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Miden 2013 Team Trials

Canada’s best slalom paddlers will be rocketing through whitewater in Minden this weekend, down through green gates and up red gates, taking the fastest lines they can find to claim a spot on the national team. Results of the weekend trials will determine who will represent Canada at World Cup events, World Championships and the Junior & U23 World Championships. The field of competitors includes 2012 London Games Olympian Michael Tayler. Competitors will race two runs on Saturday morning and two runs on Sunday morning on a different course. *First run starts at 11 a.m. and second run starts at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. First run will be at 9:30 a.m. and second run will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Their three best runs will count towards their overall ranking. Submitted by CanoeKayak Canada.

Minden Wildwater Preserve | Map – Parking available at Roger Parsons Centre first right on Bethel Rd after crossing bridge.

The rest of the field includes:

Quebec: Florence Maheu (Valleyfield, QC), Samuel Primeau (Valleyfield, QC), Maxime Leboeuf (Valleyfield, QC), Yannick Laviolette (Valleyfield, QC), Charles Demeule-Lalonde (Valleyfield, QC)

Ontario: Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON), Alexandra McGee (Ottawa, ON), Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON), Kathleen Tayler (Ottawa, ON), Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON), Natasha O’Connell (Ottawa, ON), Sheamus O’Connell (Ottawa, ON), Léanne Colbeck (Ottawa, ON), Jeremy Tian (Ottawa, ON), Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON), Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON), Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON), Zachary Zwanenburg (Cornwall, ON), John Hastings (Aurora, ON)

Saskatchewan: Maksym Kryworuchko (Saskatoon, SK), Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK)

Alberta: Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB), Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB), David Ford (Edmonton, AB). Ryley Penner (Lundbreck, AB), Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB), Adrian Cole (Calgary, AB), Veronica Oczkowski (Pincher Creek, AB), Veronica Oczkowski (Lundbreck, AB)

British Columbia: Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC), Sam Fletcher (Chilliwack, BC)


RECAP: Racing at 2013 Pre Worlds Test Event and USA Team Trials

This past weekend, the ICF Pre Worlds Test Event in Deep Creek USA was very successful. Overall it was great weekend with three days of racing, lots of competitive paddlers on a great whitewater course – I mean what more can you ask for?

As said before, it was a super fun course with interesting features. I have to say, one of the major difficulties on this whitewater course would have to be the inconsistency of the water which really challenge the paddlers abilities (and luck too haha).

The course designs were challenging but nonetheless very fun. Unfortunately, a few costly mistakes did keep me from claiming a first place finish for the ICF Test Event and I had to settle for third place. Despite these mistakes, I’m still very happy to have been on the start line and enjoyed competing on this course!  I felt good on the water.

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For those of who did not understand this weekend’s race process, I will attempt to explain it… In sum, everyone had three days of racing where every day (Friday to Sunday) there were two race runs for each class. In the case of the USA Team Trials event, everyday counted as a new race for the Americans, where it was best of two runs over a three day period that counted. On the other hand, the ICF Ranking Race was held Friday and Saturday only. On Friday, two race runs counted as qualifying runs (best of two runs to qualify for semi finals). Then on Saturday, the first race run counted as semi final, and second race run was the final. For those who weren’t registered for USA Trials (such as us Canadians and the Slovaks), Sunday was just an extra race for the sake of having extra racing experience and for the joy of paddling.  You can find an overview of this weekend’s results below. For full results, click here.

Photos taken by “Extreme” Prestige Worldwide Photography.

Sunday afternoon, we left directly after the race and drove back to Canada in order to start preparing for Canadian Team Trials here in Minden ON. Since Monday we’ve been training on the Gull River trying to get as much quality time on this course before the competition starts this Saturday morning.

Wish me luck this weekend as I will be attempting to keep my place on Team Canada.

Fingers and toes are crossed!

