Lois Betteridge paddles her canoe in whitewater on a slalom courseCOC/David Jackson
COC/David Jackson

Lois Betteridge


Lois Betteridge is a three-time silver medallist at the Pan American Games. She stood on the podium twice at Santiago 2023 where she finished as the runner-up in both the women’s C-1 and kayak cross events. That followed her second-place finish in women’s C-1 at Lima 2019 where she had been a semifinalist in kayak cross.

Betteridge has been representing Canada at the senior ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships since 2017, competing in both the C-1 (canoe) and K-1 (kayak) events. She was first named to the national team in 2015 when she was just 17 years old.

Betteridge secured Olympic qualification for Paris 2024 by winning the women’s C-1 event at the 2024 COPAC Canoe Slalom Americas Olympic Qualifier. The next day, she won gold in the women’s K-1 and silver in the women’s C-1 at the 2024 Pan American Championships. It was the second straight year she won C-1 silver at the Pan Am Championships.  

A Little More About Lois

Getting into the Sport: Took her first canoe trip with her family before she turned one year old… First tried whitewater canoeing at age 11… Outside Interests: Enjoys skiing and cycling in her downtime… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “You have to know that you don’t know”… Nickname: Lou…

Notable International Results

Pan American Games: 2023 – SILVER (C-1), SILVER (kayak cross); 2019 – SILVER (C-1), SF (kayak cross)

ICF World Championships: 2023 – 51st (C-1), 46th (K-1), 35th (kayak cross); 2022 – 35th (C-1), 48th (K-1), 47th (kayak cross); 2021 – 34th (C-1), 36th (K-1); 2019 – 48th (C-1), 70th (K-1); 2018 – 41st (C-1), 16th (K-1 team); 2017 – 39th (C-1), 45th (K-1), 11th (K-1 team)

ICF U23 World Championships: 2019 – 40th (K-1), 28th (C-1); 2018 – 4th (C-2 mixed), 25th (C-1), 34th (K-1); 2017 – 29th (C-1), 48th (K-1), 14th (K-1 team); 2016 – 20th (C-1), 9th (C-1 team), 44th (K-1), 16th (K-1 team)

ICF Junior World Championships: 2015 – 24th (C-1), 4th (C-1 team)