Vikes well represented on Team Canada Rowing Championship

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TORONTO (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Monday the 21 student-athletes who will represent Canada at the 14th FISU world university rowing championship. The event will be held in Poznan, Poland, September 2-4.

Vikes rowers Becca ZimmermanOlivia KingAdam Donaldson and Mark Davies have been selected to the team. Zimmerman and King will make up half of the women’s four boat while Donaldson and Davies will team up in the men’s pair.

Rick Crawley, head coach of UVic’s women’s program, will also represent the Vikes as team leader.

The team is made up of 20 rowers exclusively from Ontario University Athletics and Canada West schools, as well as one college athlete. Victoria leads the way with four rowers, while defending Canadian university rowing champion Western sees three of its members join Team Canada, in addition to one of its club athletes.

The men’s roster includes Davies (Victoria, B.C.) and Donaldson (Victoria, B.C.), Western’s Matthew Christie (Ottawa, Ont.) and Adam Rabalski(Guelph, Ont.), Toronto’s Jacob Giesbrecht (Wanfleet, Ont.) and Andre Vovk (Richmond Hill, Ont.), Brock’s Luke Gadsdon (Hamilton, Ont.) and Zachary Lewis (Ottawa, Ont.), Trent’s Graham Peeters (Omemee, Ont.) and Trevor Jones (Burleigh Falls, Ont.), McMaster’s Logan Madill (Collingwood, Ont.) and Carleton’s Hunter Amesbury(Burlinton, Ont.).

The women’s team consists of King (Toronto, Ont.) and Zimmerman (Toronto, Ont.), Western’s Marilyse Dubois (Laval, Que.), and Shannon Kennedy – who represents the Western Rowing Club – Carleton’s  Anna Currie (Regina, Sask.), Ottawa’s Alanna Fogarty (Ottawa, Ont.), Calgary’s Helena Hlas (Winnipeg, Man.), McMaster’s D’arcy Arends (Utopia, Ont.) and Patricia Mara (Victoria, B.C.) of Camosun College. 

Christie and Lewis return from the 2015 Universiade team, while Mara, who also competed at the Gwangju Games, will be making her fourth appearance for Canada at a FISU event, following the 2010 and 2014 world university championships.

Christie and Peters have also both represented Canada as members of the national World U23 team in 2013 and 2015.

Crawley, who guided the Vikes women to a second-place finish at last year’s national championship, will serve as team leader. Crawley has won 11 Canadian university titles and captured three gold medals as a coach at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics. His coaching staff includes Ottawa’s Kate Gorsline, Western’s Andrew Jago, McMaster’s Jake Thomasen and Toronto’s Iain Wilson. 

At the 2014 world university championship, Canada reached the podium twice, earning silver in the men’s four and bronze in the men’s eight event.

“We have good representation from the Vikes men’s and women’s rowing programs at the FISU championships. Our Western contingent should give a good account of themselves and former Vike Trish Mara will lend an element of experience to the mix having won a bronze medal in this event in 2010,” said Crowley. “This event is a good stepping stone for future national team involvement (and) the level of competition will be very high.”

CANADIAN ROSTER 

MEN

Name

University

Hometown

Event

Hunter Amesbury

Carleton

Burlington, Ont.

Coxless four

Matthew Christie

Western

Ottawa, Ont.

Lightweight single sculls

Mark Davies

Victoria

Victoria, B.C.

Double Sculls

Adam Donaldson

Victoria

Victoria, B.C.

Double Sculls

Luke Gadsdon

Brock 

Hamilton, Ont.

Coxless four

Jacob Geisbrecht

Toronto          

Wanfleet, Ont.

Double sculls

Trevor Jones  

Trent  

Burleigh Falls, Ont.

Coxless four

Zachary Lewis           

Brock 

Ottawa, Ont.

Lightweight double sculls

Logan Madill  

McMaster

Collingwood, Ont.

Double sculls

Adam Rabalski

Western

Guelph, Ont.

Single sculls

Graham Peeters

Trent

Omemee, Ont.

Double sculls

Andre Vovk

Toronto

Richmond Hill, Ont.

Lightweight double sculls

WOMEN

Name           

University

Hometown     

Event

D’arcy Arends 

 McMaster

Utopia, Ont.

Coxless four

Anna Currie  

Carleton

Regina, Sask. 

 Lightweight double sculls

Marilyse Dubois

Western  

Laval, Que.  

Coxless four

Alanna Fogarty   

Ottawa  

Ottawa, Ont. 

 Lightweight double sculls  

Helena Hlas 

Calgary    

 Winnipeg, Man.

Double sculls

Patricia Mara

Camosun College

Victoria, B.C.  

Lightweight single sculls

Olivia King

Victoria 

Toronto, Ont. 

Coxless four

Shannon Kennedy   

Western

 Toronto, Ont. 

Double sculls

Rebecca Zimmerman

Victoria

Toronto, Ont. 

Coxless four 

 
Team Leader: Rick Crawley (University of Victoria)

Coaches: Kate Gorsline (University of Ottawa), Andrew Jago (Western University), Jake Thomasen (McMaster University), Iain Wilson (University of Toronto)

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