March 4, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The official crews for the 2013 BNY Mellon (Oxford/Cambridge) Boat Race were announced today in England, and Canadian Olympian Malcolm Howard of Victoria, B.C., was named the stroke of the Oxford eight.
Howard won gold in Beijing (2008 Olympics) and silver in London (2012 Olympics) as part of the Canadian eight, and is now attending Oxford.
“The boat race has always been a goal of mine,” Howard, a Brentwood College School and Harvard grad, said today. “It is one of the greatest collegiate competitions in the world. I am honoured to have the chance to take part in a race with such tradition.”
Howard will become the third Canadian ever to stroke a Boat Race crew, following in the footsteps of Kip McDaniel for Cambridge (2006) and Mike Evans for Oxford (1984).
“Malcolm has been a major contributor to the success of the Canadian rowing team for many years, and we congratulate him on his role with the Oxford Boat Race crew,” said Peter Cookson, Rowing Canada High Performance Director.
This year, the race will be on March 31. It will be the 159th Boat Race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. First raced in 1829, the Boat Race is one of the oldest and most unique sporting events in the world.
More info: http://theboatrace.org/