Rowing Canada Aviron and the Canadian Olympic Committee today revealed the athletes that will make up its seven-crew Olympic team at next month’s Olympic Games in England.
“We are so proud of this terrific group of athletes and coaches, who train in London and Victoria,” said Dr. Michael Murphy, President of Rowing Canada Aviron. “Exactly one month from today, on July 28, the Olympic regatta begins and I believe our rowers are poised for greatness!”
“We’ve got a great mixture of experience and new energy in our rowers nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team roster,” said Mark Tewksbury, Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission for London 2012. “It’s great to see Canada’s legacy of excellence in Olympic Rowing is in safe hands.”
“It is through determination and excellence that today’s nominees to the Canadian Olympic Team have reached the pinnacle of sport competition,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “I look forward to seeing them continue to give their everything on behalf of their country in London this summer.”
The team has a mix of Olympic veterans, including legendary coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie who was today named to her eighth Olympic team, and several first-time Olympians. In 2008 at the Games in Beijing, Canada brought home four medals (gold, silver and two bronze).
The 2012 Olympic regatta will be held at Dorney Lake,the world-class rowing and flat-water canoeing centre set in spectacular 450-acres of parkland near Windsor.
Also today, the men’s Rowing Eight crew was highlighted in the latest release of the Canadian Olympic Team’s Give Your Everything digital short called ‘The Heavyweights’.
The documentary offers a gritty portrait and inside glimpse of the athletes’ relentless training regimen, their bond as a team and the emotion behind preparing for Olympic success.
Nominated athletes, in no particular order:
(10 women announced to Olympic women’s eight, which includes the alternate yet to be named)
Ashley Brzozowicz (London, ON)
Janine Hanson (Winnipeg, MB)
Krista Guloien (Port Moody, BC)
Darcy Marquardt (Richmond, BC)
Natalie Mastracci (Thorold, ON)
Andreanne Morin (Montreal, QC)
Cristy Nurse (Georgetown, ON)
Lesley Thompson-Willie (London, ON)
Rachelle Viinberg (Regina, SK)
Lauren Wilkinson (North Vancouver, BC)
David Calder (Victoria, BC)
Scott Frandsen (Kelowna, BC)
Michael Braithwaite (Duncan, BC)
Kevin Kowalyk (Winnipeg, MB)
William Dean (Kelowna, BC)
Anthony Jacob (Vancouver, BC)
Derek O’Farrell (Montreal, QC)
Michael Wilkinson (North Vancouver, BC)
Gabe Bergen (100 Mile House, BC)
Jeremiah Brown (Cobourg, ON)
Andrew Byrnes (Toronto, ON)
Will Crothers (Kingston, ON)
Douglas Csima (Oakville, ON)
Robert Gibson (Kingston, ON)
Malcolm Howard (Victoria, BC)
Conlin McCabe (Brockville, ON)
Brian Price (Belleville, ON)
Lightweight Women’s 2x:
Lindsay Jennerich (Victoria, BC)
Patricia Obee (Victoria, BC)
Lightweight Men’s 2x:
Morgan Jarvis (Winnipeg, MB)
Douglas Vandor (Dewittville, QC)
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The following list represents the 156 athletes nominated to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team to date.