Results for the 2013 Pre Worlds Test Event:

Men’s Single Canoe (C1M):

1. Michal Martikan (SVK)

2. Fabien Lefevre (USA)

3. Cameron Smedley (CAN)

Men’s Kayak (K1M) :

1. Michal Smolen (USA)

2. Ben Hayward (CAN)

3. Scott Mann (USA)

Women’s Kayak (K1W) :

1. Ashley Nee (USA)

2. Thea Froehlich (CAN)

3. Jessica Groenveld (CAN)

Women’s Canoe (C1W) :

1. Micki Reeves (USA)

2. Haley Daniels (CAN)

3. Alexandra McGee (CAN)

Men’s Double Canoe (C2M):

1. Hochschorner/ Hochschorner (SVK)

2. Eichfeld/Devin McEwan (USA)

3. Michael Rudnitsky/Elliot Bertrand (USA)

Results for the Team USA World Cup Team:

Men’s Single Canoe (C1M):

1. Casey Eichfeld (Drums, Pa.)

2. Fabien Lefevre (Bethesda, Md.)

3. Zach Lokken (Durango, Colo.)

Men’s Kayak (K1M) :

1. Fabien Lefevre (Bethesda, Md.)

2. Michal Smolen (Gastonia, N.C.)

3. Richard Powell (Parkesburg, Penn.)

Women’s Kayak (K1W) :

1. Dana Mann (Bethesda, Md.)

2. Ashley Nee (Bethesda, Md.)

3. –

Women’s Canoe (C1W) :

1. Colleen Hickey (Okawville, Ill.)

2. Micki Reeves (Denver, Colo.)

3. Catherine Vuksich

Men’s Double Canoe (C2M):

1. Eichfeld/Devin McEwan (Salisbury, Conn.)

2. Michael Rudnitsky/Elliot Bertrand

For a full recap of USA Team Trials in detail click here.

WISP Training Camp – 2013 Pre Worlds Test Event and USA Team Trials

Chilling at the Dickerson course between sessions with Thea.Recap – Dickerson Elite Race

This past weekend many American and Canadian paddlers came down to the Dickerson whitewater course to compete in the Dickerson Elite & Intermediate race. It was one of the first races of the season; it was nice to be back. Unfortunately I was the one and only C1 woman who decided to race! I was first, last and everything in between. I had a few mistakes in each run I should have avoided but either way it was a great race and a fun course.

Race format was first run semi final & second run final:

  • Results for Dickerson Elite Race Day 1, here.
  • Results for Dickerson Elite Race Day 2, here.

Directly after the race we headed back home for a quick recovery week in Ottawa before returning on the road again.

WISP Training Camp – 2013 Pre Worlds Test Event and USA Team Trials – May 17-19, 2013

Sunday May 12th we once again packed our bags and drove to Deep Creek MD to train on the Wisp Whitewater course and compete in the USA National Team Trials. Here, we hope to have quality training and racing before we head back up to Minden ON for our Canadian National Team Trials (May 25th – May 26th). Many Canadian paddlers came down from Ottawa, Alberta and British Columbia. There are not only plenty of great American paddlers but also some impressive international paddlers including Michal Martikan (C1) and the Hochschorner brothers (C2) from Slovakia.

Video capture - Training

This river has many interesting features and I’ve loved every minute of paddling on this course so far.

ASCI’s man-made river channel (located at the top of Wisp Resort in Deep Creek Lake, MD) is the world’s only mountaintop whitewater course, and can be enjoyed by beginners, families and paddling enthusiasts. – DeepCreek2014


Deep Creek 2014 - ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships

Considering that the slalom course here in Deep Creek has been selected for the 2014 World Championships (September 16-21), it is great to get a few extra hours of training and competing on this course.

Tomorrow will be our last training session on the water and the race course will be set by 4PM for demonstration runs.

The competition will then begin Friday morning May 17th at 10AM in the order: C1M-C1W-K1M-K1W-C2M. Official start list for Friday is, here.

  • Follow live results on your desktop, here.
  • Follow live results on your tablet/mobile device, here.

Can’t wait to race! I hope you enjoy the competition!

