Stage set for Pan American Games, World Junior Championships

Stage set for Pan American Games, World Junior Championships

August 5, 2019 – Lima, Peru and Tokyo, Japan

The 2019 Pan American Games regatta and the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships are set to get under way in what will be a busy week for Canada’s NextGen rowers.

Pan American Games racing will begin on August 6 at Albufera Medio Mundo in Huacho, Peru with heats and repechages, which will continue into August 7. Finals will take place August 8 to 10 before the multi-sport event wraps up with the Closing Ceremony on August 11.

Among those representing Canada in Peru is 2015 Pan American gold medallist Kate Haber (Owen Sound, ON), as well as a number of rowers who have had success at other international events, such as 2015 World U23 gold medallists Graham Peeters (Omemee, ON) and Matthew Finley (St. Catharines, ON) and 2014 Youth Olympic Games and World Juniors medallist Larissa Werbicki (Saskatoon, SK). Returning from injury is Trish Mara (Victoria, BC), who finished fourth in the Lightweight Women’s Quad at the 2017 World Championships.

A crew change will see Spencer Kielar (Guelph, ON) sub in for Alex Bernst (Ottawa, ON) just days after competing for Canada at the 2019 World Rowing U23 Championships.

Meanwhile, across the Pacific Ocean, Canada’s Junior team will be competing at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships, which is taking place at the new Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, the venue the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Heats will take place August 7 to 8 (August 6 to 7 ET/PT), followed by repechages and semifinals scheduled for August 8 to 10 (August 7 to 9 ET/PT). The event concludes on August 11 (August 10 ET/PT) with the A Finals.

Included among the 16 athletes donning the maple leaf in Tokyo are Junior National Team returnees Lucy Black (Fredericton, NB), Claire Ellison (Halifax, NS), Maya Meschkuleit (Mississauga, ON) and Eden Cooper-Squires (Toronto, ON).

When and Where
Pan American Games
August 6-10, 2019
Lima, Peru
Racing starts each day at 9:00am local time (10:00amET/7:00amPT)

World Junior Championships
August 7-11, 2019
Tokyo, Japan
Racing starts each day at 9:30am local time (8:30pmET/5:30pmPT previous day)

How to Follow Racing
Pan American Games
Select races may be livestreamed on CBC Sports
Schedule and results available at

World Junior Championships
Live tracking every day at
All races will be livestreamed on
Schedule and results available at

Follow @rowingcanada on social media for heat, repechage and semi-final progressions. Daily reports recapping final results will be posted on Thursday through Saturday.

Join the conversation @rowingcanada: #Lima2019 #PanAm #WRJChamps #Tokyo2019 #rowingcanada #RCANextGen

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Pan American Games Team

Lightweight Women’s Single


Trish Mara

Victoria City Rowing Club

Women’s Pair


Jessie Loutit

Calgary Rowing Club

Larissa Werbicki

Saskatoon Rowing Club

Lightweight Women’s Double


Kate Haber

Victoria City Rowing Club

Jaclyn Stelmaszyk

Durham Rowing Club/Victoria City Rowing Club

Women’s Single


Jessica Sevick

University of British Columbia Rowing Club

Women’s Double


Layla Balooch

Burnaby Lake Rowing Club/University of Victoria Rowing Club

Shannon Kennedy

Middlesex-Western Rowing Club/Victoria City Rowing Club

Lightweight Men’s Double


Spencer Kielar

Guelph Rowing Club/Peterborough Rowing Club

Joshua King

Ottawa Rowing Club

Men’s Double


Luc Brodeur

University of Victoria Rowing Club

Graham Peeters

Peterborough Rowing Club/Victoria City Rowing Club

Men’s Single


Matthew Finley

St. Catharines Rowing Club/Brock Rowing Club

Pan Am Coaches
Carol Love (Peterborough Rowing Club)
Dane Lawson (University of Western Ontario Rowing Club)

Meet Canada’s Mommy Double, Kate Haber and Jaclyn Stelmaszyk!


Junior World Championships Team

Women’s Single


Abigail Dent

Kenora Rowing Club

Women’s Double


Lily Jedlic

Regina Rowing Club

Hailey Mercuri

St. Catharines Rowing Club

Women’s Quad


Lucy Black

Ridley College

Claire Ellison

Halifax Rowing Club

Aida Lissel-DeCorby

Saskatoon Rowing Club

Maya Meschkuleit

Don Rowing Club

Men’s Quad


Stephen Harris

Guelph Rowing Club

Adam Krol

Don Rowing Club

Newton Seawright

Don Rowing Club

William Simpson

Argonaut Rowing Club

Men’s Coxed Four


Julian Black

St. George’s Rowing Club

Dane Halkiw

Upper Canada College Rowing Club

Basil Jancso-Szabo

Argonaut Rowing Club

Samuel Weinstein Zimbel

Argonaut Rowing Club

Eden Cooper-Squires (coxswain)

Argonaut Rowing Club

Junior Worlds Coaches
Scott Swinkels (University of Victoria Rowing Club)
Pat Cody (Row Nova Scotia)

Click here for NextGen National Team bios.

Canadian umpire(s) in attendance:
Pan Am Games
Ken Campbell

Timothy Henderson
Junior Worlds
Charles Hauss


For more information:
Colleen Coderre
RCA Communications Lead

Liz Montroy
RCA Communications and Events Coordinator

Photo by Merijn Soeters

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