The Canadian anthem played twice on Saturday in Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal as the first medals of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup Tour were awarded. Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON claimed the very first gold medal of the season by winning the Men’s C1 1000.
“I’m really happy with the first international race of the year,” said Oldershaw. “I knew with the wind it would be a fast race so I tried to stay on the gas the entire way and it is a good confidence boost for the rest of the season.”
Having won Canadian Team Trials two weeks ago, Oldershaw’s result today also lands him his second top Canadian placement needed for selection to teams for Pan American Games and World Championships. Oldershaw also raced the heat of the Men’s C1 500 and finished second which put him straight through to tomorrow’s final. The 1000 metre is the Olympic distance in which Oldershaw won bronze in 2012.
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivieres, QC) and Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON), a current OHPSI program athlete, captured Canada’s second gold of the day in the Women’s C2 200.
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