Another opportunity has presented itself for young Canadian rowers to compete on the world stage. Canada has been granted two entries into the rowing regatta portion of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games, which are taking place in Nanjing, China from August 16th to the 28th.
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are a sporting gathering for young athletes from around the world. The event also integrates a unique cultural and educational component for the athletes, making it distinct from other youth sporting events.
“This is another great opportunity for our young athletes,” said Peter Cookson, High Performance Director at Rowing Canada Aviron. “Being able to participate in such an important event is all part of the development of our next generation of Olympic medallists.”
This is the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games. It is the first time however, that Rowing Canada Aviron has been invited to attend. Entries to this multi sport competition are based on results from the previous year’s World Rowing Junior Championships.
There are a total of four rowing events at the Games. Canada will be represented in two of them, the junior women’s pair (JW2-) and the junior men’s single (JM1X). Cailegh Filmer and Larissa Werbicki will represent Canada’s interests in the pair and Daniel de Groot will attack the racecourse solo in his single.
“I am excited to be coaching these great young athletes at the YOG in China this summer. We are excited to have this great opportunity to race against other countries in a sport in which Canada has excelled on the Olympic stage," explained Paul Beedling, who will be coaching the athletes overseas. "Dan, Caileigh and Larissa have all worked incredibly hard this past year and I look forward to the prospects of potential medals in both of their events".
To be eligible to participate in the Youth Olympic Games, rowers must be born between January 1st, 1996 and December 31st, 1997. The Youth Olympic Games are supported by the Canadian Olympic Committee, Sport Canada, and Rowing Canada Aviron.
Women's Pair (W2-)
Cailegh Filmer of Victoria, BC (Victoria City Rowing Club)
Larissa Werbicki of Saskatoon, SK (Saskatoon Rowing Club)
Men's Single Scull (M1X)
Daniel de Groot of St. Catharines, ON (St. Catharines Rowing Club)
Paul Beedling (ROWONTARIO)