Seven area rowers get Rowing Canada training camp invite


Several rowers from the Golden Horseshoe area have been invited to participate in training, and selection of boats, for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

Based on performances at the 2011 World Rowing Championships, Rowing Canada Aviron has qualified the men’s and women’s eights, the men’s four, the men’s pair, the men’s double, the women’s and men’s lightweight doubles, and the Paralympic four for London 2012. Further qualification can take place in May 2012 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The local athletes invited to training are:

Women’s Sweep Group (W8+, W2-) – Larissa Lagzdins, Burlington, Brock University RC; Natalie Mastracci, Thorold, St. Catharines RC.

Men’s Eight Group (M8+) – Andrew Byrnes, Toronto, St. Catharines RC; Doug Csima, Oakville, Hamilton Leander RC; Dave Wakulich, St. Catharines, Ridley Graduate Boat Club.

Men’s Small Boat Group (M4-, M2-, M2x) – Fraser Berkhout, St. Catharines, Ridley Graduate BC; Steven Van Knotsenburg. Beamsville, Ridley Graduate Boat Club.