CSIO Athlete of the Month
Maddy Schmidt is a member of the National Kayak Sprint Team!
Maddy was raised in Ottawa and her home club is the Rideau Canoe Club! She came 3rd at the Junior World Championships in 2013, and has competed at the U23 World Championships as well as Senior World Cups. Her first race was in 2004 and she’s been in love with the sport ever since!
Maddy was a Gold medalist at the Pan American Championships held on Dartmouth, NS on September 13 -16 in both Senior Women’s K1 (1 person kayak) 500m & Senior Women’s K4 500m with teammates Lisa Bissonnette, Michelle Russell and OHPSI alumni Courtney Stott. Maddy’s performances helped Team Canada finish as the overall regatta champion against 15 other countries.
For August, we have nominated Stephen Gogolev, who recently won Gold during his Junior Grand Prix debut in Bratislava, August 22-25th, and is currently competing at the fourth Junior Grand Prix event in Vancouver from September 12-15th.
Stephen, a thirteen-year-old residing in Toronto Ontario, has been a targeted OHPSI athlete by Skate Ontario since 2015. Stephen trains at the Toronto Cricket Club alongside world class coaches Lee Barkell and Brian Oser and receives support in the form of training program monitoring and health surveillance from Meghan Buttle and Elton Fernandez of the CSIO.
While Stephen’s young age currently prevents him from competing on the Senior Grand Prix circuit for another two years, a year before the Beijing Olympics, he will remained focused on building both his junior and senior programs to stay competitive at both levels.
Stephen’s performance in Bratislava makes him the first Canadian, of any age group, to land a quad lutz in competition and in combination with landing three quadruple jumps, Gogolev totalled 226.13 points for the golden victory with Mitsuki Sumotot of Japan second at 210.31 points.
For July, we have nominated Grace VandenBroek, who recently qualified and competed at two major championships, the U23 World Championships and Junior (U19) World Championships.
Grace was identified by Carol Love in 2015 within the Row to Podium program supported by Row ONTARIO and Rowing Canada Aviron.
Today, Grace’s daily training environment remains in Peterborough with Carol as her coach at the newly announced RCA Next Gen training Centre. The training center is a three way partnership between Rowing Canada Aviron, Trent University and the Peterborough Rowing Club with SSSM support from CSIO
In 2017, Grace, alongside BC native Kieanna Stephens - Winner of the 2016 RBC Training Ground Final, rowed to a Bronze Medal in the Jr Women’s Double at the 2017 Junior World Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
“It has been exciting to see Grace’s development from her first strokes on the Otonabee River to her first international starts, states Carol Love, Lead, RCA Next Gen Hub Coach. “Grace was identified through Rowing Canada’s Row to Podium program at a high school Talent Identification visit. Investing time to develop her talents has been a work in progress and her future in the sport is bright.”
A Final 5th Place - Women’s Quad at the U23 World Championships in Poznan Poland – July 25-29
B Final 2nd Place - Women’s Single at the Junior (U19) World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic – August 8-12.
Henry McKay and Victor Povzner have been competing together as a 3M synchro team since 2017. Henry began diving at 7 years old with the Nepean Ottawa Diving Club, before relocating to Toronto in 2015 to train at the Diving Plongeon Canada High Performance Athlete Development training centre in Toronto.
Victor began diving at 5 years old with Optimal Diving in Markham, and currently attends the in-reach training weekends with the DPC HPAD Centre in Toronto.
Despite training at different clubs, Henry and Victor make every effort to train together once per week throughout the year. Victor also competes in the 1M and Henry in the 3M individual events.
Henry and Victor as a team placed 1st at the Dresden International diving competition in 3 meter synchro in the ‘A’ category (U19), where they scored a total of 292.56 points. Henry and Victor also won a gold medal at the 2017 Junior Pan American Championships in the 3M synchro event with their personal best score of 307 points. Victor also won a bronze medal in the individual 1M event.
Graham Ritchie is a member of Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club and in 2017-18 is in his rookie season with National Training Development Centre Thunder Bay, one of three training centers for Canadian cross-country skiing. What started as a mere interest in the sport, Graham made the decision to give Cross Country Skiing a shot transitioning from skating on ice playing hockey to skiing on snow. Since then Graham has been a rising star on the national skiing circuit. Ritchie competed in his first World Junior Championships, after qualifying for the Canadian team in January at Olympic Trials in Mont St Anne, Quebec.
FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships 2018, Ulrichen, Goms Switzerland – Men Sprint Free – 12th overall / Field size 98 – 7th Nation