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at national team whitewater paddling trials - May 27th, 2010
OTTAWA – John Hastings of Ottawa defeated a living paddling legend to win the gold medal this weekend at Rutherford Park in Whistler, B.C., at the Canadian national team trials in canoe and kayak.
The 26-year-old Hastings trailed after the opening run but improved through three more runs to take the title in men’s kayak. He finished ahead of five-time Olympian and 1999 world champion David Ford of Edmonton while Ben Hayward of Edmonton was third.
The top-three were named to the national senior team that will compete at three World Cups and the world championships this summer.
“David has probably won every trial since the early 1990’s so this was a big achievement for me,” said Hastings, a three-time world championship team member. “My goal this year was to win the selections which meant beating David and an overall strong field. It feels good to win.”
Hastings was pleased with his opening run which kept him in contention for the title.
“I wanted to make sure I started with a good foundation for the rest of the competition,” he said. “That’s a little bit better for me than starting with a big deficit to make up. Once I got that first one out I was able to relax and in the second run I was two seconds faster than everyone else and that set the stage for me.”
Also selected to the national team following the trials were: Cam Smedley of Ottawa and Julian Potvin Bernal of Chelsea, Que., in men’s canoe singles; Adam Cutts and Jamie Cutts of Ottawa in canoe doubles; Jessica Groenveld of Innisfail, Alta., and Sarah Boudens of Pembroke, Ont., in women’s kayak singles and Sindy Audet of St-Eustache, Que., in women’s canoe singles.
The World Cup events are: Prague (June 19-21), La Seu D'Urgell, Spain (June 26-28,), and Augsburg, Germany (July 2-4), and the World Championships are Tacen, Slovenia (September 8 - 13, 2010).
The national B team was also announced. It’s top competition are the Pan Am Championships October 23-24 in Vera Cruz, Mexico.
Selected to the team were: Thomas Purcell and Daniel Purcell of Red Deer, Alta., in canoe doubles; Nathan Davis of North Vancouver, Paul Manning-Hunter of Calgary and Pierre Levesque of Montreal in kayak singles and Jazmyne DenHollander of Chilliwack, B.C., Kathleen Tayler, and Thea Froehlich, both of Ottawa, in women’s kayak singles.
Canadian national whitewater slalom paddling national team announced by CanoeKayak Canada:
SENIOR A TEAM
Canoe singles: Cam Smedley, Ottawa; Julian Potvin-Bernal, Chelsea, Que.
Canoe doubles: Adam Cutts, Ottawa and Jamie Cutts, Ottawa.
Kayak singles:John Hastings, Ottawa; David Ford, Edmonton; Ben Hayward, Edmonton.
Canoe singles: Sindy Audet. St-Eustache, Que.
Kayak singles: Jessica Groenveld, Innisfail, Alta.; Sarah Boudens, Pembroke, Ont.
SENIOR B TEAM
Canoe doubles: Thomas Purcell/Daniel Purcell, Red Deer, Alta.
Kayak singles: Nathan Davis, North Vancouver; Paul Manning-Hunter, Calgary; Pierre Levesque, Montreal.
Kayak singles: Jazmyne DenHollander, Chilliwack, B.C.; Kathleen Tayler, Ottawa; Thea Froehlich, Ottawa