Pierre-Luc Poulin broke onto the international scene at the 2013 World Junior Championships where he finished eighth in the K-1 200m and K-4 1000m on the home waters in Welland. Known for his sprinting ability, he had already dominated the short distance events at the 2013 Canada Games, winning four gold medals in the K-1 500m, K-1 200m, K-2 200m and K-4 200m.
Poulin went on to compete at the 2014 World U23 Championships, again finishing eighth in the K-4 1000m. In October 2014 he and his brother Maxim, a canoer, were named to the inaugural NextGen Training Group launched by CanoeKayak Canada, Own the Podium, CanoeKayak Quebec and the Institut National du Sport du Quebec. With his eyes on the podium at Tokyo 2020, Poulin competed in his first World Cup events in 2015.
Poulin represented Canada at 2015 the Pan American Games, in Toronto, winning a bronze medal in the K-2 200m and finishing fourth in the K-4 1000m. Later than summer, he made his debut at the senior ICF World Championships with the K-4 1000m crew. But Poulin was not done competing at the U23 World Championships, racing there in 2016, 2017, and 2018. His best result was a fourth-place finish in the K-4 500m in 2017. It was also in 2017 that he made his first A final at the senior ICF World Championships, finishing 8th in the K-2 200m.
In 2018, Poulin won his first World Cup medal, capturing silver in the K-2 500m in Duisburg, Germany. At the 2019 World Championships he was a member of the K-4 500m crew that qualified Canada in the event for Tokyo 2020.
A Little More About Pierre-Luc
Getting into the Sport: Started paddling at age 7… Wasn’t interested in participating in canoe/kayak but watched his brother Maxim train with his high- level program from the dock; one afternoon national team coach Fred Jobin took him out in the coaching boat to meet the athletes and then gave him an DVD of the world championship races; he watched that DVD so much it barely plays anymore but it motivated him and the next year he won his first provincial championship… His brother had started canoeing after Olympian Maxime Boilard (his mother’s former newspaper carrier) presented at his primary school… Outside Interests: Enjoys snowmobiling and backpacking…
Notable International Results
Pan American Games: 2015 – BRONZE (K-2 200m); 4th (K-4 1000m)
ICF World Championships: 2019 – 14th (K-4 500m); 2018 – 20th (K-4 500m); 2017 – 8th (K-2 200m), 10th (K-4 500m); 2015 – 16th (K-4 1000m)
ICF World Championships (U23): 2018 – 6th (K-4 500m); 2017 – 4th (K-4 500m),17th (K-2 1000m); 2016 – 10th (K-2 1000m), 6th (K-4 1000m); 2014 – 8th (K-4 1000m)
ICF World Championships (junior): 2013 – 8th (K-1 200m), 8th (K-4 1000m)
COPAC Pan American Championships: 2018 - GOLD (K-4 500m), GOLD (K-2 500m); 2016 - 6th (K-2 1000m)
COPAC Pan American Championships (junior): 2013 – GOLD (K-1 200m), GOLD (K-1 1000m)