Emily Cameron, silver medal winner at the 2013 World Rowing Championships, coming off the water following one of her races today at Elk Lake, Victoria.
The windy and stormy weather evaporated not a moment too soon. The sun came out and the winds calmed as racing got underway on both Friday and Saturday morning at the 2014 RBC National Rowing Championships, at Elk Lake, in Victoria, British Columbia.
The National Rowing Championships is a small boat regatta that helps serve as a ranking system of athletes from across the country. All athletes compete in either singles or pairs.
Athletes have been racing the last couple of days for a spot in Sunday’s finals. Each event has two semifinals. The top three rowers from each semifinal earn spots in the final, or medal round.
A number of Olympic athletes are competing this weekend, including 6 silver medalists from the 2012 London Games. It is the Rio Olympics however, less than two years away, which is on every rowers mind.
Rio de Janeiro notwithstanding, there are many steps before the Olympics in Brazil that the athletes must complete. Racing the National Championships this year and next are two of them.
Emily Cameron, a member of the women’s quad at last summer’s World Championships, won her semifinal today to progress to tomorrow’s final.
“There is some great talent out there in the single,” she said following her semifinal race. “It’s great to see the quality of sculling rising in this country. Tomorrow’s final is going to be a great race!”
A new feature of this year’s regatta is the live streaming component of the races. Today’s semifinals were available live online on ViaSport, as will be tomorrows finals.
The finals begin tomorrow, Sunday, November 9th, at 12pm and continue until 245pm, PST, at Elk Lake in Victoria.
Watch live streaming of tomorrow’s finals on ViaSport.
Find all of today’s results from the 2014 RBC National Rowing Championships at RegattaMaster.
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