Van Koeverden hot heading for world event

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:08 PM ET

Adam Van Koeverden has had one of the hottest summers of his career and he doesn't intend to slow down now.

The three-time Olympic gold medallist leads a 33-member Canadian team into the world canoe and kayak championships, Thursday to Sunday in Poznan, Poland.

“I really managed to stave off that staleness I sometimes feel at this point in the season,” said Van Koeverden, who’ll race in the K-1 (kayak singles) 500- and 1,000-metre events.

The Oakville, Ont., native said the past few weeks of training rank among the best of the season.

"I still have a lot of direct energy,” said Van Koeverden, who has won three World Cup medals this summer.

Other Canadian kayakers for the worlds include: Angus Mortimer, Rhys Hill and Corey Hamilton of Ottawa, Richard Dober Jr. of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Ryan Cochrane of Windsor, N.S., Hughes Fournel of Dorval, Que., Christopher Mehak of Toronto, Andrew Willows of Gananoque, Ont., Brady Reardon of Burlington, Ont., Connor Taras of Waverley, N.S., and Steve Jorens of Candiac, Que.

In men’s canoe, Canada has another strong medal contender in Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, Ont.

Other members of the canoe squad include Richard Dalton of Halifax, Andrew Russell of Dartmouth, N.S., and his brother Benjamin Russell, Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Jonathan Pike of Waverley, Ian Mortimer of Ottawa, Jamie Andison of Oakville and Olympic bronze medallist Thomas Hall of Pointe-Claire, Que.

Hall will race the C-4 1,000 with Ben Russell, Mortimer and Andison.

The women’s K-4 500 features Emilie Fournel of Montreal, Mylanie Barré of Lac-Beauport, Que., Kristin Gauthier of Ottawa and Genevieve Orton of Lake Echo, N.S. The foursome was eighth at last year’s worlds. Kia Byers of Regina and Kathleen Fraser of Mississauga, Ont., are also on the team.

“We would love to improve upon our result from last year’s worlds," Fournel said. "We have to start building that road toward the Olympic podium right now.”

In women’s canoe, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Mallorie Nicholson of Oakville, Ont., are entered in women's canoe.

Paracanoe races for athletes with a disability will be official events at the world championships for the first time. Entries include Chris Pearson and Christine Selinger of Regina, Christine Gauthier of Pointe-Claire, Que., and Tony Flores of St. Albert, Alta.


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