CANADA BOUNCES BACK ON DAY 2 OF ICF JUNIOR/U23 WORLDS

The Mississauga Canoe Club’s Katie Vincent Paddles for C-1 500m Gold Saturday

PITESTI, ROMANIA (July 28, 2017) – After an “up and down” first day, Team Canada bounced back on Day 2 to qualify for six “A” finals at the ICF Junior and U23 Sprint World Championships.

Canadian paddlers posted great results in both canoe and kayak sprint events. One of the most inspiring performances came in the U23 Men’s K-4 500m race. After Marshall Hughes (Waverley, NS) was hospitalized due to illness, his replacement, Jarret Kenke (Saskatoon, SK) went down with the same ailment. Alexander Scott (Halifax, NS) filled the vacant spot and, along with teammates Maxence Beauchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC), Nicholas Matveev (Toronto, ON), and Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) the K-4 crew beat a talented international field to win their semi-final and qualify for Sunday’s medal race.

“We were up and down yesterday, so it’s great to see us make a bunch of finals, including the Men’s K-4,” said Canoe Kayak Canada’s Chief Technical Officer, Graham Barton. “It suggests we’re already starting to see positive results out of a more centralized approach to our training program. Having several athletes training together this spring in Lac Beauport, Quebec, has really helped build our depth, and it paid dividends in the men’s K-4 when two of our guys got sick.”

Madeline Schmidt (Ottawa, ON) also gritted her way into A-finals appearance. She held onto third place in the first semi-final of the U23 Women’s K-1 500m by only a quarter of a second.

Other athletes who paddled their way to A-finals included: Nadya Crossman-Serb (Winnipeg, MB) and Hannah MacIntosh (Dartmouth, NS) in the U23 Women C-2 500m; Ailish McNulty (Dartmouth, NS) and Anna Negulic (Halifax, NS) in the U23 Women’s K-2 500m; Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh (Ottawa, ON) and Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent (Trois-Rivières, QC) in the U23 Women’s C-2 200m; and 15-year-old Sofia Jensen (Chelsea, QC), who qualified for her second final of the competition in the Junior Women’s C-1 200m.

Saturday’s action will see Jensen and Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) leading the charge as they contend for medals in the Junior and U23 Women’s C-1 500m races respectively. Canadian paddlers have also qualified for eight semi-finals on Saturday and will be looking to earn a spot in Sunday finals to compete for a medal.

The official draw can be found here, and you can watch live-streamed coverage of the events on Planet Canoe, the official YouTube channel of the ICF. Canoe Kayak Canada will issue daily highlights of Team Canada performances. Complete event results can be found here.

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

MIXED RESULTS FOR CANADA ON DAY 1 OF ICF JUNIOR/U23 WORLDS

PITESTI, ROMANIA (July 27, 2017) – For Team Canada, it was a day of mixed results as the ICF Junior and U23 Sprint World Championships got underway in Pitesti, Romania.

Leading the way was Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) who earned a berth in Saturday’s “A” Final in the Women’s U23 C-1 500m with the second-fastest qualifying time of 2:13.812. Vincent is looking to add to her gold medal collection, having won the U23 C-1 200m at last year’s World Championships, as well as the Junior edition of the race in 2014.

Following in Katie’s footsteps, 15-year-old Sofia Jenson (Chelsea, QC) qualified for the “A” Final in the Junior C-1 500m by winning her semi-final in a time of 2:20.524.

“It was an up and down day, for sure,” said Canoe Kayak Canada’s Chief Technical Officer, Graham Barton. “We had some great performances in very competitive races. A few were good enough to qualify for finals, while others competed really hard but just ended up on the wrong side of a fourth place finish.”

While Vincent and Jenson were dominating their races, Team Canada had some near misses in the semifinals on the men’s side. Jarret Kenke (Saskatoon, SK) and Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac-Beauport, QC) finished fourth in their U23 K-2 1000m semifinal, falling short of a finals berth by only three tenths of a second behind a duo from Germany. In the U23 C-1 1000m, Canada’s Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS) was edged out by Vladislav Chebotar (RUS) in the last 50 metres. Kenke, Poulin, and Spence will compete in “B” Finals on Saturday.

Barton emphasized the value of the top-flight competition, particularly for Junior paddlers competing in their first world championships. “It’s really eye opening for them to see how fast the best paddlers in the world really are,” he said. “It can be a great motivator and will definitely benefit those athletes who hope to return to worlds next year.”

Vincent and Jenson will be back on the water on Day 2, hoping to qualify for finals in the C-1 200m in the U23 and Junior competitions, respectively. There is also keen interest in the U23 Men’s K-4 500m, a new event at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. Canada’s hopes rest with Maxence Beauchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC), Nicholas Matveev (Toronto, ON), Marshall Hughes (Waverly, NS) and Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) who are coming off an outstanding performance against strong international competition at the Canada Cup regatta in Shawinigan, Quebec earlier this month.

The official draw can be found here, and you can watch live-streamed coverage of the events on Planet Canoe, the official YouTube channel of the ICF. Canoe Kayak Canada will issue daily highlights of Team Canada performances. Complete event results can be found here.

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

MAC launches Boxes & Banners Project

Turning dull green and gray utility boxes into beautiful landmarks that celebrate our city’s heritage will be a lasting gift to eight communities across Mississauga.

A city wide beautification project continues on Sunday July 30 at 3 pm when a new originally designed, artistically wrapped utility box will be revealed marking the history of Malton. The artist, Shellene Rodney, and local dignitaries from the City of Mississauga will celebrate the reveal at Goreway Dr and Etude Dr. Ice cream will be served.

“The Boxes and Banners Project is another important opportunity for Mississauga to celebrate the talents and skills of local artists and for our community to come together to appreciate and understand Canadian history, identity and culture through public art,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“We are grateful to Ontario 150 and the Community Foundation of Mississauga and of course the City of Mississauga, which was also instrumental in helping to get the utility companies on board with a creative initiative involving 10 boxes at 8 sites from Lakeview to Meadowvale,” adds Mike Douglas of the Mississauga Arts Council.

“Community is vital to Enbridge, and for 165 years we have proudly supported the communities we serve, while watching our country thrive. Celebrating Canada and Ontario’s 150th birthdays, while contributing to a project that celebrates our communities, is something we’re proud to be a part of,” said Chris Wray, Manager, Municipal Affairs and Stakeholder Relations for Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Free ice cream, cookies and entertainment accompany each reveal.

The next beautification reveal is on Sunday, Aug. 20th at 3 pm at Erin Mills Parkway and Lincoln Green, for a large Alectra box.

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