World University Rowing Championships wraps up in France


Men’s four after winning a silver medal at the FISU Championships in France

The River Aa, in Northern France, played host to the 2014 edition of the FISU World University Rowing Championships this past weekend.

FISU, the International University Sports Federation, was developed to propagate sports values and promote sports practices which complement university spirit.

Seven Canadian crews travelled to France to compete at the event.

“This regatta provides an exciting and very competitive international racing opportunity for these college athletes,” explained Peter Cookson, High Performance Director for Rowing Canada Aviron.

The athletes come from Colleges and Universities throughout the country.

The Canadian crews, who were coached by Phil Marshall, Mark Laidlaw and Brandon Campbell, had a mixed weekend of racing in some windy and challenging conditions.

The men’s eight of Alex Munro, Ben Coull, Robert Gage, Graeme Blaskovich, Eben Prevec, Ben De Wit, Mick Malowany, David De Groot and coxswain Jacob Koudys, finished the weekend with a bronze medal. The men’s four of Mike Evans, Alex Janzen, Tim Schrijver and David Lariviere earned a silver medal in their event.  These were the only medals Canada earned at the regatta.

The men’s double finished in 4th place while the lightweight men’s four placed 7th.  

There were two lightweight women’s crews that travelled to France.  The lightweight women’s double finished 6th while the lightweight women’s single came 8th.  The women’s four was relegated to 10th place overall.

The FISU World University Rowing Championships are open to all student athletes who are presently studying or who have graduated within the past year. Athletes must be between 17 and 28 years of age.

Some of the Canadian athletes who competed in France will be racing at the Canadian University Rowing Association Championships on November 1st and 2nd.   This regatta will take place on Elk Lake, in Victoria, BC.



Douglas Vandor

Communications and Media Relations Assistant | Adjoint aux Communications et aux Relations avec les médias

Rowing Canada Aviron

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