|1||Jennifer Abel||Laval, Que.||Diving||Women’s 3m, 3m synchro|
|2||Emily Batty||Oshawa, Ont.||Cycling||Mountain Bike|
|3||Joe Bartoch||London, Ont.||Swimming||100m butterfly|
|4||Zach Bell||Whitehorse, Y.T.||Cycling||Track|
|5||Meaghan Benfeito||Montreal, Que.||Diving||Women’s 10m, 10m synchro|
|6||Gabe Bergen||100 Mile House, BC||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|7||Tyler Bjorn||Montreal, Que.||Sailing||Men’s keelboat – star|
|8||Michael Braithwaite||Duncan, BC||Rowing||Men’s 2x|
|9||Jeremiah Brown||100 Mile House, BC||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|10||Alexandra Bruce||Toronto, Ont.||Badminton||Women’s doubles|
|11||Ashley Brzozowicz||London, ON||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|12||Andrew Byrnes||Toronto, ON||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|13||David Calder||Victoria, BC||Rowing||Men’s 2-|
|14||Hilary Caldwell||Surrey, B.C.||Swimming||200m backstroke|
|15||Gillian Carleton||Scarborough, Ont.||Cycling||Track|
|16||Candice Chapman||Ajax, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|17||Samantha Cheverton||Pointe-Claire, Que.||Swimming||200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay, 4x100m freestyle relay|
|18||Richard Clarke||Toronto, ON||Sailing||Men’s keelboat – star|
|19||Ryan Cochrane||Lac Beauport, Que.||Canoe-Kayak||K-2 1000m|
|20||Ryan Cochrane||Victoria, B.C.||Swimming||400m freestyle|
|21||Gordon Cook||Toronto, ON||Sailing||49er|
|22||Reid Coolsaet||Hamilton, Ont.||Athletics||Marathon|
|23||Amy Cotton||Antigonish, N.S.||Judo||-78kg|
|24||François Coulombe-Fortier||Quebec, Que.||Taekwondo||+80kg|
|25||Will Crothers||Kingston, ON||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|26||Douglas Csima||Oakville, ON||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|27||Mark de Jong||Calgary, Alta.||Canoe-Kayak||K-1 200m men|
|28||William Dean||Kelowna, BC||Rowing||Men’s 4-|
|29||Alexandre Despatie||Laval, Que.||Diving||Men’s 3m, 3m synchro|
|30||Scott Dickens||Burlington, Ont.||Swimming||100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke|
|31||Greg Douglas||Toronto, Ont.||Sailing||Finn|
|32||Danielle Dube||Halifax, N.S.||Sailing||Women’s laser radial|
|33||Stephanie Dubois||Laval, Que.||Tennis||Women’s doubles|
|34||Alexandre Édmond||Laval, Que.||Judo||-90kg|
|35||Jonelle Filigno||Mississaugua, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|36||Roseline Filion||Laval, Que.||Diving||Women’s 10m, 10m synchro|
|37||Paula Findlay||Edmonton, Alta.||Triathlon||Women’s triathlon|
|38||Andrew Ford||Guelph, Ont.||Swimming||200m individual medley|
|39||Emilie Fournel||Montreal, Que.||Canoe-Kayak||K-1 200m women|
|40||Hugues Fournel||Pointe-Claire, Que.||Canoe-Kayak||K-2 1000m men|
|41||Charles Francis||Cowansville, Que.||Swimming||100m backstroke|
|42||Scott Frandsen||Kelowna, BC||Rowing||Men’s 2-|
|43||Grace Gao||Calgary, Alta.||Badminton||Mixed doubles|
|44||Robyn Gayle||Mississaugua, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|45||Robert Gibson||Oakville, ON||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|46||Eric Gillis||Antigonish, N.S.||Athletics||Marathon|
|47||Nikola Girke||West Vancouver, B.C.||Sailing||Women’s rs-x windsurfing|
|48||Jasmin Glaesser||Coquitlam, B.C.||Cycling||Track|
|49||Thomas Gossland||Vancouver, B.C.||Swimming||4x100m freestyle relay|
|50||Krista Guloien||Port Moody, BC||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|51||Janine Hanson||Winnipeg, MB||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|52||Brent Hayden||Vancouver, B.C.||Swimming||50m freestyle,100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay|
|53||Ryder Hesjedal||Victoria, B.C.||Cycling||Road race, time trial|
|54||Émilie Heymans||Brossard, Que.||Diving||Women’s 3m, 3m synchro|
|55||Pierre-Luc Hinse||Gatineau, Que.||Table Tennis||Men’s singles, team|
|56||Andre Ho||Richmond, B.C.||Table Tennis||Men’s singles, team|
