Rideau Paddlers had great results at the Junior World Championships

Set aside the Rideau legends who have reached the pinnacle and raced for Canada in the Olympics, it is tough to imagine a more remarkable stretch of 8 days of racing on the global stage from our Rideau athletes.

2 medals for Drew Hodges and a medal for Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh at the Pan Am Games, were followed up days later by a spectacular Silver medal by Ella Hodgson-Pageau at the Junior World Championships, and a Canadian first-ever medal in the Junior Women's K4-500m, with Rideau's Toshka Besharah and Maren Bradley leading the charge.
Ella with partner Kate Pennyfather on the podium

5 international athletes, 5 international medals.

For our 3 Junior Women representing Canada at the Junior World Championships, it has been quite a week. The small team of 11 Junior paddlers managed to win 6 medals in total - a record total for U18 paddlers and a best ever finish for Canada at the Junior Worlds. It's also the first time Rideau has had more than one paddler win a medal at a World Junior Championship.

This speaks to the group of impressive young paddlers that are emerging across Canada, and right here at Rideau. And, as we also appreciate, the great coaching they receive, and the volunteer and parent network that help keep things going.
Maren and Toshka with K4 partners Adriana Lilley Osende and Sarah Nagy

With the Pan Ams and Junior World's over, and the Senior Worlds a few weeks away, it is time to focus the spotlight back on our young racers competing this upcoming weekend at Eastern Ontario Districts at Sydenham Lake. We guarantee a few of our stars of 2025 will be out there racing this weekend.

You made us proud this week, Toshka, Maren, Ella, Drew and Rowan!