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Women’s Canoe added to Olympic Canoe Kayak program, bringing gender equity

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Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to share the news that for the first time in Tokyo 2020, Canoe Kayak Sprint and Slalom will have a gender-balanced Olympic program.Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to share the news that for the first time in Tokyo 2020, Canoe Kayak Sprint and Slalom will have a gender-balanced Olympic program.

The International Olympic Committee has approved the International Canoe Federation’s proposal for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Program. This program includes women’s canoe events for the first time in Olympic history.

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe – 2017

“I think it is really a good day for women’s canoe,” Laurence Vincent-Lapointe said. Vincent-Lapointe has won seven world championships since women’s canoe was added to the world championship program in 2010, and has just finished a strong world cup performance where the sprint women’s canoe team won a total of 9 medals.

“We finally get the opportunity to be seen as the athletes we are, and get the place we have been waiting for all this time” Vincent-Lapointe said. “ Having just come back from the world cups tour, I have seen many incredible women canoers and I’m proud of what we have all accomplished until now. Now we will all be striving towards the highest form of recognition, the Olympic Games. It is with a lot of emotion that I received this news and I’m happy to share it with everyone who have supported us all this time.”

Women canoers will compete at the Tokyo Olympics in Sprint C-1 200m and C-2 500m, as well as in Slalom C-1.

2020 Canoe Kayak Olympic Program

Men’s Kayak Women’s Kayak Men’s Canoe Women’s Canoe
K1 Slalom
K1 200m
K1 1000m
K2 1000m
K4 500m
K1 Slalom
K1 200m
K1 500m
K2 500m
K4 500m
C1 Slalom
C1 1000m
C2 1000m
C1 Slalom
C1 200m
C2 500m

Haley Daniels – 2016 

“I am proud to say that we will finally be able to follow our dreams to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020” Haley Daniels, Canada’s top Women’s Canoe Slalom paddler said. “This announcement is history in the making where we can truly say that Canoe Slalom is gender equitable and moving forward.”

Women have a long history of racing canoes of many types in Canada.  Races between women’s war canoes have been a regular fixture at championship regattas as early as the turn of the 20th century.

Yet the road to equal competitive opportunity in the sport has not been short or easy for women’s canoe athletes. Through years of advocacy, and sometimes disappointing setbacks, pioneering athletes, and leaders within the Canoe Kayak Canada community have led the way in the push for equality in the sport.

Canadian marathon nationals were gender equitable across all events from their inception in 1980. The sprint discipline followed by adopting a full women’s canoe race card in 1995, and finally, 2009 saw the inclusion of women’s canoe at the whitewater nationals.

Canoe Kayak Canada led a concerted and sustained push through our representatives at the International Canoe Federation level for gender equity, specifically through the inclusion of women’s canoe events.

Madeleine Hall – 1964

“It has taken 72 years for women to be included as full participants in our sport,” Madeleine Hall, chair of Canoe Kayak Canada’s Sprint Racing Council, said. “Kudos to the International Canoe Federation and the International Olympic Committee for taking this significant step.”

Hall, who was a canoe athlete herself, shared on behalf of Canoe Kayak Canada, a special thank you to our Canadian women canoers who have led the way nationally and internationally.

“You put your hearts and souls into canoeing in spite of its absence at the Olympic Games,” she said. “It is thanks to your skill and excellent performances that this dream has come true. Now enjoy the rest of the road to the Olympic Games!”


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Canoe Kayak Canada names first sprint World Cup team of the new quadrennial

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Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to name its first team of sprint athletes of the new quadrennial to represent Canada at two World Cup competitions in Europe. The selections follow a weekend of Senior National Team Trials in Montréal, QC.

“We saw several impressive performances over the weekend and I’m really excited to take this team of athletes to Europe to line up against the international competition,” said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer of Canoe Kayak Canada. “It’s a new quad and we have much to look forward to as we begin this next chapter of working together towards Tokyo.”

The International Canoe Federation will host three Sprint World Cups and Canadian athletes will attend the second two taking place in Szeged, Hungary and Belgrade, Serbia over consecutive weekends starting May 26. Both competitions will include Paracanoe events.

ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 2
May 26-28 • Szeged, Hungary

ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup 3
June 2-4 • Belgrade, Serbia

Men’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Maxence Beauchesne Trois Rivières (QC) Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier
Ryan Cochrane Windsor, NS Lac-Beauport Frédéric Jobin
Marshall Hughes Waverley, NS Cheema Frédéric Jobin / Mike Kerrivan
Jarret Kenke Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Andrzej Gronowicz
Nick Matveev Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek
Pierre-Luc Poulin Lac-Beauport, QC Lac-Beauport Frédéric Jobin/Chad Brooks/ Luc Grenier
Alex Scott Bedford, NS Maskwa Frédéric Jobin / Chad Brooks

Women’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Lissa Bissonnette Sherbrooke, QC Pointe-Claire Dave Robertson
Alanna Bray-Lougheed Oakville, ON Burloak Adam Oldershaw
Natalie Davison Ottawa, ON Rideau Diana Deek
Andréanne Langlois Québec, QC Trois-Rivières Mark Granger / Mathieu Pelletier
Michelle Russell Fall River, NS Cheema Mike Kerrivan
Courtney Stott Pickering, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek

Men’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Drew Hodges Ottawa, ON Rideau Wade Farquaharson
Mark James Dartmouth, NS Senobe Rob Baert
Mark Oldershaw Burlington, ON Burloak Scott Oldershaw
Craig Spence Dartmouth, NS Cheema Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki /Jan Kruk
Marc Tarling Pointe-Claire, QC Pointe-Claire Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki / Marc Creamer
Roland Varga Richmond Hill, ON Richmond Hill Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki

Women’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Nadya Crossman-Serb Winnipeg, MB Toba Jerome Seremak
Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh Ottawa, ON Rideau Diana Deek
Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier
Hannah MacIntosh Dartmouth, NS Senobe Rob Baert
Katie Vincent Mississauga, ON Mississauga Kyle Jeffery / Jan Kruk
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier

Men’s Paracanoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Mathieu St. Pierre (KL1) Shawinigan, QC Shawinigan Hélène Gervais
Trinity Tratch (KL2) Calgary, AB Calgary Edgar Garza
Zacharie Lauziere-Fitzgerald (KL3) Sherbrooke, QC Sherbrooke Nathan Desmarais

Women’s Paracanoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Erica Scarff (KL3) Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Mari Ellery

Results

Selection Criteria & Ranking Lists


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Dates confirmed for the 2018 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Welland, ON

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The 2018 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships will take place in Welland, ON from August 1 to 5, 2018 with opening ceremonies scheduled for July 31. Three years ago, the International Canoe Federation awarded the Championships to Welland following a successful bid presentation at ICF headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Much planning and preparation has taken place since that announcement was made. Here are five things to know about next year’s Canoe Polo Championships.

5 things to know about the 2018 World Championships

1. 30 countries are expected to participate, making for approximately 60 teams over four classes

2. A test event will take place this year in Welland from September 8–10, 2017

3. Italy and New Zealand are the reigning World Champions in men’s and women’s divisions respectively

4. You can Join the Event on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest news leading in the event

5. Canoe polo is a thrilling sport to watch. Check out the crowd energy at last year’s World Championships in Syracuse, Italy


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ICF moves forward with new sprint programs for World Championships and Olympic Games

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The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has approved its new sprint programs for the Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships as well as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The ICF formalized these program decisions at its latest Executive and Board meetings in Manchester, England.

The new programs for the respective World Championships will take effect this year. A number of events have been eliminated from the World Championship programs which will have a direct effect on Canadian athletes and programming. Canoe Kayak Canada is committed to pursuing equity across disciplines and genders, and the setting of the international race program is an important factor in achieving this goal.

Especially of note for Canada is the removal of C4 from the Senior and U23 programs. As a country with a rich history in the canoe discipline, we are disappointed at the reality of losing an entire boat class from these programs. Canada remains committed to advancing the canoe discipline internationally as an integral part of our sport, for men and women.

The Olympic Program has been put forward with the same events as originally approved over a year ago, including 3 Olympic athlete quota spots for Women’s Canoe. The ICF-approved program still needs to be ratified by the International Olympic Committee. We will communicate the news once the IOC has given official word.

The ICF has not proposed any changes to the Paracanoe World Championships program at this time. Canoe Kayak Canada is also committed to advocating for equal canoe events and gender-equity across Paracanoe programs. The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Program has yet to be determined.

