Name: Valérie Bertrand
Nickname: Val, Val Bertrand
Hometown: Geilo, Norway (originally from Québec, Canada)
Favorite Place to Paddle: NORWAY, Ottawa/Gatineau/Lachine rivers (Canada)
Accomplishments:2012 – back on tour, leading norwegian cups in freestyle before moving on to Canada-USA to train/film2011 – broke my two legs at the Teva Extreme Outdoor Games in Italy in June2010 – pregnant, but trained/competed at World Cups in slalom (x3) + freestyle (x1)World Events:2009 – World Champs Slalom, Spain 65th (1st time competing)2009 – World Champs Freestyle, Switzerland 3rd squirt2009 – World Champs Surf kayak, Portugal 7th HP, 7th IC2009 – World Champs Rafting, Bosnia 7th downriver, 10th overall2008 – World Champs Mystery Move, Canada 1st squirt
2007 – World Champs Surf kayak, Spain 1st HP
2007 – World Champs Xcreek, Austria cancelled 2007 – World Champs Freestyle, Canada 1st squirt2006 – World Cup Freestyle, Canada 1st squirt2003 – World Champs Freestyle, Austria 3rd squirt,29th K12002 – Pre-Worlds Freestyle, Austria 1st squirt,24thK12001 – World Champs Freestyle, Spain 5th squirt2003 – World Champs Rafting, Czech Republic 3rd sprint, 4th overall2001 – World Champs Rafting, USA 3rd slalom, 5th overallInternational:2009 – Voss Ekstremveko, Norway (Euro Cup) 1st rafting R4, 3rd team2009 – Teva Extreme Outdoor Games, Italy 2nd Xcreek, 3rd overall2008 – Voss Ekstremveko, Norway 2ndXcreek, 1st rafting,1st boaterX2008 – Teva Extreme Outdoor Games, Italy (Euro Ch.) 3rdXcreek, 3rdsprint, 3rdslalom, 3rdboaterX2008 – Euro Rafting Championships, Austria 3rdsprint, 5thslalom, 7thoverall2007 – Euro Cup, Sweden 1stoverall(freestyle+creek)2007 – Voss Ekstremveko, Norway 2nd Xcreek, 2nd rafting,1st boaterX2007 – Paddling Life Invitational,USA 4thoverall(freestyle+Xcreek)2006 – Oh-Be-Joyful, USA 3rd Xcreek2006 – Fibark, USA 2nd boaterX2006 – Teva Mountain Games, USA 2nd big trick, 3rd Xcreek2005 – British Championships, UK 1st squirt, top 5 K12002/3 Euro Cup Tour top 10 K1 freestyle2002 – Misahuali Race, Ecuador 2nd Xcreek
Play Boat: Rock Star S -carbon & plastic, Star
Creek- Boat: Villain S…
Crazy Fact About you: mother of 2, but just as nut-case!
Hobbies: Master Studies in Phys.Ed., kiting/skiing, swimming, coaching freestyle, training in general
Why you love Kayaking: it combines many of the best things in life: water element, physical challenge/technique, friends/family, surfing and FUN.