Rowing Canada Announce Team for Rio Olympics


Team Canada. Photo courtesy Rowing Canada

Team Canada. Photo courtesy Rowing Canada

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) has announced the 26 athletes who will represent Team Canada in rowing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21. The team, who trains for most of the year on Victoria's Elk Lake, includes World Cup gold medalists Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee.

Of the 26 athletes, there are 10 returning Olympians, including six who stood on the podium at London 2012. Leading the way is Lesley Thompson-Willie, the coxswain of the women’s eight, who will be competing in her eighth Olympic Games, tying the all-time women’s record for any sport.

Canada qualified six boats last September at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France. The men’s quadruple sculls qualified as the seventh and final boat at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland in May.

Canada’s final pre-Olympic competition also took place in Lucerne at the second World Rowing Cup where the Victoria-based lightweight women’s double sculls crew of Jennerich and  Obee won gold. Training camps for the men’s and women’s rowing teams will be held in July in Guelph and London, Ontario respectively.

The rowing competition will take place at the Lagoa Stadium, August 6-14, with eight men’s events and six women’s events.


First Last Hometown Event
Julien Bahain Angers, France Men's quadruple sculls
Will Crothers Kingston, ON Men's four
Will Dean Kelowna, BC Men's quadruple sculls
Caileigh Filmer Victoria, BC Women's eight
Rob Gibson Kingston, ON Men's quadruple sculls
Susanne Grainger London, ON Women's eight
Nicole Hare Calgary, AB Women's pair
Brendan Hodge South Delta, BC Lightweight men's four
Lindsay Jennerich Victoria, BC Lightweight women's double sculls
Kai Langerfeld North Vancouver, BC Men's four
Maxwell Lattimer Delta, BC Lightweight men's four
Pascal Lussier Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC Men's quadruple sculls
Jennifer Martins Toronto, ON Women's pair
Natalie Mastracci Thorold, ON Women's eight
Conlin McCabe Brockville, ON Men's four
Cristy Nurse Georgetown, ON Women's eight
Patricia Obee Victoria, BC Lightweight women's double sculls
Nicolas Pratt Kingston, ON Lightweight men's four
Lisa Roman Langley, BC Women's eight
Christine Roper Montego Bay, JAM Women's eight
Tim Schrijver Thedford, ON Men's four
Lesley Thompson-Willie London, ON Women's eight
Antje von Seydlitz Smithers, BC Women's eight
Lauren Wilkinson North Vancouver, BC Women's eight
Eric Woelfl St. Catharines, ON Lightweight men's four
Carling Zeeman Cambridge, ON Women's single sculls


First Last Hometown Event
Ashley Brzozowicz Omemee, ON Alternate
Matthew Buie Duntroon, ON Alternate
Hillary Janssens Cloverdale, BC Alternate
Kate Sauks Owen Sound, ON Alternate


Position First Last Hometown
Performance Director, Women's Program John Keogh Launcestron, Tasmania, Australia
Performance Director, Men's Program Martin McElroy Galway, Ireland
Performance Director, Lightweight Men's Program Al Morrow London, ON
Coach Phil Marshall Brockville, ON
Coach Tom Morris Perth, Western Australia
Coach Volker Nolte Saarbrücken, Germany
Coach Terry Paul Peterborough, ON

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