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CKO Sprint Athlete Profiles
Name: Alex Hoferek
Discipline: Men's Kayak
Home Club: Rideau Canoe Club
Years on the National Team: 5 years
Words I Live By: Living the dream - Wade Farquharson
Reasons I love paddling: It's an amazing sport that lets you push yourself to your limits to improve, you get to train with your friends day in and day out, and it's just plain fun. There's nothing quite like being out on the water.
A goal that drives me: A bit of friendly family competition- trying to one-up my dad who went to junior worlds in 1985
Favourite Canoe/Kayak Legend: Max Hoff
Favourite race memory: It's tough to pick, I'd have to go with Senior Men's war canoe in 2018 because you can't beat a good war canoe race, and also being able to race in front of my grandparents at the Pan-Am championships in the K1 and K4 500
Favourite Instagram follow: @finkinatordoingthings
Hidden Talent? Eel Catching
What is one thing on your bucket list? Visiting the Boulangerie Chambelland in Paris- apparently they have the best gluten free pastry in the world.
Name: Erica Scarff
Home Club: Mississauga Canoe Club
Years on the National Team: 7 years, time flies when you’re having fun!
Words I Live By: If you don’t fight the fights you may not win, how can you call yourself a champion? - Adam Fedosoff
Reasons I love paddling: being outdoors, working hard, and the paddling community
A goal that drives me: For 5 years I was aiming for the Tokyo Paralympics but it did not pan out for me. Along the way I faced a lot of challenges including a serious injury that took me out of the sport and had me stuck in bed for months. Having this narrow focus kept me motivated but at times it drove me away from what I enjoy most about paddling. Being on the other side of this goal I did not see through, I am redefining success for myself. I am currently trying to break 50 seconds in a 200m and I have started va’a as well!
Favourite race memory: I will never forget my first World Championships because coach Mari Ellery accompanied me. The two of us worked hard together so it was nice for her to be there where I got some pretty good results. Also racing K2 with Schmied at Missy regatta.
Favourite Instagram follow: @Bren_hucks (A Paralympic champion in snowboard, an educator, a model, a mother and a huge inspiration for me.)
What would you perform at a talent show? Karaoke
What is one thing on your bucket list? I would love to go to New York City!
Name: Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh
Club: Rideau Canoe Club Discipline: Women’s Canoe
Favourite canoe/kayak legend: Andreas Dittmer!
Current favourite instagram accounts: @smoothiethecat @cbcolympics @halfbakedharvest @wsl
Favourite Race Memory: I have so many great race memories it’s hard to choose. One of my favourite race feelings is hitting the perfect gear in C2 500. It’s that feeling when every stroke is where you want it, and it (almost) seems easy to go hard. I love 500s, and they’re best with a partner.
How is the BC training camp going? I’m loving it. I feel so lucky to be here and be on the water. Old Baldy Mountain makes a pretty great backdrop for paddling.
Go-to home comfort meal/food: ice cream
Currently studying: Psychology at Carleton University
Currently watching on Prime: Supernatural
Current hobbies: learning electric guitar, hiking
𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Andrea Nelson
𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛: Balmy Beach Canoe Club
𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: Women's Parakayak
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲: The last race I did, which was the Finals for the K1 KL2 Women’s 200m at the World Championships in Szeged, Hungary. I did not have a good first heat, but came back with a great race in the semi-finals in order to make the Finals. In the finals I placed 5th, qualifying Canada a boat at Tokyo 2020, so it was definitely memorable, especially since I had no idea what place I finished in, until getting back to the dock and hearing the good news from my coach!
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞: Banded squats and bridges
𝐆𝐨-𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐥/𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝: Smoothies and bagels
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠: Money Heist (again)
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠: The Disordered Mind
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭: @goodnews_movement
𝐇𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐞𝐬: Skydiving, sitskiing, yoga, reading, spending time outside
𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Nick Matveev
𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛: Balmy Beach Canoe Club
𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: Men's Kayak
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠: Business
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲: One of my favourite memories was winning Jr K4 at nationals with one of my coaches Kev McIntyre, I was still young and that was my first win in K4
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐞/𝐤𝐚𝐲𝐚𝐤 𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝: Knut Holmann 👑
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐭-𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞: Pull Ups
𝐆𝐨-𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝/𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐥: Spaghetti
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐱: Ozark, The last dance
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠: An Astronauts guide to life on earth
𝐇𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐞𝐬: camping, other sports, video games
𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Drew Hodges
𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛: Rideau Canoe Club
𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: Men's Canoe
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝: One of my role models growing up was @gabrielcanoe ! He helped me when I was younger and was an inspiration for me watching him rip it in the back of the C2.
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲: One of my favourite race memories was making the final for the first time in C2 at the 2009 Sherbrooke nationals. It was my first full year canoeing and I partnered with a kayaker from my club Brandon Lind. We trained a couple times during the summer and had a really good heat and ended up making the final. Not only was it fun to do, but it was the first time in my paddling career that I proved to myself that I could do achieve the goals I set out. Flash forward to 2018 nationals in Sherbrooke, and not only did being back at the course bring back those memories, but by chance there was a picture on the cover of Brandon and I on the folder given to all the clubs. This made it even sweeter to go back to Sherbrooke.
