2023 AB Sport: Junior Male Athlete of the Year - Nikita Ciudin

Our very own Nikita Ciudin, stands as a beacon of excellence. Born in Limerick, Ireland, with familial ties to Moldova, Nikita brings a rich tapestry of cultural influences to the waters.
Eight years ago, sparked by a summer camp, Nikita embarked on a journey that would shape his destiny. 

Nikita is a Team Alberta Alumni competing in the 2022 Canada Summer Games, later that year he competed at the international 2022 Olympic Hopes regatta.  In 2023, Nikita dominated the provincial scene, and went on to sweep all of the U18 men's canoe events at the National Team Trials.  At the 2023 National Championships, he claimed gold across all three Singles races, solidifying his presence on the national stage. He went on to compete at the 2023 Junior World Championships in Auronzo, Italy, earning a commendable 5th place in the U18 C1 1000m category.

He was named the Calgary Canoe Club Paddler of the year in 2023. In 2024, Nikita will begin competition at the Senior level. 

Nikita is currently training at the Calgary Canoe club along with training sessions in Florida during the winter. Nikita's goal is to be a member of the U23 World Championship Team, Pan American Games teams and Olympic Games teams.