Olympic Hopes Regatta : 17 Canadian Crews Advanced to Day 1 Finals
Canoe Kayak Canada – Julia Lilley Osende (Nova Scotia) coming 2th in the Women’s C1 1000m event.
Photo: Stephane Richard RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC (September 15, 2017) – The conditions were ideal today in Racice, Czech Republic, for the Canadian junior team athletes participating in the first day of the International Olympic Hopes Regatta. Races will be held from September 15 to 17, and Canada had a strong start today by placing 17 teams in the finals of the single and tandem events.
“Women’s canoe continue to be the strength of the Canadien Team, although the rest of the world is breaking through and challenging our dominance,” said Graham Barton, chief technical officier of the Canadian team. “A regatta like this one is an opportunity for athletes to learn from international racing and to take that back as they prepare for the next few years,” he added.
The Canadian team had excellent performances today in Racice, but Julia Lilley Osende (Mic Mac, Nova Scotia) scored the best performance of the day by winning a silver medal in the C1 1000m Female (2001) event. Jessica Mackay (Maskwa, Nova Scotia) was not too far behind as she placed 4th in the same race. Sloan McKenzie (Cheema, Nova Scotia) climbed on the third march of the podium in the C1 1000m Féminin (2002) event.
Men’s K2 race in Racice, Czech Republic.
Photo: Stephane Richard
To see all the results of Day 1 of this regatta, go to the event website. Competitions will continue tomorrow with the K1, C1, K2, C2, K4 and C4 event over the distance of 500 meters. You can find the schedule of Day 2 here.