In his last year of Under-23 eligibility, Josh King was determined to make it his goal to represent Canada at the Under-23 World Championships. The entire winter, Josh put in at least 20 hours a week on the erg and in the weight room. Once invited to the selection trials in Burnaby BC, Josh elected to race the in the tough pair event. With his pair partner getting bronchitis two weeks before the trials, the pair was limited in practice time. Nevertheless the pair did enough to get themselves into the seat racing portion of selection. With a great seat racing, Josh was able to row in the lightweight four that would face a trial to determine if the boat would go to Under-23’s. After a tough trial, the new goal for the boat would be a pair so Josh travelled to London, Ontario to seat race for the pair. In London, Josh faced tough competition and decided after the pair to trial in the fast sculling group. While he was not selected for Under-23’s, Josh’s perseverance paid off when he was able to row for Canada at FISU (World University Games) in a lightweight four in Korea. After coming home, Josh led his Ottawa boats to three Henley gold a few weeks ago.
For Josh’s determination and commitment, we are very happy to announce that Josh King is this month’s DSA Peak Athlete of the Month
(Photo Credit to Carleton Ravens)..