O’Connell, Walker will represent Canada at the 2013 World Rowing U23 Championships

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By Ardy Ramezani, Vikes Communications

July 8, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Current University of Victoria Vikes rowing members, Will O’Connell and Alex Walker, were recently selected to represent Canada at the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 World Championships from Jul. 24-28 in Linz, Austria.

O’Connell and Walker are the captain and assistant captain, respectively, of the upcoming Vikes squad.

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The selection procedure was led by Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) development directors and coaches and took place in Victoria, B.C. and London, ONT. The U23 program is an essential component of the development process that leads to the senior national team.

O’Connell, who was named Vikes’ Male Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Celebration of Champions event last April, had an impressive season, earning silver in the pair and bronze in the eights. Notably, the fifth-year Vike has medalled at every single Canadian University Rowing Championships (CURC) event that he has competed in over the course of his four years with the Vikes.

Walker, who enters only his second year of varsity competition, picked up a gold medal in the men’s lightweight doubles, as well as a silver in the lightweight fours at the 2012 CURC. In addition, at the Rowing Canada Western Development Trials, Walker took first place in the lightweight men’s single with an excellent performance that had him show great strength in a deep field.

“I am very proud of both young men” said Vikes men’s rowing head coach Howard Campbell. “It will be a great benefit to our program to have two rowers returning in the fall with international experience. Both men are now part of the of the Vikes legacy of producing elite athletes for Canada.”

U23 rowers compete at several trials throughout the year and the top the rowers are named to the Canadian U23 Rowing Team based on their results and other performance markers. A Canadian U23 rowing team is selected every year to compete at the FISA Under 23 World Rowing Championships.

For more information on this year’s U23 World Rowing Championships visit: http://www.worldrowing.com