On Tuesday, The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Rowing Canada Aviron announced the 26 National Rowing Team athletes who have been nominated to represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games this summer from July 10 to 26. The rowing regatta will take place on the Royal Canadian Henley course in St. Catharines, Ontario, from July 11 to 15.
The Pan Am Games regatta will mark the first time in 16 years that an international rowing competition has taken place in Canada. The last time this occurred was at the 1999 World Rowing Championships, which also took place on the Royal Canadian Henley course.
The National Rowing Team has a busy summer ahead of them. In addition to the Pan Am Games regatta, the team will be competing at World Rowing Cup races in Europe in preparation for the all-important World Rowing Championships in France at the end of the summer, which will serve as the primary Olympic qualifying competition for Rio 2016.
The women’s eight will not be competing in St. Catharines, as this particular boat class is not part of the Pan Am Games program. Instead, the eight will be in Europe competing at a World Rowing Cup event.
Canada finished with eight rowing medals (three silver, five bronze) at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games, ranking Canada fourth in total rowing medals. The Canadian team plans to better those results this summer in Toronto.
The rowing competition will take place at the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course and includes the following events: men’s and women’s single sculls (M1x and W1x); women’s lightweight singles sculls (LW1x); men’s and women’s double sculls (M2x and W2x); men’s and women’s lightweight double sculls (LM2x and LW2x); men’s and women’s quadruple sculls (M4x and W4x); men’s and women’s pair (M2- and W2-); men’s four (M4-), men’s lightweight four (LM4-), men’s eight (M8+).
Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with more than 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team at the Games in Toronto. With TORONTO 2015 providing a “home Games” experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will offer a tremendous experience for Canada’s high performance athletes.
The rowers, coaches and support staff who will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Games Regatta in St. Catharines are:
Name / Hometown / Crew
Julien Bahain / Sherbrooke, QC / M4x; M8+
Martin Barakso / Nanaimo, BC / M2-; M8+
Kristin Bauder / Langley, BC / W2-
Matthew Buie / Duntroon, ON / M2x; M4x
Will Crothers / Kingston, ON / M4-; M8+
Will Dean / Kelowna, BC / M4x; M8+
Rosanne DeBoef / Victoria, BC / W2-
Mike Evans / Victoria, BC / M2-; M8+
Liz Fenje / Victoria, BC / LW1x; LW2x
Saul Garcia-Alvarez / Victoria, BC / LM2x
Rob Gibson / Kingston, ON / M1x; M4x
Katie Goodfellow / Perth, ON / W4x
Mark Henry / Guelph, ON / LM2x
Brendan Hodge / South Delta, BC / LM4-
Jacob Koudys / Fonthill, ON / M8+ (coxswain)
Kai Langerfeld / Parksville, BC / M4-; M8+
Maxwell Lattimer / Delta, BC / LM4-
Pascal Lussier / Napierville, QC / M2x
Kerry Maher-Shaffer / Welland, ON / W2x; W4x
Conlin McCabe / Brockville, ON / M4-; M8+
Nicolas Pratt / Kingston, ON / LM4-
Kate Sauks / Owen Sound, ON / LW2x
Tim Schrijver / Forest, ON / M4-; M8+
Antje von Seydlitz / Smithers, BC / W2x; W4x
Eric Woelfl / St. Catharines, ON / LM4-
Carling Zeeman / Cambridge, ON / W1x; W4x
Position / Name / Hometown
Men’s Assistant Coach / Howie Campbell / Victoria, BC
National Men’s Head Coach / Martin McElroy / Victoria, BC
National Women’s Assistant Coach / Tom Morris / London, ON
National Lightweight Men’s Coach / Al Morrow / London, ON
National Team Manager / Adam Parfitt / Victoria, BC
National Women’s Assistant Coach / Volker Nolte / London, ON
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