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David Ford on The National

CBC aired a 17 minute segment last night featuring 3 “older” Olympians –
David Ford, Clara Hughes and Simon Whitfield. For the most part the
story on David was positive although there are a few minor jabs in
there. To be featured with these two other iconic Olympians is really
great profile for David and the segment’s prominence and length on the
National is good to see. Here’s the link:

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/The_National/Sports/1290112409/ID=224013
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Congratulation Sam Flether!

Junior canoe slalom athletes seeking selection to the Junior
World Championships team race doff at Canoe Meadows on the Kananaskis
River in Alberta this weekend.

The Junior and Under 23 World Championships will take place from
July 11 to 15 in Wausau, USA. The Under 23 contingent of the team was
already selected at senior team selection trials in April. At those
trials, junior athletes Jazmyne Denhollander of Chilliwack, BC and Liam
Smedley of Ottawa, ON posted results that qualified them for the under
23 team and were pre-selected to the junior team based on their medal
performances at the 2011 National Championships and exempt from having
to race in Alberta.

Selection for the remaining junior team spots was determined
over the course of four runs. Athletes selection is based on the best
three rankings and their time on their four run will be used should a
tie in points occur. Two runs will took place on Saturday and the final
two runs were Sunday on a changed-up course.

Sam Fletcher started paddling with Chilliwack Centre of
Excellence two years ago, and this weekend he faced competitors from
across Canada at the Junior National Whitewater Team Selection race in
Kananaskis Alberta. Sam traveled to the Kan with his father Rob and
local coach Jon Allen, as well as Aliesha Greve and Leanne Colbeck from
Ontario. The Kananaskis River is world class whitewater, so the group
spent the whole week there preparing for the race which took place on
May 26th and 27th.
After two days of intense competition on difficult whitewater,
Sam qualified for the Junior National Whitewater Slalom Team in two
disciplines: single and double canoe (You may not recognize the canoe
that Sam paddles because it looks more like a kayak, but differs in that
competitors kneel in the boat and use a canoe paddle). His doubles
partner is Ben Lapointe from Saskatchewan. Aliesha qualified for the
team in kayak and single canoe and Leanne had a great performance in her
first team selection race and finished in 5th place in the women’s kayak
category.

Sam Fletcher of Chilliwack qualified 2 spots on the Junior Team.
He will compete in C1 and C2 with partner Ben Lapointe of Saskatchewan.
(Ben is the first Saskatchewan paddler to secure a spot on a National
Team)


The Canadian National Junior Team for 2012 is:

K1W

Jazmyne DenHollander (Pre-selected) – Chilliwack

Aurelie Rondeau

Aliesha Greve

C1W

Alesha Greve

K1M

Ryley Penner

Samuel Primeau

Levi Severtson

C1

Liam Smedley (Pre-selected)

Zachary Zwanenburg

Ryley Penner (Declined)

Sam Fletcher – Chilliwack

C2
Sam Fletcher – Chilliwack / Ben Lapointe

For the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, the IOC decided to
accept six new events to generate team atmosphere, promote gender
equality and balance sprint and endurance events. Canoe: Women’s C1
head-to-head sprint racing and Women’s C1 obstacle slalom racing.

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CanoeKayak Canada approves selections for nomination the Canadian Olympic Team

CanoeKayak Canada approves selections for nomination the Canadian Olympic Team

OTTAWA, ON – CanoeKayak Canada’s Sprint High Performance Committee has officially finalized the bulk of their recommendations for nomination to the Canadian Olympic Team after two World Cup competitions in Europe. Defending World Champion, Adam van Koeverden was the first to add his name to the team with a win in the K1 1000 metre at Canadian Team Trials on May 4. van Koeverden only needed one win to secure his spot because of his victory at last year’s World Championships.

Teammate, Mark Oldershaw of the Burloak Canoe Club, earned his entry for the C1 1000 after winning a gold medal at the first World Cup in Poznan, Poland on May 19. Oldershaw also won the event at Canadian Team Trials. Oldershaw is a third generation Olympian and London will be his second Olympic Games.

Jason McCoombs ranked as the top Canadian in C1 200 at both World Cups in Poznan and Duisburg, Germany. He was the only Canadian to make the A-Final at both World Cups and officially secured his spot on May 27 with a sixth place finish.

Canada qualified quota spots to send one K2 to London. Hugues Fournel and Ryan Cochrane were selected as the crew to go after winning a bronze medal at World Cup 1 and finishing fifth at World Cup 2.

