September 18, 2017
False Creek paddler Ydris Hunter made his sprint canoe international debut September 15-17 at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Racice, Czech Republic. Forty Canadian athletes competed in this international competition where 33 different countries were represented.
Hunter competed qualified for five semi-finals and one final during the competition:
Overall, the Canadian team won one gold medal, three silver medals and five bronze medals.
"The level of competition at this regatta goes up every year, this competition is now the equivalent of a World Championships for these age groups," said the Canadian team chief technical officer, Graham Barton, at the end of competition. "Our athletes have performed very well and now know the level required here against the strongest nations like Germany, Hungary or Poland. It will take a lot of work and collaboration, but I believe that as a nation we have the talent."
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.