Canoeing: a sporting heritage still alive

Canoë-kayak: a sporting heritage still alive


Qualified for the Junior Canoe-Kayak Worlds which will take place from August 31 to September 4 thanks to his performances at the National Trials, which took place at the Olympic Basin on Île Notre-Dame, Viktor Hardy is happy to follow in his grandfather's footsteps, as the latter won bronze in weightlifting at the 1972 Pan American Games.

Died in 1999, at age 59 years old, Claude Hardy was a leading figure in Quebec amateur sport after his career. He was chef de mission for the Quebec team 13 times during the Canada Games between 1971 and 1999.

“The Hardy's sporting heritage is still very much alive,” said the 17-year-old canoeist who earned his ticket to Hungary by winning the C-2 500m event with Ontarian Zachary Kralik. . It's sad not to have known my grandfather, but my father often talks to me about what he did. I am very interested in his career. My father told me he would be proud of me and that he would have been present at all my races. »

Hockey in the beginning

Like his father, Dominic, who played in the minor professional ranks and in Europe, Viktor played hockey for a long time before deciding to canoe. 

Viktor Hardy, paddle in hand, earlier This year.

“Canoeing is such a beautiful sport, you are always on a body of water and I love the community, underlined the canoeist to explain his choice to invest one hundred percent in canoeing for two years. I enjoy both sports almost equally and I still play hockey, but I had to focus my energies on one sport to progress to the highest level. ”

” I've seen better progress since I've focused on a single sport, adds the student at Cardinal-Roy high school sport-studies who started canoeing at the age of nine . It was necessary to make such a decision. My father didn't make my decision the wrong way. ”

Triple medalist in C-2 and C-4 last year in the Czech Republic, at the Olympic Hopes regatta which brought together some of the best athletes in the world aged 16 and 17 , Hardy wants to do well at the world.


“The level will be quite high, but I would like us to do a top eight [final A], he said. Getting on the podium would be truly amazing.”

Victory in the C-1 200m

Hardy will not be the only member of the Canoe Club- kayak from Lac-Beauport to fly to Szeged. Winner of the C-1 200m at the National Trials, Élizabeth Desrosiers-McArthur earned her pass.

“The selection for the World Cup was my number one goal for the season,” she said. My good results in
Czech Republic led me to believe that I had the potential to qualify. I hope to reach the A final at the world. » 

The canoeist will return to the Olympic regatta which will take place this year in Bratislava (Slovakia) from September 8 to 11.

Expected results

Frédéric Loyer is not surprised by the selection of his two proteges. 

« In the presence from great nations in our sport, they had won medals at the Olympic hopefuls regatta last year and we knew they were good, underlined the head coach of the Lac-Beauport club. Viktor is a force of nature who has very good sensations in the boat and who provides a constant effort. »

In August, Hardy and Desrosiers-McArthur will take part in the Canada Games in the region Niagara, before flying to Hungary.