Paddlers Van Koeverden, Oldershaw stand on podium as World Cup season finishes

Oakville’s Adam van Koeverden rebounded from a disappointing showing at the recent world championships to claim the overall men’s kayak crown in the World Cup paddling circuit. And Burlington’s Mark Oldershaw finished third overall in the canoe division as the World Cup wrapped up its season on the weekend in Guanhzou, China.

Van Koeverden recorded kayak victories in the 1500m and the 1000m, winning both events by a full second. Competing at the Athens Olympics in 2004, Van Koeverden took gold in the K-1500 and a bronze in the K-1000.

At the World meet in Hungary two weeks ago, Van Koeverden came away with two fourth place finishes.

“It was nice to rebound from a disappointing world championships,” said the 24-year-old paddler. “It was also was exciting to win a couple of medals with the K4 guys.”
Van Koeverden teamed with Andrew Willows of Gananoque, Ont., Ryan Cuthbert of Carleton Place, Ont., and Steve Jorens of Richmond Hill, Ont., to help Canada picked up three more medals. They were second in the 200 metres, and third in both the 500m and 1000m events.

In all, Canada had a 10-medal weekend. Oldershaw’s third place finish in the World Cup canoe points derby, matched his third placed finishes on the weekend in the C-1,500m and the C-1,000m races.

In the men’s K-2 1,000, Jorens and Cuthbert won silver with a strong surge at the finish and nearly caught the first place crew from Belarus. “It was a great finish we just left it a little bit late and ran out of room to reel them in,” said Jorens.

Other medallists were Tamas Buday and Attila Buday of Mississauga, Ont., with silver in the C-2 1,000 and bronze in the C-2 500. They won silver in the 1,000 at the worlds.
Karen Furneaux of Waverley, N.S., did not compete this weekend but hung on to third place overall in the women’s kayak standings.

“It was a great season and we are extremely pleased with the performances of our athletes,” said Graham Barton, high performance director for CanoeKayak Canada. “Following our world championships and World Cup performances we look positioned for a podium run in at least six Olympic events.”