Two Canadian crews made the podium this Sunday winning silver medals at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Hamburg, Germany. This is Canada’s most successful National Junior Team in almost two decades.
Saskatoon Rowing Club’s Larissa Werbicki and Victoria City Rowing Club’s Caileigh Filmer had secured their spot in the women’s pair final by winning their heat at the beginning of the week.
At the start of the race, Romania took an early lead from the field but Canada remained within striking distance, sitting in third place behind USA. Only one second separated the top three boats. The Canadians however were not going to be content with a bronze and made a push in the second quarter to not only pass the Americans but increase their lead on them by 3 seconds.
Despite a strong final quarter, the Canucks were unable to catch the Romanians. The Canadian crew crossed the line in 8:13.66 and received a well deserved silver medal at this years World Championships.
Following a three-hour hiatus of Canadian crews contesting finals, Canada was back in action in the junior men’s single event. St Catharine’s Rowing Club’s Daniel de Groot had raced well all week securing him one of six coveted spots in the final out of an impressive field of 33 entries.
In his final, de Groot was sitting in third position behind Germany and the Republic of South Africa after the first quarter. In difficult conditions, the German sculler opened the gap between himself and the rest of the field. De Groot clawed his way into silver medal position with the South African sculler slipping back into third.
The positions remained the same until the finish line. The St. Catharine’s rower crossed the line in a time of 8:38.17 to claim Canada’s second silver medal of the Championships.
Earlier in the day, Canada’s junior men’s pair of Elliot Rogers and Jacob Barker raced the B final, finishing ninth overall. They crossed the line in 7:31.75.
The previous day, Canada’s final boat of Lucien Brodeur and Nick Tavares contested the C final of the junior men’s double sculls. In a deep field, the duo placed 18th overall.
The two medal winning crews will now travel to China where they are competing at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. The rowing portion of the Games will take place between August 17 – 21. The young rowers are looking forward to another chance to challenge the world and gain valuable international race experience. To learn more about Daniel, Larissa and Caileigh ahead of the Youth Olympic Games, visit http://rowingcanada.org/national-team/junior/athletes.