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ONTARIO Canoe/Kayak Team

posted Aug 26, 2009, 2:15 PM by graeme.lind@rideaucanoeclub.ca
The Ontario Canoe/Kayak team, led by head coach Joel Hazzan, is looking to make some waves at the 2009 Canada Summer Games in PEI. With four athletes returning for their second Summer Games, the team features a strong combination of experienced veterans and young hopefuls. 
 
Leading the way for Team Ontario in men's kayak is the dynamic duo from Oakville: Chris Mehak and Geoff Clarke.  Both are coming off medal-winning performances at the 2009 Pan American Canoe Championships in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (gold for Mehak in the K2 500m, and silver for both Mehak and Clarke in the K4 500m).

In men’s canoe, keep a close eye on Dustin Shaw of Mississauga, who captured silver in both the C2 200m and C2 500m at the same PanAm championships. 
 
On the women’s side, expect big things from the K4 500m and K2 200m teams.  The women’s canoe squad is full of young rising talent, and should also not be counted out.

With Canoe/Kayak athletes competing for the first time as U21, expect these games to be more competitive than ever before.
How did the team prepare for Charlottetown 2009? "We can't let our secrets out," states Team Manager Graeme Lind, "but it may have involved a steady preparatory diet of Cavendish french fries, and regular group readings of Anne of Green Gables before morning practice."