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Welcome to the RCC news page for the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.  This page will be updated frequently by RCC Commodore, Hector Carranco, and the C4C Support Crew, as they join the athletes, coaches and spectators from over 75 countries on Dartmouth's Lake Banook.  Televised on every continent to millions of viewers, Canoe '09 will be the largest international sporting event ever to be held in Atlantic Canada. 

It's over

posted Aug 19, 2009, 4:31 AM by Hector Carranco


To attend this event was a great experience. I had the chance to talk to and help some of the most amazing athletes in the world.

I was always proud to wear my Rideau Canoe Club hat and to be the commodore of seven of the athletes representing Canada in this event.

Emily Raymond, Victoria Tuttle, Kristin Gauthier, Ryan Cochrane, Ryhs Hill, Angus Mortimer and Ian Mortimer, now have this experience under their belts. I am sure it will help them keep working as hard as they have done it for the past few years to try to be in Poland next year.

For our younger athletes they are an inspiration, a model to follow.

I was happy to see so many RCC members around the course enjoying our sport at its best!

You can find the final results at http://www.canoe09.ca/

You can find pictures at http://hectorcarranco.com/

1000m Finals and 200m heats

posted Aug 16, 2009, 3:22 AM by Hector Carranco


Saturday it was the hottest day this summer. The heat was felt on the water too since early in the morning. The first final was the K1 1000m Men featuring Ken Wallace, Adam van Koeverden, Anders Gustafsson and the German Hoff who took the gold. Adam gave the Canadian team the first and only medal in the day, the bronze, and Anders got the silver.

After that the Canadian team was close to the podium but couldn’t materialize the great efforts in medals until Nicole Haywood had an impressive performance in the C1 500m Women Final beating everyone else for more than 8 seconds!

Immediately after Christine Gauthier got the gold in the 200m paddleability race.

Sunday is the last day of competition: The 500m and 200m finals and the relays. Check the results at http://www.canoe09.ca

C4C Support Crew | Day 3 Update

posted Aug 15, 2009, 2:30 PM by graeme.lind@rideaucanoeclub.ca   [ updated Aug 15, 2009, 2:42 PM ]

The temperature is hot.. AND so is CANADA!!

Check out the updated photos here!!

The seminfinals

posted Aug 14, 2009, 7:01 PM by Hector Carranco   [ updated Aug 14, 2009, 7:45 PM ]


Today we had the 1000 and 500m semifinals. It was so exciting! If you follow my twitter updates you'll now by now who made it to the A Finals and who didn't. I send the updates as soon as things happen! You can also check the full results by event following this link.

Angus and Rhys made the B Final on their K4 1000m. Ian made the A Final in an extremely exciting semifinal race. Ciongratulations to the three of them and their partners!

The two most exciting races were the K1 500m men semifinal in which Adam van Koeverden and Ken Wallace raced head to head. The German Rauhe was first (1:43.770) and Adam and Ken came too close to call who was second. Their times were 1:44.089 and 1:44.177 respectively, 0.088 of a second between them!

Not long after that Gab and Andrew needed to be top 3 to qualify for the final. Everything was so close that people were looking to the electronic board waiting for the results... RUS, GER, and a long pause, CAN! The crowd cheered Andrew and Gab put their fists on the air and we all were very happy!

Tomorrow the 1000m finals. We'll be there early. We don't want to miss one race!

Pictures here

The first day of competitions

posted Aug 13, 2009, 5:47 PM by Hector Carranco


Today we had the heats day: K1 1000m men, C1 1000m men, K2 1000m men, C2 1000m men, K4 1000m men, K4 500m women, K1 1000m women, C4 1000m men, K2 1000m women, K1 500m men, C1 500m men, K1 500m women, K2 500m men, C2 500m and K2 500m women.

From the club Ian, Angus, Rhys, Kristin, and Tory had participation. All of them advanced in their events to finals and semis. Ian advanced in his C4 1000m men to the semifinal, Angus and Rhys advanced their K4 1000m to the semifinal. Kristin advanced t othe final in her K4 500m and Tory did the same in her K2 1000m.

All the other Canadian athletes participating today advanced too. Mark Oldeshaw, Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny and Andrew Russell, Steve Jorens and Richard Dober, Jr., Adam van Koeverden, Tamlyn Bohm. Karen Furneaux, Andrew Willows and Richard Dober, Jr. and Kia Byers and Una Lounder.

I thought I was going to have an easy day and be able to able to watch the races. I was absolutely wrong! The teams from Mexico, Spain and Ecuador kept me busy most of the day with different details here and there. I hope they just settle down and let me watch starting tomorrow.

Du to this excess of work I could only take a few pictures. You can see them here.

C4C Support Crew heads to Canoe '09

posted Aug 13, 2009, 2:43 PM by graeme.lind@rideaucanoeclub.ca   [ updated Aug 13, 2009, 3:49 PM ]


On August 12, 2009, the official C4C Support Crew left the Rideau Canoe Club en route to Dartmouth, NS to deliver uninterrupted support to the members of C4C competing at the 2009 IDF World Sprint Canoe Championships.  With the drink of champions, Arizona Green Tea (tall cans) in hand.. the C4C Support Crew drove 15 hours East into the wee hours of the morning so they could be on Lake Banook for the first day of racing.

Below is the first installment of C4C Support Crew's photographic journal.  Enjoy.. GO CANADA!!

view photos

The day previous to the competition

posted Aug 12, 2009, 7:05 PM by Hector Carranco


Today was a busy day again with more teams arriving to Dartmouth. Today I had the opportunity to work with my Mexican friends for the most part of the day and also met the Ecuadorian team.

But the best part of the day was the Opening Ceremony which started at 8pm. I watched the flags parade from the Senobe's deck. It was amazing to see the flags being carried by war canoes.

Right after that Vanessa and the girls arrived from Ottawa. We went to try to watch closer but it was really crowded. We ran into some other RCC members and more are coming later in the week.

The competition starts tomorrow at 9am and that's what we are here for!

Live from Dartmouth, NS!

posted Aug 11, 2009, 7:55 PM by graeme.lind@rideaucanoeclub.ca

This is really exciting! And exhausting! 

At 9am I was already by Lake Banook. It took a little while to find my accreditation, put on my only t-shirt for the 4 days and get my water bottle. My volunteering position is “Spanish Spare” because all the other liaison volunteers met the teams at the plane and I was driving all Monday and was not able to do that. However I was able to hear a conversation about accreditations and confusion, in Spanish. I stepped in. It was Team Spain, including David Cal, 2004 Olympic gold and silver medalist in C-1 1000m and 500m and 2008 Olympic silver medalist in C-1 500m and 1000m. They took most of my day helping them with all the administrative stuff and the liaison person was nowhere to be found! So it was good that I was there to help them.

Before that I had the opportunity to see and say hi to Emily, Kristin, Tory, Ian, Angus, Ryhs, Andrew and Gab, Nicole, Genevieve, and the Argentinean team.

The course is gorgeous! Just look at the picture! The weather was not good –cloudy and rainy all day long—but the forecast calls for good weather for the rest of the week!

The excitement is growing, the preparations are getting done. I was told there will be giant screens –although they are not there yet—for everyone to enjoy the action.

Click here to see the pictures

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