Canoe or kayak, why? Kayak because my brother did canoe.

Pre-race meal: Oatmeal with fruit

Post-race meal: Steak

Other coaches: Mathieu Drolet, Fred Loyer

When was your first canoe kayak race? Back in 2002, it was a K4 race. 

What is the best thing about canoe kayak? Making one with so many components. Finding the perfect tone between you, your paddle, your boat and the water.

Describe the sport in one word: Amalgam

Nickname: PL

Quote: You can be disappointed, but still satisfied

Role model: Adam Van Koeverden

Other sports: Cross country skiing

Guilty pleasure: Sugar pie

Movie: Intouchables

Band: Red Hot Chili Peppers

RESULTS

2017 Sr World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 200 - 8th
2017 U23 World Championships (Pitesti, Romania) K4 500 - 4th
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) - 16th
2015 Pan Am Games (Toronto, Canada) K2 200 - Bronze
2015 Pan Am Games (Toronto, Canada) K4 1000 - 4th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K4 1000 - 8th
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior K1 1000 - Gold
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior K1 200 - Gold
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior K1 5000 - 5th
2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) K1 200 - 8th

2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) K4 1000 - 8th
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 500 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 200 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K2 200 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K4 200 - Silver

Alex Scott

Bedford, NS

Birthdate: May 6, 1995
Hometown: Bedford, NS
Residence: Bedford, NS
Canoe Club: Maskwa Aquatic Club
Sport: Men’s Kayak 200
Coach: Fred Jobin / Chad Brooks

Alex started paddling at the age of 8 at the Maskwa Aquatic Club, and fell in love with it. Alex Scott was a promising young judoka when he was younger, competiting at the Winter Canada Games in 2010. However, paddling was always in the back of his mind.

Alex Scott is a newcomer on the international paddling scene. His first international experience came from participating in the 2013 Junior World Championships. Since then, Alex has been racing for Canada at Pan American Championships and the U23 World Championship.

Alex is a training partner of World Champion Mark de Jonge, and sees him as a role model.

Alex is currently studying computer science at Saint-Mary’s University. When not paddling, he enjoys spending time with friends, and watching TV shows.

RESULTS

2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K2 200 - 6th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 - 14th
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior K2 200 - Silver

2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) Junior K2 1000 - 5th
2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) K2 200 - 10th

Ryan Cochrane

Windsor, Nova Scotia

Birthdate: July 24, 1983
Hometown: Windsor, NS
Residence: Lac Beauport, Quebec
Canoe Club: Lac Beauport
Sport: Men’s kayak
Coach: Fred Jobin
Instagram: @Cochranekayak
Twitter: @rcochrane2012

Ryan Cochrane comes from the small town of Windsor, NS and began paddling when he was seven years old at the Pisiquid Aquatic Club. He became Pisiquid’s biggest success story when he made the Junior World Championship in 2001.

Ryan trained at Maskwa Aquatic Club for several years with Mark de Jonge. He later moved to Ottawa to train at the Rideau Canoe Club and now represents Lac Beauport where he currently resides with his partner Mylanie Barré, who was also an Olympic kayaker, and their daughter, Layla, who was born in 2013. Their son, Logan, was born in 2015.

In pursuit of representing Canada at the Olympic Games in the K2 200, Ryan and his partner Hugues Fournel won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games, won National Team Trials and posted Canada’s two best K2 results at the 2012 World Cups which included a bronze medal in Poznan, Poland. Ryan and Hugues placed seventh in the Olympic final as the K2 200 metre made its debut on the Olympic programme. In 2013 coach Fred Jobin changed up the crews and Ryan he paired with Richard Dober Jr. to finish eighth in the K2 200 metre at World Championships. He was then paired with Hugues Fournel again and they finished 8th in K2 200m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. At the 2017 Worlds, paired with Pierre-Luc Poulin in the same event, they finished 8th.

Ryan holds a bachelor of science in psychology with a minor biology, and enjoys building things, the outdoors, and spending time with his family!

His goal for the coming years is to win an Olympic medal!

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Fun!

