Hunter Amesbury, D’Arcy Arends, Marilyse Dubois and Alanna Fogarty headline the Canadian roster for the 2018 World University Rowing Championship set to begin Friday.

Amesbury, Arends, Dubois and Fogarty, who all competed at the 2016 event, are four of the 17 student-athletes named to the team on Wednesday.

Arends, a clinical trials management student, helped guide Western’s women’s team to their fifth straight Canadian University Rowing Championship last November.

On the men’s side, a pair Victoria Vikes teammates, Tyler Adams and Eric Arscott, will make up half of the men’s four. Adams, along with Vikes head coach Aalbert Van Schothorst, recently competed in the World U23 Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland.

Van Schothorst will serve as one of three Team Canada officials alongside former Vikes head coach Richard Crawley and Mark Williams of the Toronto Varsity Blues.

Canada won a pair of bronze medals at 2016 World University Championship, highlighted by a third-place finish by Fogarty in the lightweight double sculls.

The 2018 World University Rowing Championship will be held in Shanghai, China from Aug. 10-12.


First Name Last Name University Hometown Program Event
Myriam Okuda-Rayfuse McMaster Ottawa, Ont. Nursing Lightweight women’s double
Hunter Amesbury* Carleton Burlington, Ont. Commerce Men’s four
Alanna Fogarty* Drexel Ottawa, Ont. Epidemiology Lightweight women’s double
Marilyse Dubois* Western Laval, Que. Psychology Women’s eight
Mikayla Arends Carleton Barrie, Ont. Criminology & Criminal Justice Women’s eight
Tina Yu UBC Victoria, B.C. Master of Management Coxswain
Claire-Anne Brillon UBC Montreal, Que. Cognitive systems & voice Women’s eight
Courtney Kruschel Calgary Calgary, Alta. Science Women’s eight
Kristina Walker UBC Wolf Island, Ont. Marketing Women’s double
D’Arcy Arends* Western Utopia, Ont. Clinical Trial Management Women’s eight
Savannah Sami-Bacon UBC Calgary, Alta. Chemistry Women’s eight
Cassidy Deane Queen’s Whistler, B.C. Physical & Health Ed. Women’s eight
Eric Arscott Victoria Buckhorn, Ont. Geomatics Men’s four
Ryan Clegg Western Newmarket, Ont. Kinesiology Men’s four
Yara Ensminger Western Oakville, Ont. Engineering Women’s double
Lucy Vincent-Smith UBC Iverness, N.S. Chemical Engineering Women’s eight
Tyler Adams Victoria Victoria, B.C. Sociology Men’s four

Team Officials:

Aalbert Van Schothorst, Victoria

Mark Williams, Toronto

Richard Crawley, Victoria*


* Returning from the 2016 World University Championship