Two Gold Medals for Canada at U23 Championships

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Sunday, July 23, 2017 – Two gold medals capped off racing for Canadian crews at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The women’s eight and Trevor Jones in the men’s single sculls both finished on the podium today, winning their A Finals.

Patrick Keane and Aaron Lattimer finished fourth in the lightweight men’s double sculls A Final and Jennifer Casson and Larissa Werbicki in the lightweight women’s double sculls placed sixth in the A Final. The men’s quadruple sculls of Ty Adams, Luc Brodeur, Dan de Groot and Gavin Stone won the B Final, edging France for seventh overall.

The women’s eight, who also posted a World Best Time earlier in the heats, won the A Final with open water separating them from the United States and Russia. Battling with the USA through to halfway mark, the American boat lost their rhythm following an issue with a seat.

The Canadian boat of Morgan Rosts, Antonia Frappell, Madison Mailey, Sydney Payne, Karen Lefsrud, Stephanie Grauer, Julia Vander Hoeven, Caileigh Filmer and Laura Court took advantage and powered through to the finish line with a time of 6:09.89.

“The race was surreal, the result is surreal,” said Vander Hoeven. “Everything went to plan. We trusted our coxswain and we really just lived the race.”

Jones overtook Romania in the final 500 metres to become Under-23 World Champion in the men’s single sculls. Holding off South Africa in second through the race, Jones pushed ahead at 1500 metres to cross the finish line ahead of Romania with a time of 6:49.35.

“I wanted to just stick to my plan,” said Trevor Jones. “I stuck with the pack off the start, I didn’t want to drop off. Then I attacked in the middle thousand and just emptied the tank. It was a good race.”

Carly Zanatta raced yesterday in the lightweight women’s single sculls C Final, placing 13th overall.

For full results and recap of the World Rowing Under-23 Championships and videos of A Finals, see WorldRowing.com.

RCA All For One Campaign

It’s also not too late to support the Under-23 team! RCA launched the All for One fundraising campaign, supporting the Under-23 and Junior athletes as they prepare for and compete at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. The goal of this campaign is to raise funds that will go directly to reducing any fees that athletes face when representing Canada.

Donations can be made at www.fundrazr.com/RCAallforone either to the Under-23 team, Junior team or both, with funds directly reducing the costs for athletes. To show your support of the athletes and the campaign via social media, post #RCAAllForOne on your Facebook or Twitter.

RCA would like to thank all those who have contributed already to the campaign in support of the next generation of Canadian rowers.