Hayward, Hastings and Smedley advance

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Hayward, Hastings and Smedley advance to semi-finals at Canoe Slalom World Championships

Thursday, September 12

Broadcast note: Slalom World Championships will be televised on Sportsnet on Saturday (10:30 p.m. EST) and Sunday (9:00 p.m. EST) on select Sportsnet stations. See broadcast schedule for details.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – Ben Hayward of Edmonton, John Hastings of Aurora, ON, and Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, ON have advanced to the semi-finals of the 2013 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

Hayward posted the top Canadian result of the day with a seventeenth place finish in the preliminary runs of Men’s K1.

“I was pretty happy with the race,” said Hayward. “The goal was just to put down solid runs that would have me move to the semi-finals — not to try anything risky. I’m really looking forward to tearing up tomorrow’s course where I know I can race to make the finals.”

At the last World Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia Hayward finished twelfth and posted his top international result two and a half weeks ago. He will attempt to make his first final at the senior world level when he races the semi tomorrow.

Hastings will also race the K1 semi-final tomorrow. He placed fortieth in preliminary run to capture the last spot in the semi. David Ford of Canmore, AB placed forty-seventh, also in Men’s K1.

Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, ON grabbed the last spot in the semi-final of the Men’s C1 after ranking thirtieth in preliminary runs. He will race the semi-final tomorrow and will be vying for a spot in Saturday’s top-ten final.

“I’m glad that I made it into the semi-finals today,” said Smedley. “I didn’t start the day feeling one hundred per cent so it was good to be able to perform even though I’ve been fighting a stomach bug. In the semi-finals tomorrow I will focus on running my boat with power and giving myself room around the gates so that I can put down a clean run.”

In Women’s C1, Ottawa’s Alexandra McGee placed twenty-third and a few mistakes near the end of the course cost her a spot in the top-twenty semi-final. Haley Daniels of Calgary was twenty-ninth in Women’s C1.

Action continues tomorrow in Prague with the three athletes who advanced today racing semi-finals. Jessica Groeneveld, Thea Froehlich and Jazmyne Denhollander will also race preliminary runs in Women’s K1 while Ben Hayward and Cameron Smedley will team up for the preliminary run of Men’s C2. Competition continues through to Sunday.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 17th in preliminary run (89.07)

Advanced to semi-final

John Hastings (Aurora, ON) Men’s K1 40th in preliminary run (91.43)

Advanced to semi-final

Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 30th in preliminary run (100. 08)

Advanced to semi-final

David Ford (Canmore, AB) Men’s K1 47th in preliminary run (93.24)
Alexandra McGee (Ottawa, ON) Women’s C1 23rd in preliminary run (134.14)
Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) Women’s C1 29th in preliminary run (140.83)

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.

Full Results

Broadcast schedule

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For more information:

James Cartwright

Slalom High Performance Director, CanoeKayak Canada

613.715.0727 | 613.260.1818 x 2205

imiller@canoekayak.ca

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