Alexandra Machicado-McGee was born January 3rd 1992. Originally from Montreal, at the age of 8 years old she moved to Ottawa, Ontario. Not too long after this, together as a family, decided it would be great to learn whitewater paddling. Around 9 years old, it was evident that whitewater paddling would become a big part of her life.
Ally’s parents quickly became avid open canoers which permitted them to bring her along trips in the middle or the front of the canoe. However, around the age of 15, she decided it was time to branch off her parents, and start solo canoeing. She caught the love for C1’ing at an early age. At this point in time, she was completely unaware that canoe slalom even existed as a sport. She continued paddling for pure love and joy with family and friends.
In 2009, with the help of the Ottawa river runners, Alexandra discovered whitewater slalom canoeing. With the guidance of James Cartwright and Julien Potvin-Bernal, she quickly started training competitively and caught the slalom bug.
In 2010, Alexandra’s hard work paid off as she made the Junior National Canoe Slalom Team and competed at her first Junior World Championships in Foix, France. She started off with a bang, placing 4th on her first run of qualifications. In the end she finished 16th place which showed a promising future. That year she also became Jr. National Champion. Unfortunately this would also be her last year as a junior since she was 18.
In 2011, after racing hard at team trials, she suprised herself and became the top boat on the Senior National Team. This was her first year competing as a senior and only her second year on the international scene. At the end of her first World Cup Circuit, she finished in 11th place. However, her personal best was yet to come. Soon after, at the 2011 Canoe Slalom World Championships in 2011, Alexandra surpassed all goals and came in 6th place at her first Worlds. This was one of the best world championships result since David Ford.
In 2012, she once again earned the privilege to compete at four out of five World Cups taking place in Europe. She obtained her best World Cup result in Pau that year, placing 5th, just two places shy of makng it on the podium. That same year she came in 7th place at her first U23 World Championships in Wausau Wisconsin. She finished off the season on a good note, earning her title as 2012 Canadian National Champion. She was crowned Senior Canadian National Champion once again in 2015.
Since then, Alexandra perseveres to maintain her place on the Canadian National Team. Over the years, her world ranking has varied however her love for paddling has remained. She continues to persevere and paddle at her best level. To check out her ranking click here: ICF World Ranking. Depending on funding, every year she attempts to return to the international circuit in hopes to represent Canada at the highest level. Other then slalom, Ally has a love for general white water paddling and loves to expand her river knowledge.
Since 2010, Alexandra has been a full-time student at the University of Ottawa completing her Honors B. Soc. Specializing in Conflict Studies and Human Rights.
When she is not paddling slalom, you can find her running, x-country skiing, or river running.
Got questions? Contact Alexandra McGee.