Winners in Boston (from left to right) Lianne Gibson, Cameron Sinclair et Curtis Halladay. Photo courtesy of Cameron Sinclair.
March 2, 2015.
The annual C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships took place this past weekend in snowy Boston.
Rowers from around the world descended on Beantown to race the clock on the indoor rowing machines.
CRASH-B, which stands for Charles River All Star Has-Beens, was a group of rowers that was primarily made up of 1976 and 1980 Olympic and National team athletes.
Helped in part with the 1980 boycott of the Moscow Games, the group started a little regatta to break up the monotony of winter training.
The regatta has since grown into an international affair that regularly attracts athletes from around the world.
Cameron Sinclair from the University of Western Ontario Rowing Club, who already owns the world record in his event, made the trip to Boston to compete in the trunk/arms division.
“I felt extremely exhausted following the race,” explained Sinclair after his effort. “I was full of lactic acid!”
Curtis Halladay from the Sudbury Rowing Club, who is also the current world champion in the legs/trunk/arms division, also made the trip south of the border for the regatta, as did Lianne Gibson from the Argonaut Rowing Club, who competed in the legs/trunk/arms women’s category.
All three athletes won their respective divisions. Both Sinclair and Halladay also broke their own world records.
“I followed my race plan and hit all of the splits,” said a tired Sinclair. “ I was so happy that I was not only able to win, but to set another record!”
Training now resumes at the new National Para-Rowing Training Centre in Victoria, BC. The Canadian Team is in the midst of preparations for the first Olympic and Paralympic Qualification regatta which takes place this summer in France.
Click here for a full list of results from C.R.A.S.H.-B.’s.
Click here to learn more about the athletes on the Canadian National Rowing Team.
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