The Canadian Whitewater Slalom Team has been training super hard in Charlotte, North Carolina at the US National Whitewater Center. This site will be hosting our 2012 Olympic Team Selection races in April of 2012 alongside the US Team Selections. Our Olympic Team will be determined after 4 runs over two days with the best 3 of 4 counting. It’s going to be intense!!
This training camp was a great opportunity to get in some quality time on the course in Charlotte. It’s big and pushy and makes for some exciting racing. Our training camp concluded with a two day race that was very well attended by us Canadians of course but also included the entire US National Team.
Canada won every class we entered! It was even a clean sweep in the Men’s Kayak class with five time Olympian David Ford taking the win, closely follow by Ben Hayward of Edmonton and rounding out the podium was John Hastings of Ottawa in third.
The C2 Men’s class was won by the Cutts brothers, Jamie and Adam, of Ottawa while Alexandra Mcgee also of Ottawa placed first in the C1 Women’s class.
I’m also happy to report that I won the K1 Women’s class followed in second by top US paddler, Caroline Queen, and in third place was newcomer to the Canadian Team, Thea Froehlich of Ottawa.
It was a very successful training camp followed by an even more successful race. It’s a good sign of things to come for next year leading into the Games. Go Canada!