Nickname: Scrizz

Quote: “Anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” ~Steve Prefontaine

Role model: My grandfather

Favorite training: K2 and K4

Off-season interest(s): Woodworking, camping

Book: The Hobbit

RESULTS

2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) K4 500 - 10th
2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 200 - 8th
2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) K2 200 - 8th
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) K2 200 - 9th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K2 200 - 13th
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 200 - 7th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 Relay - 5th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K2 200 - 8th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K2 200 - 9th

2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 200 - 8th
2012 Olympic Games (London, Great-Britain) K2 200 - 7th
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K2 200 - 5th
2012 World Cup 1 (Poznan, Poland) K2 200 - Bronze
2011 Olympic Test Event (London, Great Britain) K2 200 - 4th
2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K2 200 - 10th
2011 Pan Am Games (Guadalajara, Mexico) K2 200 - Gold
2010 World Championships (Poznan, Poland) K2 200 - 6th
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) K4 200 - 6th
2001 Junior World Championships (Curituba, Brazil) K4 1000 - 13th

Marshall Hughes

Waverley, NS

Birthdate: February 14, 1995
Hometown: Waverley, NS
Residence: Waverley, NS
Canoe Club: Cheema Aquatic Club
Sport: Men’s kayak
Coach: Fred Jobin
Instagram: @MarshallHughes_Can

When Marshall’s family moved to Waverley, NS when he was just a kid, the family’s real estate agent kept talking about Cheema Aquatic Club. In a small community like Waverley, it’s hard not to know Cheema and Marshall discovered paddling at the age of eight through a summer camp. His first race was in 2005 and his best memories are of all the friends he has made paddling throughout the years. Seeing older athletes at the club training hard every day in pursuit of their dreams inspired Marshall to do the same. He did just that, and made the national team for the first time in 2013.

A highlight moment in Marshall’s paddling career was winning a World Cup bronze medal in K4 1000 while he was still a Junior. He went on that season to place eighth in both the K1 and K4 1000 at the 2013 Junior World Championships.

Marshall has since raced at Pan American Championships, U23 and Senior World Championships.

When not paddling, Marshall enjoys spending time with his friends around the lake, and archery.

FUN FACTS:

Describe the sport in one word: Determination

Nickname: Marshy-Baby

Pre-race meal: Oatmeal and yogurt

Other sports: Swimming, skate skiing

Guilty pleasure: Cookies

Superhero: Spider Man

TV show: The Office

Movie: Step Brothers

RESULTS

2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K1 5000 - Gold
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K1 1000 - 5th
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K4 1000 - 6th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K1 1000 - 16th
2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) K4 1000 - 8th
2013 Junior World Championships (Welland, Canada) K1 1000 - 8th

2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K4 1000 - Bronze
2013 Junior Piestany International Regatta (Piestany, Slovakia) K1 1000 – Bronze
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K4 1000 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 1000 - Silver
2012 Pan Am (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Junior K1 5000 - Gold

Michelle Russell

Fall River, NS

Birthdate: June 27th, 1992
Hometown: Fall River, NS
Residence: Fall River, NS
Canoe Club: Cheema Aquatic Club
Sport: Women’s kayak
Coach: Mike Kerrigan

Michelle began her paddling career at the Abenaki Aquatic Club so she could paddle with her family and cousins. She moved on to the Cheema Aquatic Club in 2004.

Since then, Michelle’s paddling career has been on a steep incline. She is the 2013 Under 23 World Champion in K1 200 and also won a bronze medal in the K1 500 at the Championships in Welland to be Canada’s only double-medalist on home water. 2012 was her first World Cup tour where she took home a bronze in K1 200 relay.

Michelle has become one of Canada’s best women’s K1 paddler. She has won multiple national team trials, and represented Canada at several Senior World Championships. She is known to be a hard worker, and to always be pushing her limits.

In her spare time, Michelle loves to read and usually has a good book or two on the go.

RESULTS

2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 Relay - 11th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K2 500 - 12th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 - 13th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 - 15th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K1 500 - 12th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K1 5000 - 15th
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 1000 - Silver
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 5000 - 8th
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K2 500 - 12th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 Relay - 8th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 - 14th

2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) K1 200 - Gold
2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) K1 500 - Bronze
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K1 200 - 6th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K1 500 - 7th
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 500 - 9th
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 200 - 9th
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 5000 - 13th
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 Relay - Bronze
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K4 500 - 8th
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K2 500 - 14th
2011 Junior World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 500 - 8th
2011 Junior World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K4 500 - 8th
2011 Junior World Championships (Brandenburg, Germany) K1 1000 - 10th

Lissa Bissonnette

Sherbrooke, QC

Birthdate: December 14th, 1990
Hometown: Sherbrooke, QC
Residence: Gatineau, QC
Canoe Club: Pointe-Claire Canoe Kayak Club
Sport: Women’s Kayak

Lissa started paddling at the age of ten at the Deux-Rives Canoe Club. She later joined the Sherbrooke Canoe Club and started training seriously. She was inspired by Canadian paddling icon Caroline Brunet to pursue her dream of becoming a National Team kayaker. She moved to Pointe-Claire to train and says watching canoer Tom Hall train to win an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 had a big impact on her.

Her first year on the national team was in 2009 and since then Lissa has competed on several World Cup tours and World Championships. She placed eighth in K4 at the 2013 U23 World Championships and 11th in K4 500m at the 2017 Senior World Championships.

She now lives in Gatineau, QC and when she is not paddling, Lissa enjoys downhill skiing, and spending time around the lake with her family.

FUN FACTS:

Why canoe kayak? Because you can do it in a group and individually.

Canoe or kayak, why? Kayak, it’s the perfect balance.

Nickname: Lissa Bissa

Role model: Roger Federer

Favorite training: Sprints and strength training

Pre-race meal: Pasta

 Post-race meal: Steak

Off-season interest(s): Alpine skiing, drawing

Other sport(s): Alpine skiing, tennis, climbing

Guilty pleasure: Ribs

Superhero: Thor

RESULTS

2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K1 1000 - Silver
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K2 200 - 4th
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K2 500 - 5th
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K4 500 - 5th
2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) K4 500 - 8th
2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) K2 500 - 9th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K4 500 - 5th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K2 200 - 8th

2013 U23 Piestany International Regatta (Piestany, Slovakia) K1 200 - Gold
2013 U23 Piestany International Regatta (Piestany, Slovakia) K2 200 - Gold
2013 U23 Piestany International Regatta (Piestany, Slovakia) K2 500 - Gold
2013 U23 Piestany International Regatta (Piestany, Slovakia) K1 500 - Bronze
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K4 500 - 8th
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) K2 500 - 17th
2010 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K2 1000 - Bronze

Andreanne Langlois

Trois-Rivières, QC

Birthdate: April 1,1993
Hometown: Trois-Rivières
Canoe Club: Club de canoë-kayak de Trois-Rivières
Sport: Women’s Kayak
Coach: Mathieu Pelletier

Andréanne Langlois first represented Canada as a 16-year-old at the 2009 ICF Junior World Championships. She returned to the world juniors in 2011, making the A final of the K-1 200m, before moving up to the U23 level, where she competed at three straight world championships from 2013 to 2015. She competed individually at the latter, reaching the A final in the K-1 200m. Having made her World Cup debut in 2013 in K-2 and K-4 boats, Langlois enjoyed a breakthrough in 2016. After finishing fourth in the B final of the K-1 200m at the second World Cup of the season in Racice, Czech Republic, she advanced to the A final at the third World Cup in Portugal, posting an impressive fifth place finish. Langlois earned her way onto the elite circuit by finishing second, twice, in the K-1 200m at the 2016 national team trials, behind training mate and role model Émilie Fournel, who had already secured an Olympic berth in the K-1 500m. While Fournel chose to compete at the season’s first World Cup, it was up to Langlois to compete at the Pan American continental qualifier, where she won the K-1 200m and an Olympic spot. At Rio 2016 she advanced to the B final of the K-1 200m and the A final with the K-4 500m crew. Langlois competed at the Canada Games in 2009 and 2013, winning two silver medals in her first appearance before capturing two gold and two bronze in her second.

 

FOLLOW THIS ATHLETE:

Instagram: @andreannelanglois
Website: 
andreannelanglois.com

 

FUN FACTS:

First year on the National Team: 2009

What are you most proud of?
Standing by my values.
Objectives for the coming years?
Go fast.
Why is paddling the best sport?
Summer sport, good friends and the best sport ever.
Canoe or Kayak, why?
Kayak, car la perfection est demandée pour les deux côtés.
Why was your first race?
Summer of 2000
What is your best memory about the sport?
The Olympic Games
What is the biggest challenge about your sport?
Balance, all about finding balance
Describe the sport in one word:
Kayak