|57||Stephanie Horner||Beaconsfield, Que.||Swimming||400m individual medley|
|58||Richard Hortness||Medicine Hat, Alta.||Swimming||4x100m freestyle relay|
|59||Malcolm Howard||Victoria, BC||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|60||Clara Hughes||Winnipeg, Man.||Cycling||Road race, time trial|
|61||Francois Imbeau-Dulac||St-Lazarre, Que.||Diving||Men’s 3m|
|62||Anthony Jacob||Vancouver, BC||Rowing||Men’s 4-|
|63||Barbara Jardin||Montreal, Que.||Swimming||200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay|
|64||Morgan Jarvis||Winnipeg, MB||Rowing||Lightweight Men’s 2x|
|65||Lindsay Jennerich||Victoria, BC||Rowing||Lightweight Women’s 2x|
|66||Kyle Jones||Oakville, Ont.||Triathlon||Men’s triathlon|
|67||Geoff Kabush||Comox, B.C.||Cycling||Mountain Bike|
|68||Savanah King||Vancouver, B.C.||Swimming||400m freestyle, 800m freestyle|
|69||Alexa Komarnycky||Etobicoke, Ont.||Swimming||800m freestyle|
|70||Kevin Kowalyk||Winnipeg, MB||Rowing||Men’s 2x|
|71||Kaylyn Kyle||Saskatoon, Sask.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|72||Audrey Lacroix||Montreal, Que.||Swimming||200m butterfly|
|73||Karina LeBlanc||Maple Ridge, B.C.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|74||Mike Leigh||Nanaimo, B.C.||Sailing||470|
|75||Michelle Li||Markham, Ont.||Badminton||Women’s singles and doubles|
|76||Hunter Lowden||North Vancouver, B.C.||Sailing||49er|
|77||Brittany MacLean||Etobicoke, Ont.||Swimming||400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay|
|78||Heather MacLean||Etobicoke, Ont.||Swimming||4x100m freestyle relay|
|79||Darcy Marquardt||Richmond, BC||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|80||Natalie Mastracci||Thorold, ON||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|81||Diana Matheson||Oakville, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|82||Conlin McCabe||Brockville, ON||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|83||Martha McCabe||Toronto, Ont.||Swimming||200m breaststroke|
|84||Erin McLeod||Edmonton, Alta.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|85||Melanie McCann||Parkhill, Ont.||Modern Pentathlon||Women’s singles|
|86||Jason McCoombs||Halifax, N.S.||Canoe-Kayak||C-1 200m men|
|87||Riley McCormick||Victoria, B.C.||Diving||Men’s 10m|
|88||Brent McMahon||Victoria, B.C.||Triathlon||Men’s triathlon|
|89||Sasha Mehmedovic||Montreal, Que.||Judo||-66kg|
|90||Joliane Melançon||Laval, Que.||Judo||-57kg|
|91||Sébastien Michaud||Quebec, Que.||Taekwondo||80kg|
|92||Andreanne Morin||Montreal, QC||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|93||Erica Morningstar||Calgary, Alta.||Swimming||200m individual medley|
|94||Carmelina Moscato||Mississaugua, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s Soccer|
|95||Daniel Nestor||Toronto, Ont.||Tennis||Men’s doubles|
|96||Tobias Ng||Vancouver, B.C.||Badminton||Mixed doubles|
|97||Joelle Numainville||Montreal, Que.||Cycling||Road race|
|98||Cristy Nurse||Georgetown, Ont.||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|99||Patricia Obee||Victoria, BC||Rowing||Lightweight Women’s 2x|
|100||Derek O’Farrell||Montreal, QC||Rowing||Men’s 4-|
|101||Mark Oldershaw||Burlington, Ont.||Canoe-Kayak||C-1 1000m men|
|102||Tobias Oriwol||Toronto, Ont.||Swimming||200m backstroke|
|103||Alec Page||Victoria, B.C.||Swimming||400m individual medley|
|104||Kelly Parker||Saskatoon, Sask.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|105||Catharine Pendrel||Fredericton, N.B.||Cycling||Mountain Bike|
|106||Sergio Pessoa||Brossard, Que.||Judo||-60kg|
|107||Max Plaxton||Tofino, B.C.||Cycling||Mountain Bike|
|108||Victoria Poon||Montreal, Que.||Swimming||50m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay|
|109||Vasek Pospisil||Vancouver, B.C.||Tennis||Men’s singles, men’s doubles|
|110||Zachary Plavsic||Vancouver, B.C.||Sailing||Men’s rs-x windsurfing|
