Shaffer, Sferrazza make Canada’s World Cup rowing team

rowingTwo Niagara Peninsula rowers will wear the colours of Canada at the first World Cup at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith, March 22 to 24.

Welland’s Kelly Shaffer will double up for Canada in the women’s quad and then join the women’s eight as Canada sends four 2012 Olympic medalists, and many up-and-coming 2015 Pan Am and 2016 Olympic hopefuls to the competition. Her quad mates include Emily Cameron, Summerside, PEI; Carling Zeeman, Cambridge, ON; and Kate Goodfellow, Ottawa.

With her in eights are Lesley Thompson-Willie, London; Darcy Marquardt, Richmond, BC; Ashley Brzozowicz, Peterborough, ON; Krista Guloien, Port Moody, BC; Goodfellow; Sarah Black, Ottawa; Christine Roper, Victoria, BC; and
Carolyn Ganes, Saskatoon.

Sferrazza, who also rows for Western University in London, will compete in the women’s lightweight doubles with Jaclyn Halko of Uxbridge, Ont.

“This is a great way to kick off the campaign on the road to Rio,” said Peter Cookson, Rowing Canada Aviron High Performance Director. “After a productive camp in California earlier this month, the women are eager to compete in Sydney at the site of the 2000 Olympic regatta.”

Prior to the World Cup event, the women will participate in a training camp (March 10 to 20) in Launceston, Tasmania. This World Cup warm-up camp will be led by their coach, John Keogh, who is originally from that part of Australia.

Sydney World Cup organizers are anticipating that approximately 20 nations will participate, and leading up to the World Rowing Cup is a week-long rowing festival. This festival includes the Australian Open Rowing Championships, the Australian Open Schools Championships and the King’s and Queen’s Cup interstate regatta.

Footage from the finals at the World Cup will be streamed live on the World Rowing website ( on March 23.