Rowing Canada’s East Trials took place over the very cold and wet weekend of May 3 and 4 at the International Flat Water Centre South Course in Welland. Most the eastern athletes rowed with less than two weeks of on-water training due to the long, cold and persistent winter. In fact, large pieces of ice were still floating down the Welland course during the races. Athletes were vying for a place on the national team whose next stop is the World Rowing Cup II to be held at Aiguebelette, France.
Kate Sauks, Hanlan’s only entry, qualified for racing on both days of the regatta. Kate had a very strong race on Saturday, placing 7th in the time trial for the women’s lightweight single. She just missed qualifying for the A-final in her afternoon semifinal race. On Sunday, she struggled to a fourth place finish in the B-final, despite not feeling her best on the day. Congratulations to Kate on her performance. She has a promising year ahead.