Eight Canadian boats will race for a spot on the podium at the World Rowing Cup in Varese, Italy from April 15 to 17.
With the Olympic Games quickly approaching, 28 rowers are set to compete in eight events at the first World Cup of the season. With six boats qualified for Rio 2016, Canada’s team is looking to build on its successes from last season, which included eight gold medals at TO 2015 and a world championship bronze for the women’s eight.
For the women’s eight crew, this will be their first time back on the start line since that bronze medal-winning race at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in September.
“There’s tough competition ahead for us against all crews but we are excited to race,” Ashley Brzozowicz said in a Rowing Canada release. “We learned a lot last season in each of our races and we’re looking to continue improving through the spring. Especially in an Olympic season, it’s really important for us to start strong and keep the momentum going to the Games.”
Before Canada hits the water this weekend, get to know the women’s eight crew on and off the water, through a World Cup countdown drawn by third seat Natalie Mastracci on Instagram.
Hello everyone! Before we compete at the first World Cup here in Italy I thought you should meet our 8+! Here is the lovely Lisa Roman (@lovelisa28 ) from Langley, BC. Don't be fooled by this pretty face! She is our bulldog in the bow seat. She owns at least two guns and has been known to hit up the shooting range after practice. I guess what I'm saying is Lisa is the kind of lady you definitely want on your side in a fight. She's not backing down. #truenorthSTRONG #CANW8+ @worldrowingofficial #WRCVarese