Rideau Canoe Club Athletes Lima-bound for 2019 Pan Am Games

Ottawa paddlers looking to strike gold in South America


Ottawa, July 25 – Rideau Canoe Club athletes Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh and Drew Hodges are in Lima, Peru this morning, where they will be representing Canada in the sport of Sprint Canoe.   Both Hardy-Kavanagh and Hodges have trained at the Rideau Canoe Club for almost a decade.  It will be the first Pan Am Games for both athletes.

“It is an honour to represent Canada at one of the largest multi-sport events in the World” said Hodges.   “While I’ve had the opportunity to race internationally, I am looking forward to being alongside athletes in other sports competing at the highest level.”

Hodges will be competing in the Men’s C1-1000m and C2-1000m races at the Pan Am Games.   Both races take place on the first full day of competition – Saturday, July 27th.

For Hardy-Kavanagh, the opportunity to race in South America for the first time is something she can’t wait to do.  “To have the opportunity to be representing Canada in Peru, and to be racing against the best paddlers from South America, is very exciting” said Hardy-Kavanagh.

Hardy-Kavanagh will be racing in the C2-500m with Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent from the Trois Rivières Canoe Club on Monday, July 29th.

 “The Rideau Canoe Club family is thrilled to have two of our athletes participating at the Pan Am Games” said Rideau Commodore Tom Hoferek.   “Their opportunity to represent Canada reflects the dedication of our coaches, volunteers, athletes, officials and parents who have all contributed to supporting the Club.   It is this commitment from so many that has created a platform for our athletes to succeed in Canada and internationally.”

The Pan Am Games organizing committee will be broadcasting all sporting events live via the web.  More information on race times and schedules can be found at https://www.lima2019.pe/en/panamerican-sports/canoe-sprint

 “We can’t wait to see Drew and Rowan paddle in the days ahead.  The Rideau Canoe Club family will be cheering them on with every stroke” said Hoferek. “We encourage Ottawa sports fans to cheer along!”

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About the Rideau Canoe Club

The Rideau Canoe Club is one of Canada’s oldest canoe clubs, and one of the City of Ottawa’s longest continually operating sports facilities.   Rideau Canoe Club Paddlers have been racing on the Rideau Canal and Mooney’s Bay since 1902.  Over the past 117 years, the Rideau Canoe Club has produced 10 Olympians, and Rideau athletes have won the Sprint Canoe and Kayak National Club Championship Burgee 8 times.  Rideau is currently the defending National Champion, having won the 2018 Burgee last August in Sherbrooke, Quebec.


The Rideau Canoe Club is proud to be hosting the 2020 Sprint Canoe Kayak National Championships from August 25-30, 2020.


For more information contact:

Hector Carranco
Executive Director
Rideau Canoe Club
2018 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Champions