VIDEO: Sprint canoeist reflects on path to senior worlds

Competing for Canada a 'proud responsibility'

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Paddler Mark James spent years looking up to members of the senior national team — and now he's one of them. caught up with James ahead of his first senior world championships where he'll team up with veteran star and Olympic bronze medallist Mark Oldershaw in the C-2, 1,000 metres.

It was a two-year journey for James to get there and the outcome was far from guaranteed.

James talks about goal-setting, following in the footsteps of other athletes and the "surge of emotion" that comes with qualifying to represent Canada at the highest level.