Athletes from Over 16 Countries to Compete in Dartmouth for the 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe Championships
Canoe Kayak Canada – DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA (September 11, 2018) – The 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe Championships are taking place on Lake Banook in Dartmouth from September 13 – 16. This regatta will see over 16 countries and 350 athletes from North and South America race-off in a spectacle of world-class sport. A total of 73 Canadian paddlers will line up for this regatta starting Thursday morning.
The 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint and Championships
16 countries, 350 athletes from North, Central and South America
Thursday September 13 – Sunday September 16
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day
Full event schedule available at www.panamcanoe18.com
Lake Banook, Dartmouth
Interview opportunities: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Can be coordinated with media contacts noted below.
Media centre: Mic Mac AAC, 192 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1M8
Paddling heroes like Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières), Katie Vincent (Mississauga), Craig Spence (Dartmouth), Mark De Jonge (Halifax), Alex Scott (Halifax) and others will be lining up on home-water September 13-16 at the 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe Championships. These Championships carry extra significance, serving as the qualifier for the 2019 Pan American Games for many disciplines.
“Having just returned to Halifax from the World Championships in Portugal, I am impressed by the caliber of athletes that will be joining us in Dartmouth from across the Americas,” said 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe Championships Co-Chair, LA Dempster. “Para Canoe athletes in particular will be impressive, along with the dominant Canadian Women’s Canoe team.”
Spectators will be encouraged to come out to cheer on Team Canada and elite athletes from North, Central and South America. Races will run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day from Thursday, September 13 – Sunday, September 16.
Free grandstand seating will be available and local food trucks will be on-site to keep the crowd going throughout the event on Lake Banook.
Roughly 400 volunteer days will take place during the event – seeing the local paddling community come together to welcome athletes, coaches and friends from the across Americas.
The Canadian canoe kayak senior team recently won a total of four medals at the ICF Paracanoe and Canoe Sprint World Championships that took place from August 22 to 26 in Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal.
Athletes who secured their status as World Champions in Portugal will be present for Pan Ams on Lake Banook. Recent Worlds results of Pan American Athletes include:
- Gold Medal, C2 Women 500m, Laurence VINCENT-LAPOINTE / Katie VINCENT
- Gold Medal, C1 Women 200m, Laurence VINCENT-LAPOINTE
- Gold Medal, C1 Women 5000m, Laurence VINCENT-LAPOINTE
- Bronze Medal, C1 Women 500m, Katie Vincent
- Gold Medal, C1 Men 500m, Isaquias DOS SANTOS
- Gold Medal, C2 Men 500m, Erlon SILVA / Isaquias DOS SANTOS
- Bronze Medal, C1 Men 1000m, Isaquias DOS SANTOS
- Gold Medal, VL2 Men 200m, Igor TOFALINI
- Silver Medal, VL2 Men 200m, Luis SILVA
- Silver Medal, KL3 Men 200m, Caio CARVALHO
Find the list of Canadian athletes competing at this event here.
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Andrew Russell, GM
Pan Am Canoe 2018
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