Adriana Lilley Osende

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Apr
2
Canoe Kayak Canada
Adriana Lilley Osende
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Birthdate: June 15, 2001
Hometown: Dartmouth, NS
Canoe Club: Mic Mac Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s kayak
Coach: Chris Chaisson

I started paddling in 2008 because some family friends recommend the summer camp at Mic Mac to my parents. Ever since then I fell in love with the sport and soon began the all year round training.

My first nationals was in my home town in 2016 on lake Banook in Dartmouth where I got my first national k1 medal and made my first Olympic hopes team. I am so thankful for all of the traveling that I have been able to do thanks to paddling. My mother is from Spain so I have also been able to train there and I’ve made some lifelong friendships.

I am looking forward to the many years to come filled with racing for Team Canada and meeting new people.

RECENT RESULTS:

Olympic Hopes 2016 in Hungary 7th in the 500m A final

Olympic Hopes 2017 in Czech Republic 7th in the 500m and 200m A final

Olympic Hopes 2017 in Poland 200m A final

Pan Ams gold in 1000m K4 and K2 200m

2 time National champion in K1 200m.

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Instagram: @adrililley

FUN FACTS:

First year on the National Team:
2019

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of winning K4 with my teammates
Objectives for the coming years?
Working towards making the Olympics
Why was Canoe Kayak the best sport?
Because of the people you meet and the community you become a part of
Canoe or kayak? Why?
Kayak, because you can have a higher stroke rate
What is Canoe Kayak’s biggest challenge?
Equality

Nickname: Adri
Role model: Lisa Carrington
Favourite training: Sprint endurance
Pre-race meal: Raisins
Post-race meal: Sushi and chocolate milk
Off-season interest(s): Downhill skiing
Other sport(s): Alpine Skiing
Guilty pleasure: Reality TV
TV show: Game of Thrones
Movie: Donnie Darko
Band: The Eagles

Apr
2
Canoe Kayak Canada
Maren Bradley
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Birthdate: November 28, 2001
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Sport: Women’s kayak

Apr
2
Canoe Kayak Canada
Sarah Nagy
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Birthdate: December 12, 2001
Hometown: Aurora, ON
Sport: Women’s kayak

Apr
1
Canoe Kayak Canada
Toshka Besharah
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Birthdate: March 30, 2003
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Sport: Women’s kayak

Mar
30
Canoe Kayak Canada
Anna Negulic
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May
31
Canoe Kayak Canada
Natalie Davison
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Birthdate: January 12, 1992

Hometown: Manotick, ON

Canoe Club: Rideau Canoe Club

Sport: Women’s kayak

Coach: Chad Brooks

Instagram: nat.davison

Natalie is from Manotick, Ontario and she grew up training at the Rideau Canoe Club. Her first ever race was a C1 200m race at the Carleton Place Canoe Club when she was just 7 years old. She finished last and even managed to tip right before the finish line! Despite this, Natalie fell in love with the sport and worked hard to achieve her dreams, and she did! Her first year on the national team was in 2017.

She came 11th in the 2017 Senior World Championships in the K4 500m event, her first World Championships!

Natalie’s goal is to race in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games! 

FUN FACTS:

Why canoe kayak: I love Canoe Kayak because I get to be out in nature floating on water and it is an amazing community to be a part of!

Describe the sport in one word: Graceful

Quote: “Encourage, lift and strengthen one another.  For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all.” – Deborah Day

Pre-race meal: Oatmeal with natural peanut butter and banana and a green tea

Post-race meal: Mango smoothie

Off-season interest(s): Camping, travelling, movies & music

Other sport(s): Martial arts & dance

Guilty pleasure: Salt & vinegar chips

TV show: Game of Thrones

Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Book: The Time Traveler’s Wife

Nov
10
Canoe Kayak Canada
Grace Whebby
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Birthdate: June 6, 1999
Hometown: Dartmouth, NS
Canoe Club: Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club
Sport: Women’s kayak
Coach: Chad Brooks, Chris Chiasson

Grace started out at Senobe Aquatic Club learning how to paddle. At the age of 14, she decided to switch to MIC MAC. Ever since then her love for paddling grew stronger. Her first year making a team was Olympic Hopes in Poland, and once she raced for Canada her love for racing grew. Grace went on after that to race at another Olympic Hopes in Hungary, and two Junior Worlds (in Belarus and Romania). She placed 7th in Romania in 2017, and hopes to make many more A finals in the future for Canada.

