Rideau Junior Women Ready to Take on the World

3 Rideau Canoe Club athletes headed to Romania for Junior World Championships

Ottawa, July 30 – The Rideau Canoe Club will be well represented this week at the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Junior World Championships taking place in Pitesti, Romania, with three of Rideau’s Junior Canoe and Kayak athletes racing for Canada at the Championships.

For Kayaker Maren Bradley, this will be her second trip to the Junior World Championships, having raced last year in Bulgaria.  “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to again represent Canada, and to build on the experience of last year” said Bradley.  “We’ve got a great team, and our crew boats are going to be really competitive”.  Bradley will be racing in the K2-500m and K4-500m events.

“It’s exciting to be heading to the Junior World’s” said Canoe athlete Ella Hodgson-Pageau.  “I’m fortunate to part of a really strong Canadian Women’s Canoe team, and looking forward to racing against the World’s best”.    For Hodgson-Pageau, she will be looking to build on her success at the 2018 Olympic Hopes Regatta in Poland, where she won Gold and Silver medals racing against the top u15 Canoe athletes from around the World.  Hodgson-Pageau will be racing in the C2-200m event.

Toshka Besharah also competed at the 2018 Olympic Hopes Regatta in the u15 division, and along with Hodgson-Pageau, will be one of the youngest athletes at the competition.  “I’m honoured to be representing both Canada and the Rideau Canoe Club” said Besharah.  “The opportunity to race internationally last year has really helped me to prepare for the races in Pitesti”.   Besharah will be racing in the K1-200m, and will be joining Bradley and two other Canadian kayakers in the K4-500m event.

The Rideau Canoe Club leads all Canadian clubs, with 3 athletes represented in the u18 category at the Junior World Championships.   Races start on Thursday, August 1st, and run through until Sunday, August 4th.

“We’re incredibly proud of our Rideau junior team, and in particular, our junior women’s kayak and canoe programs”  said Club Commodore Tom Hoferek.  “Toshka, Maren and Ella reflect the depth of our program here at Rideau, and the commitment of our coaches.”

“With many of our new paddlers, summer campers, and Paddle All paddlers having trained with or been coached by Toshka, Ella and Maren this summer, there’s going to be a lot of cheering taking place back here at the Club as they take on the World” said Hoferek.

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


Toshka Besharah – Kayak – Junior World Championships

Toshka Besharah has been paddling at the Rideau Canoe Club for a decade, starting out as a Canoe Kids participant and casual paddler at the age of 6.   Besharah started competitive paddling through the Rideau “Intro to Sprint” program at age 11.

Over the past several years, Besharah has emerged as one of Canada’s up and coming Kayak athletes.  At her first Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak competition last summer Sherbrooke, Besharah won Gold in the women’s K1-200m in 2018, as well as in the u17 Women’s K4.   She also participated in her first international competition, representing Canada in the u15 category at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Poznan, Poland and finishing with a 5th and 7th place finish in her two singles races.

Besharah will be representing Canada in Pitesti, Romania from August 1-4 at the ICF Junior World Championships.   She will be racing in the Junior Women’s K1-200m event and is a member of the four-person crew in the Junior Women’s K4-500m race.


Maren Bradley – Kayak – Junior World Championships

Maren Bradley is a Kayaker at the Rideau Canoe Club.  Bradley learned to paddle at the Rideau Canoe Club while attending the Canoe Kids Summer Camp program.  She fell in love with the sport, and took up competitive paddling full-time in 2011.

Bradley has previously represented Canada at the Junior World Championships in 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, as well as the 2018 and 2017 Olympic Hopes Regattas in Poland and the Czech Republic.   In Poznan, Poland, Bradley had four top 8 finishes in her single and crew kayak races.

Nationally, Bradley won the u16 Women’s K1-1000m race at the 2017 National Championships, and was part of the u17 and u19 Gold Medal winning crews at the 2018 National Championships.  She will be racing the K2 and K4 events in Romania.

Bradley is a recent graduate of Nepean High School and is enrolled in the Commerce program at Dalhousie University in Halifax starting this Fall.


Ella Hodgson-Pageau – Canoe – Junior World Championships

Ella Hodgson-Pageau began paddling at the Rideau Canoe Club at age 12.  While initially both a kayak and canoe athlete, Hodgson-Pageau enjoyed the challenge of Canoe, and committed to the discipline.


While Hodgson-Pageau modestly claims it took her some time to learn the stroke and balance necessary to be successful racing in a canoe, over the past 18 months, she has emerged as one of the young canoe athletes to watch not only in Canada, but in the Sport globally.


Her 2018 performances earned Hodgson-Pageau an opportunity to represent Canada last September at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Poznan, Poland.  Racing against the top u15 athletes in the world, Hodgson-Pageau won gold in the C1-200m, and 2 Silver Medals in the C2-200m and C2-500m distances.


Hodgson-Pageau will be racing in the C2-200m event at the ICF Junior World Championships.