Cameron Smedley

Canadian Senior National Slalom Team | Category C1M

Cameron started paddling in canoe slalom at the age of 13, and joined the Canadian Junior team in 2005. He placed 9th at the 2008 Junior World Championships in Roudnice CZE, a Canadian first in the C1 Junior Men category. After 7 years of competing as a Senior on the international world cup and world championships circuit, Cameron brings an extensive depth of knowledge and leadership to the national team in Canada. In 2012 he broke into the world cup finals in Cardiff, Wales with a 9th place finish. Cameron was named to CIBC Team Next and selected to the 2015 Pan-American Team in C1M and C2M. At the 2015 Toronto Pan-American Games he raced to a C1M Silver Medal. This earned Canada a continental quota spot in the C1M class for the 2016 Olympics.

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Since 2015, Cameron has been travelling, training, and preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games. In November Cameron travelled to Rio, Brazil for the Canoe Slalom Olympic test event, and earned the Bronze medal. He has continued to impress in early 2016, with a Gold medal at the New Zealand Open, and a 5th place finish at the Oceania Open. After handily winning the Olympic berth for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in may, Cameron went on to place 10th in the second World Cup of the season and gained momentum for the games; However, after experience some serious back pain in June, the pain returned days before the games and Cameron finished with a respectable 16th place but one boat short of the semi-final qualification.

 

Following the 2016 Olympic year Cameron has shown his experience and consistency on the International field, qualifying for every single international semi-final, and posting a personal best of 18th in the 2017 World Championships in Pau, France.

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Career Highlights

  • 2nd Silver Medal C1M | 2015 Pan-American Games
  • 3rd Bronze Medal C1M | 2015 Rio-Olympic Test Event
  • 1st C1M | 2016 New Zealand Open
  • 5th C1M | 2016 Oceania Open
  • 5 Time National Champion C1M
  • 2 Time National Champion C2M (partner Ben Hayward)
  • 9th C1M | 2008 Junior World Championships