Varga and Bryant finish second in C2 at Continental Qualifiers

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Paul handshake smallGAINESVILLE, GEORGIA (May 19, 2016) – Roland Varga and Paul Bryant (both of Richmond Hill, ON) won silver medals today in the Men’s C2 1000m at the Pan American Canoe Sprint Championships and Continental Olympic Qualifier in Gainesville, Georgia. They needed to win in order to qualify the boat for the Olympic Games but the crew from Cuba took the win and the Olympic quota spots. While Varga and Bryant battled a strong race in a gusty tailwind, the Cuban crew posted one of the fastest times ever recorded in the event at 3:31.69 and the Canadian crew was 5.23 seconds back.

Canada won four medals in junior events for the Pan American Championships. Daniel MacDonald (Dartmouth, NS) and Foster Salpeter (Montreal, QC) won silver in the Junior Men’s C2 1000m. Jane Girgulis (Calgary, AB) and Emma Mitchell won silver in the Junior Women’s K2 500m. Lucas Turnbull (Toronto, ON) won a bronze in the Junior Men’s C1 1000m and Tess Peterman (Chelsea, QC) also won a bronze in the Junior Women’s C1 500m.

van Koeverden and Oldershaw lead off tomorrow

Competition starts off tomorrow with four-time Olympic medalist Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) chasing Olympic qualification in the Men’s K1 1000m at 9 a.m. EST. A win will secure van Koeverden the entry. Ten minutes later, Olympic bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) will compete for a quota spot in the Men’s C1 1000m. Canada can only qualify either the C1 1000m or C1 200m spot.

Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) and Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON) will race to earn Canada quota spots in the Women’s K2 500m at 11:50 a.m. and if successful, the crew to compete at the Olympic Games will be determined at National Team Trials 2 in Montreal from June 24-26.

Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC) and Ryan Cochrane (Windsor, NS) will race their heat in the Men’s K2 200m and there are also junior and senior non-Olympic races on the program. Competition continues through to Sunday at Lake Lanier.


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Summary of Results

Athlete(s) Event Result
Roland Varga (Richmond Hill, ON)

Paul Bryant (Richmond Hill, ON)

Senior Men’s C2 1000m 2nd

Silver medal

Daniel MacDonald (Dartmouth, NS)

Foster Salpeter (Montreal, QC)

Junior Men’s C2 1000m 2nd

Silver medal

Jane Girgulis (Calgary, AB)

Emma Mitchell (Winnipeg, MB)

Junior Women’s K2 500m 2nd

Silver medal

Lucas Turnbull (Toronto, ON) Junior Men’s C1 1000m 3rd

Bronze medal

Tess Peterman (Chelsea, QC) Junior Women’s C1 500m 3rd

Bronze medal

Jewelia Orlick (Chelsea, QC) Junior Women’s K1 500m 4th
Christian Sprang (Oakville, ON) Junior Men’s K1 1000m 5th
Paul Lapierre (Dartmouth, NS)

Aidan Messenger (Oakville, ON)

Junior Men’s K2 1000m 6th


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