Nickname: Dédé
Quote: Go hard or go home
Role model: Émilie Fournel
Favourite training: Trainings with Mathieu Pelletier
Pre-race meal: Pasta
Post-race meal:Chocolate
Off season interest(s): Lecture, casse-têtes, tricot…
Other sport(s): Hiking
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate
Superhero: Dr Stranger
Favourite word: Bref
TV show: GOT
Movie: Harry Potter
Book: Harry Potter
Band: Mumford and Sons

RESULTS

2016 Olympic Games (Rio, Brazil) K-1 200m - 14th
2016 Olympic Games (Rio, Brazil) K-4 500m - 8th
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K2 1000 - Silver
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K1 5000 - Bronze
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K1 200 - Bronze
2014 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) K4 500 - 5th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K4 500 - 8th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K2 500 - 9th
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) K1 200 - Gold
2013 Pan Am (Ponce, Puerto Rico) K4 500 - Silver
2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) K4 500 - 8th

2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K4 500 - 5th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K2 200 - 8th
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K2 200 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K4 500 - Gold
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 500 - Bronze
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K4 200 - Bronze
2011 Junior World Championships (Brandenburg, Germany) K4 500 - 8th
2011 Junior World Championships (Brandenburg, Germany) K1 200 - 8th

Mark Oldershaw

Hamilton, ON

Birthdate: February 7th, 1983

Hometown: Hamilton, ON

Canoe Club: Burloak Canoe Club

Sport: Men’s Canoe

Coach: Anders Gustafsson / Scott Oldershaw

Instagram: @markoldershaw

Twitter: @markoldershaw

Website: http://oldershaw.ca

Mark Oldershaw’s first year on the national team was in 2001 and he has been a dominating force on the international scene ever since. He competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics finishing 10th in the C1 500m event, and he captured the Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the C1 1000m event. In 2015 Mark won silver at the 2015 Pan Am Games and at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mark came 12th in C1 1000m!

Mark is a third generation Olympian and fifth member of his family to compete in the Games. His grandfather Bert, uncles Dean and Reed, and father Scott all competed in the sport of CanoeKayak, but Mark is the first of the family to win a medal.

Mark is also an 85 time National Champion, is an 11 time winner on the World Cup Circuit, was a double Junior World Champion in 2001 and a 2 time World Championship bronze medalist.

FUN FACTS:

What are you most proud of? My daughters 

Favourite training: Canoeing

Pre-race meal: Boneless skinless chicken thighs

Post-race meal: Beef wellington

Off-season interest(s): Home improvement

Other sport(s): Hockey

Guilty pleasure: French fries

Superhero: Wolverine

Favourite word: Defenestration

Movie: Braveheart

Book: Catch 22

RESULTS

2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 5000 - 14th
2017 World Cup 3 (Belgrade, Serbia) C2 1000 - 11th
2017 World Cup 3 (Belgrade, Serbia) C1 5000 - 8th
2016 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 1000 - 7th
2016 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C4 200 - 2nd
2016 World Cup 3 (Montemor, Portugal) C1 1000 - 7th
2016 World Cup 3 (Montemor, Portugal) C1 500 - Gold
2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) C1 200 - 20th
2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) C1 1000 - 12th
2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, Canada) C1 1000 - Silver
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) C1 1000 - 9th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) C1 1000 - 6th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) C1 200 Relay - 8th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) C1 5000 - 13th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 500 - Silver
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 5000 - Silver
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 1000 - 8th
2014 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 1000 - Silver
2014 World Cup 1 (Milan, Italy) C1 500 - Silver
2014 World Cup 1 (Milan, Italy) C1 1000 - Bronze
2014 World Cup 1 (Milan, Italy) C1 5000 - 6th
2014 World Cup 1 (Milan, Italy) C1 200 - 9th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) C1 5000 - Bronze

2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) C1 200 Relay - Bronze
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) C1 1000 - 9th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) C1 5000 - 4th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) C4 1000 - 7th
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) C1 1000 - 9th
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 1000 - 5th
2012 Olympic Games (London, Great-Britain) C1 1000 - Bronze
2012 World Cup 3 (Moscow, Russia) C1 1000 - 5th
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 200 Relay - Bronze
2012 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 1000 - 4th
2012 World Cup 1 (Poznan, Poland) C1 1000 - Gold
2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) C1 1000 - 5th
2011 World Cup 3 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 1000 - Silver
2011 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 1000 - Gold
2011 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 5000 - Gold
2010 World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 1000 - Bronze
2010 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 1000 - Bronze
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) C1 1000 - 4th
2008 Olympic Games (Beijing, China) C1 500 - 10th
2001 Junior World Championships (Curituba, Brazil) C1 1000 - Gold
2001 Junior World Championships (Curituba, Brazil) C1 500 - Gold

