Hayward, Smedley and McGee head to Slalom World Cup semis

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Ben Hayward

 Ben Hayward - Photo: Balint Vekassy

Aug 1,2014(ISN) – LA SEU D’URGELL, SPAIN – International competition for slalom athletes resumed today
with ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4 in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain. Three Canadian athletes
advanced to the semi-finals.

Ben Hayward of Edmonton ranked 26th after preliminary heats in Men’s K1. He will
fight for a spot in the final in tomorrow’s semi. Hayward has been successful in
getting through to the final twice this season with seventh and night place results
at the two previous World Cups.

Cameron Smedley

Cameron Smedley Photo: Balint Vekassy

Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, ON ranked 27th in Men’s C1 in the heats. He too is
eyeing a spot in the final which he’s done before but not yet this year. Smedley’s
top result for 2014 has been 14th place at World Cup 1.

Alexandra McGee

Alexandra McGee Photo: Balint Vekassy

Alexandra McGee of Ottawa is competing at her first World Cup of the season and
advanced to the Women’s C1 semi-finals with a 12th place finish in heats.

Michael Tayler of Ottawa, ON just missed advancing to semi-finals in Men’s K1 and
has ranked 43rd overall. Tayler was within a second of making the semi but touching
a gate at the bottom of his second run cost him a two second penalty.

In Women’s K1, Thea Froehlich of Ottawa, ON ranked 36th. Jessica Groeneveld of
Innisfail, AB finished in the next spot in 37th and Jazmyne Denhollander of
Chilliwack, BC was 49th.

World Cup 4 continues tomorrow and Sunday. Semi-finals and finals for all events
Canada is in take place on Saturday.

Summary of Results

Athlete

Event

Result

Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB)

Men’s K1

26th in heat (95.16)
Advanced to semis

Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON)

Men’s C1

27th in heat (101.94)
Advanced to semis

Alexandra McGee (Ottawa, ON)

Women’s C1

12th in heats (136.15)
Advanced to semis

Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON)

Men’s K1

43rd in heats (98.78)

Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB)

Women’s K1

36th in heats (115.46)

Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC)

Women’s K1

37th in heats (116.28)

Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON)

Women’s K1

49th in heats (169.06)

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