Women’s canoe added to 2020 Olympics, opening doors for female athletes

Tokyo Olympics will feature women's canoe events for first time

Canoeists Hannah MacIntosh (front) and Katie Vincent training on Lake Micmac in Dartmouth. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

By Paul Palmeter, CBC News

When the International Olympic Committee announced last week that women’s canoe events will be added to the 2020 Games, it was news Hannah MacIntosh had been waiting to hear for years.

“As an athlete, you have a list of goals like the Canada Games and world championships but the Olympics have always been the big goal,” she said.

“It’s exciting to finally have that in our future.”

‘It opens doors for us’

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The Dartmouth resident is among the top international canoeists for her age.

Women will be competing in C-1 200-metre and C-2 500-metre races at the Tokyo Games. Until now, those Olympic events have only been for men.

‘It’s a little something extra that will now help motivate you, help you get out of bed in the morning,” said MacIntosh, 22, who started paddling when she was six years old at the Abenaki Aquatic Club.

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