Kayaker Ryan Cochrane of Windsor became Nova Scotia’s eighth 2012 Summer Olympian on Monday.
Canoe-Kayak Canada named Cochrane and his K-2 200-metre partner, Hugues Fournel of Montreal, to its Olympic roster for London after the duo posted back-to-back strong showings on the World Cup tour in Europe.
Cochrane and Fournel won bronze at a World Cup event in Poznan, Poland, two weeks ago, and placed fifth in Duisburg, Germany, this past Sunday, to establish themselves as the country’s top K-2 Olympic medal hopeful.
Cochrane, who is from Windsor but also lived in Hammonds Plains and trained at the Maskwa Aquatic Club, will be part of a five-man canoe-kayak team that also features Dartmouth teenager Jason McCoombs (C-1 200), three-time Olympic medallist Adam van Koeverden (K-1 1,000) and Mark Oldershaw (C-1 1,000).
A sixth K-1 200 athlete will be named to the team in June.
Nova Scotia’s other Olympians are: boxer Custio Clayton of Dartmouth, swimmer David Sharpe of Halifax, marathoner Eric Gillis of Antigonish, judoka Amy Cotton of Judique, rower Tracy Cameron of Truro and sailor Danielle Dube of Glen Haven.