Local paddlers show well at final world stop

Angus Mortimer of Ottawa won the bronze medal in the men’s K-1 (kayak singles) 500-metre and finished ahead of three-time Olympic medallist Adam van Koeverden of Oakville on Sunday to conclude the third and final stop on the World Cup paddling circuit.

Canada also added a pair of medals in the relay races which wrapped up the competition.

In the men’s K-1 500, Kenneth Wallace of Australia won the race in one minute and 36.337 seconds. Anders Guftafsson of Sweden was second in 1:36.397 and Mortimer took the bronze in 1:37.043 with a great surge at the finish. Van Koeverden, two lanes over from Mortimer, followed in fourth in 1:37.639.

Two Canadian boats were also in the K-2 500 final. Brady Reardon of Burlington and Rhys Hill of Ottawa were fifth and Connor Taras of Waverley, N.S., and Hughes Fournel of Dorval, Que., were seventh. Mark Oldershaw of Burlington took eighth spot in the C-1 500.

For the women, Jill D’Alessio of Middle Sackville, N.S., and Kathleen Fraser of Mississauga, Ont., were eighth in the K-2 500.

Canada ends the competition with seven medals: one gold, three silver and three bronze.