False Creek paddler Ydris Hunter made his sprint canoe international debut September 15-17 at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Racice, Czech Republic. Forty Canadian athletes competed in this international competition where 33 different countries were represented.
Hunter competed qualified for five semi-finals and one final during the competition:
- C-1 1000 
- Heat 1: 3rd (4:29.451); Semi Final 2: 4th (4:24.601)
- C-2 1000 (with Marc Cinq Mars) [2001-02]
- Heat 1: 5th (4:15.931); Semi Final 1: 8th (4:22.786)
- C-1 500 
- Heat 1: 6th (2:12.581); Semi Final 1: 5th (2:05.366)
- C-2 500 (with Marc Cinq Mars) [2001-2002]
- Heat 3: 3rd (2:03.876); Semi Final 1: 6th (2:04.561)
- C-1 200 
- Heat 3: 4th (47.181); Semi Final 1: 7th (47.321)
- C-2 200 (with Matthew O’Neill) [2001-2002]
- Heat 2: 2nd (43.876); Final: 7th (44.421)
Overall, the Canadian team won one gold medal, three silver medals and five bronze medals.
“The level of competition at this regatta goes up every year, this competition is now the equivalent of a World Championships for these age groups,” said the Canadian team chief technical officer, Graham Barton, at the end of competition. “Our athletes have performed very well and now know the level required here against the strongest nations like Germany, Hungary or Poland. It will take a lot of work and collaboration, but I believe that as a nation we have the talent.”