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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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B.C. paddlers set to compete at 2017 Canadian Canoe Kayak Whitewater Championships

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Eight B.C. paddlers from the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence (CCE) go for gold this weekend at the 2017 Canadian Canoe Kayak Whitewater Championships. Taking place in Ottawa at the Pumphouse, the event will crown champions in four age categories from August 4-6.

Representing B.C. from CCE are:

Cadet Men (ages 12-14)

  • Finn Wakeling (Port Moody)

Junior Women (ages 15-18)

  • Madison Atkins (Chilliwack)

Junior Men (ages 15-18)

  • Austin Atkins (Chilliwack)
  • Finley Capstick (Chilliwack)
  • Jakob Krywouchko (Vancouver)
  • Alsek Watt (Richmond)
  • Avery Wilkins (Chilliwack)

U23 Men (ages 19-23)

  • Maksym Kryworuchko (Vancouver)

The championships are hosted by the Ottawa River Runners and Canoe Kayak Canada.

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Finley Capstick competes at Slalom World Cup in Germany

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Chilliwack Centre of Excellence’s Finley Capstick competed at this weekend’s Slalom World Cup Slalom in Markleeberg, Germany. The event featured both traditional slalom and extreme slalom.

Capstick competed in both events, finishing 66th in men’s K1 slalom and 24th in extreme slalom.

The Extreme Slalom is a new addition to the World Cup circuit. It features a head-to-head format where four athletes race down the river at the same time while navigating through a series of obstacles. The event will make its first appearance at the World Championships this year in Pau, France at the end of September.

Other Canadians competing included Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB), who recorded her best-ever finish in World Cup Extreme Slalom today, finishing sixth in the women’s K1. Teammate, Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) finished 10th, marking the first time two Canadians have finished in the top 10 in the Extreme Slalom event.

With the first three ICF World Cup Slalom events behind them, Team Canada will now set their sights on preparing for the National Championships on August 5 and 6  in Ottawa and the second half of the World Cup circuit with races in Italy and Spain later this year.

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Canoe Kayak Canada Names Canoe Slalom National Team

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Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to name its national canoe slalom team following a weekend of trials in Kananaskis, AB. The team will represent Canada at World Cups in Europe starting in June and World Championships in Pau, France in September.

“We had some strong performances at trials and have a good mix of up-and-comers and veterans ready to race internationally,” said James Cartwright, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Whitewater High Performance Manager. “The team has a real sense of opportunity heading into this quadrennial and I’m excited for what’s to come.”

There are three quota spots per event. The top athletes in each class will represent Canada at World Cups and World Championships. Under 23 athletes, who qualified as alternates, will be given the opportunity to race World Cups 3.

Men’s Kayak

1) Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)
2) David Ford (Edmonton, AB)
3) Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON)
Alternate: Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON)

Women’s Kayak

1) Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC)
2) Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB)
3) Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)
Alternate: Reneo Ohler (Calgary, AB)

Men’s Canoe

1) Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON)
2) Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)
3) Yannick Laviolette (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC)
Alternate: Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

Women’s Canoe

1) Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB)
2) Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)

Competition Schedule

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 1 June 16-18 Prague, Czech Republic
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 2 June 23-25 Augsburg, Germany 
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 3*U23 athletes to compete in quotas 2 & 3 July 7-9 Markkleeberg, Germany
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4 September 1-3 Ivrea, Italy
ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup final September 8-10 La Seu D’urgell, Spain
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships September 27 – October 1 Pau, France

 


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Sprint and slalom national team trials conclude

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Eight sprint and slalom paddlers from B.C. took part in this past weekend’s national team trials. The athletes represented Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club, Chinook Racing Canoe Club and the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence.

At the Sprint National Team Trials in Montreal, paddlers competed for selection to National Team including the contingent to represent Canada at World Cup competitions in Europe later this month.

Brian Malfesi (Ridge) was the top B.C. paddler as he finished 3rd in the K1 1000. He was also 8th in the K1 500 and 9th in the K1 200 B final.

In Kananaskis, AB, five B.C. paddlers took part in the Canoe Slalom Team Trials. They were also competing for sports on National Teams including for the World Cups in Europe beginning in June.

Jacob Kryworuchko (CCE) took three top spots in the C1 Junior category. And in the Cadet category, Finn Wakeling (CCE) finished in first in all four runs.

B.C. results:

Sprint National Team Trials (complete results)

  • K1 1000
    • Brian Malfesi (Ridge): 3rd A Final (3:39.940); 2nd Semi 3 (3:40.786); 1st Heat 3 (3:47.009)
    • Alex Brent (Ridge): 3rd B Final (3:45.216); 5th Semi 3 (3:43.328); 4th Heat 2 (3:55.553)
  • K1 500
    • Brian Malfesi (Ridge): 8th A Final (1:53.425); 1st Semi 3 (1:44.581); 1st Heat 6 (1:45.480)
    • Alex Brent (Ridge): 9th B Final (1:55.700); 4th Semi 2 (1:47.559); 4th Heat 6 (1:47.638)
    • Patrick Dann (Chinook): 7th Heat 5 (1:51.374)
  • K1 200
    • Brian Malfesi (Ridge): 9th B Final (0:38.013); 5th Semi 1 (0:37.876); 7th Heat 1 (0:39.349)
    • Patrick Dann (Chinook): 3rd C Final (0:38.968); 9th Semi 1 (0:38.976): 5th Heat 3 (0:39.223)

Canoe Slalom Team Trials (complete results)

  • C1 Junior
    • Jakob Kryworuchko (CCE): 1st Run 1 (198.48); 1st Run 2 (130.83); 2nd Run 3 (144.60); 1st Run 4 (121.37)
  • C1 Cadet
    • Finn Wakeling (CCE): 1st Run 1 (443.28); 1st Run 2 (360.06); 1st Run 3 (205.80) 1st Run 4 (238.73)
  • K1 Junior
    • Austin Akins (CCE): 4th Run 1 (109.45); 6th Run 2 (110.27); 7th Run 3 (102.80); 2nd Run 4 (95.17)
    • Finley Capstick (CCE): 6th Run 1 (114.71); 11th Run 2 (150.25); 10th Run 3 (107.70); 3rd Run 4 (96.36)
    • Avery Wilkins (CCE): 8th Run 1 (133.39); 7th Run 2 (124.16); 8th Run 3 (106.70); 7th Run 4 (105.96)