Ian Thomson

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Ian Thomson
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Birthdate: March 7th, 1967

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Ian started paddling at the age of 16 when a visionary high school math teacher and swim coach encouraged a band of interested kids give up their March break in order to make their own fiberglass kayaks out of a club old and learn to slalom paddle.  They competed in a few races around Ontario.  After years of developing his skills in kayak, C1 and canoe he became fascinated with what was then called ‘Rodeo’ and began to compete at the very inception of the sport.  He has competed in New Zealand as the Canadian C1 champion placing tenth overall.  After the upcoming Worlds Ian will have represented Canada in all four disciplines of the sport.  His early exposure to kayak building helped him develop his own cutting edge competition boats, some of which were pivotal to the development of freestyle paddling and boat design.  More recently Ian has discovered the joy of squirt boating and devotes most of his on water time to exploring the depths of the sport.  Ian enjoys traveling and paddling with his wife and teenage son and is looking forward to a Caledonian adventure with them next summer.

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Marc Richard
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Birthdate: Nov 23rd, 1965
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Sport: Squirt
Website: http://www.kayakns.ca

Bio

Marc has been paddling for fun and teaching kayaking in Nova Scotia for over twenty years. A member of the Canadian Freestyle Team since 2007 with 2 National titles and two top ten finishes at the World Championships. Currently the director of Kayak Instruction for Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia and running his own business called Kayak Nova Scotia.

Marc is motivated by the joy of being on and in the water, from quiet pools to giant ocean waves. He is growing stronger with each competition, pushing his limits and tempers the challenges of being the oldest member of the team with words of one of freestyle paddling’s greatest pioneers Jim Synder… “If you’re having fun, then you’re doing as well as anyone ever has.” Mark is excited to be part of such an amazing group of athletes and returning to the Ottawa River for 2015 World Championships at Wilderness Tours, where he first learned to paddle with Champions like Ken Whiting, Eric Jackson and Perry McGregor.

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Matt Hamilton
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Birthdate: December 18 1975
Hometown: Foresters Falls Ontario
Sport: Squirt

Matt has been paddling for 30 years; he is a 4 times national Freestyle team member. He is also a CKC learning facilitator.

His best international result: 11th in 2000 in Sort Spain

Sponsors:
Level 6, Smith Optics, Pyranha Kayaks, Werner Paddles.