By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes are pleased to announce the commitment of Ridley College graduate Luc Brodeur (St. Catharines, Ont.) to the men’s rowing program for the 2015-16 season. The 18-year-old competes in the single, double and quadruple sculls and intends to study Biochemistry at UVic.
Brodeur brings experience rowing with St. Catharines Rowing Club, Ridley Graduate Boat Club, Brock University, Ridgley College and the Canadian Junior national program. Named Ridley College’s Male Oarsmen of the Year in 2014, Brodeur has been rowing for eight years and his career includes competing at regattas such as the World Rowing Junior Championship, the Royal Canadian Henley, the Canadian national rowing championship (indoor and outdoor).
“I’m super excited about being on the West coast as it has a wonderful atmosphere,” said Brodeur. “This will be my first true experience living away from home but I am eager to begin another chapter of my life in Victoria.”
Although Brodeur grew up in Ontario he has had previous ties to the Vikes. Former Vike and Olympian Jason Dorland coached Brodeur in Grade 11 and 12 at Ridley College.
“My favourite moments included watching Luc go 6:07 to win the Ontario Erg Championship,” described Dorland. “Also, watching him and his crew-mates win the Stotesbury Cup in the Senior men’s quad, win the senior men’s coxed four at the US schoolboy Championship and then watch them win both events back-to-back at the Canadian Schoolboy Championships! Luc was an integral part of that success because of his exceptional power, endurance and determination but also for the quiet leadership he brought to the group.”
Dorland remembers arriving at UVic in the fall of 1985 from Syracuse to join an impressive group of Vikes rowers under the prestige leadership of coach Al Morrow.
“What resonates loudest for me is that despite being an intense group of athletes vying for seats on national team crews, we were all friends,” reflected Dorland about his UVic experience. “Al created an amazing culture of talented athletes working hard towards our own athletic goals while having fun as a group.”
That culture will be no different for Brodeur who will now shift to train under the leadership of current Vikes men’s rowing head coach, a former Vikes rower himself, Aalbert Van Schothorst.
“The rowing program is run by amazing coaches and has great athletes in it,” added Brodeur about joining the Vikes. “I’m very much looking forward to working hard and having fun with (the Vikes).”
Events: Men’s single, double and quadruple sculls
Intended Major: Biochemistry
High School: Ridley College (St. Catharines, Ontario)
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ontario
2014 World Rowing Junior championships
2014 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta
2012 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta
2014 CSSRA Regatta
2014 National Rowing Championships
Canadian Indoor National Championships
Ontario Ergometer Championships
Qualified as No. 1-seeded North American crew at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta
Fastest 2-km ergometer score in Canada for U19 Men
Top 4 Finish in 2014 Fawley Challenge Cup
2012 Gold in U17 Coxed Four and U17 Eights at Royal Canadian Henley
2014 Gold in the Senior quad and coxed four at CSSRA Regatta
2014 Silver in Junior men’s single at NRC’s
2014 Gold in U19 men’s category at Canadian Indoor Rowing Championship
2014 Gold in Senior High School men’s category at Ontario Ergometer Championship