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30th Annual Gull River Open Canoe Slalom Race

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Many Reasons to be Proud

Mael Rivard of Ottawa competing at the Minden Hills Open

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Photo by Mark Arike / The Highlander

Whitewater Ontario and the Ottawa River Runners have much to be proud of after organizing and hosting two major slalom events in past ten days. Our organizations have reason to celebrate as both the Minden Hills Open at the Gull and the National Whitewater Championships at MKC were incredibly successful with a high quality experience for athletes, officials, and spectators. 

The team of volunteers that contributed to the organization of these events displayed an outstanding commitment and dedication to ensure the races were conducted at the highest level possible. Many of the athletes competed in both events and were grateful for the efforts put forward on their behalf.

Why were these two events so important to WO and ORR? The Minden Hills Open provided us the opportunity to once again use our new timing system at the Gull which is site of the 2015 Pan Am Games Canoe Slalom competition. Our team of volunteers worked with Pan Am Technical Advisor Eric Lokken to streamline the procedures necessary to run a high caliber race. Our judges did an outstanding job while the timing system worked flawlessly. Transmission officials relayed section results via radio and our verification team quickly entered gate scores for each paddler. The athletes had quick, accurate results that were posted electronically at the finish line.  The Gull River presents challenges when conducting any level of race but our volunteers made sure that this was an overall success.

As part of the MHO and with great support from the Township of Minden Hills, National Senior Team members organized the first ever Parallel Slalom event on the Gull River in the town of Minden near the bridge. This was a fun event enjoyed by the athletes and spectators who gathered along the river and bridge to watch. A big thank you to the Township for allowing this event to take place.

Our National Whitewater Championships were held at MKC August 27-29th and many thanks go out to Claudia and Dirk Van Wijk for graciously hosting this celebration of whitewater paddling. With an abundance of support from the MKC staff, our volunteers organized three excellent days of competition which included both downriver and slalom events. We had representation from 6 Canadian provinces and territories and the championship showcased our emerging talent (particularly from Ontario). The competition featured a schedule that ran completely on time for every race and our team once again provided quick, accurate results.

Putting on two major events stretched the limits of our volunteer capacity but we worked well as a team with the goal of organizing an outstanding set of races. On behalf of Whitewater Ontario, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who contributed time, energy, and expertise in making these two events so successful. We had experienced volunteers working alongside people completely new to the sport but with everyone working together to collectively build our capacity to host major events. Many thanks to you all.

Along with James Cartwright and Canoe Kayak Canada, thanks also go out to International Truckload Services Inc. for their financial support for Nationals. Molly’s Bistro in Minden supplied great lunch sandwiches for our volunteers at the MHO. Special thanks to Duncan Daniels who served as a Chief Judge at both the MHO and Canadian Nationals.

Congratulations to all the athletes who raced in these events and performed so capably in a variety of categories and disciplines.

Whitewater Ontario and the Ottawa River Runners are poised and ready for next year’s Senior Team Trials and Pan Am Canoe Slalom competition both of which take place at the Gull in 2015.

Nationals Results:


Ontario Regains the Brian Creer Cup !

Whitewater Ontario competitors have regained the Brian Creer Cup which is awarded to the province or territory which accumulates the highest number of points based on results at the National Whitewater Championships held at MKC August 27-29th. As always, it was a very close competition between Ontario and Alberta but in the end, our province won the cup for the 9th time since its inception in 2001 including a tie with Alberta in 2009.

Ontario’s team consisted of 29 down river and slalom athletes ranging from Cadet to Masters with strong representation in the Junior, U23, and Senior categories.

We had some terrific performances that resulted in personal bests among our developing paddlers as well as solid results from our U23 and Seniors.

 Performances of note include Mael Rivard who won gold in K1 Cadet Men, Keenan Simpson who took silver in K1 Junior men, and Lois Betteridge  taking  gold in C1 Junior Women.

Thanks go out to Development Coaches Spencer Pomeroy and Jamie Cutts for their outstanding contribution in preparing our younger athletes for this national competition and the Minden Hills Open.

We also want to wish good luck to four WO athletes who are competing at the World Canoe Slalom Championships at Deep Creek, Maryland in a few weeks’ time. Thea Froelich, Alexandra McGee, Cam Smedley, and Michael Tayler will be representing Canada and are looking forward to competing at the highest level.

Congratulations to all of our Whitewater Ontario athletes for a great Nationals and a big thank you to the parents and volunteers for their support. 

Nationals  results:

2015 Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games - Drive for 20,000+ Volunteers

Thinking about how to fill the long summer days in 2015? Not yet? You should be!


The summer of 2015 will see the largest international multi-sport Games ever hosted by our great nation right here in Minden, Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, rather than watch it on television or from the stands, YOU could be a part of the action!


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We can give you more than 20,000 reasons why…but how about having a sneak peek of the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony created by Cirque du Soleil. There’s also meals and refreshments during shifts, a snazzy uniform, exclusive promotions, events, and discounts on merchandise.


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Dan Thorpe
Coordinator, Venues and Volunteer Services

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