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Brian Malfesi wins two finals at National Sprint Team Trials #2

malfesi-Trials-May2Ridge’s Brian Malfesi won two of three finals at this past weekend’s National Sprint Team Trials #2. This second set of team trials took place on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

In the Men’s Senior K-1 500 A Final, Malfesi finished in 1:43.721 ahead of Vincent Jourdenais and Zane Clarke. He repeated this winning ways in the Men’s Senior K-1 1000 A final with a victory over Hunter Morrissey and Jacob Steele. Malfesi’s final race was the Men’s Senior K-1 200 A final where he finished 8th.

“While our World Cups teams are competing in Europe, these trials are a second competition opportunity for our Canadian paddlers to gain points in the selection process for the carded national sprint teams and the event will also serve as part of the selection process for the 2018 FISU World University Canoe Sprint Championships,” said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer at Canoe Kayak Canada.

Complete results

 

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B.C.’s Whitewater Slalom Athletes complete National Team Trials

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Six B.C. paddlers were among the athletes who completed the National Slalom Team Trials of a new season of racing this weekend on the Saint-Charles River in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec.

“Our junior and senior athletes looked impressive on the race course this week-end,” said James Cartwright, Slalom High Performance manager at Canoe Kayak Canada. “The athletes and coaches were well prepared for the races and I was pleased to see Ben Hayward back on the race course after missing last season from shoulder surgery.”

B.C. Results

  • Finn Wakeling (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: C-1 Men Cadet, K-1 Extreme)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 1st (136.02); 2nd Run – 1st (124.51)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 1st (142.60); 2nd Run – 1st (134.11)
    • Best Run: 12th (103.50) [Extreme]
  • Jakob Kryworuchko (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: C-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 2nd (196.11); 2nd Run- 1st (124.14)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 1st (115.74); 2nd Run – 2nd (127.22)
  • Avery Wilkins (Vancouver Island Whitewater Society: K-1 Men Extreme, K-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 7th (122.49); 2nd Run – 7th (119.34)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 6th (123.90); 2nd Run – 12th (176.89)
    • Best Run: 8th (84.34) [Extreme]
  • Austin Atkins (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: K-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 1st (108.64); 2nd Run – 2nd (111.16)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 2nd (103.85); 2nd Run – 10th (169.84)
  • Finley Capstick (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: K-1 Men Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 3rd (117.64); 2nd Run – 5th (117.95)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 1st (101.15); 2nd Run – 2nd (109.80)
  • Isabel Taylor (Chilliwack Centre of Excellence: K-1 Women Junior)
    • Saturday: 1st Run – 1st (167.07); 2nd Run – 3rd (258.50)
    • Sunday: 1st Run – 3rd (219.55); 2nd Run – 3rd (211.31)

Other notable results

Saturday, Florence Maheu (Québec) won the Women’s K1 in both the first and second round with a time of 108.06 and 103.67 seconds, respectively. Michael Tayler (Ontario) won the Men’s K1 first run with a time of 92.08 seconds while Ben Hayward (Alberta) won the second run with a tim of 93.78 seconds.

Canoer Liam Smedley (Ontario) won the Men’s C1 first round with a time of 99.67 seconds while his older brother, Cameron Smedley (Ontario) won the second run with a faster time of 94.94 seconds. In the Women’s C1 event, U23 athlete Lois Betteridge (Ontario) won the first run with a time of 118.83 seconds and Haley Daniels (Alberta) came first in the second run with a time of 111.73 seconds.

On Sunday, Maheu took first place again in the Women’s K1 final run of the weekend with a time of 98.25 seconds, as well as Tayler in the men’s race with a time of 90.31 seconds.

Betteridge won the Women’s C1 final run with a time of 122.08 while Cameron Smedley repeated a win in the Men’s C1 first run with a time of 95.04 seconds and Spencer Pomeroy (Ontario) won the final run with a time of 96.87 seconds.

On the last day of trials, athletes were also competing in the Extreme Slalom event. Ben Hayward (Alberta) came first with the fastest time of the day (77.64 seconds), followed by Maël Rivard (Ontario) with a time of 80.18 seconds and Trevor Boyd (Alberta) with a close time of 80.40 seconds.

Complete Results

Canoe Kayak Canada will be announcing the selected teams that will be representing Canada at the 2018 ICF World Cups and also at the 2018 World Championships later this week.


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Ydris Hunter concludes successful international debut

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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 [2001]
    • 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 [2001]
    • 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 [2001]
    • 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.”

To see all the results of the Olympic Hopes Regatta, go to the event website. You can also find Saturday and Sunday’s races online on Canoe Kayak Canada’s YouTube channel.


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Austin Atkins finishes 20th in extreme slalom at World Cup

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Austin Atkins (Chilliwack) and the rest Canoe Kayak Canada’s Canoe Slalom team was back on the river in La Seu D’Urgell at the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup Final. This was the last event in the five-race World Cup series.

