Vikes Rowers have busy summer ahead representing Canada
Rowing Canada announced a strong list of athletes set to prepare for the World Rowing Under-23 Championships and the senior World Cup 3, both happening in July. Among both lists are four current and one former University of Victoria Vikes men's rowers.
The U23 World Championships are set to take place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from Jul. 19-23 and a contingent of 19 men and women and five staff will represent Canada. Included in that mix are Vikes Patrick Keane, Luc Brodeur and Ty Adams. Keane will race the lightweight men's double sculls, while Brodeur and Adams will both race the quadruple sculls.
"As always, it is a huge honour to go and represent your country on the world stage," exclaimed humanities major Keane, who enters his third year with the Vikes this fall. "It is also an exciting time to see if the training and work we put in through the fall and spring has paid off."
"The Vikes program has provided me with a healthy, competitive and dynamic environment, while also giving me academic opportunities. The UVic rowing program has a strong team that is competitive while being very supportive among each other. Location wise, I am very fortunate to be in the same location as the National Training Centre, as they also support me in other ways."
For the upcoming weeks the trio of Under 23s will continue their training at Victoria's Elk Lake with some upcoming local regattas. The team will then head to Greece for a training camp and acclimatization ahead of the Bulgaria-hosted Championship.
"To me being named to the RCA National team is an unreal feeling," adds Adams. "Growing up I have always been patriotic as well as a sports fan, idolizing national team athletes from across multiple sports. it's hard to explain what this means to me as this is my first time racing for team Canada so every experience is new but I am filled with pride to wear the maple leaf."
On the senior side, crew selections for the World Rowing Cup 3 in Lucerne Switzerland, Jul. 7-9, including two current and one former Vike, who will compete alongside a combination of returning Rio 2017 Olympians and athletes making their debut at the World Cup series.
Two-time 2015 Pan American gold medallist, Rio Olympian and former Vike Kai Langerfeld will race the men's pair with Kingston, Ontario's Will Crothers. Keane will be on double duty this summer, as the Under 23 rower was also named to the lightweight men's double sculls with UBC's Maxwell Lattimer. Taylor Perry rounds out the Vikes named to the senior list as he was named to the men's four with David de Groot, Martin Barakso and Ryan Rosts.
"It is a huge accomplishment to represent your country and it is a great testament to the work these athletes have put in this past year," said Vikes men's rowing head coach Aalbert Van Schothorst. "It's so important that athletes get the opportunity to gain international experience and learn from other coaches in other training environments. This will help them grow as individuals but also as teammates and leaders when they return to train with the Vikes in the Fall."
Over 140 athletes participated in this year's selection process, competing in pairs and singles at Speed Order Trials for a spot at the selection camp in Burnaby, BC. Athletes were then invited to the National Team Training Centres (London, ON and Victoria, BC) where selections were confirmed for the 2017 World Cup and Under-23 World Championship National Teams.
RCA launched the All for One fundraising campaign this month, supporting the Under-23 and Junior teams as they prepare for the 2017 World Rowing Championships. The goal of this campaign is to raise funds that will go directly to reducing any fees that athletes face when representing Canada.
Donations can be made at www.fundrazr.com/
Canadian National Team (World Cup 3 – Lucerne, Switzerland)