Nova Scotia Rower Claims Gold Medal at World Championships
Sport Nova Scotia – Andrew Todd, a member of North Star Rowing Club and the Nova Scotia Provincial Team, claimed a gold medal earlier today at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria with his para-rowing Men’s Pair partner Kyle Frederickson. The pair dominated their event winning by open water over Australia and France, as they continue to build on a strong summer rowing on the international scene. They won gold at the 2018 Para Rowing International Regatta in Gavirate, Italy earlier in the season.
“Everyone at North Star Rowing Club is thrilled for Andrew Todd and his World Championship Gold,” boasted Peter Webster, Head Coach at North Star. “Andrew is an inspiration to his fellow rowers, including many of our younger members who have just started or are developing with the provincial team. We are proud to have Andrew as an engaged and very successful member and look forward to having him back at the club this fall, training on Lake Banook.”
Todd began his rowing career at the University of Ottawa in 2007 and transitioned into para-rowing in 2013 following an accident that left him with a disability in one of his legs. Since then, he has led his field, having a banner year in 2016 where he competed and won gold in the light-weight para quad at the World Cup and then earning a bronze medal at the Rio Paralympic Games with the same crew.
He now trains in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, setting a very high bar for provincial athletes aspiring to the international stage. He is deeply invested and engaged in the sport, and gives back to his rowing community through speaking engagements and by serving on the board of Row Nova Scotia. He also mentors the young athletes he trains alongside by offering his advice and guidance.
“The rowing community is incredibly proud of Andrew’s achievements in Plovdiv,” said Katie Edwards, President of Row Nova Scotia. “Moreover, we are so pleased that he has chosen to row and live in Nova Scotia, and that he is so devoted to the growth of our sport in the province. His work with high-performing junior athletes has made an immediate, positive impact, as evidenced by this year’s achievements on the national and international stages.”
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