Alexa Irvin

Birth Date
July 12, 1992
Years Practicing
Kentville, NS
I am proud to be a Fast and Female Ambassador! Encouraging girls to participate and stay in sport is something that I think is very important.
Sprint Kayak

Notable Events

2011 Pan American Games Champion
11 Time National Champion
2 Time Canada Games Gold Medalist
Under 23 World Championship A Finalist

Early Memory

When I was 5, my dad was coaching at the canoe club near our house and my sister and I would tag along and play in the boats.

On Your Playlist

A little bit of everything! Right now, I have Louis Armstrong’s “Best of” album, ABBA, and Nicki Minaj. 

Current/Best Read

My favourite book to read before a competition is Running Free by David Miller and Sebastian Coe. I’m currently reading The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad.

Words To Live By

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” –Marie Currie


My name is Alexa Irvin and I am a sprint kayaker who calls Kentville, Nova Scotia home. I grew up doing a variety of sports, including swimming and track and field. When I was 12, I signed up for the summer program at my local paddling club and fell in love with kayaking. A few years later, I moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to train at the Maskwa Aquatic Club, and attend Dalhousie University where I am studying neuroscience! When I’m not paddling, I like to read, knit, and cook.

In the past few years, I have had the opportunity to represent my country at the Junior World Championships, U23 World Championships, Pan American Games, and World Cups. Competing at that level requires a year-round training program, so when the lakes in Nova Scotia freeze, I head to Florida to keep training on-water during the winter. In Florida I train three times a day, so having good fuel such as SoLo GI bars is really important! Our competition season runs from May until the end of August, when the Canadian Championships are held. This is always a special competition to me, because after a long season of racing for Canada, I get to put on my club jersey and race with people I grew up paddling with!