Atkins placed 67th in the men’s kayak event where France’s Boris Neveu returned to world-class form and won the qualification round setting the quickest time of the day of 91.52 seconds. Edmonton’s David Ford finished 58th and  Ottawa’s Michael Tayler finished 69th.

In the extreme slalom event, Atkins finished 20th. Other Canadian results were Florence Maheu of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield who finished 8th overall while teammates Haley Daniels and Cameron Smedley both ended up 14th.

“The extreme slalom event is very dynamic and you never know who will make it through each round. We are watching closely to see how the event will play out at the World Championships in Pau where it will become an official medal event for the first time,” added Canoe Kayak Canada’s head coach, Michal Staniszewski.

The Canadian Team will now take a few days off to recover and before resuming training in Pau, France for the World Championships beginning September 27.

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Chilliwack paddler competes in his first ever World Cup

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Chilliwack Centre of Excellence paddler, Austin Atkins, competed in his first ever World Cup event this weekend in Italy. Atkins was one of eight Canadian paddlers to compete in the fourth stop of the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup series.

The man-made whitewater course flows from the glacial waters of the Dora Baltea river. Ivrea is known as one of the most challenging whitewater courses on the World Cup circuit and is situated at the base of the Italian Alps in Northern Italy.

Competing in the men’s K-1 slalom, Atkins was 62nd on day 1 and 72nd on day 2.

The Canadian team did not participate in the Extreme Slalom competition in Ivrea and is headed to the fifth and final World Cup of the season in La Seu D’Urgell, Spain September 8-10.  The team will spend the next week training in Spain and then move across the Pyrenees mountains to Pau, France where the World Championships will wrap up the season September 27-October 1.

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Three medals for Team BC paddlers at Canada Summer Games

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Team BC paddlers are bringing home three medals from the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Overall, Team BC, with 146 medals, was second to Ontario in the overall medal standings. The 146 medals is an all time record for Team BC.

Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge) won gold in the women’s K-1 5000 race. Her time of 21:13.71 was 25 seconds ahead of second place. Known for her love of cucumbers, she commented following her victory that their “power” helped her as she “had two cucumbers before the race.”

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In a very close men’s K-1 5000 race, Alex Brent (Ridge) won the bronze medal. His time of 19:16.323 was just seven seconds behind the gold medal finisher. This was Brent’s second bronze medal of the Games, his first coming in the men’s K-1 1000. In another close finish, he was only two seconds out of first.

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A third paddler was recognized by Team BC before the Games. Jia Kim (Ridge) won a cheer pack for naming Team BC’s new mascot. The winning name is ECHO the Orca.

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The Team BC paddlers were led by a great group of coaches and support staff. Thanks to CKBC’s Blake Dalton and Cory Rublee, Diane Tam (False Creek), Peter Majewski (Ridge) and Jennifer Scott (Team BC Mission Staff)

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Team BC’s canoe kayak results:

Women’s Kayak

Cassidy MacPherson (Ridge)

  • K-1 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:12.14); 5th Final (2:21.56)
  • K-1 1000: 3rd Heat 1 (4:14.07); 5th Final (4:17.75)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-2 200: 4th Heat 2 (46.290); 1st B Final (45.377)
  • K-1 5000: Gold Final (21:13.71)

Katrina Loutet (Burnaby)

  • K-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:32.540) (7th overall)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Jia Kim (Ridge)

  • K-2 500: 4th Heat 2 (2:01.19); 1st B Final (2:03.95)
  • K-1 200: 4th Heat 1 (49.997); 2nd B Final (49.39)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)
  • K-2 200: 4th Heat 2 (46.290); 1st B Final (45.377)

Elisa Robson-Brown (False Creek)

  • K-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:32.540) (7th overall)
  • K-2 500: 4th Heat 2 (2:01.19); 1st B Final (2:03.95)
  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Meghan Cheung (Fort)

  • K-4 200: 3rd Heat 2 (43.015); 1st B Final (42.375)
  • K-4 500: 3rd Heat 2 (1:50.12); 1st B Final (1:51.710)

Women’s Canoe

Samantha Loutet (Burnaby)

  • C-1 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:57.23); 5th Final (4:58.01)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 1 (52.016) 6th overall
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:18.513); 1st B Final (2:16.655)
  • C-1 200: 4th Heat 1 (56.658); 1st B Final (59.806)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Anna Zhang (False Creek)

  • C-1 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:50.46); 1st B Final (2:53.81)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:18.513); 1st B Final (2:16.655)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)
  • C-1 5000: 6th Final (27:32.25)

Zaffia Laplante (Burnaby)

  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 1 (52.016) 6th overall
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Heather Potkins (Nelson)

  • C-2 1000: 4th Heat 2 (5:23.780); 1st B Final (6:01.880)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)

Melody Oh (Ridge)

