Event of the Century for Slalom in the Americas

I am calling it the event of the century for slalom in the Americas!  I felt it 
really was a great event, a fantastic venue, such positive people, athletes, 
volunteers and spectators - the ones that found a ticket.  It made our athletes 
rise to a higher level, yet supported those that were new to the Sport making 
them feel a part of this high performance community.    The weather was awesome 
- reminded everyone that this is a 'wild' Sport.  
 
I loved my role as announcer, worked with a great team.  Best part was taking it 
all in from one spot, yet informing everyone along the River.  
 
Frustrations everywhere, something we could not control, as we were such a tiny 
spec in the grand scheme of the GAMES.  But in the end - it was an incredible 
show of athleticism at the international level and it was in our backyard. 
 
The MWWP was spectacular, the River delivered, and everyone can be proud of 
having hosted the 1st-ever Pan AM Games for CanoeKayak Slalom.  We made history.

Link to the photo gallery. Claudia Kerckhoff-Van Wijk

Four Pan Am Medals for Canada in canoe slalom

Jazmyne Denhollander wins gold

MINDEN, ON - All four of Canada's canoe slalom athletes at the Toronto 2015 Pam Am Games will be going home with a medal. Jazmyne Denhollander of Chilliwack, BC capped off the day with a gold for Team Canada in the Women's K1 event and the and the finish could not have been closer.

All three of the final competitors in Women's K1 ran clean runs without any penalties for touching or missing a gate. In the end Denhollander posted the fastest time of 97.92 seconds with only 0.02 of a second margin from the silver medalitst - Ana Satila of Brazil - and 0.03 of a second margin from the bronze medalist - Ashley Nee of the United States.

Pan Am Jazmyne Denhollander

Jazmyne Denhollander    (Photo:Sean Scally)

Den Hollander finished third in the semi-final earlier in the day and stepped up significantly in her final which was delayed due to a thunder storm. The sky cleared and she received her gold medal in front of the home crowd with the Gull River gleaming in the background. Denhollander has made history as Canada's first ever golden canoe slalom paddler at the Pan American Games. 

Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, ON had an impeccable final run in the men's C1 and won a silver medal. Smedley posted the fastest run time in the Men's C1 final but a slight brush of his shoulder against one of the gates early in the course cost him a two second penalty. The gold medal went to Casey Eichfeld of the United States. Smedley had trailed Eichfeld for the whole weekend but stepped up in the final to close the gap. with just a penalty holding him back from the top spot.

 Pan Am Cameron Smedley

Cameron Smedley   (Photo: Sean Scally)

Ben Hayward of Edmonton, AB won a bronze medal in the Men's K1. Hayward won the semi-final with a clean run but two gate touches in the final cost him four seconds in penalties. Michal Smolen of the United States took the gold while Brazil's Pedro Da Silva landed the silver.

 Pan Am Ben Hayward

Ben Hayward  (Photo: Sean Scally)

Haley Daniels of Calgary AB rounded out the Canadian medal haul with a bronze in the Women's C1. Ana Satila of Brazil won gold and Colleen Hickey of the United States took the silver.

Link to final results

Media Contact:  Ian Miller
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Pan Am Whitewater canoe & kayak events put Gull River on the map

Pan Am Whitewater canoe & kayak events put the Gull River on the Map - The Globe and Mail

From The Globe and Mail:
Pan Am whitewater canoe and kayak events put Gull River on the map

It was a great day ! 

 

2015 Canoe Slalom Athletes Named to Pan Am Games and Worlds Teams

 

Canoe Slalom athletes named to Pan Am Games and Worlds Teams

 

 OTTAWA – CanoeKayak Canada is proud to announce the canoe slalom athletes who will represent Canada in international competition this year. The selections come following two days of Canadian National Team Trials at the Minden Wild Water Preserve.

 

Toronto 2015 Pan American Games

 

The Canadian Olympic Committee and CanoeKayak Canada have announced four athletes nominated to represent Team Canada at canoe the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. The four athletes selected to compete in the canoe slalom competition include Ben Hayward of Edmonton, AB; Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, ON; Jazmyne Denhollander of Chilliwack, BC; and Haley Daniels of Calgary, AB. These athletes will make history in the first-ever appearance of canoe slalom at the Pan American Games. The canoe slalom events will take place the weekend of July 18 and 19 at the same venue the athletes qualified at in Minden.

Quotes

 

“What a phenomenal team we have to represent Canada in this historic Pan Am debut for canoe slalom. This is a big opportunity for our athletes to compete at a high profile competition on home water. With Olympic qualification on the line this is truly a now or never moment and I know the team is absolutely stoked to show what we’re made of.”  – James Cartwright, CanoeKayak Canada’s Slalom High Performance Manager

 

“I’ve never raced in front of a home crowd before of this size so I’m really excited for that. It’s going to be so cool to get a crowd of five hundred cheering for me and Team Canada. Pan Ams will be our continental qualifier for Rio so it is a good confidence builder to be able to race well here on home water.” Ben Hayward, Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games athlete

 

“I’m really excited I get to carry on the legacy from my grandpa who competed in the Pan American Games when it was in Canada so that’s a big deal for me. I’m looking forward to being a part of a multi-sport games when all of the sports come together and we get to feel the excitement of being part of Team Canada.” Haley Daniels, Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games athlete

 

World Cups, World Championships and Pan American Continental Championships

 

The senior National Team has been selected to represent Canada at five World Cups taking place in Europe in June and August, and the World Championships in September. Up to three athletes and one alternate per discipline have been selected to senior teams depending on the achievement of performance standards.

