CSIO Athlete of the Month

Sport:
Cycling
Hometown:
Horseshoe Valley, Ontario
Biography:

Quinton Disera is a XCO mountain bike racer, currently racing for the Norco Factory Team and Team Canada on the World Cup Circuit. Over the years he has been with the Ontario Cycling Association teams and the OHPSI program, helping provide training and support to succeed. Previously, he placed 17th at the 2017 UCI MTB World U23 Championships and 4th in the 2017 UCI MTB World Cup.

Accomplishment:

Quinton, a U23 cyclist, won the Elite Men’s division of the Canada Cup #3 at Hardwood Ski & Bike.

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Sport:
Canoe Kayak
Hometown:
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Biography:

Nick has been paddling for 10 years and currently trains with Balmy Beach Canoe Club (Toronto, ON) with coach Peter Martinek and the National Team coached by Fred Jobin. Previously, he placed 4th at the 2017 U23 World Championships in the K4-500m.

Accomplishment:

7th in K4 500m - 2018 ICF CANOE SPRINT AND PARACANOE WORLD CUP 1

7th in K4 500m and 2nd in K2 500m - 2018 ICF CANOE SPRINT WORLD CUP 2

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Sport:
Diving
Hometown:
Ottawa and Maple, Ontario
Biography:

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.

Accomplishment:

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.

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Sport:
Judo
Hometown:
Ajax, Ontario
Biography:

Keagan Young is a currently a member of the Judo Ontario High Performance Program/Judo Canada Regional Training Centre at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. He began in Judo as a member of Ajax Budokan and has rapidly progressed through the cadet ranks as one of the top players in the world. His best result to date is 3rd place at 2017 Cadet World Championships in Santiago, Chile.

Accomplishment:

Keagan placed first at the Cadet European Cup in Antalya, Turkey in the -73KG category with a record of 5 wins by ippon. He also placed 3rd the following weekend at the Cadet European Cup in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Sport:
Cross Country Skiing
Hometown:
Owen Sound
Biography:

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.

Accomplishment:

FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships 2018, Ulrichen, Goms Switzerland – Men Sprint Free – 12th overall / Field size 98 – 7th Nation

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