July 22,2014(ISN) – Just as Canada’s senior team returned to home soil following their World Cup
campaign, the Under 23 team (U23) was preparing for a grueling 5-day battle in Italy
with action beginning tomorrow. The rowers are competing at the annual World Rowing
U23Championships, a gathering of athletes from around the globe comprised of
competitors aged between 19 and 23 years of age.
A large turnout of 800 competitors from 51 countries made the trek to the foothills
of the Italian Alps. Both Italy and Germany, two strong U23 rowing nations, sent
complete teams of 21 crews each. Canada has sent a strong but smaller team across
the ocean comprised of seven crews. The young Canadian rowers have been stationed in
Europe in the lead up to the regatta acclimatizing to the time difference and
getting used to the course. They are eager to test themselves against the best in
In most cases, rowing favors a more mature athlete. It takes many years to develop
the skills and endurance required to perform at an Olympic caliber. Additionally
athletes today are choosing to postpone retirement because of better funding and a
better overall awareness of how to take care of ones body.
Because of this, the U23 World Championships play a fundamental role in the
development of these athletes. This regatta gives younger rowers, who would
otherwise be excluded from the senior team, a chance to compete on the world stage.
It is a way to keep them motivated to continue their sport as they develop the
skills necessary to transition to full time senior level athletes.
Many of today’s rowers on the senior national team worked their way through the
ranks in this fashion. Lindsay Jennerich and Will Crothers (present day senior team
members) are both U23 World Champions.
The U23 World Rowing Championships have been held every year since 2005 (though
variations of the present day format have been around since 1976). This year’s
edition will be held in Varese, Italy from July 23th to the 27th.
Live streaming is available at worldrowing.com.
Men’s quadruple sculls (M4X)
Taylor Perry of Ancaster, ON (Leander Boat Club & Fredericton Rowing Club)
Graham Peeters of Omemee, ON (Peterborough Rowing Club)
Matthew Wortley of Caledon, ON (Brock University)
Matthew Finley of St. Catharines, ON (Brock University)
Men’s coxed four (M4+)
Jacob Koudys of Kingston, ON (Kingston Rowing Club)
Trofym Anderson of Welland, ON (Ridley Graduate Boat Club)
Tim Schrijver of Thedford, ON (Brock University)
Martin Barakso of Princeton, USA (Brentwood College)
Michael Thornton of Mill Bay, BC
Lightweight men’s pair (LM2-)
Grayson Gray of Thorold, ON (Brock University)
James Myers of Beamsville, ON (Brock University)
Lightweight men’s four (LM4-)
Lucas Farewell of Toronto, ON (Hanlan Boat Club)
Samuel Frum of Toronto, ON (Hanlan Boat Club)
Cameron Howie of Richmond, BC (Burnaby Rowing Club)
Matthew Segal of Vancouver, BC (Burnaby Rowing Club)
Women’s pair (W2-)
Sierra Bronkhorst of Saskatoon, SK (Saskatoon Rowing Club)
Sabina Proctor of Calgary, AB (Saskatoon Rowing Club)
Women’s four (W4-)
Michelle Aylard of Sidney, BC (St Michaels University School)
Zoe Fettig-Winn of Vancouver, BC (University of British Columbia Rowing Club)
Nicole Hare of Calgary, AB (Calgary Rowing Club)
Hillary Janssens of Surrey, BC (University of British Columbia Rowing Club)
Lightweight women’s double scull (LW2X)
Jill Moffatt of Bethany, ON (UWO Boat Club)
Katherine Walker of Stoney Creek, ON (Ridley Graduate Boat Club)