|111||Brian Price||Belleville, ON||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|112||Luke Ramsay||Vancouver, B.C.||Sailing||470|
|113||Denise Ramsden||Hay River, N.W.T.||Cycling||Road race, time trial|
|114||Milos Raonic||Thornhill, Ont.||Tennis||Men’s singles|
|115||Amanda Reason||Windsor, Ont.||Swimming||4x200m freestyle relay|
|116||Reuben Ross||St. Leonard, Que.||Diving||Men’s 3m synchro|
|117||Colin Russell||Burlington, Ont.||Swimming||4x100m freestyle relay|
|118||Sinead Russell||Burlington, Ont.||Swimming||100m backstroke, 200m backstroke|
|119||Katerine Savard||Quebec, Que.||Swimming||100m butterfly|
|120||Sophie Schmidt||Abbotsford, B.C.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|121||Desiree Scott||Winnipeg, Man.||Soccer||Women’s Soccer|
|122||Eric Sehn||Edmonton, Alta.||Diving||Men’s 10m|
|123||Karine Sergerie||Sainte-Catherine, Que.||Taekwondo||67kg|
|124||Lauren Sesselmann||Stephenville, Newf.||Soccer||Women’s Soccer|
|125||David Sharpe||Halifax, N.S.||Swimming||200m butterfly|
|126||Christine Sinclair||Burnaby, B.C.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|127||Chelsea Stewart||The Pas, Man.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|128||Monique Sullivan||Calgary, Alta.||Cycling||Track|
|129||Melissa Tancredi||Ancaster, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|130||Michael Tayler||Calgary, Alta.||Canoe-Kayak||K-1 slalom|
|131||Lesley Thompson-Willie||London, Ont.||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|132||Brittany Timko||Coquitlam, B.C.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|133||Kathy Tremblay||Montreal, Que.||Triathlon||Women’s triathlon|
|134||Nick Tritton||Guelph, Ont.||Judo||-66kg|
|135||Jillian Tyler||Calgary, Alta.||Swimming||100m breaststroke|
|136||Donna Vakalis||Toronto, Ont.||Modern Pentathlon||Women’s singles|
|137||Antoine Valois-Fortier||Vanier, Que.||Judo||-81kg|
|138||Tera Van Beilen||Oakville, Ont.||Swimming||100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke|
|139||Douglas Vandor||Dewittville, QC||Rowing||Lightweight Men’s 2x|
|140||Adam van Koeverden||Toronto, Ont.||Canoe-Kayak||K-1 1000m men|
|141||Joseph Veloce||St. Catharines, Ont.||Cycling||Track|
|142||Rachelle Viinberg||Regina, Sask.||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|143||Eugene Wang||Ottawa, Ont.||Table Tennis||Team|
|144||Simon Whitfield||Victoria, B.C.||Triathlon||Men’s triathlon|
|145||Tara Whitten||Toronto, Ont.||Cycling||Track|
|146||Julia Wilkinson||Stratford, Ont.||Swimming||100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay and 200m individual medley|
|147||Lauren Wilkinson||North Vancouver, BC||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|148||Michael Wilkinson||North Vancouver, BC||Rowing||Men’s 4-|
|149||Rhian Wilkinson||Baie d’Urfé, Que.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|150||Blake Worsley||Victoria, B.C.||Swimming||200m freestyle|
|151||Aleksandra Wozniak||Blainville, Que.||Tennis||Women’s singles, women’s doubles|
|152||David Wright||Montreal, Que.||Sailing||Men’s laser|
|153||Dylan Wykes||Kingston, Ont.||Athletics||Marathon|
|154||Mo Zhang||Ottawa, Ont.||Table Tennis||Women’s singles|
|155||Kelita Zupancic||Whitby, Ont.||Judo||-70kg|
|156||Emily Zurrer||Crofton, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
Gabe BERGEN – Men’s Eight (M8+)
Bergen is making his Olympic debut in London this summer in the men’s eight. He is a three-time World Championship medalist winning a gold medal (in the coxed pairs with James Dunaway and coxswain Mark Laidlaw) in 2008, a silver in 2009 and a bronze in 2011.
A five-time World Championships team member, Bergen, from 100 Mile House, British Columbia, ran in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games torch relay. Bergen comes from a very athletic family. His father Robert rowed in the 1976 Olympic Games, his brother Rob played basketball at the University of Victoria and his other brother Karel competes in Mixed Martial Arts.
