OTTAWA, ON (July 12, 2016) – A total of 260 athletes participated at the Sprint Canada Cup this past weekend in Shawinigan, QC. The event was attended by club, provincial, national, and international teams.
Athletes competed in U17, U19 and senior classes in a variety of races. Several national team athletes attended the Canada Cup. For Olympic bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw, the Canada Cup was a valuable race opportunity as he continues his preparations for his third Olympic Games. Paracanoe athlete Erica Scarff competed at the Canada Cup as part of her training before racing in Rio where Paracanoe will make its Paralympic debut.
The Quebec Team racked up the most points to win the overall Canada Cup. Team Canada finished second and Team Ontario finished third. Burgees were also awarded for the top points accumulated in each category.
“We’ve significantly expanded opportunities for athletes to gain high quality race experience within Canada,” said Ian Mortimer, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Manager of Domestic Development & Partner Relations. “Through working with our partners, we’ve created and hosted the Canada Cup to meet the competition objectives outlined in CKC’s competition review. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this event so successful for our athletes.”
The Canada Cup was created to address the objectives outlined in CKC’s competition review by increasing high level domestic race opportunities.
The Canada Cup in Shawinigan successfully reflected the local passion for canoeing, especially marathon and Rabaska canoe racing, with the inclusion of a marathon race during Day 2. Bringing a national event to the historic waters of the St. Mauricie River, the venue for the annual La Classique Internationale De Canot De La Mauricie, was a great opportunity to bring two of CKC’s disciplines together, and celebrate our shared love of the sport.
Canoe Kayak Canada has developed a technical package, rotation model and bidding process for the Sprint Canada Cup. Next year’s Canada Cup will be hosted in Central Canada and more information about the bidding process is featured on Canoe Kayak Canada’s Hosting webpage.
Top Ranked Teams
1st – Quebec
2nd – Canada
3rd – Ontario
4th – Atlantic
5th – Rideau
U17 – Canada
Paracanoe – Canada
PaddleAll – Shawinigan
U19 – Quebec
Senior Women – Canada
Senior Men – Quebec
About Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. Canoe Kayak Canada has been one of Canada’s top performing summer sports having won an impressive count of 24 Olympic medals. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization which includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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