Biography:

Cam Smedley was named to his first national junior team in 2005. He made his first impact on the international scene at the 2007 Pre-World Junior Championships by winning a silver in the team race. The following year he made Canadian history, becoming the first men’s C-1 paddler to finish in the top ten at the ICF World Junior Championships. He then transitioned to the senior national team, going on to win national titles in both the C-1 and C-2 events. Smedley achieved a couple of career highlights in 2013 when he finished 12th in the C-1 at the U-23 world championships and 27th in the C-1 at the senior world championships. He teamed with Ben Hayward for a 33rd place finish in the C-2 at the 2014 World Championships. In 2015 he won C-1 silver at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, finished 29th at the world championships and went on to place third at the official Rio 2016 test event.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents James Smedley and Sherri Audet… Older sister Alison… Younger brother Liam is also a member of the canoe slalom national team… Getting into the Sport: Started competing in canoe slalom at age 13… Had grown up taking canoe/kayak trips with his family… Outside Interests: Third year student at Carleton University pursuing Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering… Enjoys skiing, rock climbing…Odds and Ends: Always travels with his titanium spork and MSR camping bowl as well as an AeroPress coffee maker… Nickname: Gary…