Katie Vincent competing in the C1 200m sprintDarren Calabrese/COC
Darren Calabrese/COC

Katie Vincent

Médailles d’Équipe Canada

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Katie Vincent put her name in the history books at Tokyo 2020 where she was a medallist in the first Olympic Games to include women’s canoe events. She and partner Laurence Vincent Lapointe won the bronze medal in the women’s C-2 500m. Earlier in the Games, Vincent had placed eighth in the C-1 200m final. Just over a month later, Vincent became the world champion in the C-1 200m. It was her first individual world title.

Vincent made her first appearance for Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championships. The next year she began to show her podium potential, taking C-1 200m gold and C-2 500m at the world juniors. 

In 2015, Vincent began competing on the ICF World Cup circuit and earned two individual podiums. She also teamed up with Vincent Lapointe for the start of a very successful C-2 partnership, winning two C-2 200m gold medals. Vincent competed at the senior and U23 world championships in 2015, winning C-1 500m silver at the latter. 

In 2016, Vincent earned her first solo World Cup gold, winning the C-1 200m in Duisburg, Germany. She also won the first of her three straight gold medals in the C-1 200m at the U23 World Championships. 

In 2017, Vincent recorded three individual World Cup podiums. At the senior world championships, she and Vincent Lapointe won the gold medal in the C-2 500m after just one World Cup podium in the event that season. 

The following year, Vincent and Vincent Lapointe became a dominant force in the C-2 500m. They won two World Cup gold medals and broke their own world record twice. They also successfully defended their world title in the event. Vincent competed at the worlds while battling shingles and managed to win a C-1 500m bronze as well. 

The duo started the 2019 World Cup season by winning C-2 500m gold in Poznan, Poland where Vincent also won silver in the C-1 200m. Two more silvers came in both events at the World Cup in Duisburg. With Olympic qualification on the line, Vincent finished fifth in the C-1 200m at the 2019 World Championships to secure a quota spot for Canada. But she and Vincent Lapointe were unable to race in the C-2 500m when Vincent Lapointe was provisionally suspended for an out-of-competition doping test that had returned positive in July. Vincent Lapointe was cleared to return to competition in January 2020. 

During the national trials in March 2021, Vincent qualified herself for Tokyo 2020 by winning a C-1 race-off against Vincent Lapointe, taking the third and deciding race by 0.32 of a second. 

Following Vincent Lapointe’s retirement, Vincent teamed up with Sloan MacKenzie in the C-2 500m. After finishing sixth at the 2022 World Championships, they won bronze at the 2023 Worlds, securing Canada’s spot in the event for Paris 2024. Vincent won gold medals in three non-Olympic program events at the 2022 Worlds in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She won three more gold medals in non-Olympic program events at the 2023 World Championships, including the C-1 500m and the C-1 5000m, the latter for the second straight year.

A Little More About Katie

Getting into the Sport: Starting paddling at age 10, joining a local youth program with her older brother… Began competing at age 16… In the early days she had to use men’s-sized boats and paddles because women’s canoeing was still a developing discipline…Canoeing role model is Mark Oldershaw and loves to ask about and learn from his experiences… Outside Interests: Studying kinesiology at York University… Enjoys finding the coolest cafes at competition locations and traveling during the offseason… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Kitkat… Favourite quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit”…

Faits saillants olympiques

Jeux Sport Épreuve Rang
Tokyo 2020 Canoe/Kayak SprintC-2 500m - WomenBronze
Tokyo 2020 Canoe/Kayak SprintC-1 200m - Women8

Palmarès international

Olympic Games: 2020 - BRONZE (C-2 500m), 8th (C-1 200m)

ICF World Championships: 2023 – BRONZE (C-2 500m); 2022 – 5th (C-1 200m), 6th (C-2 500m); 2021 – GOLD (C-1 200m); 2019 - 5th (C-1 200m); 2018 - BRONZE (C-1 500m), GOLD (C-2 500m); 2017 - GOLD (C-2 500m); 2015 - 6th (C-2 500m)

ICF World Championships (U23): 2018 - GOLD (C-1 200m), GOLD (C-1 500m); 2017 - GOLD (C-1 200m), 4th (C-1 500m); 2016 - GOLD (C-1 200m), SILVER (C-2 500m); 2015 - SILVER (C-1 500m), 5th (C-1 200m)

ICF World Championships (junior): 2014 - GOLD (C-1 200m), SILVER (C-2 500m); 2013 - DNF (C-2 500m)

COPAC Pan American Championships: 2018 - GOLD (C-2 500m); 2012 - GOLD (C-1 200m), GOLD (C-1 5000m), BRONZE (C-2 200m), BRONZE (C-2 500m)

COPAC Pan American Championships (junior): 2012 - GOLD (C-1 500m)