Gold and Silver for Canada ~ 2018 World Rowing Championships

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2018 World Rowing Championships

Canada took home two medals in the PR3 Men’s Pair and the PR2 Men’s Single today at the 2018 World Rowing Championships. Three more crews qualified for the A-Final and two lightweight crews wrapped up their event finishing top five in the world.

Kyle Fredrickson and Andrew Todd won the gold medal in the PR3 Men’s Pair today becoming the first ever World Champions in this new boat class. This is the first year for the PR3 Men’s Pair to be at the World Rowing Championships. Canada won the preliminary race two days ago and affirmed this result with a dominant race holding the lead over Australia and France finishing in silver and bronze medal positions.

“It’s a really good feeling to win the gold and have all the Canadian Para crews performing so well here,” said Todd. “We didn’t get caught up in any distractions and just focused on executing our race.”

“It’s awesome to win this gold medal! It’s really meaningful to be able to learn from Andrew’s rowing experience. I think that’s helped a lot,” said Fredrickson. “We both started our rowing careers at a similar age and we definitely work well together in the boat.”

Jeremy Hall captured the silver medal in the PR2 Men’s Single event today with the gold going to World Best Time holder, Corne de Koning of the Netherlands. Daniele Stefanoni of Italy took the bronze.

Jeremy recorded his fastest race time all week to win the silver in 8:42.46. “I knew at the 750m mark that I was in contention, so I just went for it and completely emptied the tank,” said Hall. Despite only one year of rowing experience, Jeremy still had the confidence he could succeed coming into this regatta. “My coach always said that I have physical attributes to be successful. I am still working on the technical aspects of the sport, but we are seeing progress and that’s always positive.”

Lightweight single sculler Aaron Lattimer raced to a 4th place finish in the A-Final this afternoon.  “I’m disappointed in the result but not disappointed in my race,” said Lattimer. We all raced our best races out there and there is no questioning that. I want to get on that podium so I’m really keen to get back to training in Victoria and work towards that breakthrough!”

Lightweight single sculler Jill Moffatt raced immediately following the Lightweight Men’s Single event finishing fifth overall. “You always come into an event with the end goal of earning a medal but I raced my best race today and I feel good about that,” said Moffatt. “We have such a strong lightweight team back home and I know when I race them, I am racing the best in the world and that’s what helped get me here today.”

In semi-final action today, Andrea Proske and Gabrielle Smith secured their second race win of the event in the Women’s Double sculls advancing with the fastest semifinal time heading into Sunday’s A-Final.

Taylor Perry and Mackenzie Copp finished 3rd in their Men’s Pair semi-final to advance to the A-Final tomorrow at 11:46am local time.

Carling Zeeman raced in the A/B semifinal today looking to secure her spot in the A-Final. Much to her incredible disappointment, Carling caught a crab at the 1500m mark which grounded her to a halt and ultimately solidified her position in the B-Final.

The Women’s Eight laid claim to an A-Final spot, finishing 3rd in their heat behind the Netherlands and Romania.

The Men’s Eight will race in the B Final on Sunday following a fifth place finish in the repechage today.

Tracy Van Asseldonk locked up her spot in the A Final on Sunday in the PR1 Women’s Single, finishing 4th in the repechage today.

Tomorrow, we will see all Finals for Team Canada! Check out the schedule below.

Friday Race Schedule (EET Local time):
LW2x A FINAL 9:45am
PR3 Mix4+ A FINAL
W2- A FINAL
M2- A FINAL
LM2x C FINAL

Team Canada Roster – 2018 World Championships

PR1 Women’s Single:
Tracy Van Asseldonk (Delta Deas Rowing Club)

PR2 Men’s Single
Jeremy Hall (Edmonton Rowing Club)

PR3 Men’s Pair
Andrew Todd (North Star Rowing Club)
Kyle Fredrickson (University of Victoria)

PR3 Mixed Coxed Four:
Victoria Nolan (Argonaut Rowing Club)
Bayleigh Hooper (Peterborough Rowing Club)
Andrew Todd (North Star Rowing Club)
Kyle Fredrickson (University of Victoria)
Coxswain: Laura Court (St. Catharines Rowing Club)

Women’s Single Scull
Carling Zeeman (Sudbury Rowing Club)

Women’s Coxless Pair
Hillary Janssens (University of British Columbia)
Caileigh Filmer (University of Victoria)

Women’s Lightweight Single
Jill Moffatt (Western University)

Women’s Lightweight Double 
Jennifer Casson (Kingston Rowing Club)
Kate Haber (Hanlan Boat Club)

Women’s Double
Andrea Proske (Victoria City Rowing Club)
Gabrielle Smith (Knowlton Rowing Club)

Women’s Four
Jessie Loutit (Calgary Rowing Club)
Karen Lefsrud (Calgary Rowing Club)
Kendra Wells (University of Victoria)
Larissa Werbicki (Saskatoon Rowing Club)

Women’s Eight
Rebecca Zimmerman (University of Victoria)
Jennifer Martins (Western University)
Susanne Grainger (London Rowing Club)
Madison Mailey (Burnaby Lake Rowing Club)
Stephanie Grauer (Burnaby Lake Rowing Club)
Christine Roper (Ottawa Rowing Club)
Sydney Payne (Brentwood College Rowing Club)
Lisa Roman (Middlesex-Western Rowing Club)
Coxswain – Kristen Kit (University of British Columbia/St. Catharines Rowing Club)

(Alternates)
Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski (Calgary Rowing Club)
Avalon Wasteneys (University of Victoria)

Men’s Eight
Matt Buie (St. Catharines Rowing Club)
Kai Langerfeld (University of Victoria)
Conlin McCabe (Brockville Rowing Club)
Ben de Wit (University of British Columbia)
Tim Schrijver (Brock University)
Martin Barakso (Brentwood College)
Dave DeGroot (Brock University)
Jakub Buczek (Burnaby Lake Rowing Club)
Coxswain – Jane Gumley (University of Victoria)

Men’s Lightweight Single
Aaron Lattimer (University of British Columbia)

Men’s Lightweight Double
Patrick Keane (University of Victoria)
Maxwell Lattimer (University of British Columbia)

Men’s Pair
Taylor Perry (Leander Boat Club)
Mackenzie Copp (Western University)

*Trevor Jones (Men’s single) has withdrawn from competition due to injury.

Coaching Team

John Wetzstein (Para Head Coach)
Dave Thompson (Women’s Head Coach)
Michelle Darvill
Phil Marshall
Lesley Thompson-Willie
Dick Tonks (Men’s Head Coach)
Jeremy Ivey

Support Team

Iain Brambell (HPD)
Dr. Mike Wilkinson (Physician)
Tricia McBride (Physiotherapist)
Wendy Pethick (Physiologist)
Marcus Blumensaat (Massage Therapist)
Matt Draper (Team Manager)
Kayla Cornale (Para Team support)
Colleen Coderre (Media Relations)

Canadian Umpires
William Donegan (Argonaut Rowing Club/St. Catharines Rowing Club)

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