Rio 2016!

I am happy to announce that I have qualified for my second Olympic Games after racing at the World Cup in Spain this past weekend. Although I didn’t advance to the semifinal this result was enough to solidify my place at the Games with the points I earned at the Canadian Selections last month. Read more..

Smedley and Tayler Meet Mark for Olympic Selection

LA SEU D’URGELL, SPAIN (June 10, 2016) – Cameron Smedley and Michael Tayler have racked up enough points after the opening heats at ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 2 to definitively secure their selection to the Canadian Olympic Team. Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) had a strong second heat in the Men’s C1, putting him through to tomorrow’s semi-final and landing his name on the roster for Rio. While Michael Tayler’s 49th place result in Men’s K1 today didn’t get him through to the semi-final, it did assure him enough of a lead in the points to earn selection to the Canadian Olympic Team. “It is an incredibly tough battle every four years for just the one spot at the Games,” said Tayler. “I want to say thank you to all of my teammates and especially Ben Hayward and John Hastings for constantly pushing the bar higher for Canadian slalom.” Read more…

National Team named for 2016 World Cups

OTTAWA, ON (May 24, 2016) – Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to name its senior elite team to represent Canada at the 2016 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups in Europe. The announcement follows a weekend of National Team Trials at the Rutherford Creek Whitewater Park near Pemberton, BC. Athletes made a total of four runs to accumulate ranking points in pursuit of a top-3 overall position and also had to achieve a performance standard based on relative time to other athletes. Read more…