Two male kayakers in their boat

Vincent Jourdenais


Vincent Jourdenais first represented Canada internationally at the 2015 World Junior Championships where he competed in the K-4 1000m and K-2 200m. 

He was part of his first senior team at the 2018 Pan American Championships where he won gold in the K-4 500m and silver in the K-4 1000m. He made his World Cup debut in 2019, forming a K-2 1000m partnership with Brian Malfesi. After two top-four finishes in B finals at the World Cups, they finished fifth in the B final at the 2019 World Championships, which would later be enough to book Canada an Olympic spot in the event. They secured their spots in that boat by winning the national trials.

In their Olympic debuts at Tokyo 2020, Jourdenais and Malfesi were B finalists in the K-2 1000m.

A Little More About Vincent

Getting into the Sport: Started paddling at age 10 and began training seriously at age 14-15… Recalls that he fell out of his boat 21 times on his first day in a kayak… Was first drawn to the feeling of gliding and speed but has grown to appreciate the technique and precision needed to make his strokes as efficient as possible

Faits saillants olympiques

Jeux Sport Épreuve Rang
Tokyo 2020Canoe/Kayak - SprintK-2 1000m - Men14

Palmarès international

Olympic Games: 2020 - 14th (K-2 1000m)

ICF World Championships: 2019 - 14th (K-2 1000m)

ICF World Championships (junior): 2015 - 10th in B Final (K-4 1000m), 7th in semifinal (K-2 200m)

COPAC Pan American Championships: 2018 - GOLD (K-4 500m), SILVER (K-4 1000m)