 

The Pan American Continental Championships will take place at the same time as the Pan American Games. Athletes competing in the Pan American Games along with up to two additional athletes competing in the Pan American Continental Championships will have the opportunity to earn quota spots for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

 

Senior Team for World Cups, World Championships and Pan American Continental Championships

 

Men’s K1

1) Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB)

2) 

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John Hastings (Aurora, ON)

3) 

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Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)

Alternate: David Ford (Edmonton, AB)

 

Women’s K1

1) Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC)

2) Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB)

3) Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON)

Alternate: Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC)

 

Men’s C1

1) Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

2) Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

3) Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON) *nominated to Pan American Continental Championships only.

 

Women’s C1

1) Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB)

2) Alexandra McGee (Ottawa, ON) *World Cups and World Championships only

 

Men’s C2

1) Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) & Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

 

 

http://www.canoekayak.ca/english/content/WW__Team_Trials blocked::http://www.canoekayak.ca/english/content/Sprint_National_Team_Trials_Home">Full Trials Results and Rankings 

 

International Race Schedule

 

World Cup 1

June 19-21

Prague, Czech Republic

World Cup 2

June 26-28

Krakow, Poland

World Cup 3

July 3-5

Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovenia

Pan American Games

July 18-19

Minden Hills, ON

World Cup 4 

August 7-9

La Seu D'Urgell, Spain

World Cup 5

August 14-16

Pau, France

World Championships

September 15-19

Hertfordshire, England

 

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Media Contact:

 

Ian Miller

Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada

613.314.1352

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2015 Pan American Games and Worlds Selection

Canoe slalom athletes racing for Pan American Games and Worlds Selection in Minden

MINDEN, ON – Whitewater will be flowing and canoe slalom athletes will be making their fastest runs this weekend at the Minden Wildwater Preserve in an effort to seize a spot on the National Team. Canadian National Team Trials are taking place this Saturday and Sunday in picturesque Minden Hills, ON. The trials are being used to select teams for five World Cups, World Championships, the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and Pan American Continental Championships.

The top athlete in each discipline will represent Canada at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games on July 18 and 19 at the very same venue being used for the trials this weekend. The top athlete still needs to achieve a performance standard to be selected. The Pan American Continental Championships will take place on the same date as the Pan American Games and an additional two athletes may be selected to race in July in an effort to earn quota spots for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Ben Hayward 2015

Ben Hayward   (photo by Sean Scally)

Alexandra McGee 2015

Alexandra McGee        (photo by Sean Scally)

The chosen senior elite team and senior national team will be eligible to represent Canada at five World Cups taking place in Europe in June and August, and the World Championships in September. Up to three athletes per discipline will be selected to senior teams depending on if performance standards are achieved.

Forty athletes are registered to compete including 27 Canadians along with nine Americans and four Argentinians. Teams from Pan American countries have been invited to race but their results will not affect Canadian selections.

Competitors will race two runs on Saturday morning and two runs on Sunday morning on a different course. Their three best runs will count towards their overall ranking. Spectators and media are invited to attend and information can be sent to those who cannot attend but are interested in covering the event.

http://www.canoekayak.ca/english/content/WW__Team_Trials blocked::http://www.canoekayak.ca/english/content/Sprint_National_Team_Trials_Home">Results & Competition information 

When

Saturday, May 23 (First run starts at 9:45 a.m. and second run starts at 12:15 p.m.)

Sunday, May 24 (Third run starts at 11a.m. and fourth run starts at 1:30 p.m.)

Where

Minden Wildwater Preserve | https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=Minden+Wildwater+Preserve,+Minden+Hills,+ON&hl=en&ll=44.963705,-78.684962&spn=0.013345,0.033023&sll=45.046359,-78.173218&sspn=0.852867,2.113495&hq=Minden+Wildwater+Preserve,&hnear=Minden+Hills,+Haliburton+County,+Ont">Map

Horseshoe Lake Road, Minden Hills, ON

Parking available at Roger Parsons Centre first right on Bethel Rd after crossing bridge.

  

International Race Schedule

 

World Cup 1

June 19-21

Prague, Czech Republic

World Cup 2

June 26-28

Krakow, Poland

World Cup 3

July 3-5

Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovenia

Pan American Games

July 18-19

Minden Hills, ON

World Cup 4 

August 7-9

La Seu D'Urgell, Spain

World Cup 5

August 14-16

Pau, France

World Championships

September 15-19

Hertfordshire, England

 

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Media Contact:

 

Ian Miller

Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada

613.314.1352

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