For July, we have nominated Grace VandenBroek, who recently qualified and competed at two major championships, the U23 World Championships and Junior (U19) World Championships.
Grace was identified by Carol Love in 2015 within the Row to Podium program supported by Row ONTARIO and Rowing Canada Aviron.
Today, Grace’s daily training environment remains in Peterborough with Carol as her coach at the newly announced RCA Next Gen training Centre. The training center is a three way partnership between Rowing Canada Aviron, Trent University and the Peterborough Rowing Club with SSSM support from CSIO
In 2017, Grace, alongside BC native Kieanna Stephens - Winner of the 2016 RBC Training Ground Final, rowed to a Bronze Medal in the Jr Women’s Double at the 2017 Junior World Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.
“It has been exciting to see Grace’s development from her first strokes on the Otonabee River to her first international starts, states Carol Love, Lead, RCA Next Gen Hub Coach. “Grace was identified through Rowing Canada’s Row to Podium program at a high school Talent Identification visit. Investing time to develop her talents has been a work in progress and her future in the sport is bright.”
A Final 5th Place - Women’s Quad at the U23 World Championships in Poznan Poland – July 25-29
B Final 2nd Place - Women’s Single at the Junior (U19) World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic – August 8-12.