Canada brings A-list canoe/kayak team to Pan Am Games

Canada’s canoe/kayak, which was announced Monday, has a chance to be one of the nation’s most dominant squads at the Pan Am Games.

4-time Olympic medallist Adam van Koeverden leads team to Toronto

Canadian canoe star Mark Oldershaw won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. ((Canoe/Kayak Canada))

Canada's canoe/kayak, which was announced Monday, has a chance to be one of the nation's most dominant squads at the Pan Am Games.

The federation is certainly sending its A-list group to Toronto in July as three Olympic medallists will headline the team.

Four-time Olympic medallist Adam van Koeverden will race the men's K-1 1000 metres. Olympic bronze medallist and reigning world champion Mark de Jonge (men's K-1 200m), along with Olympic bronze medallist Mark Oldershaw (men's C-1 1000m) are also bringing their talents to the summer competition.

Canoe/kayak sprint events will take place from July 11 to July 14 in Welland, Ont., featuring the following events: men's K-1 200m, K-1 1000m, K-2 200m, K-2 1000m, K-4 1000m, C-1 200m, C-1 1000m, C-2 1000m; women's K-1 200m, K-1 500m, K-2 500m, K-4 500m, C-1 200m.

"Participating in a multi-sport Games in Canada will be a new experience for me and I'm really looking forward to it," said de Jonge. "Racing in front of a home crowd at such a big event is going to be such a thrill."

Canadian canoe-kayak team for Pan Am Games:

Men's kayak

  • Mark de Jonge, Halifax, K1 200m
  • Philippe Duchesneau, Sherbrooke, Que. K4 1000m
  • Andrew Jessop, Halifax, K4 1000m
  • Pierre-Luc Poulin, Lac Beauport, Que., K4 1000m
  • Brady Reardon, Burlington, Ont.,K4 1000m
  • Adam van Koeverden, Oakville, Ont.,K1 1000m

Women's kayak

  • Émilie Fournel, Montreal, K4 500m
  • Kathleen Carole Fraser, Oakville, Ont., K4 500m
  • Michelle Russell, Fall River, N.S. K1 200m & 500m, K4 500m
  • Hannah Vaughan, Dartmouth, N.S.,K4 500m

Men's canoe

  • Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny, Trois-Rivières, Que., C2 1000m
  • Jason McCoombs, Dartmouth, N.S., C1 200m
  • Mark Oldershaw, Burlington, Ont.,C1 1000m
  • Benjamin Russell, Dartmouth, N.S., C2 1000m

Women's canoe

  • Laurence Vincent-Lapointe, Trois-Rivières, Que., C1 200m


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