Ben Hayward Wins Gold in Extreme Slalom at World Cup 3
Canoe Kayak Canada – TACEN, SLOVENIA (July 2, 2019) – The Canadian slalom team completed the International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) World Cup 3 in Tacen, Slovenia on Sunday. The event was the final of three consecutive weekends of World Cup competitions for Team Canada and ran from Friday June 28th to Sunday June 30th.
The highlight of the weekend for Team Canada was Ben Hayward winning the gold medal in the extreme canoe slalom event – a fast-paced race where athletes compete head to head in an attempt to reach the finish line first. Hayward also competed in the K1 event and came 46th.
Trevor Boyd had an excellent start to his first ever World Cup with two clean runs and finished 61st in K1. He also made it to the quarter finals in extreme slalom and finished 12th. Michael Tayler finished 63rd in K1 at his third World Cup of the season.
Haley Daniels made the semi-finals in both the C1 event and the extreme canoe slalom event and finished 28th and 6th in those events, respectively.
Find the full list of results here.
“I am thrilled to see Ben win his first ICF World Cup medal this weekend. I know he would have wanted a better result in the slalom K1 event, but this medal is a reflection of Ben’s resilience and ability bounce back from disappointment on Friday to claim a medal,” said James Cartwright, Senior High Performance Manager and Coach Development at CKC. “Our athletes and coaches will now turn their attention on preparation for the World Championships in late September. There is quite a bit of time for everyone to refine their performance routines and build speed for the most important race of the season.”
The team will continue their training for the months to come as they prepare for the Whitewater National Championships taking place in Minden Hills, Ontario from August 12-18th. At the end of September, they will be heading to La Seu d’Urgell, Spain to compete at the Slalom World Championships.
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