Sprint and Paracanoe Paddlers Test out Tokyo

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TOKYO, JAPAN (September 17, 2019) – Canada’s top sprint and paracanoe paddlers competed at the ‘Ready, Steady, Test Event in Tokyo, Japan from September 12-15. Over 45 nations participated in this familiarization event at the home of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic venue in the Tokyo Bay Zone.

“This event provided us with an opportunity to experience the venue both on and off the water and collaborate on what we can do next year to optimize the performance environment,” said Graham Barton, CKC Chief Technical Director. “The athletes also had the chance to see the Olympic Village. This kind of familiarization goes a long way in making the Olympic Games less distracting and less overwhelming for everyone.”

Top Canadian performers included three-time World Champion Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) finishing 4th in the Women’s C1 200m event while Roland Varga (Richmond Hill, ON) and Connor Fitzpatrick (Senobe, NS) also placed 4th in the C2 1000m event.

Mark Oldershaw (Burloak, ON), finished top eight in the world in the C1 1000m event.

Simon McTavish (Mississauga, ON) placed 6th in B Final K1 200m event while Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach, ON) and Lisa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire, QC) finished 7th in the B Final of the K2 500m event.

Mathieu St-Pierre (Shawinigan, QC) finished 8th place overall in the VL2M 200m Para event.


2019 Canoe Sprint Olympic/Paralympic Test Event

The Canadian entries are listed below.

Event Crew
C1W 200m Katie Vincent
C1M 1000m Mark Oldershaw
C2M 1000m Roland Varga
Connor Fitzpatrick
K1W 500m Madeline Schmidt
K2W 500m Courtney Stott
Lisa Bissonnette
K1M 200m Simon McTavish
K1M 1000m Simon McTavish
VL2M 200m Mathieu St-Pierre