 

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@gracewhebby

 

FUN FACTS:

First year on the national team:
2018

What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of representing this country. I love where I live and the people I am surrounded by and
Objectives for the coming years?
To get faster with every opportunity I’m given. In the upcoming years I want to represent Canada internationally at Worlds and go to the Olympic Games.
Canoe or Kayak, why?
Kayak! Maybe because I do it everyday? But maybe I’m just biased 😉
When was your first race?
At the age of 6, I raced my first ever k1 race at the Atom Bomb regatta at Orenda Canoe Club
What is your best memory about the sport?
My best memory about the sport would be when I got to race in the final at last years trials. Leading up to the last set I was so confident in my abilities, but once I made that final and was finally on the line with the fastest girls in Canada I couldn’t have asked for much more. All that was left was a big head wind and a race plan to execute. That moment makes me smile.
What is the biggest challenge about your sport?
I think the biggest challenge about our sport is remembering the process it takes every year to get to racing season. In my opinion, racing is the fun stuff. The most challenging moments are the 10 other months of training leading up to those 2 months in the racing season, where everything needs to come together in under two minutes, or forty seconds. Getting through those 10 months of the year is hard and painful, but having those awesome moments in the season makes it all worth it.
Describe the sport in one word:
Determination

Nickname: G
Quote: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau
Pre-race meal: Banana and crackers
Post-race meal: Boost drink
Guilty pleasure: One Direction
Superhero: The Hulk
TV Show: Grey`s Anatomy
Movie: The Avengers

Nov
10
Canoe Kayak Canada
Courtney Stott
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Birthdate: May 11, 1992
Hometown: Pickering, ON
Canoe Club: Balmy Beach Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s Kayak
Coach: Chad Brooks, Peter Martinek

Courtney’s first year on the national team was in 2015 and she has competed in U23 and Senior World Championships. In 2017, Courtney came 9th in the K4 500m event and 11th in the K2 500m event. In 2017, she came 6th in the K2 1000m event at Senior Worlds and in 2015, she came 5th in the K4 500m event at U23 Worlds!

FUN FACTS:

Instagram: @_courtsport_
Website:
https://m.facebook.com/courtneyandherkayak

First year on the National Team: 2015

Nickname: Sport

Jun
8
Canoe Kayak Canada
Madeline Schmidt
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Birthdate: May 11,1995
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Canoe Club: Rideau Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s kayak
Coach: Chad Brooks, Mike Robinson

Maddy started paddling when she was 8 years old. She did many other sports like swimming, cross country, and track, but fell the most in love with being outside and on the water. She started paddling at the Ottawa River Canoe Club where her main focus was having fun with all her friends. She developed an affinity for learning and challenging herself, so the natural next step was to move to the Rideau Canoe Club to train with more, older, and faster athletes when she was 13.

Maddy has been on the national team since 2011 where she raced at her first Junior World Championships. Maddy has races at two Junior World Championships, three U23 World Championships, one Senior World Championships, and she was on the brink of qualifying for Rio Olympics. Maddy loves riding her bike to practice, eating oatmeal for breakfast, drinking fancy lattes, and spending 95% of her day in fresh air.

 

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Instagram: @maddycschmidt
Twitter: maddyschmidtt
Website: maddyschmidt95@wordpress.com

FUN FACTS:

First year on the National Team:
2011

What are you most proud of?
Being a part of the 6km Queen Trophy making
Objectives for the coming years?
Becoming the most authentic me and the best athlete I can be in the pursuit of qualifying for the Olympic Games while also finding time to give back to the world around me.
Why is paddling the best sport?
Being outside and on the water is the best place to be!
Canoe or Kayak, why?
It’s a family sport.

Nickname: Maddy
Quote: “Today you are you, that is truer than true, there is no one alive that is youer than you!”  -Dr Suess
Favourite training: Running and skiing
Pre-race meal: Oatmeal
Post-race meal: Oatmeal
Off-season interest(s): Camping and being outside
Other sport(s): Cross country skiing, swimming, running
Superhero: Wonder Woman
Movie: I always fall asleep during movies…
Book: Harry Potter and Autobiographies 

Jan
25
Canoe Kayak Canada
Alanna Bray-Lougheed
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Date of birth: 2/24/1993
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Canoe Club: Burloak Canoe Club
Sport: Women’s Kayak
Coach: Adam Oldershaw / Chad Brooks

Instagram & Twitter: @alannabl
Website: www.alannabraylougheed.com

Alanna has been a member of the National Sprint ​​Kayak Team since 2015. She started kayaking in 2003 and her first competition was the 2003 Mississauga Regatta in which she competed in the front of her very first K-2 race. His best memory of the sport is spending long summer days at the club, trainning hard with her friends and enjoying the good weather on the water until the sun sets down!

Her highest level of competition in the sport is to have competed at the 2018 and 2017 World Championships, as well as several World Cups. Her goal for the future is to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics !

FUN FACTS:

What is the best thing about this sport? The people in the sport

Nickname: Lanny

Favorite training: Race specific paddling; weights; running

Pre-race meal: Hard boiled egg, toast and peanut butter

Post-race meal: Chips of some sort

Off-season interest(s): School, spending time with friends and family, traveling if I can.

