Olympians headline canoe/kayak sprint athletes at Pan Am Games
Feature: Mark Oldershaw at ICF Sprint World Cup in Copenhagen (Balint Vekassy)
Olympians Adam van Koeverden, Mark de Jonge and Mark Oldershaw will lead the canoe/kayak sprint team at the Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre, July 11-14.
This spring, the first set of team trials and three ICF World Cup events helped determined the final roster for Team Canada. The 15-paddler squad seeks to repeat their Pan Am success, including a total of seven medals and four titles at Guadalajara 2011.
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With 24 medals secured at World Cup events this year, the team is in good form and stacked with veterans. The men’s team includes Olympic medallists van Koeverden (K1 1000-metre), de Jonge (K1 200m) and Oldershaw (C1 1000m).
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On the women’s side, Quebec’s Laurence Vincent-Lapointe captured two World Cup titles, including C-1 200m which she will compete in this July.
“Participating in a multi-sport Games in Canada will be a new experience for me,” said Mark de Jonge. “I’m really looking forward to it. Racing in front of a home crowd at such a big event is going to be such a thrill.”
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As one of Canada’s top performing summer sports, Canadian CanoeKayak sprint athletes have captured 24 Olympic medals since 1936. Racers will go head-to-head in the 200, 500 and 1000 metres divisions.