Simon McTavish

Birthdate: July 19, 1996
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Canoe Club: Mississauga Canoe Club
Sport: Men’s kayak
Coach: Frederic Jobin

Born in Oakville, Ontario, Simon moved with his family to Sydney, Australia where he began paddling in 2011 at the age of 14. He represented Australia for 7 years from 2012 – 2018 on Olympic Hopes, Junior, U23 and Senior Teams.

2018 was a formidable year for Simon on both the Domestic and International paddling circuits. Nationally he secured K1 x 500 Gold and K1 x 1000 Silver medals. He went on to receive a Silver podium finish in the K1 x 1000 at the U23 World Championships in Pitesti, Romania. Following this event, he competed for the University of Sydney at FISU World University Games in Szeged, Hungary winning a K1 x 1000 Gold, K1 500 Gold and K1 x 200 Bronze medals.

In 2018 at the conclusion of his Bachelor of Project Management degree the opportunity presented itself to return home to Canada and Simon jumped at it. In May 2019 he secured a spot on the Canadian National Team by winning Gold in the K1 x 1000 & K4 x 500 at National Team Trials 1 in Montreal. Simon is proud to be a member of the Mississauga Canoe Club.


2018 U23 World Championships – K1 1000m Silver
2018 World University Championships – K1 1000m Gold, K1 500m Gold, K1 200m Bronze
2017 World Championships – K2 500m 8th


Instagram: @simon.mctavish


First year on the National Team:

What are you most proud of?
Silver at 2018 U23 World Championships
Objectives for the coming years?
Tokyo 2020
Why is Canoe Kayak the best sport?
Because it is a highly technical water sport that requires aerobic fitness and strength.
Canoe or kayak? Why?
Kayak, because it is faster and more efficient.

Favourite training: Aerobic training