Liam Smedley

Canadian Senior National Slalom Team | Category: C1M
Canadian U23 National Slalom Team | Category: C1M

Liam started paddling his first slalom canoe at age 10 and quickly moved into competitive racing. He claimed three junior national championship titles from 2011-2013. Liam transitioned to the Senior level qualifying for the senior national team in 2013, and has been ranked 2nd in Canada for the last three consecutive years.

Photo by Jason van Bruggen 2015

A shoulder dislocation in 2014 while competing at the U23 World Championships caused a serious setback in Liam’s career. The injury forced him to miss the 2014 national team selection. The next step to return to the international stage was arthroscopic surgery, and a three month rehab in the fall of 2014. With a repaired shoulder, Liam returned to the national team in 2015. He won the ICF Oceania Open, then finished 21st at the U23 World Championships in Brazil and completed his first world cup circuit.

Today Liam is training hard with coach Anthony Colin and Cameron to bring his top performance to the Rio Olympic Team selection spanning May 21-22nd in Rutherford, BC and the World Cup tour in mid-June. Liam competes in the U23 class, and hopes to lead our team to success at the U23 World Championships in Krakow, Poland this July.

Competition Highlights

  • 1st C1M | 2015 Oceania Open
  • 2nd C1M | 2011 & 2013 Senior National Championships
  • 22nd C1M | 2015 U23 World Championships
  • 23rd C1M | 2013 Junior World Championships

Volunteer Roles

  • Assistant Athlete Representative | 2015 – Present
  • Canoe Kayak Canada Athlete Committee | 2015 – Present
  • CKC-Whitewater High Performance Committee | 2015 – present
  • Whitewater Ontario Slalom Committee | 2015 – present