What a great day for Canada with Victoria’s Patrick Dann right in the mix!

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2013 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships Day 2 – Heats and semi-finals

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.

Canada’s Women’s Kayak Team a Crowd Thriller on Day 2 of Canoe Niagara

WELLAND – Canada’s women’s kayak team was a force to be reckoned with as day two of the 2013 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships took place under sunny skies at the Welland International Flatwater Centre. They turned up the heat and enthralled crowds with exhilarating races and close finishes.

It was a good morning for the Canadian Team overall, with all five crews advancing to Sunday’s finals.

Highlights of the morning

Hi-Res Photos (credit Digital Sports Photography)

Madeline Schmidt finishes ahead of the pack in the Women’s K1 500m Semi-final. Schmidt also won her afternoon K1 200m heat. – Photo: Digital Sports Photography

“The race was good. I spoke to my coach and we figured out what had to be done and I did my job. It’s amazing to represent Canada for the finals and I have worked hard for it.”

Madeline Schmidt, Canada

Junior Women’s K1 500

Hetzler and McNulty shows signs of relief as they advance to the K2 500 m Final – Photo: Digital Sports Photography

“Our start was really good. We were in the top two at the start and stayed that way for most of the race. We did everything we could to stay up there. It feels awesome to go directly into the finals.”

Anna Hetzler, Canada

Junior Women’s K2 500

“We took our disappointment from yesterday and turned it into a positive attitude. We wanted to make our team proud. We put everything we had out there on the water.”

Ailish McNulty, Canada

Junior Women’s K2 500

Hughes, Poulin, Dann and O’Brien advance to the A Final after a convincing finish in the Junior Men’s K4 1000 m Semi-final – Photo: Digital Sports Photography

“We really connected as a crew and competed very well. Our strategy for the final is to go out like we have been and nail that finish!”

Marshall Hughes, Canada

Junior Men’s K4 1000

Photo: Digital Sports Photography

In her 3rd race of the day, Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS turned up the heat and advanced directly to the U23 Women’s K1 200 metre A-final.

Feel the need for speed – afternoon sprints keep spectators riveted

200 metre heats

It was an action-packed afternoon. The 200-metre sprints came fast and furious and pleased the growing crowds. Anticipation for this weekend’s semis and finals is building at the Welland International Flatwater Centre.

In addition to the strong performance displayed in the women’s Kayak events this morning, nine Canadian crews advanced this afternoon.

Canadian Pierre-Luc Poulin, answered in Heat 5 with an amazing start and accelerated down the course to win his heat a boat length ahead of the others with a time of (00:40.23). Poulin was pleased with his performance. “It was an amazing race: good technique, long strokes, good connection right to the finish line.” Kayaker Madeline Schmidt certainly made an impression at the WIFC today – winning both of her heats and advancing to the K1 200m semi-finals and the K1 500m Finals this weekend.

Strength and experience were evident in the U23 200 metre sprint heats. Athletes posted fast times and photo-finish results. 2012 Canadian Olympic Team member Jason McCoombs paddled a smooth race to a 2nd place finish and advanced to the U23 C1 200 semis.

In her 3rd race of the day, Canadian Michelle Russell turned up the heat and advanced directly to the U23 Women’s K1 200 metre A-final.

Summary of Canadian Results – Day 2

Athlete (Hometown) Event Result
Anna Hetzler (Fall River, NS) & Ailish McNulty (Dartmouth, NS) Junior Women’s K2 500 Advance to A-Final
Madeline Schmidt (Ottawa, ON) Junior Women’s K1 500 Advance to A-Final
Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) U23 Women’s K1 500 Advance to A-final
Marshall Hughes (Waverley, NS) Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC), Patrick Dann (Victoria, BC) Liam O’Brien (Dartmouth, NS) Junior Men’s K4 1000 Advance to A-final
Philippe Duchesneau (Montreal, QC) Sam Roworth (Toronto, ON) Rob Clarke (Missisauga) Etienne Beauchesne (Trois-Rivieres, QC) U23 Men’s K4 1000 Advance to A-Final
Lissa Bissonnette (Sherbrooke, QC)

Alexa Irvin (Kentville, NS)

U23 Women’s K2 500 Advance to A-Final
Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) Junior Men’s K1 200 1st in heat (00:40.23)

Advance to semi

Madeline Schmidt (Ottawa, ON) Junior Women’s K1 200 1st in heat (00:46.43)

Advance to semi

Tom Hall (Dartmouth, NS) Junior Men’s C1 200 4th in heat (00:48.57)

Advance to semi

Hannah MacIntosh (Dartmouth, NS) Junior Women’s C1 200 4th in heat (01:03.59)

Advance to semi

Shaun Fair (Waverley, NS) U23 Men’s K1 200 3rd in heat (00:37.32)

Advance to semi

Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) U23 Women’s K1 200 1st in heat (00:44.72)

Advance to A-final

Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS) U23 Men’s C1 200 2nd in heat (00:44.16)

Advance to semi

Alexander Scott (Halifax, NS) & Liam O’Brien (Dartmouth, NS) Junior Men’s K2 200 5th in heat (00:38.12)

Advance to semi

Austin Denman (Dartmouth, NS) & Jacob Sosna (Carleton Place, ON) U23 Men’s K2 200 2nd in heat (00:35.70)

Advance to semi

Hi-Res Photos (credit Digital Sports Photography)

Full Results

Streaming Video

Sportsnet Broadcast Schedule

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Media Contact:

Ian Miller

Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada

613.314.1352

imiller@canoekayak.ca

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