Team

Thumbnail ImageOur aim is to promote the sport of rafting, both competitively and for recreation. We are based around the river and town of Petawawa in eastern Ontario, Canada. We are lucky to have some superb whitewater right in town, and plenty more nearby. Several of our members work as raftguides for River Run Rafting on the nearby Ottawa river.

Jon Booren

Jon Booren

Jon Booren discovered raft guiding in 2006, and quickly realized it was one of the best things he's ever done. In the past few years, he has been paddling throughout North America, New Zealand and Uganda. Off the water, he has completed a degree in business administration and a graduate diploma in environmental impact assessments. Most recently he has been researching climate change vulnerability.

Favourite position; middle right

Tim Wintoniw

Tim Wintoniw

Tim has been working as a whitewater canoe instructor in the Winnipeg area for the last 10 years. Tim brings with him a great wealth of knowledge and experience from the competitive worlds of adventure, ski and canoe racing. When he's not racing, Tim can be found rock climbing, mountain biking and trail running.

Favourite position; middle/back left

Tyler Fox

Tyler Fox

Tyler is our international man of mystery - we are never really sure when or where he will turn up next. He has been based in NZ and competing on the international extreme race scene for a while now, but comes back to the Ottawa to train when he can. He can be seen occasionally in the back of a Wilderness Tours raft, or teaching kayaking with Ottawa Kayak School.

Favourite position; middle/back left

Westley Etherington

Westley Etherington

West, originally a farmer from Peterborough has discovered his true vocation on the river. He also worked on the Ottawa for River Run as a raftguide and safetyboater. His other interests include kayaking, karate and pressing wild flowers. West is currently in teachers college in Thunder bay.

Favourite position; front left

Matt Stanfield

Matt Stanfield

Matt is a paramedic in Toronto, but regularly makes the drive to the Ottawa to spend some time on the river. He is a keen riverboarder, and regularly swims things that most people wouldn't kayak down.

Favourite position; middle left

Blake Mahoney

Blake Mahoney

Blake is another Ottawa regular, working rafting and kayaking for Wilderness Tours. He is originally from Carleton place.

Favourite position; back right

R6 Team for Japan 2017

Lars Romeskie

Lars Romeskie

Lars spent many summers on the Ottawa River as a raft guide and River Manager for River Run, and has also represented Canada as a squirtboater at many international competitions. He is now a proper Ottawa Valley local, having bought a house within sight of the put-in. Off of the water, Lars works as an Advanced Care Paramedic for Renfrew County, and spends his spare time cross country skiing and mountain biking.

Favourite position; back right

Drew Sellen

Drew Sellen

Drew Sellen is our new river manager at River Run Rafting, and hails from Pickering, Ontario. His longtime love of water began in high school with the outdoor education class, taking a canoe trip to Algonquin Park. From that moment onward his life was forever changed. Switching programs to attend the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program at Laurentian University he got his first taste of whitewater on the French and Spanish rivers. Joining the university kayak club fuelled the fire, and after a few paddling trips to the Ottawa River, he found his calling in rafting. Fortunate enough to become part of the guide staff at River Run, he hasn't looked back. Among seasons guiding in New Zealand and Africa, Drew has amassed a wealth of knowledge and skill to bring to Team Canada.

Favourite position; front left

Jake Suchorab

Jake Suchorab

Jacob Suchorab is from Bells Corners, a small suburb on the west end of Ottawa. His love for the outdoors directed him to the Outdoor Adventure Naturalist Program at Algonquin College in Pembroke, where he experienced rafting, fell in love with the sport and applied to become a raft guide the very next season. Luckily for us, River Run gave him the opportunity. Jake has gained plenty of international experience, having travelled to Chile for kayaking and China to compete in an R2 (two person) rafting competition with Andy Hill. Placing 3rd in the first race and winning the second was a huge milestone, and proof of the skills he brings to the team. Jake is currently working in New Zealand to further his experience as a raft guide on the world stage.

Favourite position; front right

Andy Hill

Andy Hill

Andy has been working on the Ottawa for River Run as a safety/video kayaker and raft guide for over 8 years. Since learning to kayak at the age of 14, Andy's busied himself by chasing big water around the world in Uganda, New Zealand, the United States and in Canada. He has recently finished his Paramedic schooling in Winnipeg, and is now working as a part-time paramedic.

Favourite position; back left

Gwyn Ashcroft

Gwyn Ashcroft

Gwyn has been chasing summers rafting for River Run on the Ottawa, and Mohaka Rafting in New Zealand for the past few years. When he is not on the water he is busy running Shaggy Designs, making canoes and paddles. Gwyn also finds time to go trail running and canoeing.

Favourite position; front right

Graham Ball

Graham Ball

After completing a degree in Outdoor education from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Graham has worked several summers at River Run on the Ottawa River as a safety kayaker and raft guide, as well as being a primary/junior teacher. In his spare time, Graham enjoys running, kayaking, camping, and most other outdoor pursuits that require pushing his physical limits.

Favourite position; front left

Bill Leslie

Bill Leslie

Bill, originally from Philadelphia PA, has taken residence in Canada in his quest for women, land, and loot. Bill can be found on the river running Zodiac tours this year - check out Ottawa River Adventures. His favorite rivers to work on would be the Ottawa river ON, the Gauley river WV, and the Mohaka river, NZ. When not on the water Bill can typically be found rock climbing with his wife Jenny, a nurse at a local hospital.

Favourite position; middle left

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