May 28, 2911
Saskatoon Athlete Named to Junior National Whitewater Slalom Team
Ben Lapointe of Saskatoon has been named to the Canoe Kayak Canada Junior National Whitewater Slalom Team and will represent Canada at the upcoming Junior World Championships to be held this July in Wisconsin. Lapointe and partner Sam Fletcher of British Columbia will compete in C2 (tandem canoe) events at the championships.
Lapointe’s selection was based on results at the Junior National Whitewater Slalom Team Trials held this past weekend in Kananaskis, Alberta. He is the first Saskatchewan athlete ever to be named to a national whitewater slalom team. The 15 year old is a member of the Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club, which was founded 3 years ago and is coached by Brendan Curson of Saskatoon.
Two other club members, Kylie Zirk and Maksym Kryworuchko also competed at the Junior National Team Trials. Zirk’s results in C1 (single canoe) events would have qualified her for the team but she is unable to compete at the world championships because she is too young. Earlier in the year Zirk also qualified for the Under 21 National Canoe Polo Team but is unable to compete at the world championships for the same reason. Kryworuchko faced a tough field in the K1 (single kayak) event but had excellent results which bodes well for future team selection.
This was the first time competing at national teams for the 3 athletes. They are all eligible for the junior national team again in 2013.
The Canoe Kayak Canada release can be found at the following link: http://canoekayak.ca/english/newsentry/view/361
Photos are available through Canoe Kayak Canada. The contact information is included in the above release.
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