Oakville paddlers take two firsts

MONTRÉAL – Christine Gauthier (Pointe-Claire, QC) and Erica Scarff (Toronto) both competed today at the Sprint Canoe Kayak Team Trials in Montreal, QC to wrap up the Canadian selection process for the first Paralympic Games to ever include Paracanoe events. Both won their classes uncontested and have qualified Paralympic quota spots in their events.

In Men’s Paracanoe events, Trinity Tratch (Calgary) won his category while Zacharie Lauziere-Fitzgerald (Sherbrooke, QC) also won his.

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) repeated a win in the second final of the Senior Women’s C1 200m. Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) finished a close second in the C1 200m, but later in the day beat out Vincent-Lapointe by winning the C1 500m.

Pierre-Luc Poulin (Lac Beauport, QC) won the Senior Men’s K1 500m. The trials include carding races to assess athletes for Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program, as well as selection races for the Junior and Under 23 World Championships.

In Junior events, Lucas Turnbull (Toronto) won the Men’s C1 500m while Isaac Finkelstein (Ottawa) was a close second. The two paired in the Junior Men’s C2 1000m to take the top spot. Olivier Courchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC) won the Junior Men’s K1 500m and Emily Hannah Little (Oakville) won the Junior Women’s C1 500m.

In U23 events, Drew Hodges (Ottawa) and Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS) repeated a win from National Team Trials 1 to take the top spot in the Men’s C2 1000m. Maxence Beauchesne (Trois-Rivières, QC) and Vincent Jourdenais (Trois-Rivières, QC) won the Men’s K2 1000m.

In the U23 Women’s K4 500m, Alanna Bray-Lougheed (Oakville), Samantha Hall (Dartmouth, NS), Madison Mackenzie (Chelsea, QC) and Madeline Schmidt (Ottawa) were the top crew.

Jillian Perrone (Oakville) was third in the Senior Women’s C1 500 and Aidan Messenger (Oakville, ON) placed third in the Junior Men’s K1 500.

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