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This summer, Row to Podium athletes will head to the Pan American Games, Under-23 World Championships, Junior World Championships, and CanAmMex Games.  Row to Podium is one of the many streams that Rowing Canada and ROWONTARIO use to develop rowers that will compete with the red maple leaf on their blade.

Row to Podium is a talent identification and development rowing program specifically designed for people who have never tried rowing before.  After being tested and admitted to the Row to Podium program, athletes undergo four phases in their pathway to gold.  Step 1 identifies the athlete by testing physical potential.  Step 2 is talent development and requires that the athlete work closely with a local coach that can help develop rowing skills and create a suitable training environment.  Once the athlete shows outstanding performance, they move to Step 3 at the National Development Center in Victoria BC, or London ON.  The National Development Center furthers the athlete’s development in a competitive environment and work closely with other athletes on their way to the National Team.  Step 4 is the National Training Center, where Row to Podium athletes reach their highest potential and train in a high performance environment in order to represent Canada at senior events.

As Canada’s premiere Summer Olympic sport, rowing has developed into a winning tradition.  This summer’s Row to Podium athletes will be future Olympians and continue to compete and succeed internationally against the very best.

Representing Canada at the Pan American Games in St. Catharines on July 11-15 will be Row to Podium graduates:

  • Mark Henry from Guelph, ON, competing in the Lightweight Men’s Double.
  • Tim Schrijver from Forest, ON, competing in the Men’s Four and Men’s Eight.
  • Eric Woelfl from St. Catharines, ON, competing in the Men’s Lightweight Four.
  • Carling Zeeman from Cambridge, ON, competing in the Women’s Single and Women’s Quadruple Sculls.

Representing Canada at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on July 22-26 will be:

  • Sarah Rothwell from Listowel, ON and Peterborough Rowing Club, competing in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls.
  • Alex Watson from Toronto, ON, and Peterborough Rowing Club, competing in the Lightweight Men’s Quadruple Sculls.
  • Graham Peeters from Omemee, ON, and Peterborough Rowing Club, competing in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls.

Row to Podium athletes representing Canada at the Junior World Rowing Championships at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5-9 will include:

  • Trevor Jones from Peterborough Rowing Club, competing in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls.
  • Carol Love – Row to Podium Coach, from Peterborough Rowing Club. Carol has helped coach Canadian crews at the 2013 Junior and 2014 Under-23 World Championships.

Representing Canada at CanAmMex in Mexico City on July 6-11 will be:

  • Noah Redfern-Lount of Western Rowing Club
  • Rachel Clarke on Western Rowing Club

We wish all every athlete the best of luck and we will be making sure to keep an eye out in the future!

For more information about the program, check out the website.