Rowing was capped off this week with a final day of close finishes and great racing on Rabbit Lake.
The day kicked off with a tight race in the lightweight women’s double sculls with B.C. and Saskatchewan battling for first. B.C. would narrowly edge out Saskatchewan with just 3.7 seconds between them. Ontario would round out the podium with third place.
The women’s single sculls was a close race throughout with Emma Gray of Manitoba edging out Marilou Duvernay-Tardif of Quebec to grab the gold medal by 3.4 seconds. This would be one of the three medals by Gray at the Canada Games. Ivy Elling Quaintance of British Columbia placed third.
“It was an amazing experience to be here surrounded by the other athletes,” said Gray. “It was motivating to see everyone working so hard no matter what level they’re at. It’s been very supportive. Everyone’s been cheering each other on. There’s a really good camaraderie. Were all so spread out across the country but as soon as we come back it’s like yesterday that we saw each other.”
Another tight one-two finish from B.C. and Ontario in the men’s four with 3.2 seconds between them as B.C. claimed another gold. Alberta placed third. The women’s four saw Saskatchewan’s second medal of the day with a bronze, while B.C. and Alberta won gold and silver.
Quebec won its gold medal in the women’s double sculls in a competitive A Final, with B.C. and Manitoba rounding out the top three.
The men’s double sculls podium featured a first place finish by Trevor Jones and Gavin Stone of Ontario and in second, Elliot Rogers and Ty Adams of B.C. – all who have been training at the National Training Centre in Victoria – and in third, Quentin Basiren and Sam Carmel of Quebec.
“Our racing went really well at the Canada Games,” said Ben Walls of Nova Scotia. “I made the A Final in both boats (M2x and M4x) and our racing got better as the regatta went on which was awesome. The regatta went really well. The Games have been a blast. The venue is amazing and Kenora has been awesome. I’m definitely excited to share my experiences with the rest of Nova Scotia.”
The men’s eight was the final race of the Games and did not disappoint. A tough battle for podium spots as Ontario held off B.C. and Alberta throughout the race, winning their seventh gold medal of the Games.
“Our Games experience has been great. It has brought our team a lot closer together as if we weren’t close enough already being on Newfoundland,” said Anna Walsh, men’s eight (coxswain). “We had a great time hanging out with all the other athletes and meeting a lot of people from a lot of different provinces. Everybody here at rowing has been awesome so it’s been a great experience and definitely one that we’ll never forget.”