BC Championship Rowing

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - By: Liam C, Rogers ‘18 & Benett L, Privett ‘18; Photo by Brian Carr

This year at the BC Rowing Championships many Brentwood faces, wearing many different uniforms, appeared amongst the crowd. Elliot Rogers, Rogers ‘15, rowed for the Canadian National Training Centre, Renee LaFreniere ‘16) wore the UBC Thunderbirds’ uniform, Ellis Hollands ‘16 & Alex Ridenour ‘16 competed for Team British Columbia, Tara Christensen ‘14 and Patrick Walter ‘77) returned to Victoria City Rowing Club, Dan Thompson ‘08 coached the Kelowna Rowing Club, Alex Bell ‘19) rowed for Maple Bay, Jacob Phillips ‘18 wore the black and blue Burnaby uniform, both Benett L ‘18 and Liam C ‘18) represented the red and black of Nanaimo Rowing Club while Tasmin West & Riley T rowed for Canada against the American and Mexican CanAmMex crews.

The weekend was jampacked with various events from junior singles to open eights, all racing a distance of 1850m. Racing began Friday morning and ran all the way to Sunday at noon. By the end of the weekend it is safe to say everyone was drained of all their energy. The number of races per rower ranged from 1 or 2 to 7 or 8. 

Besides all the excitement from racing, there was an extra element of excitement this year due to wind and waves. It proved to be a tough challenge to row down the long stretch of course without plunging into the cold water. For some, this proved too much of a challenge and many ended up flipping. 

This year, the BC championships was accompanied by the presence of the Canadian, American and the Mexican junior national teams. Among the Canadian athletes, was our own Riley T, who won gold in the men’s four and silver in the men's eight and Tasmin West who earned silver in women’s 8+. 

Liam C, Rogers ‘18 & Benett L, Privett ‘18

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