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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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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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Russell and Schmidt repeat win to top Women’s K2 field

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Michelle Russell (Fall River, NS) and Madeline Schmidt (Ottawa, ON) have topped the field in the Women’s K2 500m by winning their second straight final on the last day of competition at the Canadian Sprint National Team Trials on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, USA.

Russell qualified the quota spot for Canada in the Women’s K1 500m last year at World Championships so she is not eligible to compete at the Continental Qualifier. Another crew will need to qualify to K2 quotas at Continental Qualifiers. If Canada is successful in qualifying the spots, the K2 Olympic entry will come down to a race-off at National Team Trials 2 in Montreal from June 24-26.

In today’s second K2 final, Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Oakville, ON) and Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) finished second while Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC) and Andréanne Langlois (Québec, QC) finished third.

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Mark de Jonge joins the team for Rio

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Two-time World Champion and Olympic bronze medalist Mark de Jonge has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He won the Men’s K1 200m final at Canadian Sprint National Team Trials on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, USA.

“Everything is going to plan and especially early in the season it’s encouraging to have a good race and know that everything is starting off well,” said de Jonge. “I’ve got a few races ahead to tune and tweak things and I’ve got big goals for Rio.”

de Jonge won today’s race by 0.84 of a second. Alex Scott (Bedford, NS) was second and Étienne Morneau (Québec, QC) was third. With de Jonge’s status as the current World Champion, he only needed the one win to seal the deal while most selections races are a best two out of three format.

Since earning an Olympic bronze medal in 2012, de Jonge progressed to a silver at Worlds in 2013, followed by two straight gold medals at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships. He will compete at three World Cups in Europe on consecutive weekends beginning May 21.

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Émilie Fournel becomes first paddler to make 2016 Olympic Team

Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC) is the first paddler to earn a spot on the Canadian Olympic Team. She came back on the second day of the Canadian Sprint National Team Trials to win the Olympic entry in the Women’s K1 500m. The selection came down to a head-to-head race-off in a best two out of three race format on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, USA. Fournel finished third last night in the opening final but in a rematch this morning she beat last night’s winner, Michelle Russell (Fall River, NS). This set the scene for a showdown and Fournel came out victorious by a margin of 2.00 seconds.

“I was taking one race at a time and just trying to paddle well,” said Fournel. “I really feel like I’ve come a long way after not qualifying the K4 last year. This year I really had to turn it around and find new strength and new motivation. When I crossed the line I was just proud of myself that I was able to turn it around.”

This will be Fournel’s third Olympics. She competed in the K4 500m in 2008 and raced the K1 500m and K1 200m at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Michelle Russell wins first Women’s K1 500m final

Michelle Russell (Fall River, NS) lead of the first day of Canadian Sprint National Team Trials on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, USA with a win in the first final of the Women’s K1 500m. She will line up against the same field tomorrow morning in an effort to repeat the win and secure the spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. A different winner tomorrow morning could trigger a head-to-head race-off tomorrow afternoon. Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON) was second in today’s K1 500m while Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC) was third. Russell qualified the Olympic quota spot in the event last August at World Championships.

Four-time Olympic medalist Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) won the first final of the Men’s K1 1000m. Angus Mortimer (Ottawa, ON) was second while Marshall Hughes (Waverley, NS) was third. A second final will take place tomorrow morning with a race-off, if necessary, scheduled for Friday in a best two out of three race format. The winner will go on to compete at Continental Qualifiers in Gainesville, Georgia in two weeks. A win there will earn the athlete a quota spot and the Olympic entry.
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