Locals finish strong at Rowing Canada Aviron Junior trials


The recently concluded Rowing Canada Aviron Junior Trials featured the largest number of entries ever for national junior trials, with more than 100 athletes.

Hosted by the South Niagara Rowing Club at the Welland International Flatwater Centre, June 7-8, the finishers included Victoria City Rowing Club’s Graham Obee and Niall Paltiel in the men’s pair in 7:11.00 (2000m), followed by Brockville’s Patrick O’Shaughnessy-Hunter and Coleman Bak in 7:12.92 and South Niagara’s Trofym Anderson and Brandon Griffin in 7:15.21.

The men’s single was clearly won by Quebec’s Jamie Law-Smith of the Montreal Rowing Club in 7:35.52. The silver medal went to Martin Barakso of Brentwood College School in British Columbia in 7:39.02 and Sash Malowany, who rows for Upper Canada College in Toronto, was third in 7:40.36.

The women’s pair event winners were Adelaide Backer and Stephanie Ridenour of Brentwood in 8:24.94, followed by Anna Ionson of Fonthill high school E.L. Crossley rowing with Marissa Kump (St. Catharines Eden High School) in 8:27.87. Third also went to locals Katie Klassen (Eden/Ridley Graduate Boat Club) and Olivia Martens (Ridley Graduate) in 8:30.92.

The junior women’s single saw Renae Barks of the Regina Rowing Club well ahead in first in 8:17.67, with local favourite Kayla Wakulich in second in 8:26.04 and Erin Snelgrove of the St. Catharines Rowing Club in third in 8:32.71.

Rowing Canada Aviron will be sending a team to the Junior World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic in early August and the CanAmMex junior regatta in the U.S. this summer.

Junior team leaders are John Ruscitti (Thorold) and Gavin McKay (Victoria, B.C.)

Full results: http://www.rowingcanada.org/national_team/junior/