Vikes rowing looks for another strong performance at WCURCs

Vikes Communications

The Vikes men's and women's rowing teams will be back in action this coming weekend when they travel to Burnaby to take part in the Western Canadian University Rowing Championships on October 16.

The event is the primer for CURC's, preparing the varsity boats for 2 km racing as well as giving the novice and reserve athletes an opportunity to test their readiness against their counterparts on the west coast.

About the EventBoth teams put up dominant performances at the event last year. The women's team won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals to help them secure the WCURC title while the men's crew swept every event.

From a developmental perspective, the performance was an exciting one for the Vikes and they showed the speed that the crew would go on to capitalize on at the Brown Cup.

This year the men's team will see a strengthened heavyweight program with the addition of Taylor Perry to the boat. The lightweight program will suffer from the loss of assistant captain Alex Walker. This places Patrick Keane into a leadership position as the Vikes develop a young but exciting light men's program.

Scouting the Course

Burnaby Lake is one of the premier race courses in Canada and attending the WCURC's helps to prep athletes for future events like NRC's by familiarizing them with the layout of the Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavillion.

This course was a part of the Canada Summer Games in years past and has been targeted with an overhaul of the grandstands and some other key infrastructure in the next few years. 

Coach's Take
Aalbert Van Schothorst, Vikes Men's Rowing Coach

"The fall racing calendar has been heavily impacted by National Rowing Championships being hosted at this venue not three weeks ago. That event focused on small boats like the single and the pair.  WCURC's will give us an opportunity to take a look at the speed being produced in the larger hulls so that we can get a better picture of where our training needs to focus in the upcoming weeks leading to CURC's."

Rick Crawley, Vikes Women's Rowing Coach

"This will be a good battle. UBC has a good group of heavyweights but I think we are stronger with the lightweights. Our team is young but powerful. It will be a good battle between two premier programs with Calgary poised to be a spoiler.

"I am interested to see how our young 2V's fare in their first race as a Vike. Should be exciting as well for our novices."

Player Perspective  
Mark Davies, Vikes assistant captain

"As a team everyone is excited to get the fall season started and to demonstrate all the work we have put in leading up to this regatta.
For our freshmen this is the first time they will have the honour of racing in the Uvic colours so this will be quite an event for them."

"For the CURCs crew the regatta gives the varsity team a good look at what to expect going into the university championships so we can prepare further for the best result possible."

Athletes to Watch

U-23 World Champion (2015) Taylor Perry and U-23 Worlds athlete Lucien Brodeur will represent the Vikes in the single at this event. Each of them has a depth of racing experience that will lend well to their performances.

FISU men's pair of Adam Donaldson and Mark Davies will hope to have strong performances in the pair and eight races.They will be joined in both of those events by up and coming U-23 athletes Daan Arscott and Mathew Szymanowski.

Becca Zimmerman will be one to watch for women's rowing after strong performances at both the FISU and the NRC's.

Sarah Craven performed well at the U-19 Worlds, while Jessica Bateman—the reigning Vikes women's athlete of the month—also had a strong showing at the NRC's.

Avalon Wasteneys is an athlete that will be competing for the first time for the varsity team after graduating from the Vikes novices.

Event Info

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 - Western Canadian Rowing Championships @ Burnaby, B.C.

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