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Mark Oldershaw (photo: Balint Vekassy/CKC)


MONTEMOR-O-VELHO, PORTUGAL – The Canadian anthem played twice today in Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal as the first medals of the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup Tour were awarded. Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON claimed the very first gold medal of the season by winning the Men’s C1 1000.

“I’m really happy with the first international race of the year,” said Oldershaw. “I knew with the wind it would be a fast race so I tried to stay on the gas the entire way and it is a good confidence boost for the rest of the season.”

Having won Canadian Team Trials two weeks ago, Oldershaw’s result today also lands him his second top Canadian placement needed for selection to teams for Pan American Games and World Championships. Oldershaw also raced the heat of the Men’s C1 500 and finished second which put him straight through to tomorrow’s final. The 1000 metre is the Olympic distance in which Oldershaw won bronze in 2012.


Katie Vincent & Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (photo: Balint Vekassy/CKC)

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) and Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) captured Canada’s second gold of the day in the Women’s C2 200. Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, ON finished fifth in the Men’s K1 1000. van Koeverden, a four-time Olympic medalist, also won his heat in the Men’s K1 500 to advance directly to tomorrow’s final.

Olympic bronze medalist Mark de Jonge of Halifax, NS won his semi-final in the Men’s K1 200 to advance to tomorrow’s final. Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS) and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) won their heat in the Men’s C2 1000 to skip the semi and have advanced directly to tomorrow’s final.


Adam van Koeverden (photo: Balint Vekassy/CKC)

Michelle Russell of Waverley, NS placed second in the B-final of the Women’s K1 500 to rank eleventh overall. Tomorrow she will be racing in the A-final of the Women’s K1 200      after placing third today in her semi. Several other Canadian boats advanced through heats and semis today and a full compilation of results is shown below.

Races continue tomorrow and there are two more consecutive World Cup weekends ahead.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Rank



Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) Men’s C1 1000


Gold medal

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC),

Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON)

Women’s C2 200


Gold medal

Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) Men’s K1 1000 5th
Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) Women’s K1 500 11th
Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC) Women’s K1 500 14th
Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS), Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS) Women’s K2 500 12th

Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC),

Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON),

Women’s K2 500 14th


Heats & Semi-finals

Mark de Jonge (Halifax, NS) Men’s K1 200

1st in semi

Advanced to A-final

Ben Russell (Dartmouth, NS), Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC) Men’s C2 1000

1st in heat

Advanced to A-final

Adam van Koeverden (Oakville, ON) Men’s K1 500

1st in heat

Advanced to A-final

Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON) Men’s C1 500

2nd in heat

Advanced to A-final

Michelle Russell (Waverley, NS) Women’s K1 200

3rd in semi

Advanced to A-final

Genevieve Orton (Lake Echo, NS) Women’s K1 200

6th in semi

Advanced to B-final

Maxim Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) Men’s C1 500

4th in heat

Advanced to semi

Geneviève Beauchesne-Sévigny (Trois-Rivières, QC), Émilie Fournel (Montréal, QC), Kathleen (KC) Fraser (Toronto, ON), Hannah Vaughan (Dartmouth, NS) Women’s K4 500

5th in heat

Advanced to semi

Paul Bryant (Richmond Hill, ON),

Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS)

Men’s C2 1000

6th in heat

Advanced to semi

Philippe Duchesneau (Sherbrooke, QC),

Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC),

Brady Reardon (Burlington, ON), Brian Malfesi (Maple Ridge, BC)

Men’s K4 1000

6th in heat

Advanced to semi

Chris Mehak (Toronto, ON) Men’s K1 500

6th in heat

Advanced to semi