Canada hauls six medals on home water

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Canada finishes third in medal count

Broadcast note: The 2013 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships will be broadcast on Sportsnet. See broadcast schedule for details.

WELLAND, ON – Canada closed out the 2013 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships on home water at the Welland International Flatwater Centre with six medals – the third biggest haul of any of the 63 competing countries. Russia had the most medals with 18 and Hungary followed in second with 17 medals.

“Seeing this level of depth in our junior and under 23 athletes is really encouraging for the future,” said Scott Logan, CanoeKayak Canada’s High Performance Director.

All eyes were on Ottawa’s Madeline Schmidt as she led the Canadian team to its first medal with a third place finish in the Junior K1 200 metre.

Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS won the Under 23 K1 200 metre to become Canada’s first gold medalist of the day. Russell added a bronze later in the afternoon in the Under 23 K1 500 metre.

Canada’s second gold medal came in the U23 Women’s C1 200 with Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivières, QC powering through the finish beating out Russia’s Irina Andreeva.

Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, NS took silver in the U23 Men’s C1 200. McCoombs represented Canada in this event at the London 2012 Olympic Games and will race at World Championships in Duisburg, Germany at the end of August.

Toronto’s Taylor Potts and Maria Halavrezos of Dartmouth, NS scored a bronze in the U23 Women’s C2 500 metre to cap off Canada’s six trips to the podium.

Katie Vincent and Maria Godin were on their way to reeling in a victory in the Junior Women’s C2 500 metre final and capsized just inches before the line, resulting in a disqualification. Although Vincent and Godin did not get to make a trip to the podium, their world-class race was applauded by the passionate Canadian and international paddling fans who lined the stands of the Welland International Flatwater Centre.

The Championships have come to a close and teams are saying their good-byes while thanking the host organizers in Welland putting on a phenomenal event. Canoe Niagara was the first U23 World Championships for Canoe Sprint and also raised the bar internationally in many aspects of event hosting.

“On behalf of the paddling world and Team Canada I would like to thank the City of Welland for hosting an incredible international event,” said Lorraine Lafrenière, Director General of CanoeKayak Canada. “Best in class for Canada!”

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“It’s awesome to win Gold. I just put my head down and put in some good strokes. The crowd brought me home. I never get the chance to compete at this level in front of a home crowd. It was really amazing.”

Michelle Russell, Waverley, NS

Gold Medalist, U23 Women’s K1 200

“It feels great to be Canada’s first double-medallist. I can’t quite explain it. I tried my best and it this is how it turned out.”

Michelle Russell, Waverley, NS

U23 Women’s K1500

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“It was excellent. Everything went very well. I got off to a good start. The middle of my race was very fast and I was able to keep it up at the end and win a silver medal.”

Jason McCoombs, Dartmouth, NS

Silver Medalist, U23 Men’s C1 200

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“I like competing at home. The crowd is really enthusiastic.”

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe, Trois-Rivières, QC

Gold Medalist, U23 Women’s C1 200

“I am speechless. This is incredible! I can’t even explain. This is my goal, this is all I wanted.”

Madeline Schmidt, Ottawa, ON

Bronze Medalist, Junior Women’s K1 200

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“Our goal and training was not just to become a great women’s C2 but to become a great C2, period. In 2009 when I won C2 here in Canada, women’s canoe was just an exhibition event so this is my first time to win a world championship medal as a full medal event.”

Maria Halavrezos, Dartmouth, NS

Bronze Medalist, U23 Women’s C2 500

“It’s pretty cool to win a world championship medal and I couldn’t think of a better person to share the podium with.”

Taylor Potts, Toronto, ON

Bronze Medalist, U23 Women’s C2 500

Summary of Results

Event Canadian Athlete Result
Junior Men’s C1 200 B-Final Tom Hall (Dartmouth, NS) 9th Place (00:43.56)

18th overall

Junior Men’s K2 200 B-Final Alexander Scott (Halifax, NS) & Liam O’Brien (Dartmouth, NS) 1st place (00:35.18)

10th overall

Junior Men’s K1 200 Final Pierre-Luc Poulin Gold – Hungary (00:35.70)

Silver – Portugal (00:35.71)

Bronze – Poland (00:36.00)

8th Place – Canada (00:36.93)

Junior Women’s K1 200 Final Madeline Schmidt (Ottawa, ON) Gold – Denmark (00:41.03)

Silver – Spain (00:41.85)

