June 25, 2018
Twelve B.C. paddlers were among close to 300 athletes who completed the final National Sprint Team Trials this weekend at the Basin Olympic in Montreal. Leading the way was Ridge’s Brian Malfesi who won two gold medals.
“It has been a big weekend for our Canadian sprint athletes and we were happy see their hard work being put into some exciting races over the last three days”, said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer at Canoe Kayak Canada. “Now, it’s time to make the final selection of the athletes that will be representing Canada on the world stage in the next few months.”
Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club:
False Creek Sprint Racing Canoe Club:
Kamloops Canoe & Kayak Club
Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club
Canoe Kayak Canada will be announcing the 2018 Canadian Teams later this week on the Canoe Kayak Canada’s website.
Other notable results
Among the many great results of Sunday, Dominik Crête of Trois-Rivières placed first in the Men’s K1 200m final with a time of 34.6 seconds, in a close finish with Olympian Mark De Jonge (Maskwa) and Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport).
Once again, three generations of Women’s canoe stood on the same podium. World Champion Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières) took the lead in the Women’s C1 500m final, followed by teammate Katie Vincent (Mississauga) and Junior athlete Sofia Jensen (Cascades).
On the men’s side, Stephen Frodsham (Rideau) won the C1 500m race, followed by Roland Varga (Richmond Hill) and Drew Hodges (Rideau). Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire) placed first in the women’s K1 200m event in a close finish with Andreanne Langlois (2nd – Trois-Rivières) and Michelle Russell (3rd – Cheema).
Among the many great results Saturday, paracanoe athletes showed some impressive and inspiring performances. Erica Scarff from Balmy Beach placed first in the Para K1 Women 200m with a time of 54.9 seconds while on the men’s side, Zacharie Lauzière-Fitzgerald from Sherbrooke won with a time of 44.7 seconds.
Mathieu St-Pierre from Shawinigan took first place in the Para Open VA 200m-race, followed closely by Dave Waters from the Maskwa Aquatic Club in Nova Scotia.
Other great performances on Saturday included Brian Malfesi (Ridge) winning the Men’s K1 1000m, Connor Fiztpatrick (Senobe) and Roland Varga (Richmond Hill) coming first in the Men’s C2 1000m, Nadya Crossman-Serb (Toba) and Hannah MacIntosh (Senobe) taking first place in the Women’s C2 500m and Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire) and Courtney Stott (Balmy Beach) finishing first in the Women’s K2 500m event.
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.