Trevor Boyd

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Trevor Boyd

Birthdate: July 8th, 1999

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Canoe Club: Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak

Sport: Men’s kayak

Coach: Michael Holroyd / Michael Taylor

Trevor’s first canoe kayak race was at the 2014 Alberta Cup and his first year on the national team was in 2016. He trained at the Waterwerks Kayak Club and now trains at the Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak Club.

He describes his sport as “exhilarating”!


Favourite training: Kananaskis

Off-season interest(s): Computer Science
Other sport(s): Volleyball
Superhero: Spiderman
Lois Betteridge

Birthdate: December 17th, 1997

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners

Sport: Women’s canoe

Coach: Anthony Colin

Instagram: @loisbetteridge

Lois Bettering made the national team for the first time in May 2015 and is a 5 time national champion. She has competed at many international events representing Canada and has her sights set on competing in the Olympic Games!

Nickname: Lou
Role model: Florence Maheu
Favourite training: Loops
Pre-race meal: Eggs
Post-race meal: Eggs
Off-season interest(s): Eating eggs
Other sport(s): Skiing, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, eating eggs
Guilty pleasure: Eating eggs
Superhero: Florence Maheu
Spencer Pomeroy
Birthdate: December 10th, 1990
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners
Sport: Men’s canoe
Coach: Michal Staniszewski, John Zahab

Born and raised in Ottawa, Spencer grew up paddling on the rivers of Eastern Ontario. Spencer was drawn to the challenge and thrill of slalom canoeing as a young athlete and excelled in the sport. He was named to the Jr. National Team from 2005 to 2008 and represented Canada internationally at the Jr. World Championship level. Spencer was a key member of the silver medal winning C1M Team event at the 2007 Jr. Pre-World Championships. In 2007, Spencer was named to the Sr. National Team for the first time. He competed at World Cups in both the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Following the 2008 season, Spencer retired from competitive racing in order to focus on his education. He earned his BBA from St. Francis Xavier University in 2014. Upon graduation, Spencer began coaching his former club team in Ottawa. It was during this time that his passion for the sport was reignited. Spencer successfully made his comeback to the Canadian National Team in May of 2016.

Since his return to International Competition, Spencer has competed around the globe in two World Championships and numerous World Cups. He looks forward to representing Canada for the upcoming season.



43rd – World Championships, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2018
2nd – Canadian National Championships, Kannanaskis, Alberta, 2018
32nd – World Cup 1, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia, 2018
2nd – Canadian National Team Trials, Valleyfield, Quebec, 2018
8th – C1M Team Event, World Championships, Pau, France, 2017
2nd – Canadian National Championships, Ottawa, Ontario 2017
1st – Canadian National Team Trials, Kannanaskis, Alberta 2017
26th – World Cup 4, Prague, Czech Republic, 2016
1st – Canadian National Championships, Jonquiere, Quebec, 2016



Instagram: @spencer.pomeroy

Facebook: Spencer Pomeroy – Canoe Slalom Athlete



First year on the National Team: 2016

What are you most proud of?
Being able to represent Canada and travel the world doing something I love.
Objectives for the coming years?
To represent Canada at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Why is paddling the best sport?
It is a beautiful sport to do and to watch. It combines physical strength and conditioning with technique and the ability to read and understand the water. It is a constant challenge and a sport where you are always learning and adapting new techniques and skills. There is no better feeling than executing a move perfectly and feeling the boat glide through the rapids with ease!
Canoe or Kayak, why?
Canoe! Half the paddle, two times the person!
Why was your first race?
The Moira River Downriver Race in the spring of 2001. A race I continue to attend to this day.
What is your best memory about the sport?
Placing 20th at the Jr. World Championships in 2006. I had a great race and set a personal best result for myself. I paddled really well and raced to the best of my ability, it was an awesome feeling to do that for myself and for Canada. I still think back to that race when I need something to keep me positive and motivated.
What is the biggest challenge about your sport?
The unpredictability – the water on race courses is consistently inconsistent. As the water surges features can change and the currents can shift your boat, slow you down, and throw you off line. You need to anticipate changes and adapt on the fly, no matter how solid your plan is.
Describe the sport in one word:

Nickname: Spenny
Quote: “No matter who you are, we’re creatures of habit. The better your habits are, the better they will be in pressure situations.” – Wayne Gretzky
Role model: Jaromír Jágr
Favourite training: 
A hard loops workout in the morning followed by half lengths in the afternoon.
Off season interest(s):
 Training for the next season.
Other sport(s): 
Hockey, XC Skiing, Golf, Tennis, Vollyball, Snowboarding
Guilty pleasure: 
TV show: 
Trailer Park Boys
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Tragically Hip

Michael Tayler

Birthdate: February 6, 1992

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Canoe club: Ottawa River Runners

Sport: Men’s kayak


Provincial association: Whitewater Ontario

Florence Maheu

Birthdate: March 6th, 1993

Canoe Club: Valleyfield Kayak

Hometown: Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC

Sport: Women’s kayak

Coach: Louis-Philippe Légaré

Instagram: @florencemaheu


Florence has been a member of the national team since 2012 and trains with Kayak Valleyfield in Québec! Her first ever race was in Jonquière, Québec and she’s been passionate about Kayak Slalom ever since!

She competed at her first Senior World Championships in 2017 and is training hard for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


Nickname: Flo

Quote: Leave no doubt 

Role model: Daniele Molmenti

Off-season interest(s): Climbing, cross country skiing

Guilty pleasure: Dairy Queen blizzard

Superhero: Totally Spies

Favorite word: Paddle

Movie:  Remember the titans

Book: Grit:The power of passion and perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Band: Macklemore

Ben Hayward
Birthdate: October 8th, 1989
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Residence: Ottawa, Ontario
Canoe Club: Ottawa River Runners
Sport: K1-M

Ben set Canadian history by earning a bronze medal at the 2007 Pre-Junior World Championships in Roudnice, CZE. Since this incredible result, he has been one of Canada’s most promising athletes on the international stage. At the 2009 World Championships, Ben finished 13th in the individual event, and was 4th in the team event with teammates John Hastings, and David Ford. Needless to say, Ben has made his mark on the international stage and given his age will be a medal hopeful for Canada in years to come.

Ben is currently pursuing an architecture degree at Carleton University. He is also an avid Sprint paddler, and trains with many of the National Team guys here in Ottawa at the Rideau Canoe Club.

Haley Daniels
Birthdate: December 14th, 1990
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Canoe Club: Alberta Slalom Canoe Kayak
Sport: Women’s canoe
Coach: Michael Holroyd
Instagram: @HaleyDanski
Twitter: @HaleyDanski


Haley Daniels has been on the national team since 2009 and has been representing Canada on the international stage since then. She trains in Calgary, Alberta and her goal is to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo!


Nickname: Danski
Role model: Chandra Crawford
Favourite training: New Zealand
Pre-race meal: Salmon, rice, and roasted veggies
Post-race meal: MacroBar
Off-season interest(s): Yoga
Other sport(s): Hiking, Biking, Skiing
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate
Superhero: Mom and Dad
Favourite Word: Rad
Cameron Smedley
Birthdate: October 9, 1990
Hometown: Dunrobin, ON
Canoe club: Ottawa River Runners
Other clubs: Whitewater Wolves
Sport: Men’s Canoe
Coach: Michal Staniszewski
Instagram account: @smedleycanoe
Personal website:

Twitter account: @cameronsmedley
Nickname: Gary
First year on the national team: 2009