Joey Hitchins

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Joey Hitchins

Birthdate: June 3rd, 1980

Hometown: Beachburg, Ontario

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Pierce Huser

Birthdate: September 30, 1999

Hometown: Kamloops, BC

His parents taught him to kayak and he started paddling down rivers at 9 years of age. He says getting into paddling has been his best decision to date.


Sponsors: NRS Canada

Kalem Kennedy

Birthdate: June 1, 1998
Hometown: Pembroke, ON
Sport: Freestyle K1, OC1, Squirt Boat

Kalem has been paddling for about 6 years and thought this was a sport that would be fun to continue with considering the Ottawa River is only 15 minutes from his house. He participated in the Keener Program offered by Ottawa Kayak School for a few years and was coached by some of the best paddlers in the World. He found himself on the Canadian Junior Freestyle team in 2012 and competed at World’s in 2013 in North Carolina. He had a great time and finished out the week in 13th place and top ranked Canadian at the competition.

This past year , Kalem took part in the Canada Cup Pre-World’s / Canadian Team Trials and placed third over all and second in Canada. He finds it very exciting to be part of the team especially because his river will host the 2015 ICF World’s Freestyle Kayaking competition on the Ottawa River. Another special part of this event while be that his brother Quinton will also being competing as he finished first at the Canada Cup. Quinton has been his paddling partner since day one and they head out each Spring as soon as the ice is off the river and paddle into the Fall till they can’t feel their fingers.

Kalem is pumped for World’s and is looking forward to training hard and being as ready as possible to compete and to make the Ottawa Valley proud.

Sponsors: Titan, Level 6, Hunt Club Volkswagen

Nick Troutman

Birthdate: October 20 1988
Hometown: Beachburg, ON
Sport: Kayak Freestyle

Nick started kayaking in 2003 at the age of 13. He was immediately hooked on the sport of freestyle and competing. He started his first competition 3 weeks after first learning to kayak and placed 2nd to last. Though this only drove him harder, the following year, Nick earned his first place on the Canadian Team and finished 4th at the Pre- worlds. He then went on to win several titles while being able to travel the world with his kayak, some of which include, Canadian national champion, North American champion, Pan American Champion, World Cup Champion, and World Champion.Nick is a proud father of two, and continues to kayak the world, traveling and competing.

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Adidas, GoPro



  • Silver medal, 2015 World Championships
  • Gold medal, 2009 World Championships
  • Bronze medal, 2007 World Championships
Matt Hamilton

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

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