Senior Boys Rowing

Friday, July 28, 2017 - By: Mr Brian Carr

Rowing at the top competitive level in North America has become a fulltime sport. Clubs from across the continent are developing international programmes that are attracting more and more athletes. There were almost 60 boys signed up at the beginning of the year. When we thought we might lose some after the first rainfall, we actually gained a few before the midterm break. 

In the fall we competed in Rowing Canada’s National Championships with Peter Lancashire and Lion Tautz winning the a silver medal in the pair and the gold medal in the Under 19 Canada Cup quad. We next hosted our friends from Green Lake and then travelled down to Seattle to take part in the Frostbite & Head of the Lake Regattas. We had a successful dual with Shawnigan and then the next day we raced everyone at the Tail of the Gorge, hosted by the University of Victoria. 

We had a great Spring Break training camp at the Newport Aquatic Centre in Newport Beach, California. They are arguably the top junior club in the United States and many lessons were learned along the way. 

Though it is becoming increasingly difficult to win medals at our own Brentwood Regatta, we finished with a gold, silver and two bronzes. These successes on home waters earned us a trip down to Seattle for the Opening Day Regatta and got the wheels rolling as we ended up winning the 8+, 4+ and 2- at the Shawnigan Lake Regatta. The next report (in the supplement) will summarize our trip to St. Catharines and the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Championships. 

I would like to thank my co-coaches, Robyn Amiel and Michael Braithwaite, for their endless hours before, during, and after all of the events we participated in this year. 

To the Grade 11’s – you have some very large shoes to fill next year. Take the challenge and bring some friends along with you. To Peter, Lion, Aidan, Phil, Joe, Leon and Justin, thank you for your endless support of the program and the best of luck to you in the future. There is always a seat in the coach boat when you come back to visit us in Mill Bay.

Mr Brian Carr

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