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Heinz Poenn

Full name: Heinz Dieter Poenn
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: September 11, 1934 in Fürth, Bayern, Germany
Died: October 23, 2016 in Little Current, Ontario, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Canoeing


Born in Germany and immigrating to Canada in 1957, Heinz Poenn’s competitive career spanned the late 1960s and the early part of the 1970s. A pioneer of the canoe slalom discipline, Poenn made significant contributions to the white-water paddling community in Canada, including competing as a member of the first-ever Canadian team at the 1965 World Championships in Austria. Poenn went on to represent Canada in the canoe-slalom K-1 event at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, finishing 35th.

Once retired from competing, Poenn stayed involved in the sport as a provincial and national team coach, an executive member with the International Canoe Federation (ICF), and was instrumental in bringing the 1979 Slalom and Downriver World Championships to Jonquiere, Quebec. Poenn facilitated launching the Minden White Water Preserve on the Gull River in Ontario, the course that hosted canoe slalom events of the 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto), where Poenn was also in attendance.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 37 München Canoeing Men's Kayak Singles, Slalom Canada CAN 35

Men's Kayak Singles, Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank TT T PS
1972 Summer 37 München Canoeing Canada Final Standings 35 459.28
1972 Summer 37 München Canoeing Canada Final Standings Run One 32 469.91 5:09.91 160
1972 Summer 37 München Canoeing Canada Final Standings Run Two 33 459.28 5:19.28 140
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