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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

January 30, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Several past and present University of Victoria Vikes rowers were honoured at Rowing Canada’s Annual General Meeting and Conference on Jan. 29 in Vancouver, B.C.

Jan. 29: Rowing Canada’s AGM and Conference (Vancouver, B.C.)

Current Vike Kai Langerfeld (Parskville, BC) was recognized by Rowing Canada as a national champion in the lightweight men’s single and was also given mention for his participation in the 2012 FISA World Rowing Senior Championships as he helped the men’s coxed pair to a bronze medal.

Teresa Berkholtz, recently invited to the national rowing training centre in London, Ont. and as such is taking time off from the Vikes program, was recognized by Rowing Canada as a national champion in the lightweight women’s single and was awarded top honors as Rowing Canada’s Female Sculler of the Year.

Also taking time away from the Vikes to focus on her national team commitments, rower Antje Von Seydlitz was commended for her gold medal performance in the women’s four at the 2012 FISA World Rowing Under 23 Championships. Additionally, Von Seydlitz was a recipient of the Centennial Medal, an award given to athletes that have either won a gold medal at the World Championships or Olympic Games or have earned more than 5,000 points under the Rowing Canada Awards policy.

Several Vikes alumni were also recognized for their outstanding contributions in 2012, including Olympians Gabe Bergen, Doug Csima, Darcy Marquardt and Rachelle Viinberg. Csima was presented with the Award of Merit while Bergen, Marquardt and Viinberg were recipients of the RCA International Achievement Award.