Canada names its hopefuls

The Rowing Service

Rowing Canada Aviron official press release, June 11, 1999

Nine crews were nominated today to represent Canada this summer at variousinternational regattas and the FISA Rowing World Championships in St.Catharines, Ont. (Aug. 22 to 29, 1999).

"Our internal selection standards are tougher this year than last, and I'm very, very pleased with the quality of crews, " said Bruce Robertson, VP High Performance for Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA). "We hope to see some exciting racing at the Worlds this year in our home country."
After conducting time trials at the RCA high-performance training centres inVictoria, B.C. and London, Ont. today, the following crews were named: Theheavyweight men's eight, the heavyweight women's eight, the lightweight men'seight, the lightweight women's quad, the lightweight men's four, the heavyweightmen's double, the lightweight women's double, and the men's and women's singlesculls.

1998 World Champion (women's pair) rower Alison Korn did not participate in thetime trial today because of an injury, but is expected to return to rowing withthe National Team in two weeks. The women's pair crew has not yet been named.Some of the crews selected today will go to Europe for World Cup regattas andothers to the U.S. Nationals and Pan Am Games (with additional crews yet to beannounced). Crews not nominated today may be added to the Worlds' line-up duringthe summer. The 1999 World Championships is the Olympic-qualifying competitionfor rowing.

Men's 8+

Bryan Donnelly of Calgary, Larry Varga of Ucluelet, B.C., Barney Williams ofVictoria, B.C., Mike Belenkie, Tom Herschmiller of Comox, B.C, Scott Brodie ofSt. Catharines, Ont., Adam Parfitt of Victoria, Henry Hering of Montreal, andChris Taylor of St. Catharines, Ont. (cox)

Women's 8+

cox: Lesley Thompson of London, Ont., Theresa Luke of Forest Grove, B.C.Dorota Urbaniak of Toronto, Heather Davis (replaces Alison Korn), Emma Robinsonof Winnipeg, Kubet Weston of Tillsonburg, Ont., Heather McDermid of Calgary,Buffy Alexander of St. Catharines, Laryssa Biesenthal of Walkerton, Ont.

Lightweight Men's 8+

(Note: Not an Olympic event. Crew will go to Europe as a result of its ownfundraising initiative)Eric Oinonen of Thunder Bay, Ont., Matt McCarthy of Peterborough, Ont., AnthonyShearing of Toronto, Ont., Jeff Lay of London, Ont., Dave Boyes of St.Catharines, Ont., Ed Winchester of St. John, N.B., Ben Storey of Whitehorse,Yukon, Graham McLaren of Victoria B.C. and Trevor Peterson of Pickering, Ont.

Lightweight Women's 4x

Katrina Scott of Toronto, Renata Troc of London, Ont., Tracy Duncan ofSaskatoon, Sask. and Nathalie Benzing of Toronto, Ont.

Lightweight Men's 4-

Iain Brambell of Brentwood Bay, B.C., Jon Beare of Toronto, Gavin Hassett ofVictoria, and Chris Davidson of Oakville, Ont.

Heavyweight Men's 2x

Todd Hallett of Dartmouth, N.S. and Lawrence Nwaesei of Windsor, Ont.

Lightweight Women's 2x

Fiona Milne of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. and Gen Meredith of Montreal, Que.

Women's 1x

Marnie McBean of Toronto, Ont.

Men's 1x

Derek Porter of Victoria, B.C.

Jackie Skender, Rowing Canada AvironDir. of CommunicationsUniversity of Western OntarioLondon, Ontario N6G 1G7Ph: 519-661-4234 Fax: 519-850-2374