CanoeKayakCanada: Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom Team Hits the Water in Brazil

This article was originally published on the Canoe Kayak Canada website.

 A team of 18 athletes and four coaches will represent Canada at the 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships kicking off tomorrow in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil.

Over 380 athletes from 36 countries are competing at the Championships which run from Wednesday to Sunday. The athletes will start with preliminary runs and will race against the clock through a whitewater course to try to qualify a spot in the semi-finals and subsequent finals.

“I’m thrilled that our rising talents will get a taste of international competition early in the season,” said James Cartwright, CanoeKayak Canada’s Slalom High Performance Manager. “We are treating this race as a precious opportunity for our junior athletes to gain race experience on an artificial slalom course.  2012 Olympian, Michael Tayler, will be looking to end his U23 career with a strong performance in the K1M event.”

U23 Team

Men’s K1 U23
Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)
Ryley Penner (Lundbreck, AB)
Adrian Cole (Calgary, AB)

Women’s K1 U23
Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC)
Florence Maheu (Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC)

Men’s C1 U23
Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)
Yannick Laviolette (Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC)

Junior Team

Men’s K1 Junior
Maxime Leboeuf (Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC)
Darius Ramrattan (Innisfail, AB)
Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON)

Women’s K1 Junior
Hannah Penner (Lundbreck, AB)
Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK)
Natasha O’Connell (Ottawa, ON)

Men’s C1 Junior
Ben Risk (Ottawa, ON)
Pelly Vincent-Braun (Whitehorse, YK)

Women’s C1 Junior
Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK)
Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)
Willa Mason (Chelsea, QC)

Michael  Holroyd (Calgary, AB)
Brendan Curson (Saskatoon, SK)
Paul Manning Hunter (Edmonton, AB)
Louis-Philippe Légaré (Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC)

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