Jason McCoombs was only 19 years old when he competed in the C-1 200m at the London Olympics in 2012. Jason’s path to qualifying for the Olympics is a truly exciting tale and a notable piece of Canadian paddling history. The story of Jason’s 2012 racing season is our #adckcHeritage
post for this week. In 2011, Jason came 4th at the Junior World Championships, just shy of a medal. This impressive performance was a foreshadow of what was to come for the then 18-year-old. ⠀
The next season, Jason began to train with a Senior National Team group, including then top athletes Richard Dalton and Aaron Rublee. To qualify for the Olympics for the C-1 200m, Jason needed to win 2 of 3 possible races. Trials 1 (the first race) was in Georgia, and two world cup races followed in Europe. In Georgia, in an extremely close race, the standings were Rublee in 1st, McCoombs 2nd, and Dalton an extremely close 3rd. ⠀
Two people were to be selected from Georgia trials to move on to the next two races at the World Cups. After an additional race-off, McCoombs won his berth to race at the World Cups, where he went on to secure his selection for the Canadian Olympic Team. In London, Jason finished 13th overall in the C-1 200m race.