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe

Trois-Rivières, QC

Birthdate: May 27 1992
Hometown: Trois-Rivières
Canoe Club: Trois-Rivières Canoe-Kayak Club
Sport: Women’s canoe
Coach: Mathieu Pelletier

Laurence started paddling in 2005 at the Trois-Rivières Canoe Club, and she has established herself as arguably the best female canoer in the world.

She stepped onto the international scene in 2010 and won two gold medals at the World Championships. She repeated her results in 2011 and won another two gold medals in C1 200 and C2 500 with her partner Mallorie Nicholson and again in 2013 with partner Sara-Jane Caumartin. She also became the inaugural Under 23 World Champion in 2013. The streak continued, as Laurence won gold at Worlds in 2014, and again in 2017 in C2 500m and C1 200m.

Laurence currently holds the world record for C1 200m with a time of 44.502 seconds posted at World Cup #1 of 2018 in Szeged, Hungary. She also holds the world record with partner Katie Vincent in C2 500m, with a time of  1:51.428 seconds posted at that same event.

Laurence has been a big voice in advocating for the inclusion of women’s canoe on the Olympic programme and her efforts have paid off- C2 500m and C1 200m disciplines were added to the Olympic schedule for Tokyo 2020! Laurence is hungry for an Olympic medal.

 

FOLLOW THIS ATHLETE:
Instagram: 
@laurence_vincentlapointe

 

FUN FACTS:

First year on the national team:
2010

What are you most proud of?
My stubborness
Objectives for the coming years?
Gold medals in the Olympics (my dream)
Why is paddling the best sport?
It’s a sport where you can feel free, powerful and be outside all the time, can you ask for more?
Canoe or Kayak, why?
Canoe, duh. I just cannot stand to be on my butt for that long.
When was your first race?
Probably in 2004, I most likely didn’t finish in my boat.
What is your best memory about the sport?
All the afternoon with my friends that allowed my to become who I am now.
What is the biggest challenge about your sport?
Balance.
Describe the sport in one word:
Power

Nickname: Lau
Quote:
 Everyone will hurt at the end of the race, the one who will win is the one that can accept it and keep going past that.
Role model: 
Dave Frost
Favourite training:
 Beside paddling? Weights.
Pre-race meal: 
Something sweet and salty.
Post-race meal: 
Something good.
Off season interest(s): 
Spending time with my family and friends (I rarely get to see them)
Other sport(s):
 Synchronized swimming, water polo (for fun)
Guilty pleasure:
 Binge watching netflix
Superhero: 
Wonder Woman
TV show: 
Brooklyn nine-nine
Movie:
 The Illusionist
Book: 
Wheel of time
Band: 
Panic!At the Disco

 

RESULTS

2018 Canoe Sprint Super Cup (Barnaul, Russian Federation) C1 350 - Gold
2018 Canoe Sprint Super Cup (Barnaul, Russian Federation) Mixed C2 350 - 4th
2018 World Championships (Montemor O Velho, Portugal) C2 500 - Gold
2018 World Championships (Montemor O Velho, Portugal) C1 200 - Gold
2018 World Championships (Montemor O Velho, Portugal) C1 5000 - Gold
2018 ICF World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C2 500 - Gold
2018 ICF World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 200 - Gold
2018 ICF World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C2 500 - Gold
2018 ICF World Cup 1 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 200 - Gold
2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 200 - Gold
2017 World Championships (Racice, Czech Republic) C2 500 - Gold
2017 ICF World Cup 3 (Belgrade, Serbia) C1 200 - Gold
2017 ICF World Cup 3 (Belgrade, Serbia) C1 5000 - Silver
2017 ICF World Cup 2 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 500 - 4th
2017 ICF World Cup 2 (Szeged, Hungary) C1 200 - Gold
2017 ICF World Cup 2 (Szeged, Hungary) C2 500 - Silver
2017 ICF World Cup 1 (Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal)

