Mac shares in Canada’s rowing silver

Canada’s men’s eight rowing team members hold their silver medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games, on August 1, 2012. Back row from left to right: Douglas Csima; Conlin McCabe; Malcolm Howard; Andrew Byrnes and Jeremiah Brown. Front row: Gabriel Bergen; Rob Gibson; Brian Price and Will Crothers. (Photo: COC/Jason Ransom)

As the Canadian medal count continues to grow at the 2012 Summer Games in London, two Marauder alumni have reached the podium.

Rowing as part of the Canadian men’s eights, Doug Csima and Jerry Brown helped Canada to a silver medal on Day 6 of the competition. The Canadians were trying to repeat the gold medal performance the crew achieved in Beijing in 2008, but finished second to the powerful German crew that has been dominating the sport in recent years.

A native of Oakville, Csima was a member of the McMaster Varsity Rowing Crew from 2003-07 and has been a top performer for Hamilton’s Leander Boat Club and a member of the National rowing team since 2008; while Brown of Cobourg got started rowing a little later. A former offensive tackle with the Marauder football team from 2004-2007, Brown did not take up the sport until 2008 and joined the Canadian men’s eight in 2011.