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Ontario Athletes Have Very Successful Weekend at Canadian Olympic Trials

posted May 7, 2012, 5:06 AM by Joel Hazzan

Ontario Athletes had a very successful weekend at Canadian Olympic Team Trials in Gainsville, GA.  Adam Vankoeverden and Mark Oldershaw from Burloak Canoe Club won the Men’s K-1 1000m and C-1 1000m events respectively.  In fact, the top 3 finishers in the Men’s K-1 1000m were all from Ontario (Steven Jorens of Richmond Hill was 2nd and Brady Reardon of Oakville was 3rd) and 3 of the top 4 athletes in the Men’s C-1 1000m (Paul Bryant from Richmond Hill and Jamie Andison from Oakville) were from Ontario.  In the women’s K-1 500m and 200m KC Fraser paddling out of the Balmy Beach Canoe Club finished a really close second to Emily Fournel and Geneviève Beauschesne-Sevigny respectively.  Aaron Rublee paddling out of the Burloak Canoe Club won the Men’s C-1 200m race and Rhys Hill of the Rideau Canoe Club won the Men’s K-1 200m event.  Out of the 6 contested singles events this weekend, Ontario athletes won 4 of them and finished 2nd in the other 2.  In the U23 Men’s K-4 Rob Clarke from Burloak was part of the crew that won.  In the Men’s K-2 1000m Steve Jorens from Richmond Hill, Ontario won with his partner Richard Dober Jr. from Lac Beauport, Que.  In that event there was at least one Ontario athlete in every crew that finished in the top 5.  Paul Bryant and Roland Varga from the Richmond Hill Canoe Club won the Men’s C-2 1000m event.  On the women’s canoe side Mallorie Nicholson from Burloak and Laurence Vincent-Lapointe from Quebec won the Women’s’ C-2 500m event.


This set of trials was step number one for many of these athletes in making the 2012 Olympic Team.  CanoeKayak Canada will be announcing Tuesday the athletes that have qualified to participate in the World Cup Tour (taking place in Europe from May 12 to June 3rd), which is the second part of the Olympic qualifying process for our athletes.  You can watch the Ontario athletes and all of Team Canada competing in the World Cups on CTV Sportsnet .  For the World Cup broadcast schedule click on the following link