Slalom Paddlers Competing for Tokyo Qualification at ICF 2019 World Championships


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Slalom Paddlers Competing for Tokyo Qualification at ICF 2019 World Championships
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LA SEU D’URGEL, SPAIN (September 23, 2019) – Top slalom paddlers from around the world will be competing at the 2019 International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) World Championships in Spain from September 25 – 29.

The five-day event will feature eight Canadian slalom athletes competing for medals, and Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifications. The top 18 countries in K1 events and top 11 countries in C1 events will qualify for Tokyo 2020.

Women’s Canoe will be making its Olympic debut in 2020 with Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) and Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) aiming to lock up a country qualification for Canada this week.

ICF World Cup Extreme Slalom medallist Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) will lead Team Canada in the Men’s Kayak events including the highly dramatic team event beginning on Wednesday this week. The team races consist of three paddlers from the same category weaving down the course as close together as possible while still not interfering with each other’s lines.

“We are all ready to start the World Championships in La Seu d’Urgell,” said James Cartwright, High Performance and Coach Development Senior Manager. “All our preparation this season has been centered around putting everything together for this one race and our athletes know how to perform here. It’s important that we stay calm and focus on the details that we can control throughout the competition with the excitement building.”


2019 ICF Canoe Slalom and Wild Water Canoeing World Championships


Wednesday September 25 (9:00am to 4:00pm local time) (3:00am to 10:00am EST)

Thursday September 26 (9:00am to 1:40pm local time) (3:00am to 7:40am EST)

Friday September 27 (9:00am to 1:30pm local time) (3:00am to 7:30am EST)

Saturday September 28 (9:00am to 1:30pm local time) (3:00am to 7:30am EST)

Sunday September 29 (8:30am to 1:30pm local time) (2:30am to 7:30am EST)



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How to follow:

All races will be available to watch on Planet Canoe’s YouTube here, as well as on CBC Sports here.

Visit the event website here.

The Canadian entries are listed below.

Event Crew
K1 Men Ben Hayward
K1 Men Michael Tayler
K1 Men Trevor Boyd
K1 Women Florence Maheu
K1 Women Lois Betteridge
C1 Men Cameron Smedley
C1 Men Spencer Pomeroy
C1 Women Lois Betteridge
C1 Women Haley Daniels
Team Event
K1M Hayward, Tayler, Boyd
K1W Maheu, Betteridge, Daniels


To view Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team Criteria, click here.

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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