Canadian paddling team has strong McMaster flavour at Canoe ’09

canoe09McMaster student-athletes Christopher Pellini (Mississauga) and Brady Reardon (Burlington) along with McMaster alumni, Adam van Koeverden (Oakville) have been named to the Canadian canoe/kayak team that will compete in the 2009 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Sprint World Championships. The meet will take place Aug. 12-16, 2009 at the Bell Aliant Racing Centre on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, N.S.

Pellini competed in the K-4 1,000m in Beijing. He captured a silver medal with the K-4 1,000m crew at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Reardon also competed in the K-4 1,000m in Beijing. His father, Jim, paddled for Canada at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

Van Koeverden earned a silver medal in the K-1 1500m at the Beijing Olympics and a gold and bronze medal (K-1 1500m and K-1 1000m) at the Summer Olympics in Athens.

The 2009 ICF Canoe Spring World Championships is the largest international sporting event ever held in Atlantic Canada. The event will welcome over 100,000 athletes, coaches and spectators from 75 countries and will be televised on every continent to millions of viewers.