This past weekend the ROWONTARIO U17 & U19 Provincial Teams took to the water at Guelph Lake in preparation for the National Rowing Championships and Canada Cup Regattas at the end of the month in Burnaby, BC.
The team, selected from the top performers at this summer’s ROWONTARIO Championships, includes athletes from a variety of clubs across the province. The team consists of: [U19 Women]: Mary Law (Argonaut Rowing Club – absent), Abbey Maillet (Leander Boat Club), Emma Seawright (Don Rowing Club), and Rachel Weber (Ottawa Rowing Club), Gillian Jansen (Notre Dame Rowing Club – filled in for Law); [U19 Men]: John-Wesley Appleton (Don Rowing Club), Kyle Nummi (Don Rowing Club), Kai Bartel (St. Catharines Rowing Club), Francis Shein (Argonaut Rowing Club); [U17 Women]: Ellie Tenyenhuis (Guelph Rowing Club), Kristina Harris (Guelph Rowing Club), Meredith Hilmayer (St. Catharines Rowing Club), Grace Weaver (St. Catharines Rowing Club); and [U17 Men]: George Martinson (St. Catharines Rowing Club), Christian Goff (Don Rowing Club), Liam Benner (St. Catharines Rowing Club), Mathieu Hansen (Argonaut Rowing Club).
Saturday was spent working in singles and fine-tuning “day-of” preparations and individual race plans. Sunday the programs came together to train in their respective Canada Cup quads to get the athletes flowing together.
“The camp was a great success despite some challenging weather conditions,” said Chris Marshall, ROWONTARIO’s High Performance Manager, “the camp was a very positive step in the process for athletes and coaches alike.”
The athletes have returned to their respective clubs across the province and will incorporate the physical, psychological, and organizational skills they have learned into their last few days of preparation before heading out to west next week.
A huge thank you to Guelph Rowing Club and the University of Guelph Varsity Rowing team who welcomed the team into their boathouse, shared their equipment, and provided guest coaching. Additional thanks goes out to Don Rowing Club and Brock University Rowing Club for providing the teams with the equipment necessary to get on the water despite a busy weekend of racing elsewhere in the province.