July 18, 2019
Four B.C. paddlers are among the twelve Canadian slalom athletes vying for podium finishes this week at the 2019 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships. The event takes place at the well-known Krakow-Kolna Canoe Slalom Course in Krakow, Poland. Competition began on Tuesday, July 16 and runs through Sunday, July 21.
Representing the Chilliwack Paddling Club, B.C.'s Austin Atkins, Finn Wakeling, Isabel Taylor and Jakob Kryworuchko are competing in a number of events during the championships:
Austin Atkins - K1
Jakob Kryworuchko - C1
Finn Wakeling - C2
Isabel Taylor - C2
Jakob Kryworuchko - C1
Isabel Taylor - K1
Finn Wakeling - C1
Leading the Canadian team are 2019 World Cup participants Lois Betteridge and Trevor Boyd.
Betteridge competed in the first two ICF World Cups of the season and had excellent runs qualifying for the semi-finals at both events. She will be looking to build on these performances and put down more strong runs in women’s C1 and K1 in Krakow this week. Betteridge will also be battling for a medal with Jakob Kryworuchko in the mixed C2 event, where she narrowly missed the podium last year finishing fourth with a different partner.
Boyd participated at World Cup 3 in his first ever ICF World Cup just two weeks ago, completing clean runs in K1 and finishing 12th in the extreme slalom event.
“I’m happy to see a strong group of athletes in Krakow this year. A number of our Junior and U23 athletes have spent the last four weeks in Europe preparing for this competition while gaining valuable training time in Krakow, Augsburg and Prague,” said James Cartwright, Senior High Performance Manager and Coach Development at Canoe Kayak Canada. “These are classic race venues that will be hosting significant international races in the years ahead so it’s important that our Next Gen athletes learn to perform on these courses.”
B.C. results (as of July 19):
Austin Atkins: U23 K1
Heats: Run 1 - 72nd (164.21); Run 2 - 35th (118.70): Total: 65th (282.91)
Finn Wakeling & Isabel Taylor: Mixed Junior C2
Jakob Kryworuchko: Junior C1
Heats: Run 1 - 38th (126.44); Run 2 - 22nd (124.05); Total: 42nd (250.49)
Finn Wakeling: Junior C1
Heats: Run 1 - 41st (141.02); Run 2 - 24th (132.18); Total: 44th (273.20)
Isabel Taylor: Junior K1 Heats
Heats: Run 1 - 52nd (235.39)
Jakob Kryworuchko & Lois Betteridge: Mixed U23 C2
Semifinals: 10th (154.77) Q
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