May 13, 2019
Ridge paddler Brian Malfesi captured two medals at this weekend's National Canoe Sprint Team Trials #1 in Montreal. The trials will select the athletes representing Canada at the upcoming Senior World Cup Events in Poland and Germany.
Malfesi won gold in the K-2 1000 with Vincent Jourdenais (Club de canoe-kayak de vitesse de Trois-Rivieres) with a time of 3:26.702. In the men's K-1 1000, he took silver just behind Simon McTavish (Mississauga Canoe Club) in 3:37.804.
Following the trials, Malfesi was named to the Canoe Kayak Canada's men's kayak team for World Cups in Poznan, Poland from May 23 to 26, and in Duisburg, Germany, from May 30 to June 2.
Also on the podium at the trials, was Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club's Alex Brent. Brent joined Olivier Courchesne (Trois-Rivieres), Victor DeSaulniers (Trois-Rivieres) and James Lavallee (Toba) to win bronze in the men's K-4 500 in a time of 3:45.892.
He also was seventh in the K-1 1000 A-Final and fourth in the K-2 1000 where teamed with Mark Marschalko (Banook).
Brent's Burnaby teammate, Samantha Loutet won gold in the C-1 200 Junior Final in a time of 0:58.572 ahead of Katie VanBerkel (Senobe) and Gabrielle Bowman (Burloak).
The final member of B.C.'s contingent at the trials was Ydris Hunter who was sixth in the C-1 1000 B-Final.
After the trials concluded, Canoe Kayak Canada's Chief Technical Officer Graham Barton said, “Our coaches were very pleased with the results this weekend. We will be sending a team that will battle it out for selection to the 2019 Senior World Championship Team at two World Cups later in May and a small team of juniors to compete at an international regatta in Brandenburg, Germany. I believe our teams will be very competitive as we start the summer of 2019.”
Canoe Kayak Canada will be holding another National Team Trial event in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia from June 21st – 23rd, where more team selections will be made.
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.