Canadian crews announced for 2021 World U23 Championships

Canadian crews announced for 2021 World U23 Championships

Thursday June 17, 2021 – Victoria, BC

Rowing Canada Aviron is pleased to announce the selection of the eight crews representing Canada this summer at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Račice, Czech Republic, from July 7 to 11, 2021.

Returning to the team are a number of athletes from RCA’s 2019 U23 squad, including Peter Lancashire (Brentwood College/University of Washington), Katie Clark (Rockies Rowing Club/University of British Columbia Rowing Club), and 2018 Youth Olympic Games competitor Grace VandenBroek (Peterborough Rowing Club/Trent University). Liam Keane (Victoria City Rowing Club/Dartmouth College), a two-time Junior and 2018 U23 National Team athlete, will also race in Račice.

Among those making their U23 debut are 2019 World Junior Championship women’s quad fourth place finishers Maya Meschkuleit (Don Rowing Club/Yale University) and Lucy Black (Four Bridges Rowing Club/Stanford University).

Members of the University of Washington’s 2021 Pac-12 and IRA National Championship winning varsity and second varsity men’s eight crews—Lancashire, Adam Krol (Don Rowing Club), Jack Walkey (Victoria City Rowing Club) and Steven Rosts (Ridley Graduate Boat Club)—will don the maple leaf as well.

“It’s exciting to be returning to international racing,” said Chuck McDiarmid, RCA NextGen Program Lead. “Our NextGen athletes have demonstrated their determination and perseverance through their training over the past year, and we are looking forward to seeing them in action on the water.”

In support of the U23 athletes, RCA has launched a fundraising campaign to reduce fees associated with international competition and ensure that athletes do not face financial barriers to representing Canada on the world stage. To make a contribution and help Canada’s rowers focus on giving their all on the water, please visit

Women’s Pair (BW2-) 

Alexis Cronk 

University of Victoria Rowing Club 

Kirsten Edwards 

University of Victoria Rowing Club 

Women’s Double (BW2x) 

Abigail Dent 

Kenora Rowing Club/University of Michigan 

Lucy Black 

Four Bridges Rowing Club/Stanford University 

Women’s Quad (BW4x) 

Elisa Bolinger 

University of Western Ontario Rowing Club 

Grace VandenBroek 

Peterborough Rowing Club/Trent University 

Katie Clark 

Rockies Rowing Club/University of British Columbia Rowing Club 

Maya Meschkuleit 

Don Rowing Club/Yale University 

Lightweight Women’s Double (BLW2x) 

Karissa Riley 

Calgary Rowing Club/University of Western Ontario Rowing Club 

Sophie Inkpen 

North Star Rowing Club/Dalhousie University 

Men’s Single (BM1x) 

Steven Rosts 

Ridley Graduate Boat Club/University of Washington 

Men’s Double (BM2x) 

Raphael Berz 

Victoria City Rowing Club/Yale University 

Samuel Stewart 

London Rowing Club/Brock University 

Men’s Four (BM4-) 

Adam Krol 

Argonaut Rowing Club/University of Washington 

Jack Walkey 

Claremont Sports Institute Rowing Academy/University of Washington 

Peter Lancashire 

Brentwood College/University of Washington 

Liam Keane 

Victoria City Rowing Club/Dartmouth College 

Lightweight Men’s Double (BLM2x) 

Samuel Weinstein Zimbel 

Argonaut Rowing Club/Columbia University  

Thomas Markewich 

Regina Rowing Club/Brock University 

Non-Travelling Spares 

Haydn Thomas 

University of Victoria 

Connor Attridge 

University of Victoria 

Michael Caryk 

Winnipeg Rowing Club 

Dane Halkiw 

Argonaut Rowing Club/University of California, Berkley 


Isolda Penney (Victoria City Rowing Club)
Maksym Kepskyy (Rowing Canada Aviron)
Matthew Weaver (University of Washington)
Sergio Espinoza (University of Washington)

For more information: 
Colleen Coderre
RCA Communications Lead

Liz Montroy
RCA Communications and Events Coordinator  

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