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Canadian Paralympic boats kick off racing at Sea Forest Waterway

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic rowing competition is officially underway, with Canada offering up some promising performances to kick off the long-awaited regatta. Both Canadian boats will be racing in the repechages tomorrow.

Canada’s first race saw Jessye Brockway (Gorge Narrows Rowing Club) and Jeremy Hall (Edmonton Rowing Club) make their Paralympic debut in the PR2 Mix2x, with a 6th place finish in heat one of the competition. Team Canada raced in lane 5 and will now contest for a spot in the final through the repechage tomorrow, Saturday August 28 Japan Standard Time (Friday August 27 Pacific Time/Eastern Time).

“It was not necessarily the start we wanted out of gate,” said Hall. “However, the rest of the race we executed well which was to row well technically and keep something left in the tank for the rest of this regatta.”

Kyle Fredrickson (University of Victoria Rowing Club), Bayleigh Hooper (Peterborough Rowing Club), Victoria Nolan (Victoria City Rowing Club), Andrew Todd (North Star Rowing Club) and coxswain Laura Court (St. Catharines Rowing Club) raced in the PR3 mixed coxed four (PR3Mix4+) heats finishing 4th overall ahead of Ukraine and Spain. Team Canada will race the repechage tomorrow.

“Racing 2000m versus 1000m is definitely a different game but one that I’m definitely excited about,” said Andrew Todd.

Four time-Paralympian, Victoria Nolan reflected after the race saying that, “it is pretty exciting to see how the competition has developed since I last raced and I am curious to see how the remainder of the competition unfolds.”

Repechage racing continues for Canada tomorrow (Saturday August 28 Japan Standard Time, Friday in Pacific Time/Eastern Time). Live streaming and schedules can be found here.

Team Canada Results and Progressions

PR2 Mix2x
6th in Heat > Repechage

PR3 Mix 4+
4th in Heat > Repechage

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For more information:
Colleen Coderre
RCA Communications Lead
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