Canoe Slalom athletes contend for Olympic Spot in Men’s K1

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Canoe Slalom athletes contend for Olympic Spot in Men’s K1

Charlotte, North Carolina – Several Canadian canoe slalom athletes will be battling waves down green gates and up red gates over the next two days for a shot at being nominated to the Olympic team.

The National Team Qualifiers start tomorrow in Charlotte, North Carolina and Edmonton’s David Ford is hoping to make it his sixth Olympic Games. Only a half dozen athletes have competed for Canada at that many Games and few have done so in a sport as rigorous as canoe slalom. At 45 years of age Ford has proven he’s still at the top of his game by qualifying the quota spot for Canada at last month’s Pan American Championships.

Other contenders vying for the men’s K1 spot include Paul Manning-Hunter of Edmonton, John Hastings of Aurora, ON, and Ben Hayward of Edmonton.

The winner will be determined over the course of four runs. Athletes will count their best three rankings and their time on their four run will be used should a tie in points occur. Two runs will take place on Thursday and the final two runs will take place Friday on a changed-up course.

The trials will also be used to select Senior A and B teams for World Cups in Europe next month. The trials are being run in conjunction with American team trials, but the results will be kept entirely separate.

Results and event information: http://canoekayak.ca/english/content/WW__Team_Trials

Athletes:

K1 Men

David Ford (Edmonton, AB)

John Hastings (Aurora, ON)

Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB)

Paul Manning-Hunter (Edmonton, AB)

Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)

Pierre Levesque (Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC)

Nathan Davis (North Vancouver, BC)

Christopher Mctaggart (Canmore, AB)

Adrian Cole (Crowsnest Pass, AB)

Maxime Leboeuf (Valleyfield, QC)

K1 Women

Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB)

Sarah Boudens (Pembroke, ON)

Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON)

Kathleen Tayler (Ottawa, ON)

Katrina Van Wijk (Ottawa, ON)

Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC)

Florence Maheu (Valleyfield, QC)

Celeste Corkery (Ottawa, ON)

C1 Men

Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

C2 Men

Adam Cutts / Jamie Cutts (Ottawa, ON)

Daniel Purcell (Red Deer, AB) / Thomas Purcell (Innisfail, AB)

C1 Women

Alexandra McGee (Montréal, QC)

Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB)

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Les athlètes en slalom luttent pour une place olympique dans l’épreuve hommes K1

Charlotte, Caroline du Nord – Plusieurs athlètes canadiens en slalom descendront les vagues vers les barrières vertes et remonteront vers les rouges durant les deux prochaines journées pour avoir la chance d’être nommés sur l’équipe nationale.

Les qualifications de l’équipe nationale débutent demain à Charlotte en Caroline du Nord et l’albertain David Ford espère mériter sa place aux Jeux olympiques pour une sixième fois. Seulement une six athlètes canadiens ont réussi cet exploit dans un sport aussi exigeant que le canoë en slalom. À l’âge de 45 ans, Ford a prouvé qu’il est au sommet de sa puissance en qualifiant une place pour le Canada le mois dernier aux Jeux panaméricains. D’autres concurrents rivaliseront pour une place dans l’épreuve hommes K1 tel que Paul Manning-Hunter de Edmonton, John Hastings de Aurora, ON et Ben Hayward de Edmonton. Le gagnant sera couronné après quatre descentes. Les athlètes compteront leurs meilleurs trois classements et le temps de leurs quatre descentes si une égalité des points survient. Deux descentes auront lieu jeudi et les deux descentes finales auront lieu vendredi sur un parcours modifié. Les essais seront aussi utilisés pour sélectionner les équipes senior A et B pour les Coupes du monde en Europe, le mois prochain. Les essais seront tenus en conjonction avec ceux de l’équipe américaine, mais les résultats seront tenus séparés

. Pour résultats et information: http://canoekayak.ca/english/content/WW__Team_Trials -30-

Pour plus d’information, contactez:

Ian Miller

Agent de communication et marketing, CanoeKayak Canada

613.314.1352

imiller@canoekayak.ca Athlètes : Hommes K1

David Ford (Edmonton, AB)

John Hastings (Aurora, ON)

Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB)

Paul Manning-Hunter (Edmonton, AB)

Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)

Pierre Levesque (Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC)

Nathan Davis (North Vancouver, BC)

Christopher Mctaggart (Canmore, AB)

Adrian Cole (Crowsnest Pass, AB)

Maxime Leboeuf (Valleyfield, QC)

Femmes K1

Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB)

Sarah Boudens (Pembroke, ON)

Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON)

Kathleen Tayler (Ottawa, ON)

Katrina Van Wijk (Ottawa, ON)

Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC)

Florence Maheu (Valleyfield, QC)

Celeste Corkery (Ottawa, ON)

Hommes C1

Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

Hommes C2

Adam Cutts / Jamie Cutts (Ottawa, ON)

Daniel Purcell (Red Deer, AB) / Thomas Purcell (Innisfail, AB)

Femmes C1

Alexandra McGee (Montréal, QC)

Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB)

Ian Miller
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