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Rowing Canada – Canada wrapped up the World Rowing Championships today with a big boat qualified for Tokyo 2020 and top 6 in three Olympic events.
The women’s eight secured a berth for Tokyo 2020 with a 4th place finish (6:03.04) in the hotly contested battle against New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Top five boats secured their spot for Tokyo with Great Britain earning the fifth spot.
The Canadian women’s eight crew includes Lisa Roman (Langley, BC), Nicole Hare (Calgary, AB), Christine Roper (Ottawa, ON), Susanne Grainger (London, ON), Hillary Janssens (Cloverdale, BC) and Caileigh Filmer (Victoria, BC), Avalon Wasteneys (Campbell River, BC), Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski (Calgary, AB), and coxswain Kristen Kit (St. Catharines, ON).
The women’s double A Final featured Canada’s Andrea Proske (Langley, BC) and Gabrielle Smith (Unionville, ON) finishing 0.63 seconds behind the Netherlands in 4th place. New Zealand and Romania finished 1st and 2nd respectively, with all crews previously qualifying their boats for Tokyo.
“The result was really tight. We executed our plan well so you can’t be disappointed in that,” said Smith. It is obviously frustrating to be that close but Olympic qualification was definitely a highlight this week. It’s going to fuel a pretty good winter of training.”
Rio Olympian Carling Zeeman (Cambridge, ON) raced against the world’s top, finishing 6th place (7:29.70), and proudly securing a berth for Canada in the A/B semi-finals in the women’s single.
“It’s a stepping stone,” explains Zeeman. “The Olympics are obviously the goal. I’m sixth in the world – not exactly where I want to be, but it gets me to the next step. I feel pride in that accomplishment.”
The men’s eight raced their B Final this morning, crossing the line in 2nd (5:42.09) ahead of Italy and Russia. The crew of Will Crothers (Kingston, ON), Mackenzie Copp (London, ON), Taylor Perry (Ancaster, ON), Gavin Stone (Brampton, ON), Benjamin De Wit (Port Alice, BC), Martin Barakso (Nanaimo, BC), Cody Bailey (St. Mary’s, ON) Jakub Buczek (Burnaby, BC) and coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie (London, ON) finished 8th overall at this event.
Matt Buie (Duntroon, ON) and Trevor Jones (Lakefield, ON) contested the C Final in the Men’s Double finishing 2nd (6:23.64) in the C Final and 14th overall.
Loren Pearson (Kamloops, BC) finished 6th in the PR1 Men’s Single finishing 18th overall in his first international regatta.
Canada takes home a total of three 2019 World Rowing Championship medals and six boats confirmed for Tokyo 2020. Subject to 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Selection Camp invitations, Canada may consider seeking additional qualification spots, in May 2020, during the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland and the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Gavirate, Italy.
Photos of Team Canada (copyright Rowing Canada Aviron) can be viewed here.
The 2019 World Rowing Championships Qualification System for Tokyo 2020 can be found here.
Canadian Crews – World Rowing Championships

PR2 Men’s Single  
Jeremy Hall Edmonton Rowing Club
PR2 Mixed Double  
Jeremy Hall Edmonton Rowing Club
Jessye Brockway Gorge Rowing Club
PR3 Men’s Pair  
Andrew Todd North Star Rowing Club
Kyle Fredrickson University of Victoria Rowing Club
PR1 Men’s Single  
Loren Pearson Victoria City Rowing Club
Women’s Eight  
Lisa Roman Middlesex-Western Rowing Club
Susanne Grainger London Rowing Club
Nicole Hare Calgary Rowing Club
Avalon Wasteneys University of Victoria Rowing Club
Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski Calgary Rowing Club
Hillary Janssens University of British Columbia Rowing Club
Christine Roper Ottawa Rowing Club
Caileigh Filmer University of Victoria Rowing Club
Kristen Kit (coxswain) University of British Columbia Rowing Club/St. Catharines Rowing Club
Women’s Pair  
Hillary Janssens University of British Columbia Rowing Club
Caileigh Filmer University of Victoria Rowing Club
Women’s Four  
Madison Mailey Burnaby Lake Rowing Club
Jennifer Martins Western University Rowing Club
Stephanie Grauer Burnaby Lake Rowing Club
Sydney Payne Brentwood College Rowing Club 
Women’s Double  
Andrea Proske Victoria City Rowing Club
Gabrielle Smith Knowlton Rowing Club
Lightweight Women’s Double  
Jill Moffatt Western University Rowing Club
Jennifer Casson Kingston Rowing Club
Lightweight Women’s Single  
Ellen Gleadow Burnaby Lake Rowing Club
Women’s Single  
Carling Zeeman Sudbury Rowing Club
Kristin Bauder Middlesex-Western Rowing Club
Morgan Rosts Ridley Graduate Boat Club
Rebecca Zimmerman University of Victoria Rowing Club
Laura Court St. Catharines Rowing Club
Men’s Pair  
Conlin McCabe Brockville Rowing Club
Kai Langerfeld University of Victoria Rowing Club
Men’s Eight  
Benjamin de Wit University of British Columbia Rowing Club
Cody Bailey MicMac Aquatic Center
Gavin Stone Queen’s University Rowing Club
Jakub Buczek Burnaby Lake Rowing Club
Mackenzie Copp Western University Rowing Club
Martin Barakso Brentwood College Rowing Club
Taylor Perry Leander Boat Club
Will Crothers Kingston Rowing Club
Lesley Thompson-Willie (coxswain) London Rowing Club
Men’s Double  
Matthew Buie St. Catharines Rowing Club
Trevor Jones Peterborough Rowing Club
Lightweight Men’s Double  
Maxwell Lattimer University of British Columbia Rowing Club
Patrick Keane Victoria City Rowing Club
Lightweight Men’s Single  
Aaron Lattimer University of British Columbia Rowing Club
David De Groot Brock University Rowing Club
Tim Schrijver Brock University Rowing Club


For more information:
Colleen Coderre
RCA Communications