Bronze finish for women rowers


rowingCanadian women won their third medal at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, Korea.

The women’s eight took bronze Sunday (Sept. 1) on the final day of the regatta. The consistently dominant U.S. women’s eight again won gold in 6:02.14, followed by Romania in 6:07.04 for silver and then Canada in 6:09.34. Great Britain, Australia and the Netherlands followed.

“We were a little bit behind at the start, but we trusted our rhythm just as we have been doing in practice,” said Canada’s coxswain, Kristen Kit of St. Catharines, who also served in this role at the 2012 Paralympic Games. “We rowed back into contention, and the women responded to the calls – there were a lot of hearts beating together in this one boat.”

The Canadian crew is Lisa Roman (Vancouver), Jennifer Martins (Toronto), Carolyn Ganes (Saskatoon), Susanne Grainger (London), Sarah Black (Ottawa), Christine Roper (Victoria, BC), Natalie Mastracci (Thorold, ON), Cristy Nurse (Georgetown, ON), and Kit.

From this crew Black, Roper, Mastracci and Nurse also won a silver medal at this Worlds in the women’s four.

“It’s the first time I’ve doubled up at the Worlds, so to be on the podium twice is pretty special,” said Nurse, who was an alternate on the 2012 Olympic team. “For me, it was nice to have that extra event to keep us sharp, and once you’re on the podium, you want to be back there.”

Only Mastracci remains on the team from last year’s Olympic silver-medal winning boat.
Canada also had a medal in the women’s quad on Saturday, and finishes with a total of three medals at this Worlds. The women are coached by John Keogh, based in London.

Canada also had a medal in the women’s quad on Saturday, and ends up with three podium finishes at the 2013 Worlds.