Vincent-Lapointe, van Koeverden each win double gold

 

 
 
 

WELLAND, Ont. — Adam van Koeverden and Laurence Vincent-Lapointe each won two events Friday to open the Canadian canoe/kayak championships.

Van Koeverden, of Oakville, Ont., won gold in the men’s K-1 1,000-metre race and teamed with Chris Pellini of Oakville to win the K-2 1,000.

Vincent-Lapointe, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., won the women’s 500- and 1,000-metre C-1 events. The 19-year-old was also tops in the C-1 200 junior women’s race.

ROWING:

Rowing heats announced

BLED, Slovenia — Canadian rowers found out Friday who they will face in the preliminary heats at the world rowing championships.

“It was a decent draw for most crews, some heats are tougher than others, but that’s expected,” said Rowing Canada high performance director Peter Cookson.

The competition begins Sunday and the 10 Canadian crews will be looking for podium finishes and to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In the marquee event, the men’s eight, Canada will be up against the Netherlands, France, Czech Republic and Ukraine.

“We are happy with the draw,” men’s eight Olympic gold medallist Andrew Byrnes said. “The top crews are nicely spread out over the three heats.”

HOCKEY:

QMJHL wants to eliminate head hits

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League pledged to educate players and teams this year on head hits in an effort to reduce injuries.

In a news release Friday, the league said its goal is to “eliminate hits to the head” from the game.

“The Board of Governors made it very clear that player safety must be at the forefront of the discussions,” QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau said. “I am extremely pleased with the proactive stance adopted by our clubs regarding player safety in our great game. Player safety will be one of the key topics discussed at the (2011 Molson Export Quebec Hockey Summit this weekend) and I certainly look forward sharing ideas with our partners.”

 
 
 
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