Madeline Schmidt

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.



Instagram: @maddycschmidt
Twitter: maddyschmidtt


First year on the National Team:

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