by Ali Lee, with files from RCA
Victoria Vikes women’s rower Deborah Snell
(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – Canada’s rowing community gathered in Burnaby this past weekend, Jan. 24, to celebrate and present a number of awards. This is the 34th Annual Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Awards event that this year concluded their yearly national conference. Among the many highlights and award winners was University of Victoria Vikes women’s rower Deborah Snell. The first-year Vike was named the Female Sculler of the Year for her performances in 2014.
Snell accumulated the highest number of first place finishes at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and logged the highest finishes of a non-national team athlete at the 2014 RBC National Rowing Championships. Snell found success in almost every event she took part in including winning the Under 23 lightweight event at last year’s Canadian Indoor Rowing Championship (Monster Erg) and the under 23 lightweight single and double at the B.C. Championships. At the Royal Canadian Henley Snell won gold in the under 23 lightweight double and silver in the under 23 lightweight single.
The list continued on for her achievements in 2014 as Snell topped the podium in the lightweight double and four at the Western Canadian University Rowing Championships and won silver in both events at the Canadian University Rowing Championships (CURCs). At the RBC National Rowing Championships Snell won the B final, ultimately earniner her the under 23 lightweight single silver medal.
“She is our top performer at UVic,” commented Rick Crawley, Vikes women’s rowing head coach. “This is well deserved for Deb and she has been further invited to the under 23 national team development camp in Austin, Texas in February. It will be exciting to see her progress through her career.”
Jacob Koudys, of the Vikes men’s rowing program, was a part of the under 23 coxed men’s four who was acknowledged at the RCA Awards event in the International Achievement Award category. Koudys’ crew were gold medallists at the Under 23 World Championship. In November 2014, Koudys guided the Vikes varsity men’s eight to a gold medal at the CURC hosted on the home waters at Elk Lake.
Former Vike and Olympian Lindsay Jennerich was also highlighted with an International Achievement Award for her silver-medal performance in the lightweight women’s double scull at the 2014 World Rowing Championships.