Summer Review of Rowing in Canada and Abroad

Friday, August 27, 2010 -

It has been a busy summer for some of our Brentonians! Six of our current students, two of our new students and two of our coaches participated in rowing races in Fort Langley, British Columbia, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Racice, Czech Republic.

Current Brentwood boys, Ben Coull, (‘10) and Andrew Crowley, (‘11) rowed for Canada’s Junior ‘B’ team at the United States Club National Championships and participated in the CanAmMex Regatta in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Junior National Team was made up of athletes who are in the development stage in the National team programme. Ben and Andrew raced in the Intermediate division at the Club Nationals in an eight, coxed four, and pair. Racing in a category above, they were in tough competition against some of the senior clubs in the U.S. The members of the CanAmMex Regatta are junior development crews from Canada, United States and Mexico. Ben and Andrew won a silver medal in the pair and a bronze medal in the eight!

In Racice, Czech Republic at the Junior World Rowing Championships, Martin Barakso, (‘12) and Eric Jackson, (‘10) were the stern pair in the Junior Men’s quad. There were 26 entries in the event. The crew was showing some very good speed leading up to the Regatta, however, on the first day of competition, the bow man from St.John’s Newfoundland came down with a serious stomach virus. They struggled through the first few days of the competition, but without any spares at the regatta, they had to pull out of the final day of competition. Another participant of the event was Ruben Steinhardt, who will be entering Brentwood in September from Hamburg, Germany. He was a member of the World Champion German quad and will be a great addition to our programme in the fall.

Head of Rowing, Brian Carr, spent the summer as the Assistant Men’s coach for the Junior National Team in Racice. “For my first time at a junior world championships it was an incredible experience watching the top level of junior rowing in the world perform on this stage. I have gained valuable knowledge I can share with all the rowers here at Brentwood.” The Junior Men’s eight won the Petite Final after missing the Grand Final by 0.26 seconds.

Three Brentwood rowers and Coach Robyn Willow, travelled to Fort Langley to participate at the BC Summer Games. Anastasia Kosteckyj (‘12), Nick Ridenour, (‘13), and a new student joining us in the fall, Lance Bai (‘12), joined six other rowers from around Vancouver Island to represent Zone 6 at the Games. Anastasia, Nick, and Lance participated in events such as 1000m time trials, 500m double elimination sprints, and a skills rodeo. They gained 6 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze medals between them. In addition to ‘owning the podium’, the Zone 6 crew experienced the excitement of the opening ceremonies, and the camaraderie created by sharing accommodations with the other teams. Despite waiting in line for meals with 3400 fellow athletes, and being woken up in the middle of the night by a fire alarm, the rowers shared numerous laughs and gained invaluable racing experience. Participating in the BC Summer Games was the first step for these rowers in their journey to future podiums; they will now set their sights on participating in the Western Canada Summer Games next summer in Kamloops, BC.

On the alumni front, Olympic Gold medalist Malcolm Howard, ('01), placed 4th at the World Cup in the single in Lucerne, Switzerland. He will be representing Canada at the World Championships in New Zealand this November. Olympic silver medalist Dave Calder, (Class of 1996) is presently training with the senior team and will most likely be racing for Canada at the World Championships as well.

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