McGill’s Bourbeau finishes fifth at U-23 world rowing championships in Austria

Luce Bourbeau

MONTREAL – Luce Bourbeau, a 22-year-old political science junior from McGill University who hails from Iles-de-la Madeleine, Que., finished fifth in the Canadian women’s eight at the under-23 world rowing championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria, Sunday.

The Canadian boat, with Bourbeau sitting in the third seat, was clocked in six minutes, 30.56 seconds. The United States won the 2000-metre race in 6:16.81, followed by England (6:19.15) and Germany (6:21.61) on the podium. Australia (6:28.84) was fourth. The Netherlands, which led Canada at the 500m mark, finished sixth in 6:31.39.

The Canadian crew featured Marissa Kump of St. Catharines, Ont., in the bow seat, followed by Julie Calvert of Burlington, Ont., Bourbeau, Meghan Robinson of Bowen Island, B.C., Aleda Kawalek of Welland, Ont., Sarah Rothwell of Listowel, Ont., Kathleen Morrison of Mississauga, Ont., Nicole Hare of Calgary, Alta., and coxswain Luellen Fawcett, also from St. Catharines.
“The eight had a solid race,” said Rowing Canada Aviron women’s development coach, Michelle Darvill. “They are relatively young and some are quite new to the sport. There is a lot of hard work ahead and they are excited to take on the challenge.”

In other Canadian results, Carling Zeeman collected a silver medal in the women’s single.

“It was a really good race; the fastest I’ve gone on the water,” said Zeeman. “The conditions were really hot, so it called for a few adjustments in race prep and the race plan.”

Lisa Schmidla of Germany won the race in 7:30.84, followed by Zeeman in 7:33.70 and Elza Gulbe of Latvia in 7:33.79. Zeeman overtook Gulbe and Ukrainian sculler Nataliya Dovgodko, who ended up in fourth, in dramatic fashion to improve upon her bronze-medal placing at the 2012 championships.

Erin Snelgrove of Jordan, Ont., was fourth in her B final (8:01.11), placing 10th overall in the lightweight women’s single.

Men’s single Ben Murphy of Markham, Ont., was fifth in the B final in 7:21.93 (11th overall).

The men’s double — composed of Pascal Lussier of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Paul Thiessen of Mitchell, Man.,– ended up sixth (12th overall) in the B final in 6:36.85.

Germany led all nations with three gold medals.    More information on the under-23 worlds can be found onlne at and


(Bow) Marissa Kump – St. Catharines Rowing Club, St. Catharines, Ont.,
(Seat 2) Julie Calvert – University of Western Ontario Boat Club, Burlington, Ont.,
(Seat 3) Luce Bourbeau – McGill Rowing Club & Club d’aviron de Boucherville, Iles-de-la Madeleine, Que.,
(Seat 6) Meghan Robinson – Kingston Rowing Club, Bowen Island, B.C.,
(Seat 4) Aleda  Kawalek  – South Niagara Rowing Club, Welland, Ont.,
(Seat 5) Sarah Rothwell  – Peterborough Rowing Club, Listowel, Ont.,
(Seat 7) Kathleen Morrison – University of Western Ontario Boat Club, Mississauga, Ont.,
(Seat 8) Nicole Hare – Calgary Rowing Club, Calgary, Alta.,
(Coxie): Ellen Fawcett, St. Catharines, Ont.
Coaches: Terry Paul, Michelle Darvill, Volker Nolte, Phil Marshall and Doug White.

Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer
Athletics & Recreation
McGill University
514-398-7012 (Tel.)


Jackie Skender

Rowing Canada