Four Canadian boats advance to A-finals on opening day of Canoe Niagara

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Four Canadian boats advance to A-finals on opening day of Canoe Niagara

Broadcast note: The 2013 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships will be broadcast on Sportsnet over the next four days and streamed live online. See broadcast schedule for details.

WELLAND – Four Canadian boats advanced to A-finals on the opening day of competition at the 2013 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Welland, ON.

Roland Varga & Marshall Hughes

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Jeremy Stott & Evan Bezemer

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Marshall Hughes

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Lissa Bissonnette, Andreanne Langlois, Alexa Irvin, Sarah Vegas-Dubois Photo: Digital Sports Photography

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Canadians Jeremy Stott and Evan Bezemer were the first to advance directly to the Junior Mens C2 1000 metre finals. The pair finished third in this morning’s heat with a time of 3:46.94.

"We definitely laid down one of our best races", said Stott. Bezemer added that after a quick start the other crews started to catch them halfway down the course and the Canadian pair successfully held them off.

Roland Varga of Richmond Hill, ON and Marc Tarling of Pointe-Claire, QC advanced directly to the C2 U23 men’s 1000 meter final with a finish time of 3:42.29. The pair fell back in the second half of their heat and is getting focused for the final. “I feel pretty confident that we will perform really well and finish with a medal,” said Varga.

Marshall Hughes advanced to the K1 Junior Men 1000 meter final with a second place finish and a time of 3:51.25 in his semi-finals. Hughes is looking forward to the finals and is expecting a close race.

“There’s lots of good competition out there,” Hughes said after his race. “I’m going to give the best I can. I’m going to represent Canada to the best of my ability.” The Waverly, Nova Scotia native also represented Canada earlier this year, winning Bronze in the Men’s K4 1000-meter at World Cup 3 in Poland.

Lissa Bissonnette (Sherbrooke, QC), Alexa Irvin (Kentville, NS), Andreanne Langlois (Trois-Rivières, QC), Sarah Vegas-Dubois (Pointe-Claire, QC) finished a strong second in the K4 Under 23 women 500-meter semi-final, advancing to the final on Saturday. Happy about their finish Lissa Bissonnette said, “We all did our jobs, excited to be at Worlds with our family and friends around us.”

Langlois couldn’t help but smile as she described their semi-final. “It was a wonderful race. We did everything we could do and we’re happy about it.”

Three Canadian boats also advanced to the B-finals. More heats and semi-finals will take place tomorrow and finals will take place on Sunday.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Jeremy Stott ((Oakville, ON) & Evan Bezemer (Mississauga, ON) Junior Men’s C2 1000 3rd in semi (3:46.94)

Advanced to A-final

Roland Varga (Richmond Hill, ON) & Marc Tarling (Pointe-Claire, QC) U23 Men’s C2 1000 3nd in semi (3:42.29)

Advanced to A-final

Lissa Bissonnette (Sherbrooke, QC), Alexa Irvin (Kentville, NS), Andreanne Langlois (Trois-Rivières, QC), Sarah Vegas-Dubois (Pointe-Claire, QC) U23 Women’s K4 500 2nd in semi (1:45.87)

Advanced to A-final

Marshall Hughes (Waverley, NS) Junior Men’s K1 1000 3nd in semi (3:51.25)

Advanced to A-final

Rob Clarke (Mississauga, ON) & Andrew Jessop (Halifax, NS) U23 Men’s K2 1000 5th in semi (3:41.93)

Advanced to B-final

Jarret Kenke (Saskatoon, SK) U23 Men’s K2 1000 4th in semi (3:56.13)

Advanced to B-final

Mark James (Dartmouth, NS) U23 Men’s C1 1000 6th in semi (4:53.32)

Advanced to B-final

Hayley Nelson (Waverley, NS), Anna Hetzler (Fall River, NS), Ailish Mcnulty (Dartmouth, NS) & Ariane Cyr (Lac Beauport, QC) Junior Women’s K4 500 5th in semi (1:43.86)
Craig Spence (Waverley, NS) Junior Men’s C1 1000 8th in semi (4:49.46)
Patrick Dann (Victoria, BC) & Zane Clarke (Winnipeg, MB) Junior Men’s K2 1000 8th in heat (3:33.15)

Hi-Res Photos (credit Digital Sports Photography)

Full Results

Streaming Video

Canadian Team Media Guide

Sportsnet Broadcast Schedule

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.

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Media Contact:

Ian Miller

Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada

613.314.1352

imiller@canoekayak.ca

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