Mike BRAITHWAITE – Men’s Double Sculls (M2x)
Braithwaite will make his Olympic debut in London this summer with sculls partner Kevin Kowalyk. He won a bronze medal in the single sculls at the 2010 World University Games in Hungary and another bronze at the 2009 Under-23 World Championships in Czech Republic, which was the first medal ever for a Canadian in the single sculls at that event.
Born in Duncan, B.C., Braithwaite is also a national Under-23 men’s singles champion. He received the 2009 Hanlan-Keller Award, the International Achievement Award and was named the 2009 Canadian University Rowing Championships Oarsman of the Year as a member of the crew at the University of Toronto.
Jeremiah BROWN – Men’s Eight (M8+)
A native of Cobourg, Ontario, Brown is making his Olympic debut in 2012 in London. A relative newcomer to the sport, Brown started rowing after being completely inspired by the 2008 Olympic Games Canadian men’s eight as they rowed in gold in Beijing. He wanted what they had – the moment, the bond and the medal. So after a “Learn to Row” program where he put in over 1700 hours on the water, this former McMaster University offensive lineman football player has already won a silver medal at the 2010 National Championships in the single sculls, and a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in the men’s eight.
Ashley BRZOZOWICZ – Women’s Eight (W8+)
A 2008 Olympian, Brzozowicz finished 4thin the women’s eight at the Beijing Olympic Games. A five-time World Championships team member, Brzozowicz has won two back-to-back silver medals in the eights and a bronze in the 2002 Under-23 in Italy in the coxless fours.
Brzozowicz, from Toronto, Ontario, started rowing in high school as an alternative to doing track and field!
Andrew BYRNES – Men’s Eight (M8+)
Byrnes is one of three returning crew members from the 2008 Olympic gold medal crew. He has competed at six World Championships winning three medals: gold in 2007 and silver in 2009 in the eight, and a 2006 bronze in coxed pairs with Derek O’Farrell and Brian Price. Byrnes, a native of Toronto, Ontario, also captured a bronze medal in the Under-23 World Championships in the eight which was his first major international competition.
A dual-citizen, Byrnes was born in Toronto, Ontario, and raised in Ithaca, New York where he attended Ithaca High School. He graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Bates College in Maine, and in 2006 with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
David CALDER – Coxless Pairs (M2-)
Calder is the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the coxless pairs with partner Scott Frandsen, who he will row with again in 2012. A three-time Olympian, in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, he didn’t move on out of the heats, and in 2004 in Athens his Games ended when his oar accidentally clashed with a South African oar in the men’s pair semi-final, resulting in disqualification.
Three-times Calder has won World Championship medals: gold in 2003 in the men’s eight, gold in the men’s pair at the 1996 World Junior Championships, and bronze in the men’s four at the 1994 World Junior Championships in Germany (his first international competition.)
Calder, from Victoria, B.C., retired for three years after the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens to raise his young family and concentrate on his communications job with the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. A former foster child before being adopted, Calder and his wife Rachel are now also foster parents.
Will CROTHERS – Men’s Eight (M8+)
Crothers is making his Olympic debut in 2012. He has competed at three senior World Championships winning silver in the coxed fours in 2006 and bronze in the eight in 2011.
A four-time World Under-23 Championships team member, Crothers stroked the gold-medal Canadian eight in Belgium in 2006, and was honoured with Rowing Canada’s 2006 International Achievement Award for that win (he also captured a silver in 2008). At the World Junior Championships, he won bronze in the coxed fours in 2004, and finished 4thin the coxless pairs in 2005.
From Kingston, Ontario, Crothers started rowing in high school, following his brother into the sport. He was a member of the varsity crew at the University of Washington, capturing the freshman title at the 2006 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships and as a junior he stroked the Varsity eight to an undefeated regular season for the second year in a row.
Doug CSIMA – Men’s Eight (M8+)
Csima is making his Olympic debut in London. He is a two-time World Championships medalist having been a member of the eight in 2009 winning silver, and in 2011 winning bronze. At the 2008 Canadian Championships, he won gold in the coxless pairs.
