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May 27, 2014 ISN – Rowing Canada Aviron is pleased to announce the winners of the Future Athlete
Bursary, in support of the next generation of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic
rowers.

Through a generous donation to Rowing Canada Aviron, the Bursary is designed to
provide financial support to up-and-coming Canadian rowing athletes who remain in
Canada to continue rowing while completing their post-secondary studies.

The inaugural winners are: Layla Balooch (Burnaby Lake Rowing Club), Jacob Barker
(Victoria City Rowing Club), Luc Brodeur (Ridley College Rowing Club), Aaron
Lattimer (University of British Columbia Rowing) and Larissa Werbicki (Saskatoon
Rowing Club).

Speaking from Vancouver, one of the recipients, Aaron Lattimer said, “Thank you to
Rowing Canada for aiding my future Student-Athlete endeavours. I have been rowing
for six years now, with countless crew mates and exceptional coaches. I owe a great
deal of my success to their efforts. Former Olympian and my former rowing coach, Rob
Weitemeyer, reminded me that each stroke honours the spirit of the crew, being the
strength of many and the power of one. With this support I can look forward to
taking many more strokes.”

“We received an encouraging response to the Future Athlete Bursary, both in terms of
the number and quality of the applications. It made for some difficult decisions for
the review panel in selecting the recipients, but it certainly illustrates the depth
of talent that Canada has coming up the ranks. It’s a tribute to our coaches and
our clubs to see the number and quality of good young talent coming from all parts
of the country,” said Peter Cookson, High Performance Director of Rowing Canada
Aviron. “We know the transition from high school into post-secondary study is a
difficult time for aspiring athletes and this donation has allowed us to provide
funding to young Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls at a time in their rowing careers
when they need it most.”

“We are extremely thankful to our donor for their contribution. This is just one
example of how we work to ensure all our resources, directly and indirectly, benefit
the athlete and this was an area of direct support that we felt was needed to ensure
we support the next crop of talented rowers,” said Donna Atkinson, CEO of Rowing
Canada Aviron.

The five winners will receive a total of $2,000 each to support their continued
participation in rowing while managing their post-secondary education.

Applications were measured across a broad set of criteria including current
performance data and personal statements from the applicants.

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