Western Spring Trials at Burnaby Lake


Photo: Patricia Obee (left) and Lindsay Jennerich racing the single in Victoria last November.   Photo courtesy Katie Steenman Images.

(ISN) – The winter training season is at an end and the Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Western Spring Trials get underway this weekend at Burnaby Lake.

These trials will allow the athletes to test the effectiveness of their winter training programs. It also provides, for the coaches, a ranking of the athletes in anticipation of crew selection for the summer racing season.

Most of the racing will take place in small boats (singles and pairs).

Development athletes and other hopefuls will be able to line up in the starting blocks against Olympic and World medalists in what promises to be an exciting weekend of racing.

These particular trials will feature prominently athletes based at the National Training Centre in Victoria, B.C. This includes the senior heavyweight men’s team.

London Olympic silver medalists in the men’s eight, Conlin McCabe, Will Crothers and Rob Gibson, will be testing their skills in Burnaby in the single. Rob Gibson, who won this event at the RBC National Rowing Championships last November, will be trying to duplicate that performance this weekend.

Also, the top two lightweight women in the country, Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee, will be going head to head against each other in the single. The duo, both born and raised on Vancouver Island, usually compete on the international stage together in the lightweight women’s double.