Double Silver for Canada’s Junior Rowers in Hamburg

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Aug 10,2014(ISN) – 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. The final was raced in very trying cross-headwind conditions.

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.

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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

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