Olympic Program

Men’s Kayak Women’s Kayak Men’s Canoe Women’s Canoe
K1 200m

K1 1000m

K2 1000m

K4 500m

K1 200m

K1 500m

K2 500m

K4 500m

C1 1000m

C2 1000m

C1 200m

C2 500m

Senior World Championships Program (Able-body only)

Men’s Kayak Women’s Kayak Men’s Canoe Women’s Canoe
K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K1 5000m

K2 500m

K2 1000m

K4 500m

K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K1 5000m

K2 200m

K2 500m

K4 500m

C1 200m

C1 1000m

C1 5000m

C2 500m

C2 1000m

C1 200m

C1 500m

C1 5000m

C2 200m

C2 500m

U23 World Championships Program

Men’s Kayak Women’s Kayak Men’s Canoe Women’s Canoe
K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K2 1000m

K4 500m

K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K2 500m

K4 500m

C1 200m

C1 1000m

C2 500m

C2 1000m

C1 200m

C1 500m

C2 200m

C2 500m

Junior World Championships Program

Men’s Kayak Women’s Kayak Men’s Canoe Women’s Canoe
K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K2 1000m

K4 500m

K1 200m

K1 500m

K1 1000m

K2 500m

K4 500m

C1 200m

C1 1000m

C2 1000m

C4 500m

 

C1 200m

C1 500m

C2 200m

C2 500m

 

 


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Outcome of the bid to host the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships

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The 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships have been awarded to Copenhagen following a meeting of the International Canoe Federation in Manchester, England. The Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada presented an extremely strong bid to host the event on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, NS. As in sport, the outcome of the competition does not always go your way.

The Bid Committee in Atlantic Canada did a phenomenal job and in particular Canoe Kayak Canada would like to acknowledge the hard work of Co-Chairs, Chris Keevill and LA Dempster; Director of Strategic Projects, Tracy White; and Flag Officer, Paul Dean. Canoe Kayak Canada’s Sprint Racing Council endorsed the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada to pursue a bid following a thorough review process of three Canadian sites.

Canoe Kayak Canada remains committed to hosting international events and will continue to evaluate future hosting opportunities moving forward.


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Dartmouth to bid to host the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships

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After a thorough review process of three Canadian sites, that included independent expert input, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Sprint Racing Council has endorsed the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada to pursue a bid to host the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, NS.

The planning for this bid is well underway and we are working with the Bid Committee in Atlantic Canada to support their efforts to ensure this bid is as successful as possible in winning the rights to host the Championships. We will keep you updated on progress moving forward and will send out a more public announcement later in the bid process.


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Three Canadians on ICF Board of Directors

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Left to right: John Edwards (ICF Chair, Paracanoe), Don McKenzie (ICF Chair, Medical and Anti-doping), Casey Wade (CEO, CKC), Frank Garner (ICF Chair, Canoe Sprint) and Peter Giles (President, CKC)

Three Canadians have maintained their positions on the International Canoe Federation’s Board of Directors following elections at the ICF’s Extra Ordinary Congress in Baku, Azerbaijan, under a newly accepted ICF Governance structure.

Frank Garner was re-elected from a competitive field of four candidates as the Chair of Canoe Sprint. Garner has held this position since 2008 and has been a member of the Canoe Sprint committee since 1995. The result of Friday’s election means he will serve another four-year term and now sits of the ICF Executive Committee.

Garner, of Waverley, NS, has been a long-time paddling volunteer, a past national team coach and was Chief Official at multiple Olympic Games including Rio 2016. As Chair of Canoe Sprint he has lead the proposal for an Olympic program with gender equity for 2020. He has made strides in making canoe sprint a more universal sport and has been working to improve the sports presentation aspect of competitions while maintaining the sport in its pure form.

John Edwards has earned another four-year term as the ICF’s Paracanoe Chair. Edwards, of Carleton Place, ON, has played a lead role internationally in making paddling accessible to everyone. He helped to steer Paracanoe towards inclusion in the 2016 Paralympic Games for the first time ever. Edwards was Canoe Kayak Canada’s Domestic Development Director for sixteen years and has recently been named a finalist for the World Paddling Awards under the Lifetime Achievement category.

Dr. Don McKenzie will continue as Chair of the ICF’s Medical and Anti-Doping Committee. McKenzie has been a strong advocate for clean sport. He has been the Chief Physician for the Canadian paddling team for many years and also sits on the board for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. Through his research he has lead the international Abreast In A Boat movement in which he has enabled thousands of breast cancer survivors to enjoy healthy and active lifestyles but involving them in dragon boating.

“We are proud of to have these three highly respected Canadians serving in such influential roles at the international level,” said Peter Giles, President of Canoe Kayak Canada. “Each of them has made tremendous contributions to the sport and we are pleased that they will continue to lead the way forward.”