Four male kayakers in a boat

Nicholas Matveev


Nick Matveev first represented Canada internationally at the 2015 World Junior Championships where he competed in the K-4 1000m and K-2 200m. The following year, he swept the individual K-1 podiums (200m, 500m, 1000m) in the U19 category at the Canadian Championships and took home a bronze in the senior K-4 1000m. That led to him joining the national team in 2016. 

Matveev made his World Cup debut in 2017. He also competed for Team Ontario at the 2017 Canada Games, winning gold medals in the K-1 200m and K-1 500m and bronze medals in the K-2 200m and K-4 1000m. Later that summer he competed at the U23 World Championships, missing out on a podium in the K-4 500m by 0.028 seconds.

Matveev’s 2018 World Cup season included two A finals appearances with the K-4 500m crew. He also earned his first World Cup medal, taking a silver in Duisburg, Germany in the K-2 500m with Pierre-Luc Poulin. He went on to compete at both the U23 and senior world championships, making the A final in the K-4 500m at the former. 

In 2019, Matveev raced exclusively with the senior K-4 500m crew internationally. He was part of a fourth-place finish at the World Cup in Poznan, Poland. At the 2019 World Championships, he helped the K-4 500m crew book Canada’s Olympic spot in the event for Tokyo 2020. In his Olympic debut, Matveev was a B finalist in the K-1 200m in addition to competing in the K-4 500m.

A Little More About Nick

Getting into the Sport: Started paddling at age 10… Outside Interests: Enjoys beach days, watching Netflix, playing other sports, hiking, camping, being outdoors… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Train like there’s no tomorrow”… Collects flags from the countries he’s been to… Biggest athletic inspiration is Adam van Koeverden…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Tokyo 2020Canoe/Kayak - SprintK-1 200m - Men14
Tokyo 2020Canoe/Kayak - SprintK-4 500m - Men10

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 - 14th (K-1 200m), 10th (K-4 500m)

ICF World Championships: 2019 - 14th (K-4 500m); 2018 – 9th in semifinal (K-4 500m)

ICF World Championships (U23): 2018 - 6th (K-4 500m); 2017 - 4th (K-4 500m)

ICF World Championships (junior): 2015 - 10th in B Final (K-4 100m), 7th in semifinal (K-2 200m)

COPAC Pan American Championships: 2018 - GOLD (K-4 500m), GOLD (K-2 500m)

COPAC Pan American Championships (junior): 2015 - GOLD (K-4 1000m), SILVER (K-1 200m)