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐭-𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞: Push Ups
𝐆𝐨-𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝: Hawaiian Pizza
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝗪𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠: Just finished The Outsider on HBO
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠: Freakonomics
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠: Graduated from Carleton University commerce program in 2017. Currently studying for my GMAT
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭: @thedogist
𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Katie Vincent
𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛: Mississauga Canoe Club
𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: Women’s Canoe
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠: Kinesiology at York University
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲: A memory that sticks out for me is racing mixed C2 with Mark Oldershaw last summer at the World Cup in Duisburg. Honestly I was nervous to race with someone with more experience then me so I was trying really hard not to screw up the steering and stay in stroke. I also never thought I would stand on a podium with my teammate, mentor, and role model of a different gender after racing in the same boat. Thanks Mark for the memory.
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐭-𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞: Meditation/mental training
𝐆𝐨-𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝/𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐥: coffee & anything with maple syrup
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐱: Formula 1: drive to survive, The Office (again)
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠: 1984, 7 habits of highly effective people
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐞/𝐤𝐚𝐲𝐚𝐤 𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝: Mark Oldershaw, Lisa Carrington/Pita Taufatofua https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymeUxMf6m14
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭: @paddlepals
𝐇𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐞𝐬: cooking, reading, downhill skiing, going out for coffee
𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Edward Urquhart
𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛: Pickering Rouge Canoe Club
𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: Para Canoe
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲: My first National Team Trials in Montreal. Family and friends showed up and surprised me.
𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐞-𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐬? (Meal, Music, etc..): Load up on carbs one hour before the race, listen to some old school reggae and give it my all when it's go time
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞: Pushups and chasing my 2 kids!
𝐆𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝/𝐌𝐞𝐚𝐥: BBQ - Beef brisket, short ribs, cornbread, beans. Got to have all the fixings.
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠/𝐉𝐨𝐛: Dad of 2 toddler boys when I’m not training
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐱: The Last Dance
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭: Anything related to fishing, cars and golf
𝐇𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐞𝐬: Golf, cooking anything on my bbq, yard maintenance, DIY wood projects, Fishing
𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Alanna Bray-Lougheed
𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛: Burloak Canoe Club
𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: Women's Kayak 200m and 500m
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲: Winning Senior k2 200 & 500 in 2015 Ottawa Nationals
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐭-𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞: Core and body weight circuits
𝐆𝐨-𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐥/𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝: Probably a big bowl of homemade pasta and some sort of baked cookie!
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐱: Season 3 of Ozark, Chefs Table and Ugly Delicious off and on.
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠: Small Fry- a memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs (Steve Jobs’ daughter)
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠: I have almost completed all requirements for me to practice as a registered Dietitian. This is my goal post-athletic career.
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭: @bromabakery @mindbodygreen
𝐇𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐞𝐬: cooking, music, coffee, relaxing outside
𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Courtney Stott
𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛: Balmy Beach Canoe Club
𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: Women's Kayak
𝐀𝐠𝐞: almost 28
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲: At NTTs in 2015, I only got to see the start of my brother, Jeremy, and Evan Bezemer’s C2 race because I was racing (K2 with Maddy Schmidt) right after them. They were behind at the start and I thought that was it, forgetting that 1000m is a long way. On the way to boat control after K2, we passed Jeremy and Evan on their cool down. They began to tell us they placed third, but they still had a good race. I told them I was proud of them no matter what. It just so happens that they actually won and would be racing for Canada at U23 Worlds! This was a very special moment for me because it meant that I would have my brother with me at my first international competition and we got to represent Canada together.
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐭-𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞: using a lacrosse ball on the pecs and lats
𝐆𝐨-𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝: homemade cinnamon raisin French toast with maple syrup
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐱: Gilmour Girls
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠: I just finished The Alchemist
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭: @whiteboard_daily and @mantramagazine
𝐇𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐞𝐬: listening to podcasts on physiology and mindset, playing board games like backgammon and scrabble
𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Lucas Turnbull
𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞: Mens Canoe
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠: Communications and Media studies
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲:
Olympic Hopes 2015 in Bydgoszcz Poland, it was my first international race of my career. I was so nervous I felt like I was going to throw up. I remember asking Richard Dalton how he did at his first international race and if he medaled and of course he did. I am very competitive and wanted to do the same going into my c1 1000m final. I just remember thinking, just go out hard and do your best there is no pressure. 100m into the race I realized I was in a line of 3 people fighting for 1st place. Pushing through it I held my position till the very end where the polish dude passed me. I was so happy that I achieved my goal of medalling in my first international race.
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐭-𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞: Pull ups
𝐆𝐨-𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝: Steak or Pancakes
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐟𝐥𝐢𝐱: The Last Dance, Outer Banks
𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠: Sapiens
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐞/𝐤𝐚𝐲𝐚𝐤 𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝: Andreas Dittmer, Tamas Buday Sr, Maksim Opalev, and Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos
𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭: @wsl @madelyncline
𝐇𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐞𝐬: Video games, Skiing and long boarding
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