Wish me luck!


Summer Begins – Road Trip & Training Camp in Charlotte NC & Dickerson MD!

University is now over till next year and summer can officially begin!

Right after exams, Kathleen Tayler (K1W), Thea Froehlich (K1W), Liam Smedley (C1M) and I met up with our coach Michal Staniszewski and drove sixteen hours straight to Charlotte NC!

Along with team, we met up with veteran and positive ball of energy, John Hastings (K1M). We went back to train at one of our favorite spots, the USNWC (United-States National Whitewater Center). Most days we were able to do two quality sessions on the whitewater as well keep up our routine in the gym and other dry land and flat water conditioning. It was nice to be in a small group of motivated training partners.

Due to our kind hearts and attractive personalities we have made some great friends down here in North Carolina, who were kind enough to have us stay at their homes. Special thanks to Tad Dennis and Lisa for lodging Little Li and T. Fro. Furthermore, SHOUT OUT TO JOEL AND GINA for housing the rest of us. You guys are the best!

Anyways, after a long winter with a lot of time spent off of the whitewater, the time I spent on the water was challenging both mentally and physically, but I was glad to have improved my strength and confidence on the water by the end of our 10 day camp.

During our recovery time, we cooked some amazing meals. Some highlights were vegetarian curry, homemade lasagna with salad and garlic bread and some great BBQ dinners, one of them hosted by John and his awesome girlfriend Ros at their sweet lakeside cottage.

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Now we are in Dickerson MD, training at one of my favorite North-American courses for a few days and preparing for a race that will be held here this weekend! Yesterday we had 6AM departure from CLT and drove eight hours north to DC. The Dickerson whitewater course is also a challenging one, but is less intimidating than the one in Charlotte. They’re both very different and fun in their own ways! In the afternoon we had our first session on the water and we met up with two other Canadians, Cameron Smedley (C1M) and Ben Hayward (K1M). Also, other junior and cadet paddlers came down from Ottawa to DC for a few days to train and compete this weekend! #HypeSquad

The junior and cadet ORR (Ottawa River Runners) members excited to paddle here in Dickerson.

The junior and cadet ORR (Ottawa River Runners) members excited to paddle here in Dickerson.

So far I have had a great time paddling here and have enjoyed helping some of our younger Canadian paddlers experience paddling on this artificial course for the very first time. They are impressive!

With only two more days until the Dickerson Elite Slalom Race, I’m itching to be on the start line again. This will be a great warm up race before our National Team Selections that are being held in Minden, Ontario later this month. More about that later!

Student Athlete Life – Exam Period

It’s that time of year again.

Procrastination time.  Also known as exam period…

When things like cleaning, taking selfies and updating my blog become top priority.

On our way to study after training.

On our way to study after training.

As athletes, however, we can’t just dust library books and make duck faces at our webcams all day.  We also need to fit a couple of training sessions into our day.

Study attempt.

Study attempt.

Time management is the key to balancing the three crucial areas of the ‘athlete exam period’- studying, training, and procrastination… as well as refueling and moisturizing our lips frequently.

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Hence, can’t wait to be over with exams! April 20th we’ll all be done our finals. Summer is coming quickly!

Next stop – Charlotte, North Carolina for another training camp!

Kayaking on Ice – April Fools!

2013 April 1st - Where's the flatwater?

Trying to find the unmelted parts of the river. You can see the river on the right of the bike path.

First day on the water since winter here in Ottawa! The water was ice-cold. Literally.
It’s just an amazing feeling to be back in the boat here on the one and only beautiful Ottawa River.
Since the whitewater course won’t be running till this summer, we have to make do with paddling flat water. We hope that the rest of the ice will met quickly to soon use the flat water gates.

Let's go paddle!

Let’s go paddle!

Other than doing paddling flat water intervals; Cam, Thea and I had some fun doing a few “ice drills” with coach Michal.


2013 April 1st - Iceberg Fun

From the left: Cameron Smedley, Alexandra McGee & Thea Froehlich.