VICTORIA – Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) has announced crew selections for FISA World Rowing Cup 3, set to take place in Lucerne, Switzerland from July 13 – 15, 2018. This event is the second international competition of the 2018 season for Canada’s senior athletes, which includes a combination of World Cup 1 medallists and crews making their debut at the World Rowing Cup series. Nine crews have been selected to represent Canada from the 2018 Speed Orders – National Team Selection trials held in London Ontario from June 22 – 28, 2018.
In total, three current members and three alumni of the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s rowing programs will make the journey to Switzerland after earning their place through the tough trials that took place in London.
Those two rowers combined to capture seven gold and one silver medal at the Western Canadian and Canadian University National Championship regattas en route to being named the female and male UVic Athletes of the Year in 2017-18.
After a tremendous showing at Speed Orders, second-year Vike Avalon Wasteneys will make her Senior Canadian National Team debut at World Cup 3. Wasteneys, who has burst onto the rowing scene after beginning her athletic career as a cross-country skier was recently in Pyeongchang as the BC Champion of RBC Training Ground.
A trio of alumni will also be representing Canada, including 2016 Rio Olympian Kai Langerfeld, 2017 World Champion silver medallist Becca Zimmerman and long-time coxswain of the Vike men’s rowing program Jane Gumley.
“I am very pleased to see the caliber of the 9 Canadian crews selected to represent Rowing Canada Aviron,” remarked RCA High Performance Director, Iain Brambell. “These athletes have undergone a very challenging and intense selection process and have emerged across a broad spectrum of events. There is an excitement growing within the Canadian Team and I look forward to seeing this energy harnessed during the final World Cup in Lucerne.”
The women’s coxless pair remains unchanged since their Gold medal performance at World Cup 1. Hillary Janssens and Filmer will be looking to continue their strong start to the season with another podium finish in Lucerne.
The women’s eight will make their season debut with six rowers returning from the 2017 World Championship silver medal boat. Zimmerman, Christine Roper, Susanne Grainger, Nicole Hare, Lisa Roman and coxswain Kirsten Kit will reunite and be joined by Wasteneys, Sydney Payne and Karen Lefsrud.
Keane and Maxwell Lattimer reunite in the lightweight men’s double sculls after a good start to their season finishing fourth-place at the 2018 World Cup 1 in Belgrade.
Matt Buie moves from the single sculls at World Cup 1 to join forces in the men’s eight with Benjamin de Wit, Jakub Buczek, Langerfeld, David De Groot, Martin Barakso, Cody Bailey, Mackenzie Copp and coxswain Gumley.
Over 150 athletes participated in this year’s selection process, competing in pairs and singles at Speed Order Trials for a spot at the selection camp held from June 25th-28th in London, Ontario.
Women’s crews will be led by Women’s Head Coach Dave Thompson and supported by coaches Michelle Darvill and Phil Marshall. Men’s crews and the Women’s Single Sculls will be supported by Men’s Head Coach Dick Tonks and Jeremy Ivey.
Over 600 rowers from 37 nations will be competing across 18 boat classes in Lucerne.
Racing begins on Friday 13 July at 9:30 CET with International followed by Olympic boat classes. Racing then progresses through repechages and semifinals to the finals which will be raced over two days – Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July 2018.
Team Canada Roster – World Cup 3, Lucerne
Women’s Single Scull
Carling Zeeman Sudbury Rowing Club
Women’s Coxless Pairs
Hillary Janssens University of British Columbia
Caileigh Filmer University of Victoria
Women’s Lightweight Double Scull
Jill Moffatt University of Western Ontario
Jennifer Casson Kingston Rowing Club
Ellen Gleadow Burnaby Lake Rowing Club
Katherine Haber Hanlan Boat Club
Rebecca Zimmerman University of Victoria
Christine Roper Ottawa Rowing Club
Susanne Grainger London Rowing Club
Nicole Hare Calgary Rowing Club
Lisa Roman Middlesex-Western Rowing Club
Avalon Wasteneys University of Victoria
Sydney Payne Brentwood College Rowing Club
Karen Lefsrud Calgary Rowing Club
Kristen Kit (coxswain) St.Catharines Rowing Club
Jennifer Martins University of Western Ontario
Jessie Loutit Calgary Rowing Club
Colleen Nesbitt University of Calgary
Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski Calgary Rowing Club
Women’s Double Scull
Andrea Proske Victoria City Rowing Club
Gabrielle Smith Knowlton Rowing Club
Matt Buie St. Catharines Rowing Club
Mackenzie Copp Western Rowing Club
David de Groot Brock University
Kai Langerfeld University of Victoria
Benjamin de Wit University of British Columbia
Jakub Buczek Burnaby Lake Rowing Club
Martin Barakso Brentwood College Rowing Club
Cody Bailey Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club
Jane Gumley (coxswain) University of Victoria
Men’s Lightweight Double Scull
Patrick Keane University of Victoria
Maxwell Lattimer University of British Columbia