Two sets of Sprint National Team Trials scheduled for 2016

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OTTAWA – Canoe Kayak Canada has scheduled two sets of Sprint National Team Trials for the 2016 season. The first set will kick off May 5 – 8 on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, USA.

The first set of trials will be used as part of the selection process for several of Canoe Kayak Canada’s teams:

  • Olympic Team (first assessments)
  • World Cups
  • Under 23 World Championships (first assessments)
  • Pan American Championships (Under 23)
  • Under 23 European Tour
  • Women’s Canoe Cup

Trials 1 will also impact nominations for Sport Canada Carding through the Athlete Assistance Program for the following periods:

  • May 2016 – October 2016 period (Senior cards)
  • May 2016 – October 2016 period (U23 Development cards)
  • November 2016 – October 2017 period (first assessments)

A second set of trials is scheduled for June 24 – 26 at the Olympic Basin in Montréal, QC. The second set of trials will be used as part of the selection process for the following teams:

  • Junior World Championships
  • Under 23 World Championships (continued assessments)
  • Junior European Tour and ICF World Dragon Boat Championships
  • World University Championships
  • Canada Cup Tour
  • Canamex Regatta in Mexico City

The Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships will take place in Dartmouth, NS from August 30 to September 3 and the following assessments may take place:

  • Carding requirement for senior athletes to make a final
  • Olympic Hopes Regatta
  • Potential D-card races (To Be Determined)


Full selection criteria has not yet been established so all teams to be selected at each trials are still subject to change. While the dates have been set with venue managers, they are still considered tentative until formal hosting contracts have been officially signed.

CanoeKayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. The organization’s vision is to be a Canadian sport for families, communities and champions. From supporting clubs to developing a competitive National Team, CanoeKayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.


For more information:

Ian Miller
Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada