Ben Russell

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Photography by Balint Vekassy (ICF)

  • Canadian

  • Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Ben Russell has been involved with canoeing his whole life.  The youngest brother of four boys, all of whom paddled, Ben grew up spending his summers at Lake Banook, Dartmouth, where he still trains and competes today. 

From a young age Ben has always had a passion for sport, playing soccer, running cross country, playing high school basketball, and of course paddling.  In 2004 Ben joined the Canadian Canoe Kayak national team, and has been a member ever since. When asked where he draws his inspiration Ben points to former training partner 2004 Olympian Richard Dalton and of course, 2008 Beijing Olympian and older brother Andrew Russell.  Now retired Andrew has gone from training partner and competitor to biggest fan.

In 2013 Ben joined forces with 2008 Olympian Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny in the C2 1000 meter event.  Over the past three years they have come won 5 World Cup medals, finished 4th, 4th, and 9th in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 World Championships respectively, and captured Gold in the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games.

Some of Ben’s career highlights include:

  • 2007 Pan American Games bronze medal – C1 1000
  • 2013 ICF World Championship 4th Place – C2 1000
  • 2013 ICF World Championship Bronze Medal – C1 4x200 Relay
  • 2014 ICF World Championships 4th Place – C2 1000
  • 2015 Pan American Games Gold Medal – C2 1000

Ben along with teammate Gab have their sights set firmly on the C2 1000 at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.