Rideau’s Natalie Davison and Maddy Schmidt Representing Canada at ICF World Championships

2019 ICF World Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships in Szeged, Hungary serve as qualifier for 2020 Tokyo Olympics


Ottawa, August 22nd – In a summer where Rideau Canoe Club athletes have already won 5 medals representing Canada at major international Regattas, Rideau Canoe Club Kayakers Natalie Davison and Maddy Schmidt are in Szeged, Hungary this week to race at the 2019 ICF World Championships.  The 2019 Championships are the primary qualifying event to secure spots for Team Canada in next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“We’re focused on qualifying as many spots as we can for Team Canada next year in Tokyo” said Davison, who will be racing in the K2 and K4 events for Canada. “We’ve been in Europe for the past month preparing, and have really bonded as a team.”   For Davison, this will be her third World Championship, and she will be looking to build on the success of the 2018 crew that raced the Canada Women’s K4 to the “A” final.

This is Maddy Schmidt’s second time competing at the Senior World Championships.   She is also looking to build on the success of Team Canada’s kayak performances in 2018, and the success of Team Canada’s athletes competing in Lima and at the Junior World Championships earlier this summer. “There’s tremendous energy here in Szeged, and we are ready to race!” said Schmidt, as she arrived in Hungary following the Team Canada training camp in Germany.

“We’re proud to have Rideau again represented at the biggest Canoe and Kayak event in the World” said Rideau Commodore Tom Hoferek.  “The World Championships in the year preceding the Olympics are particularly important because they will help to determine what races Canada will qualify to compete next year in Tokyo”.  

“Natalie and Maddy have contributed so much to the Club over the years, and we will be cheering loudly from the dock at Mooney’s Bay as they race in Szeged” said Hoferek.

Natalie Davison will be racing in the K2-500m and K4-500m heats staring today.  Maddy Schmidt will be racing in the K1-500m event.   Her first heat is early Friday morning.   All races are being streamed live at www.canoeicf.com 


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