Rower Bujas tests Swiss course in key regatta

Grimsby’s Jeff Bujas is looking for gold in the Swiss Alps. The member of the St. Catharines Rowing Club is one of two Canadians in the Lucerne World Cup’s lightweight men’s singles division which start July 7. The Lucerne regatta is the second most hotly contested event in the sport internationally.

Doug Vandor of Dewittville (Quebec) will compete with the 27-year-old Bujas. Both have had international success. In all Canada will send eight rowers to compete on the Rotsee course in Lucerne.

Alan Roaf, Rowing Canada aviron high performance director, said Canada will use the regatta to assess it lightweights progress so far this season.

With Bujas and Vandor, will be Mara Jones of Aurora (Ontario) and Tracy Cameron of Shubenacadie (Nova Scotia) in the lightweight women’s doubles. They were members of last year’s lightweight quad crew that won gold at the World Championships. Cameron also recently won a World Cup race in Germany in a single.

Coaching the doubles is two-time Olympic medallist Laryssa Biesenthal, who has been coaching since her retirement as an athlete after the 2000 Olympics.

Matt Jensen of Innerkip (Ontario) and Liam Parsons of Thunder Bay (Ontario) will be the lightweight men’s double. They have raced together before internationally, and Jensen was a member of last year’s bronze-medal lightweight men’s quad.

In the lightweight men’s four – Jon Sasi of Vancouver, Mike Lewis of Victoria, Terry McKall of Edmonton, and Iain Brambell of Victoria (British Columbia) – will race under the guidance of former Danish lightweight men’s coach Bent Jensen. Lewis and McKall rowed for Canada at the World Under-23s last year, and Brambell is a two-time Olympian in this event.

Selection continues for Canada’s Under-23, World University (FISU), Commonwealth and Junior teams. The World Championships (Eton, England) team will be announced after a time trial to be held August 2.