Superhero: Wonderwoman

TV Show: Game of thrones, House of cards

Movie: Inception

Book: Girl with the dragon tattoo series

Jun
12
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Andreanne Langlois
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Birthdate: April 1,1993
Hometown: Trois-Rivières
Canoe Club: Club de canoë-kayak de Trois-Rivières
Sport: Women’s Kayak
Coach: Mathieu Pelletier

Andréanne Langlois first represented Canada as a 16-year-old at the 2009 ICF Junior World Championships. She returned to the world juniors in 2011, making the A final of the K-1 200m, before moving up to the U23 level, where she competed at three straight world championships from 2013 to 2015. She competed individually at the latter, reaching the A final in the K-1 200m. Having made her World Cup debut in 2013 in K-2 and K-4 boats, Langlois enjoyed a breakthrough in 2016. After finishing fourth in the B final of the K-1 200m at the second World Cup of the season in Racice, Czech Republic, she advanced to the A final at the third World Cup in Portugal, posting an impressive fifth place finish. Langlois earned her way onto the elite circuit by finishing second, twice, in the K-1 200m at the 2016 national team trials, behind training mate and role model Émilie Fournel, who had already secured an Olympic berth in the K-1 500m. While Fournel chose to compete at the season’s first World Cup, it was up to Langlois to compete at the Pan American continental qualifier, where she won the K-1 200m and an Olympic spot. At Rio 2016 she advanced to the B final of the K-1 200m and the A final with the K-4 500m crew. Langlois competed at the Canada Games in 2009 and 2013, winning two silver medals in her first appearance before capturing two gold and two bronze in her second.


Getting to know…

Family: Father Jean-Denis Langlois and mother Line Fortin… Sister Marie-Pier Langlois competed internationally as a junior kayaker; they won K-4 500m silver together at the 2009 Canada Games… Outside Interests: Enjoys baking, karaoke, and spending time with her family… Studying Industrial Relations at Laval University…

“I have won the National Champion title and Pan Ams Champ many time now. My biggest accomplishment would be the Rio Olympic in 2016. I made the final with my mates in K-4 500m and came 14 in individual in 200m.”

 

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Instagram: @andreannelanglois
Website: 
andreannelanglois.com

 

FUN FACTS:

First year on the National Team: 2009

What are you most proud of?
Standing by my values.
Objectives for the coming years?
Go fast.
Why is paddling the best sport?
Summer sport, good friends and the best sport ever.
Canoe or Kayak, why?
Kayak, car la perfection est demandée pour les deux côtés.
Why was your first race?
Summer of 2000
What is your best memory about the sport?
The Olympic Games
What is the biggest challenge about your sport?
Balance, all about finding balance
Describe the sport in one word:
Kayak

Nickname: Dédé
Quote: Go hard or go home
Role model: Émilie Fournel
Favourite training: Trainings with Mathieu Pelletier
Pre-race meal: Pasta
Post-race meal:Chocolate
Off season interest(s): Lecture, casse-têtes, tricot…
Other sport(s): Hiking
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate
Superhero: Dr Stranger
Favourite word: Bref
TV show: GOT
Movie: Harry Potter
Book: Harry Potter
Band: Mumford and Sons

Jun
12
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Lissa Bissonnette
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Birthdate: December 14th, 1990
Hometown: Sherbrooke, QC
Residence: Gatineau, QC
Canoe Club: Pointe-Claire Canoe Kayak Club
Sport: Women’s Kayak

Lissa started paddling at the age of ten at the Deux-Rives Canoe Club. She later joined the Sherbrooke Canoe Club and started training seriously. She was inspired by Canadian paddling icon Caroline Brunet to pursue her dream of becoming a National Team kayaker. She moved to Pointe-Claire to train and says watching canoer Tom Hall train to win an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 had a big impact on her.

Her first year on the national team was in 2009 and since then Lissa has competed on several World Cup tours and World Championships. She placed eighth in K4 at the 2013 U23 World Championships and 11th in K4 500m at the 2017 Senior World Championships.

She now lives in Gatineau, QC and when she is not paddling, Lissa enjoys downhill skiing, and spending time around the lake with her family.

FUN FACTS:

Why canoe kayak? Because you can do it in a group and individually.

Canoe or kayak, why? Kayak, it’s the perfect balance.

Nickname: Lissa Bissa

Role model: Roger Federer

Favorite training: Sprints and strength training

Pre-race meal: Pasta

 Post-race meal: Steak

Off-season interest(s): Alpine skiing, drawing

Other sport(s): Alpine skiing, tennis, climbing

Guilty pleasure: Ribs

Superhero: Thor

Jun
12
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Michelle Russell
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Birthdate: June 27th, 1992
Hometown: Fall River, NS
Residence: Fall River, NS
Canoe Club: Cheema Aquatic Club
Sport: Women’s kayak
Coach: Mike Kerrigan

Michelle began her paddling career at the Abenaki Aquatic Club so she could paddle with her family and cousins. She moved on to the Cheema Aquatic Club in 2004.

Since then, Michelle’s paddling career has been on a steep incline. She is the 2013 Under 23 World Champion in K1 200 and also won a bronze medal in the K1 500 at the Championships in Welland to be Canada’s only double-medalist on home water. 2012 was her first World Cup tour where she took home a bronze in K1 200 relay.

Michelle has become one of Canada’s best women’s K1 paddler. She has won multiple national team trials, and represented Canada at several Senior World Championships. She is known to be a hard worker, and to always be pushing her limits.

In her spare time, Michelle loves to read and usually has a good book or two on the go.