Mazda Kayak Race 1st Media Advisory


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Mazda Kayak Race 1st Media Advisory

  1. 1. Media Advisory CANOEKAYAK CANADA AND MAZDA CANADA PRESENT nd THE 2 ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MAZDA CANOEKAYAK KNOCKOUT 2008 June 19, 2008 WHAT: Mazda CanoeKayak Knockout 2008 - only event of its kind in Canada. WHO: CanoeKayak Canada, Corporate Sponsor Mazda Canada, Ontario Trillium Foundation, City of Toronto and hundreds of National and International athletes: • Adam van Koeverden - 2004 Olympic Champion in Men’s K-1 500 metres, 2007 World Champion in Men’s K-1 500 metres, 44 time Canadian Champion kayaker, Nominated to 2008 Summer Olympic Team • Mark Oldershaw - 2001 Junior World Champion in Men’s C-1 500 and C-1 1000, Fifth place finish at 2007 World Championships in Men’s C-1 500, Multiple medalist in World Cups in 2007 and 2008, Nominated to 2008 Summer Olympic Team  Canadian National CanoeKayak Team  International Top Ranked Canoe and Kayak Paddlers WHEN: Saturday, September 13, 2007 8:00am – 4:00pm WHERE: Marilyn Bell Park, Ontario Place Harbour Area, 1250 Lakeshore Blvd., Toronto, Ontario EVENT DETAILS: o International Kayak and Canoe Singles Knockout Competition for Men and Women o Juvenile Kayak and Canoe Singles Knockout Competition for Men and Women o Kayak Fours Competition for Men and Women o Men’s Canoe Fours Competition o Women’s Canoe Singles Competition o Race Format  200-metre races that will begin with a series of preliminary rounds  Field will be reduced to a final round  Final round will be sudden death format and prizes will be awarded in order of finish o Club Mixed Dragon Boat and War Canoe Competition  Open dragon boat and war canoe 200-metre competition  Crews will be mixed with a minimum number of men and women  Heats and finals will be run depending on number of entries 1
  2. 2. Athletes interested in registering for the above competitions go to BACKGROUND:  Canada has qualified for all 12 canoekayak events in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.  The opportunity is high for medal results in the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing.  The Mazda CanoeKayak Knockout sprint races will showcase Canada’s top ranked paddlers.  Canadians are among the highest ranked paddlers in the world.  Canadians finished well at the recent 2007 World Championships.  Mazda Canada has been the corporate sponsor of the Canadian National CanoeKayak Team since 1995.  Sprint CanoeKayak was Canada’s top performing sport at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.  CanoeKayak Canada and Mazda Canada enjoy one of the longest standing corporate sponsorships in Canadian sports beginning with the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.  With Mazda’s support over the years, the Canadian CanoeKayak Team has become one of the top ranked teams in the world - 30 - MORE INFORMATION: For more information on the Mazda CanoeKayak Knockout ‘08 contact: Lynda Keith The DC Group 905-642-3865 For more information or to Register to Participate go to CanoeKayak Canada visit 2