Canadian National Team Trials
After a stressful weekend of racing for all of the athletes, the 2011 Canadian National Whitewater Slalom Team has been determined. The venue was changed a week and a half before the competition due to high water levels in Jonquiere, Quebec and moved to Valleyfield, just west of Montreal.
The whitewater in Valleyfield is much smaller and less technical than what we commonly compete on internationally. This meant that the times were super close resulting in a nail biting competition. We had 4 races over two days with the best 3 of 4 counting for each athlete. The times were so tight that even after the 4th race was completed we needed to wait for all of the math to be finished to figure out who had made the team.
Congratulations to the following athletes for some great racing over the weekend to qualify for the 2011 National Team.
Jamie & Adam Cutts
Thomas & Daniel Purcell
The team is off to Slovenia for the first World Cup of the season next weekend. The team will compete in 4 World Cups over the summer and the athletes in the Olympic disciplines of K1M, K1W, C1 and C2 will be competing in the London Test Event on the new 2012 London Olympic course in July. The season will culminate in September with the World Championships and the first Olympic qualifying event in Bratislava, Slovakia.