Three Canadian junior rowers are about to begin competing at the 2014 edition of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China. The YOG are a two week sports festival for athletes under 19 years of age.
The event also integrates a unique cultural and educational component for the athletes, making it distinct from other youth sporting events.
Rowers from 48 nations will compete in China in four different events; the men’s and women’s single and the men’s and women’s pair. There will be 24 crews in each of the single events and 12 crews in each of the pair events. Athletes will compete over a 1 000 meter distance at the rowing venue located at the Nanjing Rowing-Canoeing School. This is the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games and the first time that Rowing Canada Aviron has been invited to attend.
Canada will be represented in two of the four events, the junior women’s pair (JW2-) and the junior men’s single (JM1X). Caileigh Filmer and Larissa Werbicki will represent Canada’s interests in the pair and Daniel de Groot will attack the racecourse solo in his single. Both of these crews were silver medalists in their respective events at the World Junior Rowing Championships that recently took place in Hamburg, Germany.
The YOG provides these young competitors another opportunity to race internationally against other similar aged athletes.
To be eligible to participate in the Youth Olympic Games, rowers must be born between January 1st, 1996 and December 31st , 1997. The Youth Olympic Games are supported by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Sport Canada, and Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA).
Women’s Pair (W2-)
Caileigh Filmer of Victoria, BC (Victoria City Rowing Club)
Larissa Werbicki of Saskatoon, SK (Saskatoon Rowing Club)
Men’s Single Scull (M1X)
Daniel de Groot of St. Catharines, ON (St. Catharines Rowing Club)
Paul Beedling (ROWONTARIO)
Race summaries and special features from the YOG will be featured throughout the duration of the rowing regatta on www.worldrowing.com.
To learn more about Daniel, Larissa and Caileigh, visit http://rowingcanada.org/national-team/junior/athletes.
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