2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) C1 200 - 4th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) C1 200 - Gold
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) C2 500 - 4th
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) C1 200 - Gold
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) C2 500 - Gold
2013 U23 World Championships (Welland, Canada) C1 200 - Gold
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) C1 200 - Gold
2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) C2 500 - Gold
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C1 200 - Gold
2013 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) C2 500 - Gold
2012 World Cup 3 (Duisburg, Germany) C1 200 - Gold
2012 World Cup 2 (Poznan, Poland) C1 200 - Gold
2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) C1 200 – Gold
2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) C2 500 – Gold
2010 World Championships (Poznan, Poland) C1 200 – Gold
2010 World Championships (Poznan, Poland) C2 500 – Gold

Christine Gauthier

Les Cèdres, QC

Birthdate: May 6, 1970
Hometown: Les Cèdres, QC
Canoe Club: Pointe-Clair Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s Paracanoe
Coach: Marc Creamer, Mark Granger

Christine is a five-time Paracanoe World Champion from 2009 to 2013 in the K1 200 metre LTA. She started Paracanoe in 2008 during an outing with her sisters after suffering injuries during her military service. Christine was in the regular force field artillery for 10 years. While training on an obstacle course in 1989 she jumped into a deep hole and had a bad landing. The resulting injuries to her knees, hips, neck and back have required eight surgeries so far and more to come.

She competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympics and finished 4th despite a total ruptured shoulder. She has hopes of competing once again at the Paralympics in Tokyo, and this time claiming a medal!

 

FUN FACTS:

First year on the National Team: 2009

What are you most proud of?
Always see the positive in different situations
Objectives for the coming years?
Trying to get to Tokyo for my 50th birthday would be pretty cool!
Why is paddling the best sport?
One of rare sports, when on the water, that make me feel like an able-body athlete, it’s liberating.
Why was your first race?
2008, in Ottawa for an exhibition race
What is your best memory about the sport?
I get new memories everyday, but probably paddling with dolphins in Florida
What is the biggest challenge about your sport?
Go fast and keep balance even with my disability.
Describe the sport in one word:
« Exhaltant »

Nickname: CG or Frenchie
Quote: 
Every new day is an new start
Role model: 
Général Roméo Dallaire
Favourite training:
Bunngees training
Pre-race meal: 
Smoothie
Post-race meal: 
Proteine shake
Off season interest(s): 
Spyder with my friends

RESULTS

2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Kl2 200 - 4th
2016 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) KL2 200 - 5th
2015 World Championships (Milan, Italy) KL2 200 - 6th
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 TA - Silver
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) V1 200 LTA - Bronze
2014 World Championships (Moscow, Russia) K1 200 LTA - 7th
2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) V1 200 TA - Silver

2014 World Cup 3 (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 TA - Bronze
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 LTA – Gold
2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) V1 200 LTA – Silver
2012 World Championships (Poznan, Poland) K1 200 LTA – Gold
2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 LTA – Gold
2010 World Championships (Poznan, Poland) K1 200 LTA – Gold
2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) K1 200 LTA – Gold

Brian Malfesi

Ridge

Birthdate: October 3, 1993

Hometown: Maple Ridge, BC

Canoe Club: Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club

Sport: Men’s kayak

Coach: Fred Jobin

Instagram: @b.falconmalfesi

Brian Malfesi started paddling in 2005 to follow in his brother’s footsteps. His early years are what made Brian fall in love with paddling. He made many friends, and the paddling community became like a second family to him.

Brian’s first international experience came in 2010, when he was selected to represent Canada in Mexico City for the Pan American Championships. He also competed at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany. Since then, he represented Canada at U23 and Senior World Championships.

In 2013, Brian was proud to be representing Team BC at the Canada Summer Games, in Sherbrooke.

RESULTS

2016 U23 World Championships (Minsk, Belarus) K4 1000 - 8th
2015 Senior World Championships (Milan, Italy) K2 1000 - 15th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K4 1000 - 8th
2014 U23 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K2 1000 - 12th
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 1000 - Gold

2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K1 500 - Silver
2013 Canada Games (Sherbrooke, Quebec) K2 200 - Bronze
2011 Junior World Championships (Brandenburg, Germany) K4 1000 - 14th
2010 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) Junior K4 1000 - Bronze
2010 Pan Am (Mexico City, Mexico) Junior K2 1000 - Bronze