MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC (June 22, 2018) – Canoe Kayak Canada’s best sprint paddlers started Day One of the final National Sprint Team Trials with great performances. Close to 300 athletes of all age categories from all across the country competed on Friday at the Olympic Basin in Montréal, trying to get a spot on this year’s National Teams.
“It was great to see three generations of women’s canoe performing well today as they battled to qualify for Senior, U23 and Junior World Championships” said Graham Barton, Technical Chief Officer at Canoe Kayak Canada. “It was also great to see Olympian Mark Oldershaw back out in front setting a great example for the younger generations,” added National Team’s Head Coach, Anders Gustafsson.
Among the 84 races leading to 19 different finals taking place on Friday, Canadian athletes paddled down the race course in order to prove they deserve to represent Canada on the international stage in 2018.
In addition to some 700 people present at the Olympic Basin, 2 300 tuned in to watch the event that was video live streamed on the Canoe Kayak Canada’s YouTube Channel.
The action will continue on Saturday and Sunday with more exciting finals over the distances of 200, 500 and 1000 meters.
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