Rowers ready paddles for Italy

Twenty-eight athletes, including some from the Golden Horseshoe, have been named to the Canadian team which will compete in eight divisions at the year’s first World Rowing Cup event. The team is highlighted by six crews, including the 2015 Bronze Medal women’s eight, that have already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The first World Rowing Cup will be held in Varese, Italy from April 15 – 17.

“Canadian rowers are heading into an intense period of competition with the Olympic and Paralympic Games quickly approaching,” said Peter Cookson, High Performance Director, Rowing Canada Aviron. “These athletes have proven time and again their determination and commitment to excellence. The World Cups will be a perfect opportunity for them to demonstrate the hard work they have put in during the winter, and to work on the things that will lead to success in Rio in a few months time.”

The Canadian team will then compete in Lucerne, Switzerland at World Rowing Cup II from May 27 – 29. The final World Cup will be held from June 17 – 19 in Poznan, Poland. Athletes competing at each of the regattas will be announced prior to each event.

For the women’s eight, the World Rowing Cup will be the first opportunity to get back on the start line after their bronze medal performance at the 2015 World Rowing Championships.

Canada qualified six boats for the Olympics and one for the Paralympic Games at the World Rowing Championships in September 2015.

Rowers from the Golden Horseshoe competing in Italy are:

Women’s Eight: Cristy Nurse (Ottawa Rowing Club – Georgetown, ON); Natalie Mastracci (St. Catharines Rowing Club – Thorold, ON).

Men’s Four: Conlin McCabe (Brockville Rowing Club – Brockville, ON); Tim Schrijver (St. Catharines Rowing Club – Thedford, ON).

Men’s Quadruple Sculls: Matthew Buie (St. Catharines Rowing Club – Duntroon, ON)

Lightweight Men’s Four: Eric Woelfl (Brock University Rowing Club/Ridley Grad Boat Club – St. Catharines, ON)

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