By Rowing Canada Aviron
Koudys, several alumni named to Rowing Canada’s Pan Am Games Roster
On June 2, The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Rowing Canada Aviron announced the 26 National Rowing Team athletes who have been nominated to represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games this summer from July 10 to 26.
The rowing regatta will take place on the Royal Canadian Henley course in St. Catharines, Ontario, from July 11 to 15. Current University of Victoria Vikes men’s rower Jacob Koudys is among the 26 athletes named. Koudys, who coxed the varsity men’s eight to gold at the recent 2014 Canadian University Rowing Championship will now cox Canada’s men’s eight at the upcoming Pan American Games. Also highlighting the list are alumni Saul Garcia-Alvarez (LM2x) and Nicolas Pratt (LM4-), while Antje von Seydlitz will race the W2x and W4x on the women’s side.Former Vikes men’s rowing head coaches Al Morrow and Howie Campbell are both on the coaching staff list. Morrow is the national lightweight men’s coach, while Campbell is the national men’s assistant coach. Former Vike and Olympian Adam Parfitt will be travelling as the team’s manager.
The Pan Am Games regatta will mark the first time in 16 years that an international rowing competition has taken place in Canada. The last time this occurred was at the 1999 World Rowing Championships, which also took place on the Royal Canadian Henley course.
“Canada has long been a world power in rowing, and I am certain this reputation will continue to grow at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. Congratulations to the athletes named to the Canadian rowing team, who will compete at the recently upgraded, historic Royal Canadian Henley course in St. Catharines during the Year of Sport in Canada.” said The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).
The National Rowing Team has a busy summer ahead of them. In addition to the Pan Am Games regatta, the team will be competing at World Rowing Cup races in Europe in preparation for the all-important World Rowing Championships in France at the end of the summer, which will serve as the primary Olympic qualifying competition for Rio 2016.
“We are looking forward to this great and rare opportunity to compete on home water,” said Peter Cookson, High Performance Director for Rowing Canada Aviron. “We will be fielding a strong team in all 14 boat classes as we use this regatta as part of our preparation for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.”
The women’s eight will not be competing in St. Catharines, as this particular boat class is not part of the Pan Am Games program. Instead, the eight will be in Europe competing at a World Rowing Cup event.
Canada finished with eight rowing medals (three silver, five bronze) at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games, ranking Canada fourth in total rowing medals. The Canadian team plans to better those results this summer in Toronto.
“Canada’s rowers have a solid tradition of medal success at the Pan Am Games. We have a strong team at the ready to take on the Americas and Canada should get behind our rowers to show them the home soil support they deserve. Congratulations to all those who made the team,” said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee.
The rowing competition will take place at the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course and includes the following events: men’s and women’s single sculls (M1x and W1x); women’s lightweight singles sculls (LW1x); men’s and women’s double sculls (M2x and W2x); men’s and women’s lightweight double sculls (LM2x and LW2x); men’s and women’s quadruple sculls (M4x and W4x); men’s and women’s pair (M2- and W2-); men’s four (M4-), men’s lightweight four (LM4-), men’s eight (M8+).
“Canada has such a strong rowing tradition and unfortunately the vast majority of our races are overseas. It’s going to be a privilege to finally race a big event in St. Catharines on home soil,” said Will Dean, London2012 Olympian and member of the men’s quad (M4x) and men’s eight (M8+) for TORONTO 2015. “We are going to get some valuable racing experience this summer at the Pan Am Games that will set us up nicely for the World Championships later in the season.”
Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with more than 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team at the Games in Toronto. With TORONTO 2015 providing a “home Games” experience, as well as a number of qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, these Games will offer a tremendous experience for Canada’s high performance athletes.
The rowers, coaches and support staff who will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Games Regatta in St. Catharines are:
Athletes – View the full team and their bios here