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HIGH ACHIEVERS: Rideau Canoe Club wins 10th Canadian sprint title, places 14 paddlers on national teams

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WEEKEND WRAP: The 120-year-old Rideau Canoe Club took three giant strides in Canadian canoe-kayak sprint history on the weekend, after playing host to the seven-day, pandemic-protected national championships.

By winning its third Canadian title in a row (a club first), Rideau took the national aggregate points burgee for the 10th time (447 points), moving into second overall in that category and breaking away from Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club at nine.

Mississauga Canoe Club has captured 19 national burgees. Rideau joins Burloak Canoe Club, Cartierville Boating Club and Lachine Racing Canoe Club at 10. Mississauga (244 points) was second this year and Lac Beauport (217 points) took third overall.

On Saturday and Sunday, Rideau earned two gold, two silver and one bronze medals to finish with a total of 31 medals – 14 gold, nine silver and eight bronze. Rideau also won the girls’ U16 and girls’ U 18 age-class burgees.

Zoe Wojtyk (centre). Photo: Twitter /

The final three days of the national championships belonged to the U16 and U17 paddlers. Rideau’s Zoe Wojtyk made the most of it in the women’s U16 class with gold in C1 1,000 metres, silver over 500 metres and bronze in 200 metres.

Janina Winnicki was the women’s U17 C1 500-metre champion and third in the 200-metre race. Ruby Muhl took silver in women’s U16 C1 200 metres and bronze over 500 metres. Mila Souilliere was the women’s U17 C1 1000-metre silver medallist.

Rideau’s other national burgee victories were in 2019, 2018, 2015, 2002, 1985, 1973, 1927, 1925 and 1923. The 2020 nationals were cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also has been an eight-time runner-up and a 12-time third-place finisher.

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Canoe-Kayak Canada announced Monday its teams for five major championships in Europe based on national championship results. Fourteen paddlers from Rideau and one from Cascades Club made the organization’s national teams.

Rideau kayakers Madeline Schmidt and Natalie Davison, Rideau para canoeist Gabriel Ferron-Bouius and Cascades canoeist Sophia Jensen were selected for the world senior and para championships Sept. 15-19 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The world junior and U23 championships are Sept. 3-6 in Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal. Jensen and Rideau canoeist Ydris Hunter will compete in the U23 races.

Rideau will have four paddlers at the junior worlds – kayaker Toshka Besharah and canoeists Evie McDonald, Ella Hodgson-Pageau, and Kieran Graham.

The Olympic Hopes Regatta is Sept. 10-12 in Racice, Czech Republic. The field will include U17s Peter Bradley and Janina Winnicki, canoe; and U16s Ruby Muhl and Zoe Wojtyk, canoe; and Callie Loch and Thomas Beauregard, kayak.


Former Gloucester Skating Club figure skater Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary won her second medal in as many weeks at an International Skating Union Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel, France.

Ruiter placed third overall with a personal-best 179.92 points to earn the bronze medal, a week after capturing a silver medal. She was third in the short program and fourth in freeskating for the bronze. American Isabeau Leviot was first at 202.35.

“I’m so proud of myself. Just getting to practise and compete with some incredible skaters has been just incredible and I feel really excited about that,” Ruiter said.


Capital Courts Academy’s Cassandre Prosper of Rosemere, Que., powered Canada to the final of the FIBA Americas U16 women’s basketball championship in Guanajuato, Mexico, losing 118-45 to the United States and being named to the All-Star Five.

Prosper, a silver medallist, was a top-three performer with impressive per game stats: efficiency, 24.2; minutes, 26.7; points, 18.6; rebounds, 10.6; steals, 3.25; and double-doubles, two.

Ottawa’s A.J. Osman saw plenty of floor time and had a 13-point performance in the bronze-medal game as Canada defeated Dominican Republic 93-65 at the Americas U16 men’s basketball championship in Xalapa, Mexico.


Former Manotick curler Jamie Sinclair of Chaska, Minnesota, scored two in the eighth and final end to win the Oakville Fall Classic curling competition 8-6 over Suzanne Birt of Charlottetown.

Sinclair and her American-based rink of third Monica Walker, second Cora Farrell and lead Elizabeth Cousins went undefeated at 4-0 in the seven-team competition to advance to the final.


Ottawa kayaker Ash McColgan placed first overall in 10:21:21 during the recent shortened version of the K2O (Kingston 2 Ottawa) 100-kilometre ultra endurance marathon along the Rideau Canal. Bonnie Pankew and Christoph Weber of Chelsea were second, but first in C2 in 10:41:23.

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