Largest Canadian Team Set to Represent at the FISU World University Rowing Championships

Largest Canadian Team Set to Represent at the FISU World University Rowing Championships

The Canadian team for the FISU World University Rowing Championships has been selected with 36 talented athletes set to represent Canada in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from July 4 – July 6, 2024.

This event brings together the top student athletes from around the world to showcase their rowing prowess in pursuit of podium glory.

 “We are excited to collaborate with Canadian universities in supporting the development of high-performance athletes. FISU provides a unique platform that bridges the gap between U23 and senior racing, offering an international experience for those beyond the U23 category. The last FISU event Canada participated in was in 2018 in Shanghai, China, which served as a launching pad for several athletes who went on to represent Canada at the senior level. We are confident that this year’s competitors will achieve similar success.” – Chuck McDiarmid, RCA NextGen Program Lead

The selection process was conducted by the FISU Selection Committee, comprising four Canadian University Rowing Association coaches and RCA NextGen Program Lead, Chuck McDiarmid. Athletes were nominated based on their previous performances and their ergometer submissions. The nominations were subsequently reviewed and approved by RCA’s NextGen Selection Committee.

Rowing has been an official World University Championship sport since 1984.



Women’s Sculling

Training at McGill University and Montreal Rowing Club.

Women’s Single (W1x)

  • Catherine Chénier-Gagnon / McGill University

Women’s Double (W2x)

  • Natalya Ariano / University of Victoria
  • Julia Schuurmans / Queen’s University


Lightweight Men and Women

Training at Brock University.

Lightweight Men’s Single (LM1x)

  • Giancarlo DiPompeo / University of Victoria

Lightweight Men’s Double (LM2x)

  • Connor Dodds / Brock University
  • Charles-Etienne Tabet / Brock University

Lightweight Women’s Single (LW1x)

  • Sophie Inkpen / Dalhousie University

Lightweight Women’s Double (LW2x)

  • Zoe Durcak / Brock University
  • Isabella Durcak / Brock University


Women’s Sweep

Training at the University of Victoria with support from Craig Pond and UBC. Jane Gumley will be travelling with the team.

Women’s Eight (W8+)

  • Mikaela Holthuis / University of Victoria
  • Danica Ariano / University of Victoria
  • Jacqueline Blunt / University of British Columbia
  • Gabrielle Kieser / University of Victoria
  • Ceilidh MacDonald / Queen’s University
  • Rachel Weber / Western University
  • Gabriella Worobec / University of British Columbia
  • Gabrielle Yarema / Western University
  • Gabriella Diaz (Coxswain) / University of British Columbia

Women’s Pair (W2-)

  • Eliza Dawson / Washington State University
  • Sally Jones / University of British Columbia


Men’s Eight and Double

Training with the University of Victoria under the direction of Aalbert Van Schothorst. Mike Pearce will be travelling with the team.

Men’s Eight (M8+)

  • Bob Bryden / Queen’s University
  • Andrew Hubbard / Queen’s University / University of Victoria
  • Victor Lefebvre / University of Victoria
  • Sebastien Psarianos / University of Toronto
  • Sam Ree / University of Victoria
  • Quinn Storey / University of Victoria
  • Connor Attridge / University of Victoria
  • Jesse Harold / University of Victoria
  • Sascha Jansen-Rudan (Coxswain) / University of Victoria

Men’s Double (M2x)

  • Michael Caryk / University of Victoria
  • Kai Bartel / University of Victoria


Men’s Four

Training at UBC with Mike Pearce.

Men’s Four (M4-)

  • Julian Black / University of British Columbia
  • Aidan Della Siega / University of British Columbia
  • Axel Ewashko / University of British Columbia
  • Sam Stewart / Western University


Men’s Single

Training at the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre, with overseas support from Katie Bruggeling and Mary Rao.

Men’s Single (M1x)

  • Michael Ciepiela / Brock University



For more information:

Colleen Coderre
RCA Communications Lead

Susanne Wereley
RCA Communications Manager


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