Bronze – Canada (00:42.43)

Junior Men’s C1 200 Final #147 Gold – Hungary (00:39.90)

Silver – Kazakhstan (00:40.02)

Bronze – Russia (00:40.56)

Junior Women’s C1 200 Final Hannah MacIntosh (Dartmouth, NS) Gold – Bulgaria (00:48.59)

Silver – Ecuador (00:49.59)

Bronze – Ukraine (00:49.70)

4th Place – Canada (00:49.94)

Junior Men’s K2 200 Final #149 Gold – Russia (00:33.12)

Silver – Hungary (00:33.20)

Bronze – Germany (00:33.62)

U23 Men’s K1 200 Final Shaun Fair (Waverley, NS) Gold – Russia (00:34.70)

Silver – Hungary (00:34.76)

Bronze – Bulgaria (00:34.78)

Bronze – Spain (00:34.78)

8th Place – Canada (00:36.24)

U23 Women’s K1 200 Final Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) Gold – Canada (00:39.98)

Silver – Portugal (00:40.49)

Bronze – Hungary (00:40.88)

U23 Men’s C1 200 Final Jason McCoombs (Dartmouth, NS) Gold – Russia (00:38.61)

Silver – Canada (00:39.41)

Bronze – Spain (00:39.43)

U23 Women’s C1 200 Final Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) Gold – Canada (00:47.54)

Silver – Russia (00:48.35)

Bronze – Hungary (00:49.55)

U23 Men’s K2 200 Final Austin Denman (Dartmouth, NS) & Jacob Sosna (Carleton Place, ON) Gold – Russia (00:31.64)

Silver – Serbia (00:32.07)

Bronze – Hungary (00:32.11)

5th Place – Canada (00:32.80)

Junior Men’s K4 1000 Final Marshall Hughes (Waverley, NS), Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac-Beauport, QC), Patrick Dann (Victoria, BC) & Liam O’Brien Gold – Hungary (2:55.38)

Silver – Spain (2:58.50)

Bronze – Russia (2.58.64)

8th Place – Canada (3.03.80)

Junior Women’s K1 500 Final Madeline Schmidt (Ottawa, ON) Gold – Denmark (01:52.55)

Silver – Great Britain (01:54.60)

Bronze – Russia (01:54.88)

6th Place – Canada (1:58.29)

Junior Women’s C2 500 Final Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) & Mariah Godin (Waverley, NS) Gold – Belarus (02:05.11)

Silver – Russia (02:06.68)

Bronze – France (02:08.19)

Canada – DNF

U23 Women’s K1500 Final #164 Michelle Russell Gold – France (01:49.22)

Silver – Russia (01:49.87)

Bronze – Canada (01:50.38)

U23 Women’s C2 500 Final #165 Taylor Potts & Maria Halavrezos Gold – Hungary (01:59.98)

Silver – Russia (02:02.43)

Bronze – Canada (02:02.86)

U23 Men’s K4 1000 Final #166 Etienne Beauchesne, Sam Roworth, Rob Clarke & Philippe Duchesneau Gold – Slovakia (02:50.73)

Silver – Russia (02:51.08)

Bronze – Hungary (2:51.79)

9th Place – Canada

Junior Women’s K2 500 Final #167 Ailish McNulty & Anna Hetzler Gold – Romania (1:43.22)

Silver – Spain (1:44.05)

Bronze – New Zealand (1:44.60)

7th Place – Canada (1:47.65)

U23 Women’s K2 500 Final #168 Lissa Bissonnette & Alexa Irvin Gold – Russia (1:40.18)

Silver – Germany (1:41.59)

Bronze – Mexico (1:42.02)

9th Place – Canada (1:46.36)

Medal Standings

Total Country [G] [S] [B]
18 Russia 5 9 4
17 Hungary 8 4 5
6 Canada 2 1 3
5 Germany 2 2 1
5 Spain 3 2
4 Denmark 2 2
3 Belarus 3
3 Kazakhstan 1 1 1
3 Poland 1 2
3 Ukraine 3
2 Czech Republic 2
2 Romania 1 1
2 Slovakia 1 1
2 France 1 1
2 Portugal 2
1 Latvia 1
1 Ecuador 1
1 Great Britain 1
1 Serbia 1
1 Australia 1
1 Bulgaria 1
1 Mexico 1
1 New Zealand 1

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Full Results

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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.


Media Contact:

Ian Miller

Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada



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