  • C-2 1000: 4th Heat 2 (5:23.780); 1st B Final (6:01.880)
  • IC-4 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:16.79); 2nd B Final (2:13.751)
  • IC-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (52.542); 2nd B Final (52.062)

Men’s Kayak

Alex Brent (Ridge)

  • K-1 500: 3rd Heat 1 (1:48.59); 5th Final (2:03.40)
  • K-2 1000: 2nd Heat 1 (3:44.120); 4th Final (3:50.290)
  • K-1 1000: 1st Heat 1 (3:39.27); Bronze Final (3:38.32)
  • K-2 500: 2nd Heat 2 (1:35.609); 4th Final (1:35.807)
  • K-1 5000: Bronze Final (19:16.32)

Matthew Koehler (Ridge)

  • K-2 1000: 2nd Heat 1 (3:44.120); 4th Final (3:50.290)
  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 500: 2nd Heat 2 (1:35.609); 4th Final (1:35.807)
  • K-1 200: 3rd Heat 2 (40.815); 2nd B Final (40.771)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Cameron Antifave (Nanaimo)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (39.450); 4th B Final (39.08)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Coen del Valle (Chinook)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (39.450); 4th B Final (39.08)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Michael Lanyon (Kamloops)

  • K-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:13.57); 4th Final (3:12.65)
  • K-4 200: 4th Heat 2 (36.187); 1st B Final (35.993)

Men’s Canoe

Ydris Hunter (False Creek)

  • C-1 500: 3rd Heat 2 (2:10.67); 5th Final (2:22.78)
  • C-1 1000: 3rd Heat 1 (4:25.32) 6th overall
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)
  • C-1 5000: 6th Final (23:20.62)

Alexander Demishkevich (Kamloops)

  • C-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:25.980); 5th Final (4:50.960)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:07.49) 6th overall
  • C-1 200: 2nd Heat 2 (43.744); 4th Final (42.72)
  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (44.672); 5th Final (43.435)

Quinn Phare (Pemberton)

  • C-2 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (4:25.980); 5th Final (4:50.960)
  • C-2 500: 3rd Heat 1 (2:07.49) 6th overall
  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)

Omar Said (Ridge)

  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)
  • C-2 200: 3rd Heat 2 (44.672); 5th Final (43.435)

Noah Said (Ridge)

  • IC-4 200: 3rd Heat 1 (42.136); 5th Final (41.529)
  • IC-4 1000: 3rd Heat 2 (3:58.282); 5th Final (4:01:878)


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B.C. wins 17 medals at Whitewater National Championships

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Led by Jakob Kryworuchko’s five gold medals, B.C. paddlers brought home 17 medals from the 2017 Whitewater National Championships. The championships took place July 31-August 6 in Ottawa.

In the open age championships, Ottawa’s Cameron Smedley was the most dominant performer of the day, confirming his status as Canada’s top male slalom paddler, winning gold in the Men’s C-1 as well as the top spot in the Mixed C-2 alongside sister, Alison.

The Men’s K-1 featured a surprise champion in 34-year-old, John Hastings who beat out five other Ottawa paddlers despite retiring from the National Slalom Team to focus on preparations for the upcoming Extreme Slalom World Championships. Hastings’ victory, along with the dual titles by the Smedleys, helped Ontario capture the Brian Creer Cup, an award given annually to the top province at the National Championships.

Complete B.C. results:

Name Results
Maddison Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Bronze (40.10)
K-1 Junior Age Group Championships: 4th (169.29)
Finn Wakeling

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Cadet Downriver Sprint: Gold (41.62)
C-1 Cadet Downriver Classic: Gold (792.27)
C-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: Silver (138.01)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Cadet Age-Group Championships: 6th (277.14)
Jakob Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: Gold (40.22)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 8th (37.13)
C-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Gold (800.84)
C-1 Junior Championships: Gold (101.67)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 10th (108.60)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-1 Open Championships: 8th (134.75) [1st Junior]
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Avery Wilkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 4th (42.56)
K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 5th (35.39)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 4th (660.23)
C-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (162.93)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 11th (108.62)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
K-1 Open Championships: 10th (119.03) [5th Junior]
Austin Atkins

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 11th (37.82)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: Silver (626.94)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Gold (210.87)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 6th (97.34)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
C-2 Open Championships: Gold (196.70)
Alsek Watt

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 14th (40.51)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 8th (682.81)
C-2 Junior Age-Group Championships: Silver (267.72)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 17th (114.98)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)
Finley Capstick

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

K-1 Junior Downriver Sprint: 18th (42.36)
K-1 Junior Downriver Classic: 7th (673.68)
K-1 Junior Age-Group Championships: 7th (100.36)
K-1 Junior Team: 5th (442.44)
Maksym Kryworuchko

Chilliwack Centre of Excellence

C-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 8th (44.56)
K-1 Senior Downriver Sprint: 7th (39.52)
K-1 Senior Team: Bronze (487.19)