Bronze at World Juniors

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Sunday, August 6, 2017 – A week of solid performances on the water in Trakai, Lithuania yielded a bronze medal at the World Rowing Juniors Championships from Kieanna Stephens and Grace VandenBroek in the women’s double sculls. The men’s four of Fraser Darling, Neil Kennedy, Peter Lancashire and Dylan Rupnow, who raced earlier on Sunday, finished third in the B Final.

Amanda Caromicoli, Alexandra Wright, Emma Reinsch and Leila Ashtaryeh of the women’s four placed second in C Final, narrowly edged out of first by .71 seconds by Switzerland.

With a quick start by South Africa, Stephens and VandenBroek made their move to catch up at the 500 metres mark, gaining the lead. Canada was challenged in the second half of the race by Great Britain and Germany. The women’s double slipped into third and held on to the final podium spot through to the finish line, winning a medal in their first World Juniors.

“It was a very hard race, we came out fast,” said VandenBroek. “We knew we had to hold on and we had a really good chance for a spot on the podium. We both still have a year of juniors left, so we knew it was going to be very challenging, but we just laid it all out there.”

"Depite our lack of time in this sport, we knew that we were capable of doing something amazing," said Stephens. "The only question was, how amazing?"

The men’s four faced strong competition in the B Final with Chile and South Africa taking early leads in the race. Canada moved their way up throughout the race from sixth to third as South Africa and Chile fell behind. The four were 3.93 seconds behind first place Denmark, finishing ninth overall.

The women’s four raced on Saturday in the C Final, finishing second and 14th overall. In a tight battle over the first 500 metres between the top three finishers, Canada and Switzerland pulled away from Ukraine as the Canadian crew pushed Switzerland for the first-place position.

2017 Canadian National Junior Rowing Team to compete at World Rowing Junior Championships, Trakai, Lithuania

The World Rowing Junior Championships took place in Trakai, Lithuania from August 2nd to 6th. Coaches for the team are Carol Love (Peterborough Rowing Club), John Ruscitti (South Niagara Rowing Club / E.L. Crossley School) and Horacio Tendilla (Don Rowing Club).

Junior Women’s Double Sculls
Kieanna Stephens (Burnaby Lake Rowing Club)
Grace VandenBroek (Peterborough Rowing Club)

Junior Women’s Four
Amanda Caromicoli (Don Rowing Club)
Alexandra Wright (Don Rowing Club)
Emma Reinsch (Victoria City Rowing Club)
Leila Ashtaryeh (Branksome Hall School)

Junior Men’s Four
Peter Lancashire (Brentwood College School)
Neil Kennedy (South Niagara Rowing Club)
Fraser Darling (South Niagara Rowing Club)
Dylan Rupnow (St. George’s School)

RCA All For One Campaign

It’s also not too late to support the Junior team! RCA launched the All for One fundraising campaign, supporting the Under-23 and Junior athletes as they prepare for and compete at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. The goal of this campaign is to raise funds that will go directly to reducing any fees that athletes face when representing Canada.

Donations can be made at www.fundrazr.com/RCAallforone either to the Under-23 team, Junior team or both, with funds directly reducing the costs for athletes until August 10. To show your support of the athletes and the campaign via social media, post #RCAAllForOne on your Facebook or Twitter.

RCA would like to thank all those who have contributed already to the campaign in support of the next generation of Canadian rowers.