The final team member for the Men’s K1 200 metre will be selected at Canadian Team Trials 2 in Montreal, QC from June 23 to 24. CanoeKayak Canada will officially present its full team, with the Canadian Olympic Committee, after the June trials. Event

Selected athlete

Hometown

Club

Coach

Men’s K1 1000

Adam van Koeverden

Oakville, ON

Burloak

Scott Oldershaw

Men’s C1 1000

Mark Oldershaw

Burlington, ON

Burloak

Scott Oldershaw

Men’s C1 200

Jason McCoombs

Dartmouth, NS

Banook

Laszlo Latorovszki

Men’s K2

Ryan Cochrane

Windsor, NS

Lachine

Fred Jobin

Men’s K2

Hugues Fournel

Montréal, QC

Lachine

Fred Jobin

Men’s K1 200

To be determined at Trials 2 (June 23-24)

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Ian Miller

Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada

613.314.1352 imiller@canoekayak.ca

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Nova Scotiaâs Jason McCoombs wins showdown for London

Nova Scotia’s Jason McCoombs wins showdown for London

DUISBURG, Germany – A nomination to the 2012 Olympic Games came down to one race on Sunday at a canoe and kayak World Cup and Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, N.S., finished ahead of Aaron Rublee of Kamloops, B.C., to get the spot.

In a very close race, McCoombs finished sixth in the C-1 200 final clocking 41.415 seconds while Rublee took ninth spot in 41.727 seconds. Alfonso Benavides of Spain won the gold in 40.685.

”It feel pretty surreal right now,” said McCoombs, 19. ”My focus in the race was to have a great start and stay as close to the front in the first 100. The aspect I’ve improved the most this year is my last half and I think that’s what showed today.”

McCoombs became a player in the Olympic picture at the Canadian team trials when he finished second to Rublee turning the battle into a best-of-three playoff. McCoombs tied it at 1-1 last weekend in Poland finishing eighth while Rublee was ousted in the semifinals.

”That race at the trials is what really gave me a lot of confidence,” said McCoombs. ”That was the first time I had raced against those guys and it was the best race I’ve ever had. I was pretty nervous all this week but I always try to approach each race the same way.”

Meanwhile Hughes Fournel of Dorval, Que., and Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, N.S., took another step towards an Olympic nomination placing fifth in the K-2 200.

Canada can send only one K-2 team to the Games, and Fournel and Cochrane have posted better results the last two World Cups than K-2 1,000 pair Richard Dober Jr., of Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Steve Jorens of Candiac, Que.

”We came out to show that last weekend’s result was not a fluke,” said Cochrane, who earned the bronze with his partner in Poland last week. ”It was a crazy close race today. We didn’t feel like we accelerated as well at the start and that made it tough for us. Still we hung tough and we were happy with the finish.”

In another Olympic event final, Dober Jr., was eighth in the K-1 200 final.

Five medals for Canada in non-Olympic events

In non-Olympic events, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Mallorie Nicholson of Oakville, Ont., were 1-2 in the women’s C-1 200 then combined forces for gold in the C-2 500.

Canada won the bronze in each of the three relays: in the men’s 4X200 canoe relay it was McCoombs, Ben Russell of Dartmouth, Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont., and Rublee; in the women’s kayak 4×200 it was Michelle Russell of Dartmouth, Émilie Fournel of Lachine, Que., K.C. Fraser of Mississauga, Ont., and Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny of Trois-Rivieres; in the men’s kayak 4X200 it was Connor Taras of Waverley, N.S., Cochrane, Dober Jr., and Rhys Hill of Ottawa.

Brady Reardon of Burlington, Ont., was fourth in the K-1 500 while Roland Varga and Paul Bryant of Richmond Hill, Ont., were eighth in both the C-2 200 and C-2 500. Sprint World Cup 2 will be broadcast on select Sportsnet stations today.

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Ian Miller

Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada

613.314.1352

imiller@canoekayak.ca

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Good Luck to Sam Fletcher

Canoe slalom athletes to race for Junior World Team selection on
Kananaskis River OTTAWA, ON – Junior canoe slalom athletes seeking selection to the
Junior World Championships team will race off at Canoe Meadows on the
Kananaskis River in Alberta this weekend. The Junior and Under 23 World Championships will take place from July 11
to 15 in Wausau, USA. The Under 23 contingent of the team was already
selected at senior team selection trials in April. At those trials,
junior athletes Jazmyne Denhollander of Chilliwack, BC and Liam Smedley
of Ottawa, ON posted results that qualified them for the under 23 team
and were pre-selected to the junior team based on their medal
performances at the 2011 National Championships.

