Nineteen athletes to represent Canada at Canoe Marathon World Championships

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

OTTAWA, ON - The 2013 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships are set to get underway this week in Copenhagen, Denmark and Canadian paddlers are ready to show their endurance over races of up to 30.1 kilometres that include several portages. Fifteen Canadian paddlers will compete at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships from Friday to Sunday, while four Canadian masters will race at the Master’s Championships on Wednesday and Thursday.

The team roster includes three Olympians from the canoe sprint discipline. Olympic bronze medallist Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON will be racing a course of 28.5 kilometres with six portages. That’s a distance twenty-eight and a half times longer than his 1000 metre Olympic specialty. Oldershaw has already shown his endurance abilities on the international scene this year and won a bronze medal in the C1 5000 metre at the World Championships on September 1.

Emilie Fournel, a 2008 and 2012 Olympian from Lachine, QC, will race the Women’s K1 on Saturday. Tamlyn Bohm of Toronto, ON will race the Women’s K1 as well. She posted the Canadian team’s top marathon result in 2012 and 2013 with sixth and eleventh place finishes, respectively. On Sunday Fournel and Bohm will team up to race K2, making for a total weekend race distance of over fifty kilometres.

Jason Rusu of Calgary is a 1992 Olympian and will race the Senior Men’s K1 on Saturday along with former National Team member Dave Anderson of Winnipeg. The two will team up to race K2 on Sunday.

Jan Malherbe (Duncan, BC), Michael Thomas (Quebec, QC), and Richard Macdonald (Quebec, QC) will also race in the senior men’s kayak class. Jon Pike of Dartmouth, NS will join Oldershaw at the start line for the Men’s C1.

Junior competitors include Eric Slamen (Richmond Hill, ON), Mark Marschalko (Halifax, NS), Zach Morgan (Kamloops, BC) and Keiffer Johnson (Kamloops, BC). Neil Lang (Waverley, NS) and Frank Desrosier (Ottawa, ON) will compete in the Under 23 men’s kayak class. The four Canadian Masters at the competition include Darryl Bohm (Toronto, ON), Robert Lang (Rothsay, NB), Marc Nemec (Richmond Hill, ON) and Fridrich Lederer (Vancouver, BC).

Canadian Team Line-Up

(Wednesday, September 18)
K1 Men (Master 55-59)
Robert Lang (Rothsay, NB)
Darryl Bohm (Toronto, ON)
K1 Men (Master 65-69)
Marc Nemec (Richmond Hill, ON)

K1 Men (Master 70-74)
Fridrich Lederer (Vancouver, BC)

(Thursday, September 19)
K2 Men (Master 55-59)
Darryl Bohm (Toronto, ON) & Robert Lang (Rothsay, NB)

K2 Men (Master 65-69)
Marc Nemec (Richmond Hill, ON) & Karel Suler (Switzerland)

(Friday, September 20)
Junior Men K1
Eric Slamen (Richmond Hill, ON)
Mark Marschalko (Halifax, NS)

Junior Men Canoe
Zach Morgan (Kamloops, BC)
Keiffer Johnson (Kamloops, BC)

U23 Men Kayak
Neil Lang (Waverley, NS)
Frank Desrosier (Ottawa, ON)

(Saturday, September 21)
Junior Men’s K2
Eric Slamen (Richmond Hill, ON) & Mark Marschalko (Halifax, NS)

Junior Men’s C2
Zach Morgan (Kamloops, BC) & Keiffer Johnson (Kamloops, BC)

Senior Women K1
Emilie Fournel (Lachine, QC)
Tamlyn Bohm (Toronto, ON)

Senior Men Canoe
Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON)
Jon Pike (Dartmouth, NS)

Senior Men K1
Dave Anderson (Winnipeg, MB)
Jan Malherbe (Duncan, BC)
Michael Thomas (Quebec, QC)
Richard MacDonald (Quebec, QC)
Jason Rusu (Calgary, AB)

(Sunday, September 21)
Senior Women K2
Emilie Fournel (Lachine, QC) & Tamlyn Bohm (Toronto, ON)

Senior Men K2
Dave Anderson (Winnipeg, MB) & Jason Rusu (Calgary, AB)
Michael Thomas (Quebec, QC) & Richard Macdonald (Quebec, QC)

Race Distances
Seniors Men’s Kayak - 30.1 kilometres with 7 portages
Seniors Women’s Kayak and Men’s Canoe - 25.8 kilometres with 6 portages
U23 Men’s Kayak - 25.8 kilometres with 6 portages
U23 Women’s Kayak and Men’s Canoe - 21.5 kilometres with 5 portages
Junior Men’s Kayak - 21.5 km with 5 portages
Junior Women’s Kayak and Men’s Canoe- 17.2 kilometres with 4 portages)

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