Rowing Canada’s London Training Centre racing this weekend

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October 18, 2013, Ontario (ISN) – Rowing Canada Aviron’s National Training Centre (London) is sending its top athletes to this weekend’s Head of the Charles Regatta (Oct. 19 and 20) in Boston.

Members of the women’s eight and women’s quad will compete on the Charles River in this annual head race. The Canadian eight crew is coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie (London, ON) Natalie Mastracci (Thorold, ON), Susanne Grainger (London, ON), Christine Roper (Victoria, BC), Ashley Brzozowicz (Peterborough, ON), Sarah Black (Ottawa, ON), Carolyn Ganes (Saskatoon, SK), Cristy Nurse (Georgetown, ON), and Lisa Roman (Vancouver, BC).

Coxswain Thompson-Willie is a multiple Olympic and World medalist, who has navigated the Charles River’s three-mile (4,800 metre) course many times. Ashley Brzozowicz, 2012 Olympic silver medalist, is returning to the crew after a year away from the training centre – this will be her 11th trip to Boston. The rest of the eight were medalists at the 2013 Worlds in Korea this summer. The crew is entered in the Championship Eight event held on Sunday afternoon.

The World 2013 silver medal quad will be racing as two doubles at this year’s Charles regatta. Antje von Seydlitz-Kurzbach (Smithers, BC) will row with Carling Zeeman (Cambridge, ON); and Kate Goodfellow (Perth, ON) and Emily Cameron (Summerside, PEI) will be the other double. The Champ doubles are raced on Saturday afternoon.

“This is a great regatta for the women to challenge themselves away from the training centre in the fall season, and be part of this exciting annual event,” said women’s coach, John Keogh.

Fellow London Training Centre athlete Lindsay Sferrazza (St. Catharines, ON) is competing in the lightweight single category, and 2013 World team member Nick Pratt is competing in the lightweight single under the banner of the Kingston Rowing Club. 2013 women’s Worlds’ coxswain Kristen Kit and Worlds’ team member Brendan Hodge are competing in the Championship eight with a crew from California Rowing Club.

Many Canadian elite and club athletes of all ages and skill levels make the trip to Boston each year – follow their progress on the event web site

Since its origin in 1965, the Head Of The Charles Regatta has grown to attract more than 9,000 athletes and 300,000 spectators.