Three-Rivers — After several weeks to train in Florida, the moment of truth has arrived for the athletes of the Club of canoe-kayak Trois-Rivières. On the olympic basin in Gainesville, Georgia, 11 protected of the coach Mathieu Pelletier will attempt to earn a position with the national team as of Friday.
At first glance, the canoeist Laurence Vincent-Lapointe and the kayaker Andréanne Langlois appear in a good position to retain their gains with Team Canada. The journey of Vincent-Lapointe speaks for itself, with its 10 victories in the world Championship, while Langlois, olympic Rio 2016, is positioning itself increasingly as an essential kayak women in the country. “What are the most dominant of the group. They are in a good position to be selected on the national team. What are their performance in the testing which will decide everything, but these are two athletes are very strong in competition that are capable of delivering the goods,” says the coach of the CKTR.
On the side of the very competitive kayaking male, three rowers seniors affiliated with the club he is in the race: Marc-Alexandre Gagnon, Charles-Antoine Girouard and Dominik Ridge. “All the guys are not evil at the same speed, it is very tight. They should first try to rank for the pool of selection. From there, they will need to succeed good racing to be chosen,” notes Pelletier.
In this group, a few rowers category U23 will try them also to impress the staff of Canoe-kayak Canada, in search of an invitation with the best rowers seniors in the country. Among the contenders, we find Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent, and Keisha Tomasik, canoeing feminine, as well as Vincent Jourdenais, Olivier Courchesne, Victor Désaulniers and Christophe Proulx, kayak male.
Of the lot, the coach Pelletier believes that the training camp Vincent Jourdenais allows him to hope for a participation in world Cup events this summer. “His times are interesting. They are of a calibre to the senior team. But it will all depend what he is going to offer the tests. Last year, Maxence Beauchesne had been invited with the senior team, even if he was of age U23.”
Proulx, the rookie
In this group of younger rowers, a new boy made his entrance. Well-known in the world of canoe long course – notably, he finished second in the edition 2017 of the international Classic canoe Mauricie, in the company of Samuel Frigon – Christophe Proulx has decided to launch the kayak speed.
“It’s been a few summers that he comes paddling with us. This year, he decided to train intensively. For her first experience at the national trials, we do not expect extraordinary results. Currently, he lacks the speed, but the level of endurance this is not a problem for him. It shows an interesting potential”, stresses coach at CKTR.
For his part, Mathieu St-Pierre will be competing in paracanoë in the colours of the canoe Club of Shawinigan.