Vikes bolster Canadian crews for World Championship

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VICTORIA – Five University of Victoria Vikes rowers have been announced as members of team Canada for the upcoming World Rowing Championships hosted Aug. 24-31 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The event will take place on the Bosbaan, the world’s oldest man-made rowing course, located only seven kilometers from the city center of Amsterdam.

Former two-time UVic Athlete of the Year Lindsay Jennerich will compete in the lightweight women’s double sculls along side Victoria’s Patricia Obee. Recently graduated Teresa Berkholtz and Antje von Seydlitz-Kurzbach will also be racing in the lightweight single scull and the quadruple sculls, respectively.

For the men, Kai Langerfeld, who helped the Vikes men to their 2010 national championship title, will race the men’s four, while current Vike Alex Walker will compete in the lightweight men’s double sculls.

The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s rowing programs have successfully fostered 101 alumni in achieving Olympic qualification status. Combined, rowers with Vikes ties have amassed 30 Olympic medals including 14 gold, 11 silver and five bronze.

These athletes are just one day shy of the two-year mark for the start of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, as several countries have their eye on a medal in one of the 14 Olympic class rowing events. Canada will have entries for nine Olympic class events and two international class events.

Over 1200 athletes will compete at this year’s upcoming World Rowing Championships, representing more than 70 countries.

The Canadian team is based in London, Ontario (women and lightweights), while the men train out of Victoria. The crews will have a pre-worlds training camp in Italy.

Online streaming with audio commentary of results will be available throughout the week of competition at

Live video streaming for the Olympic class events will be available from the 28 to the 31 August at

Individual athlete biographies are available at  To support and learn more about team members and stay on top of developments within the Canadian National Rowing squad, follow us on Twitter (@rowingcanada) and Facebook.

Canada’s Senior Rowing Team – 2014 World Rowing Championships

Women’s Eight (W8+):
Cristy Nurse of Georgetown, ON (Ottawa Rowing Club)
Lisa Roman of Langley, BC (Western Rowing Club & University of the Fraser Valley Rowing)
Natalie Mastracci of Thorold, ON (St. Catharines Rowing Club)
Rosie DeBoef of Victoria, BC (Ottawa Rowing Club & Victoria City Rowing Club)
Susanne Grainger of London, ON (London Rowing Club)
Christine Roper of Montego Bay, Jamaica (Western Rowing Club)
Ashley Brzozowicz of Toronto, ON (Peterborough Rowing Club)
Lauren Wilkinson of North Vancouver, BC (Burnaby Lake Rowing Club)
Lesley Thompson-Willie of London, ON (London Rowing Club)

Women’s Quadruple Sculls (W4x): 
Emily Cameron of Summerside, PEI (Don Rowing Club)
Katharine Goodfellow of Perth, ON (Ottawa Rowing Club)
Carling Zeeman of Cambridge, ON (Sudbury Rowing Club)
Antje von Seydlitz-Kurzbach of Smithers, BC (University of Victoria Rowing Club)

Women’s Four (W4-):
Jennifer Martins of Toronto, ON (Don Rowing Club)
Kristin Bauder of Langley, BC (Western Rowing Club)
Sarah Black of Ottawa, ON (Ottawa Rowing Club)
Kerry Shaffer of Welland, ON (South Niagara Rowing Club)

Lightweight Women Double Sculls (LW2X):
Lindsay Jennerich of Victoria, BC (University of Victoria Rowing Club)
Patricia Obee of Victoria, BC (Victoria City Rowing Club)

Lightweight Women Single Scull (LW1X):
Teresa Berkholtz of Victoria, BC (University of Victoria Rowing Club)

Men’s Four (M4-): 
Will Crothers of Kingston, ON (Kingston Rowing Club)
Rob Gibson of Kingston, ON (Kingston Rowing Club)
Conlin McCabe of Brockville, ON (Brockville Rowing Club)
Kai Langerfeld of North Vancouver, BC (University of Victoria Rowing Club)

Men’s Quadruple Sculls (M4x): 
Pascal Lussier of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC (Club d’aviron Laval)
Michael Braithwaite of Duncan, BC (University of Toronto Rowing Club)
Will Dean of Kelowna, BC (Brentwood College School)
Matthew Buie of Duntroon, ON (St. Catharines Rowing Club)

Lightweight Men’s Four (LM4-): 
Brendan Hodge of Delta, BC (Brentwood College School & Burnaby Lake Rowing Club)
Max Lattimer of Delta, BC (University of British Columbia Rowing)
Eric Woelfl of St. Catharines, ON (Brock University Rowing Club & Ridley College Boat Club)
Evan Cheng of Vancouver, BC (University of British Columbia Rowing)

Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls (LM2x):  
Nicolas Pratt of Kingston, ON (Kingston Rowing Club)
Alexander Walker of Victoria, BC (University of Victoria Rowing Club)

Men’s Double Sculls (M2x): 
Michael Wilkinson of North Vancouver, BC (Burnaby Lake Rowing Club)
Steven van Knotsenburg of Beamsville, ON (St. Catharines Rowing Club)

Men’s Single Scull (M1x):
Julien Bahain of Toulouse, France (Victoria City Rowing Club) 


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