Canada wins two bronze medals at the final World Cup event of 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Andrea Proske (Langley, BC) and Gabrielle Smith (Unionville, ON) captured Canada’s first medal of the day taking the bronze in challenging head wind conditions (8:03.77) with Romania taking the gold (7:58.39) and Australia winning the silver medal (7:59.11). This marks the second World Cup medal for this Canadian crew, earning a silver medal at the 2018 World Cup 3 in Lucerne.
“It definitely bumpy out there,” said Proske. “We train on some pretty wavy water so this isn’t so strange here. I think the change in weather conditions are part of why I love the sport so much because it can be anyone’s game, it’s not only mental out there but also very technical.”
The Women’s Eight crew secured Canada’s second bronze medal of the day in equally challenging conditions, overtaking Russia for 3rd place position at the 1000m mark. Canada held onto the pace to cross the line with the bronze (6:46.77) behind gold medallists from New Zealand (6:32.40) and Australia in silver (6:36.04). The Canadian Women’s Eight won the silver medal at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
“It was tough out there with the wind but we committed from our start,” said coxswain Kristen Kit. “I am really proud of these women! They stuck with it and in the 2nd and 3rd 500 meters. They trusted in the process and they trusted in each other!”
Bottom left: coxswain Kristen Kit, Christine Roper, Avalon Wasteneys, Madison Mailey
Top left: Jennifer Martins, Rebecca Zimmerman, Susanne Grainger, Stephanie Grauer, Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski.
CAN1 Women’s Four crew, Sydney Payne (Toronto, ON) Lisa Roman(London, ON), Nicole Hare (Calgary, AB) and Hillary Janssens (Cloverdale, BC) battled in their A Final, finishing fourth overall behind Australia, Denmark and Romania. This is the first World Cup event for this Canadian women’s crew combination.
“Fourth place is always tough to swallow but we are proud of the way we executed our race today,” said Nicole Hare. “Our heads are high and we are excited to see what we can do leading into World Championships in August.”
Jill Moffatt (Bethany, ON) Jennifer Casson (Kingston, ON) won the B Final event in the Lightweight Women’s Double placing 7th overall as a new crew combination this year.
The women’s crews will now return home to join the Men’s and Para program at the National Training Centre in Victoria, BC in preparation for the 2019 World Championships to be held August 25th– September 1st in Linz, Austria. The 2019 World Championships will be the first opportunity for nations to qualify crews for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Team Canada Results
Women’s Double Sculls – Andrea Proske & Gabrielle Smith
Women’s Coxed Eight (Roster below)
Women’s Lightweight Single Sculls – Ellen Gleadow
Women’s Four – CAN1
Women’s Four – CAN2
Lightweight Women’s Double – Jennifer Casson & Jill Moffatt
Photo credits: Merijn Soeters/Rowing Canada Aviron
Schedule and Results available at worldrowing.com.
Canadian Crews – World Cup 3
|Madison Mailey||Burnaby Lake Rowing Club|
|Susanne Grainger||London Rowing Club|
|Jennifer Martins||Western University Rowing Club|
|Christine Roper||Ottawa Rowing Club|
|Avalon Wasteneys||University of Victoria Rowing Club|
|Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski||Calgary Rowing Club|
|Stephanie Grauer||Burnaby Lake Rowing Club|
|Rebecca Zimmerman||University of Victoria Rowing Club|
|Kristen Kit (coxswain)||University of British Columbia Rowing Club/St. Catharines Rowing Club|
|Lightweight Women’s Double|
|Jill Moffatt||Western University Rowing Club|
|Jennifer Casson||Kingston Rowing Club|
|Lightweight Women’s Single|
|Ellen Gleadow||Burnaby Lake Rowing Club|
|Hillary Janssens||University of British Columbia Rowing Club|
|Sydney Payne||Brentwood College Rowing Club|
|Nicole Hare||Calgary Rowing Club|
|Lisa Roman||Middlesex-Western Rowing Club|
|Kristin Bauder||Middlesex-Western Rowing Club|
|Karen Lefsrud||Calgary Rowing Club|
|Colleen Nesbitt||Calgary Rowing Club|
|Morgan Rosts||Ridley Graduate Boat Club|
|Andrea Proske||Victoria City Rowing Club|
|Gabrielle Smith||Knowlton Rowing Club|
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