Top Whitewater Paddlers Gearing up for 2019 National Championships

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MINDEN HILLS, ONTARIO (August 13, 2019) – Canada’s best Whitewater paddlers are set to take their first strokes in Minden Hills, Ontario on Wednesday morning for the 2019 Canoe Kayak Whitewater National Championships. The competition will run from August 14th to August 18th and will feature four disciplines: downriver, extreme slalom, freestyle and slalom.

66 athletes from across the country will be competing for top honours at the Minden Whitewater Preserve on the Gull River. This renowned natural course was officially opened in 1980, thanks to the hard work of Roger Parsons and other passionate volunteers from the Ontario Wild Water Affiliation (predecessor of Whitewater Ontario). The river has an 800-meter-long Whitewater section which ranges from Class II to Class IV. It was host to the 2015 TORONTO Pan Am Games, several National Championships and Team Trials, as well as World Cups. To read more about the preserve, click here.

There will be a Whitewater Alumni reunion/celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Jonquière World Championships happening on Saturday August 17th, at 6pm on the Minden Wildwater Preserve.

“I am very excited to be back in Minden Hills to contest the national championships and finalize our selection for the world championships,” said James Cartwright, Senior High Performance Manager and Coach Development at Canoe Kayak Canada. “The Whitewater Ontario preserve is a world class river and I am expecting exciting competitions this week.”



2019 Canoe Kayak Canada Whitewater National Championships


August 14: Downriver Classic and Sprint Race (10:00am to 1:00pm EST)

August 15: Extreme Slalom Race (12:00pm to 3:00pm EST)

August 16: Freestyle Competition (10:00am to 3:00pm EST)

August 17: Slalom (10:00am to 3:00pm EST)

August 18: Slalom (10:00am to 3:00pm EST)


Minden Wildwater Preserve, Gull River

Minden Hills, Ontario – MAP

How to follow:

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

Results will be posted following the day’s events on the CKC website here.


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About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.



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Laurel MacAdam

Communications Assistant


Colleen Coderre

Communications Lead