CBC Interview with Silver Medalist Cam Smedley

CBC interview with Silver Medalist Cam Smedley
Congratulations to Cam Smedley on his silver medal in the C1 Class final. Enjoy Cam's CBC interview along with BC's K1 gold medalist Jazmyne Denhollander. Watch for a WO Pan Am summary coming soon!

Event of the Century for Slalom in the Americas Photos

Pan Am 2015 Photo Gallery

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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.

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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
Communications and Marketing Officer, CanoeKayak Canada
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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 ! 


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