The Canadian Women's National Rowing Team had three crews, all of whom made finals, competing in the first World Cup of the season. The regatta was held on the Penrith course in Sydney, Australia and wrapped up on March 30, 2014. The newly formed crew of Natalie Mastracci from Thorold, Ontario and Susanne Grainger from London, Ontario won bronze in the Women's Pair. They were followed by fellow Canadians, Christine Roper and Ashley Brzozowicz, in fourth place. In Women's Doubles, Carling Zeeman of Cambridge, Ontario and Antje von Seydlitz-Kurzbach of Smithers, BC were fifth. On the men's team, Brian Price, Canada's much decorated coxswain for the Men's Eight, has just announced his retirement. During his time on the National Team from 2001 to 2012, Brian coxed his crew to gold medals at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 and to silver at the London Olympics in 2012. In all Brian has been a three-time Olympian and a three-time World Champion in 2002, 2003, and 2007. He now juggles working with the RBC Olympians program, public speaking, and working on a book. He lives in Orangeville with his wife and children.
Congratulations to Steve Roedde, winner of the Veteran Men's Lightweight (55-59 years) race at the C.R.A.S.H. B regatta, also known as the World Indoor Rowing Championships. Held in Boston on Valentine's weekend, the regatta attracts several thousand entrants from dozens of countries around the world. Although he was the oldest man in his race, Steve finished the 2,000 metres on the erg in a time of 6:43.0. Steve also won this event at Canadian Indoor Rowing championships a few weeks ago, as well as winning both events last year. Congratulations to Steve on a great performance.
Steve also holds a World Record at Concept II: Here
Steve Roedde had the Hanlan performance of the day at the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships (CIRC) held on Sunday, February 2 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Steve handily won the Veteran Lightweight Men's event. He also qualified, as he did last year, for the World Indoor Championships to be held in Boston on February 15th,2014. Over the course of the day's competition, 9 competitors made this qualifying standard in their respective events. The four with the fastest time relative to the standard will receive free airfare to Boston. Other strong performances included David Fishman in the Senior Masters Men who finished second. In the Junior B Lightweight Boys, an event with a field of 48 competitors, Hanlan's David Janssen was 4th followed by Oliver Couttolenc in 9th.
Hanlan juniors competing at CIRC numbered 11 this year led by coach Lauren Brown. Lauren has been running a very active and varied training program this winter for Hanlan's juniors with the goal of being prepared to train hard and race during the 2014 on-water season. The CIRC was an important and valuable learning experience for all the young athletes, many of whom were there for the first time.
Hanlan senior scullers, Alex Soutter and Ian Finlay, were in the stands coaching 25 junior boys from Upper Canada College, one of Hanlan's resident clubs. Simon Mackenzie was 1st in the Junior B Boys race. Our other resident clubs, Havergal College and University of Toronto, had 23 and 11 athletes respectively entered. Kenlyee Merritt from U of T won the Coxswain's Mens event which was raced over 1000 metres rather than the usual 2000 metres.
For those interested in trivia, the total number of athletes who row from the Hanlan boathouse who were at CIRC this year was an impressive 81 - 78 athletes, 3 coaches and 3 working as officials.