Katie Vincent of Mississauga, ON won a gold medal in Junior Women’s C1 200 at the 2014 ICF Canoe Sprint Junior and Under 23 World Championships in Szeged, Hungary.
“I’ve been waiting for this race for over a year and I couldn’t be happier,” said Vincent, a CSIO Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative Program athlete. “It came down to the final inches and I got it.”
Vincent added a silver medal later in the day as she paired with Juliette Brault of Pointe-Claire, QC to finish second in the Junior Women’s C2 500.
Taylor Potts of Toronto finished fourth in the U23 Women’s C1 200 and was just 0.6 of a second away from making the podium. In U23 Women’s C2 500, Potts along with Ottawa’s Megan Sibthorpe had another near-podium finish and wound up fourth by a margin of 0.2 of a second after a hard-fought race to the finish. With these results Canada was recognized as the top women’s canoe federation.
The U23 Men’s K4 1000 crew of Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC), Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC), Adam Tenwolde (Dartmouth, NS) and Etienne Beauchesne (Trois Rivieres, QC) capped off their championships with an eighth place finish in the final.
Alexa Irvin (Kentville, NS) and Andreanne Langlois (Trois Rivieres, QC) placed ninth in the final of the U23 Women’s K2 500. Olivia Denman of Dartmouth, NS finished ninth in the Junior Women’s K1 200 metre final.
Jason McCoombs of Dartmouth, NS ranked tenth overall by winning the B-final of the U23 Men’s C1 200. Marc-Alexandre Gagnon (Trois Rivieres, QC) and Charles Antoine Girouard (Trois Rivieres, QC) also won their B-final in the U23 Men’s K2 200.
“The depth here is incredible and our team had some strong performances,” said Kenna Robins, lead Junior and U23 coach. “I know this exposure fuels the athletes’ drive to make the jump to the next level and go for an international podium. We have a relatively young team, with many of the athletes eligible again next year. Between the athletes here and those back home, I know we have the potential to step up and make that transition.”
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