Mississauga woman qualifies for Tokyo Olympic Games


Published March 18, 2021 at 3:31 pm


Katie Vincent, an athlete who trains with the Mississauga Canoe Club, is heading to the Tokyo Olympics. 

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) recently announced that Vincent, the first-ever paddler in women’s canoe, qualified to represent Canada in the women’s C1 event at the upcoming Olympic Games.  

Vincent, 25, qualified at the CKC Olympic and Paralympic team trials in Burnaby, B.C. on March 12. 

CKC says that Vincent bested fellow athlete Laurence Vincent Lapointe following a tie in a 200-metre race to qualify for the games. 

“It’s hard to put into words (how I’m feeling) right now,” Vincent told CKC. 

“It’s my birthday today and I can’t imagine a better birthday present than this. It was a fight right until the end and a positive takeaway for our team that we have such a strong field of female paddlers. Four years ago, we had no group to train with and look at us now. We can take pride in the team that we’ve built and I look forward to getting in the boat with Laurence to race the C2 500m event tomorrow. It’s fun to go fast!”

According to the International Canoe Federation, Vincent first competed for Canada at the Pan American Championships in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. 

Photo courtesy of Canoe Kayak Canada

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