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Paddlers inch closer to worlds

A number of Nova Scotians have made strong pushes for spots at next month’s world sprint canoe-kayak championships.

A number of Nova Scotians have made strong pushes for spots at next month’s world sprint canoe-kayak championships.

Dartmouth’s Andrew Russell, Halifax’s Richard Dalton, Windsor’s Ryan Cochrane, Waverley’s Connor Taras and Middle Sackville’s Jillian D’Alessio all posted wins at the final set of national team trials in Montreal on the weekend.

The national team roster will be announced this afternoon.

Russell and C-2 partner Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny of Trois-Rivieres, Que., won a pivotal 1,000-metre race over Dalton and Andrew’s younger brother, Ben.

Dalton, meanwhile, raced to victory in the C-1 200, while Cochrane, who paddles out of Ottawa now, and partner Hughes Fournel of Dorval, Que., beat two-time Olympians Andrew Willows and Richard Dober Jr. in the K-2 200.

Taras was part of the crew that won the K-4 1,000, while D’Alessio took the K-2 500 with Kathleen Fraser of Mississauga, Ont.

Worlds, which were held last year on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, run from Aug. 19 to 22 in Poznan, Poland.

 
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