In the first whitewater slalom world cup of the season, held in Prague, Czech Republic, three of the nine Canadian entries reached the semifinals in qualifying heats.
James Cartwright, from Ottawa, competing in the C1 class clocked the best Canadian result in qualifying with a 10th place. In the semi final Cartwright fell back to 17th, and missed the top 10 cut for the final.
In the menâ€™s K1, John Hastings (Ottawa) achieved his best ever world cup result, but just missed qualifying for the final with an 11th place, moving up from 13th in the qualifying heats. Four time Olympian David Ford (Edmonton) competing with food poisoning, finished 28th and also missed the final.
Other Canadians included Craig Allen (Chilliwack) and Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa) competing as a rookie on the senior world cup circuit, in 41st and 48th respectively in C1, both missing the top 40 cut for the semi final; In the Womens K1 Sarah Boudens and Sara Potvin-Bernal both of Ottawa/Gatineau also missed the semi with placings of 49th and 50th. Adam and Jamie Cutts (Ottawa) finished 29th in C2 while Pierre Leveque (Valleyfield PQ) missed a gate and with a penalty of 50 secs was eliminated from the semi final.