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KENORA, O.N. – August 3, 2017 – The Team Ontario rowers had an impressive day of racing on Rabbit Lake in Kenora, ON at the Canada Summer Games, winning seven medals in seven events.

The day started with a dominant performance in the Lightweight Men’s 4- of Nick Nero (St. Catharines), Nick Grubic (Leander), James Sinclair (Leander) and Owen Voelkner (St. Catharines). Team Ontario finished 1st with a time of 6:30.75, 10 seconds ahead of the field to win the gold medal. British Columbia won silver and Alberta took the bronze, with Saskatchewan and New Brunswick rounding out the final.
The next event for Team Ontario was the Men’s 1x, featuring Trevor Jones (Peterborough) who joined Team Ontario straight from the U23 World Championships, where he had won a gold medal. Trevor finished 1st with a time of 7:25.12, ahead of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta.

The first women’s race of the day was the Women’s 2- event, in which Lauren Gadsdon (Leander) and Claire Dirks (Havergal) raced against a tough field, holding off a strong push from Saskatchewan to win the bronze medal. British Columbia finished 1st, followed closely by Alberta.
Continuing the trend, the Women’s 4x of Emily Stewart (St. Catharines), Anna Maloney (St. Catharines), Emma Dockray (St. Catharines) and Hayley Chase (Laurentian) raced a nail biter of a race against strong crews from British Columbia and Manitoba. Thanks to a strong second 1000 push and a great finish sprint, Team Ontario won the gold medal by 3 seconds ahead of B.C. Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia rounded out the A-Final.

After a short break in the race schedule, long-time pair partners Hunter Amesbury and Luke Gadsdon (both from Leander) took to the water in the Men’s 2- event. Rowing well in the head wind, Amesbury and Gadsdon controlled the race from the front, finishing in 1st with a time of 7:13.26 ahead of British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Quebec.
The Team Ontario men continued their gold medal push in the Men’s 4x event, featuring Dan Bullock (Peterborough), Ethan McAlpine (St. Catharines), Jared Naar (South Niagara) and Nick Everett (Brockville) raced an aggressive race, winning the gold medal with a time of 6:20.17. British Columbia won the silver medal, and Alberta took the bronze. Saskatchewan, Quebec and Nova Scotia rounded out the final.

The last event of the day was the Women’s 8+ event, which proved to be very exciting in front of the boathouse as Team Ontario put a strong push on Alberta right in front of their cheering teammates, parents and other spectators. Ontario won the bronze medal with a time of 6:55.35, less than 3 seconds behind Alberta, in 2nd. British Columbia won the gold medal, and Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador also raced in the A-Final.

Team Ontario’s Chef de Mission Jen Bennett was on site in Kenora today to cheer on the Team Ontario rowers, and was very excited to see Ontario so well-represented on the podium. Racing continues tomorrow, with the Lightweight Women’s 2x at 9:10AM CST. Other crews racing tomorrow are the Women’s 1x, Men’s 2x, Men’s 4-, Women’s 4-, Women’s 2x, and Men’s 8+.

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