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Sprint Competition Rule Changes

Sprint Competition Rule Changes
Please note; the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the Sprint Racing
Discipline has been set for Saturday, December 1 in Ottawa. Submissions
for Competition Rule changes must be submitted five months in advance of
the Annual General Meeting.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE – July 1, 2012

Memo
: http://canoekayak.ca/files/68/76/Notice__2012_Sprint_Competition_Rule_Ch
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ICF press Release: Duisburg next on the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup Circuit (23.05.2012)

Media Release

Duisburg next on the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup Circuit

Hungarian team, Attila Vajda, Natasa Janics to begin season campaign in Duisburg

Lausanne, Switzerland May 23, 2012 – After concluding a first World Cup that was filled with excitement and anxiety, Canoe Sprint paddlers are now headed to Duisburg, Germany where the second World Cup of the season will be held from 25-27 May. More than 400 paddlers from 57 countries will be competing on the well established Wedau Regatta Course in Sportpark, Duisburg.

While the last opportunity to win additional places at this summer’s Olympic Games was at the European Olympic Qualifiers in Poznan last week, some National Federations are yet to put a name to the boat and this exercise will continue in Duisburg this weekend. Hot in the mix of Olympic team selections are Great Britain’s Tim Brabants and Paul Wycherley who are locked in an on-going battle for the single Men’s K1 1000m Olympic place which is up for grabs. Brabants had won Team GB’s opening regatta in Nottingham last month but finished in fourth place in Poznan last weekend in a tough semi-final draw that took him to the Final B of the event. Wycherley on the other hand finished second in his semi final and went on to race in the final A, leveling them on points. The agony of Olympic selection for both athletes will be decided in Duisburg this weekend.

John Anderson, GB performance director, said, “Paul paddled well to make the final, so the battle between Tim and Paul will now continue to Duisburg next weekend, which will undoubtedly make for an exciting climax to selection.”

Brabants commented, “I was in the toughest of the four semis, with a changing head wind playing havoc with the finish times, but I didn’t race so well this time.”

“But I had a good B final, even though strong head winds made for slow times. I’m feeling better every time I race and will just have to make it happen in Duisburg this week.”

For paddlers that have already been selected to their Olympic team, the World Cups particularly the first one, tends to be used as a “warm up exercise” for the season, it is also an event where paddlers can gauge who their competition could be at the Olympic Games. South Africa’s Bridgitte Hartley who carries realistic medal hopes for her country and continent at the Olympic Games, said from Duisburg, “Weather conditions here are better than they were in Poznan, not so many paddlers have arrived yet but I am looking forward to the competition as everyone has now warmed up.”

“Doing so well in the A final last weekend has really spurred me on to do well in Duisburg.”

Revving up the competition this weekend will be the Hungarian team who were not present at last week’s competition because of national selection trials. Current Men’s C1 1000m world champion Attila Vajda begins his season campaign competing in both the 1000m and 200m distances, he will be facing tough challenges from local hero Sebastian Brendel in the 1000m and the surprise winner of the 200m Andrei Kraytor (AZE) – who last weekend shocked the favourite to win Ivan Shtyl (RUS). Back in action after a season away is Natasa Janics (HUN). She will be competing in the K1 200m, an event she has medalled in dozens of time already. Janics will also be pairing up with her longtime partner Katalin Kovaks in the K2 500m but competition in the K2 500m will be plentiful as the duo will have to outperform their teammates Gabriella Szabor and Tamara Csipes and Poznan World Cup race winner Franziska Weber and Tina Dietza (GER) if they are to reclaim their status as the boat to beat anywhere and everywhere. Not to be counted out of the showdown is the Austrian duo of Yvonne Schuring and Viktoria Schwartz. The current world champions did not medal in any of the distances they raced last weekend, but with their 500m world title in hand they will be looking to make a statement of intent ahead of the Olympic Games.

Duisburg has hosted many Canoe Sprint competitions but this event in particular is of great importance because it is held in an Olympic year and keen eyes will be drawn to the competition as the race to London 2012 continues. The competition this weekend will be broadcast by ESPN (USA), Canal Plus (France) and SPORTSNET (Canada) amongst others. Please note that you can also watch the World Cup live this week end on the ICF video website: http:// http://eurovision.digotel.com/icf/index.html . Find information, schedule and results on the official website of the Duisburg World Cup: http://www.kanuduisburg.de .

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