Day One: World Junior Championships

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Jackie Skender

August 7, 2013, Trakai, Lithuania (ISN) – The 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships (Aug. 07 to 11) in Trakai, Lithuania, began today with all five of Canada’s boats seeing action in the heats.

Junior men’s single Graham Peeters, who rows out of the Peterborough Rowing Club, was second in his heat in 8:01.85 to progress to the quarter finals. Germany won this heat in 7:58.82.

“It was a great learning experience for all the young athletes to get through their first race representing Canada,” said Rowing Canada Aviron’s development director, Peter Shakespear. “The athletes are now likely to take what they’ve learned into their next round where we hope to see them do well in qualifying. Graham Peeters rowed a very mature race for an athlete who has only been on the water for 10 months, placing second to the German sculler who is one of the favourites.”

Canada was fifth in the men’s coxed four heat in 6:54.28 and now goes to the repechage. This crew is Harris Sheldon, Jacob Barker, Adam Donaldson, Charles Walker, and coxswain Daniel Hong.

The junior women’s four was fourth in 7:24.06, and also go to the rep. This crew, all based out of the Victoria City Rowing Club, consists of Kelsey Farmer, Alecia Zwicker, Samantha Heron and Caileigh Filmer.

Also fourth today was the junior women’s double in 8:17.18. This crew is Sofia Donnecke (Claremont Sport Institute, BC) and Mckenzie Lukacs (Calgary Rowing Club, Alberta).

The junior men’s double finished sixth in its heat in 7:25.25. Patrick Keane and David Nicmans, both BC-based rowers, make up this crew.

Conditions today were described as a “a gusty cross, head wind in hot 30 degree Celsius” temperature on Lake Galve.

Full results at