This article was originally published on the Canoe Kayak Canada website.
Canoe Slalom Athletes Racing For Pan American Games and Worlds Selection in Minden
Whitewater will be flowing and canoe slalom athletes will be making their fastest runs this weekend at the Minden Wildwater Preserve in an effort to seize a spot on the National Team. Canadian National Team Trials are taking place this Saturday and Sunday in picturesque Minden Hills, ON. The trials are being used to select teams for five World Cups, World Championships, the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and Pan American Continental Championships.
The top athlete in each discipline will represent Canada at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games on July 18 and 19 at the very same venue being used for the trials this weekend. The top athlete still needs to achieve a performance standard to be selected. The Pan American Continental Championships will take place on the same date as the Pan American Games and an additional two athletes may be selected to race in July in an effort to earn quota spots for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The chosen senior elite team and senior national team will be eligible to represent Canada at five World Cups taking place in Europe in June and August, and the World Championships in September. Up to three athletes per discipline will be selected to senior teams depending on if performance standards are achieved. Results of
Forty athletes are registered to compete including 27 Canadians along with nine Americans and four Argentinians. Teams from Pan American countries have been invited to race but their results will not affect Canadian selections.
Competitors will race two runs on Saturday morning and two runs on Sunday morning on a different course. Their three best runs will count towards their overall ranking. Spectators and media are invited to attend and information can be sent to those who cannot attend but are interested in covering the event.
Saturday, May 23 (First run starts at 9:45 a.m. and second run starts at 12:15 p.m.)
Sunday, May 24 (Third run starts at 11a.m. and fourth run starts at 1:30 p.m.)
Minden Wildwater Preserve | Map
Horseshoe Lake Road, Minden Hills, ON
Parking available at Roger Parsons Centre first right on Bethel Rd after crossing bridge.