September 11, 2017
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.
Canoe Kayak BC is the Provincial Sport Organization for the paddle sports and actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in them. Members include competitive athletes, developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of the sport. The association's mission enourages and promotes personal growth and success for our members through participation and performance in paddle sports.