Photo by Hayley Plante

Ryerson's Hayley Plante to represent Canada at FISU Championship

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO - Ryerson student Hayley Plante has been selected to represent Canada in the canoe sprint event at the 2018 FISU World University Championships in Szolnok, Hungary, taking place from August 10-12, 2018.

After ranking first in the 200m and second in the 500m single-kayak sprints at national team trials, Plante was selected as one of four female kayakers to make the final roster.

“It is the first time our federation has brought a team to this event in many years,” explains Plante. “We are excited about the new experience but are unsure of the competition, [but] we hope to medal!”

A Toronto, Ont. native, Plante is entering her fifth year of study in Ryerson’s Business Law program.

Plante’s career as a kayaker began casually at a summer camp when she was just 10 years old, and she began competing two years later. A multi-sport youth athlete, Plante also partook in cross country, track, swimming, dancing, and soccer as a child.  

Plante first began competing for Canada in 2012 at the Marathon World Championships in Rome. She traveled to Mexico for the Pan Am Games in 2014 and competed at the 2017 U23 World Championships in Romania.

Currently, Plante trains out of Balmy Beach Canoe Club in the city’s east end.

“My favourite part about the sport is how much I get to travel,” explains Plante. “Although a lot of it is self-funded, I wouldn’t get these opportunities that bring me around the world.”

The full Canoe Kayak Canada release can be found here.

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