Betteridge and Maheu qualify for semi-finals at U23 Slalom Worlds
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Canoe Kayak Canada KRAKOW, POLAND (July 14, 2016) – Two Canadian athletes have advanced to the semi-finals at the ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships in Krakow, Poland. Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) placed twelfth overall on her first run in the U23 Women’s C1 to advance to tomorrow’s semi-final.
“I'm really proud of my run, I feel that I raced to my potential,” said Betteridge. “My race plan was to stay calm and happy, and I did just that. I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring but I'm excited.”
Betteridge will need a top-10 result in tomorrow’s semi to put her through to the afternoon final.
Betteridge doubled up on events and also raced in the U23 Women’s K1 where she finished 44th.
Teammate Florence Maheu (Salaberry-De-Valleyfield, QC) did get through to semi-finals in the U23 Women’s K1.
“I am very satisfied with my day,” said Maheu. “I did a very competitive time being in the top-10 on my second run, so I think it’s possible for me to qualify for the final. That’s my goal.”
On her second run, Maheu finished 28th place overall in the opening heats and will race the semi-final on Sunday.
“Florence and Lois have shown the quality of our up and coming women's team,” said coach Michael Holroyd from Krakow. “'It’s been a great trip, especially for the first timers who have gained valuable experience.”
A full summary of results for the 17-athlete team is shown below. Competition continues through to Sunday with semi-finals, finals and team runs.
Summary of Results
|Athlete||Event||Rank in heats|
|Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)||C1W U23||12th
Advanced to semi-final
|Florence Maheu (Salaberry-De-Valleyfield, QC)||K1W U23||28th
Advanced to semi-final
|Willa Mason (Chelsea, QC)||C1W U23||29th|
|Liam Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)||C1M U23||34th|
|Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK)||C1W Junior||34th|
|Hannah Penner (Salaberry-De-Valleyfield, QC)||K1W Junior||36th|
|Pelly Vincent-Braun (Whitehorse, YK)||C1M Junior||38th|
|Yannick Laviolette (Salaberry-De-Valleyfield, QC)||C1M U23||44th|
|Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON)||K1W U23||44th|
|Kylie Zirk (Saskatoon, SK)||K1W U23||47th|
|Benjamin Risk (Ottawa, ON)||C1M Junior||53rd|
|Ryley Penner (Lundbreck, AB)||K1M U23||57th|
|Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON)||K1M Junior||57th|
|Trevor Boyd (Calgary, AB)||K1M Junior||59th|
|Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON)||K1M U23||61st|
|Jocelyn Taylor (Calgary, AB)||K1W Junior||62nd|
|Reneo Ohler (Calgary, AB)||K1W Junior||64th|
|Darius Ramrattan (Innisfail, AB)||K1M U23||73rd|
|Sheamus O'Connell (Ottawa, ON)||K1M Junior||79th|
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