As a high school goaltender, Csima was looking forward to continuing to play ice hockey at university but was disappointed to learn that McMaster didn’t have a hockey team, so he picked up rowing to fill the athletic void in his life. In his second year at McMaster, Csima helped the Marauders’ coxed fours win a silver medal at the Ontario University Athletics rowing championships and that summer won three medals (two silvers and a bronze) at the Canada Games.
Csima graduated in 2007 with a degree in Nursing from McMaster University, and in 2010 with a Master’s of Science from the University of Victoria, B.C. (enrolling at UVIC to study Health Information Science so that he could train year-round with the rest of the national team).
Will DEAN – Men’s Coxless Fours (M4-)
Dean made his senior World Championships debut in 2011 in Slovenia where he finished 7thin the coxless fours, and will make his Olympic debut in 2012 in London, rowing the same boat – the coxless fours. In 2008, he was the U23 World Championships silver medalist in the eight and finished 5thin 2009. Dean was a member of the eight that won the 2008 Henley Grand Challenge Cup with the Canada Under-23 team at the Henley Royal Regatta.
After closing out his university rowing career at the University of California in 2010 by winning the Intercollegiate Rowing Championships, this native of Kelowna moved to Victoria to begin rowing full-time at the Victoria Rowing Centre.
Scott FRANDSEN – Pair (M2–)
Frandsen is the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the coxless pairs with David Calder. A two-time Olympian, Frandsen finished 5thin the men’s eight in 2004 in Athens. He has competed in various boats at five World Championships, resulting in four top-seven finishes.
Retiring from rowing following the 2008 Olympic Games to start a career and heal his back, Frandsen returned to the national team in 2011. His collegiate career took him to the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was also a three-time NCAA national champion (2000, 2001, 2002). In 2003, Frandsen attended graduate school at Oxford University and rowed for the Oxford Blues, winning the 2003 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race by the closest-ever margin of one foot.
Rob GIBSON – Men’s Eight (M8+)
Gibson is making his Olympic debut in 2012, having been an alternate to the team in 2008 in Beijing, which gave him the opportunity to have the Games experience without all the pressure of racing. Between all levels of World Championships, he has competed in a total eight, with an all-time medal count of six (one gold, two silver and three bronze). He is a three-time World Championships medalist at the senior level winning two silvers – one in the coxed fours in 2006 and another in the eight in 2009 – and a bronze in the eight in 2011.
At the Under-23 World Championships, Gibson won the world title in the eight in 2006 and was honoured with teammates Will Crothers and Max Lang with the Rowing Canada’s 2006 International Achievement Award. He also captured a silver at the Under-23 World Championships in 2008. In the 2004 World Junior Championships, he was a member of the bronze medal winning coxed fours team.
Rowing collegiately at the University of Washington, as a junior in 2007 he rowed the five seat in the undefeated varsity eight that won gold medals at the Pac-10 Championships and the 2007 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta. From Kingston, Ontario, Gibson also captured the Canadian High School National Championship in the pair as a senior.
Krista GULOIEN – Women’s Eight (W8+)
Guloien is a member of the quad sculls crew at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing that finished 8th. She has competed at five World Championships winning back-to-back silver medals in the eight in 2010 and 2011. At the 2006 and 2007 World Championships, Guloien had two 5thplace finishes in the coxless fours and quad sculls, respectively.
Graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University, Guloien is interested in pursuing a career in the criminal justice system. Included in her family are her very talented sisters – Leah is a professional road cyclist on the North American circuit; Marla is an executive producer, recording artist and graphics designer whose current project is “A Memoir To My Sisters”; and her father Nels is a competitive Master’s mountain bike champion.
Janine HANSON – Women’s Eight (W8+)
Hanson is a member of the quad sculls crew at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing that finished 8th. She is a two-time World Championships silver medalist in the eight in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, Hanson made the switch from sculling to sweeping, having not swept since early college days. At the 2007 World Championships, she competed in the quad sculls finishing 5th.
American-born and Winnipeg-raised, Hanson, a St. Mary’s Academy alumni, graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Movement Science from the University of Michigan, where she rowed for four years. While at Michigan, she won two Big-10 Championships, had two top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships, and was the recipient of the 2006 Big-10 Sportsmanship Award and the 2006 All–Star Award.
Malcolm HOWARD – Men’s Eight (M8+)
Howard is a returning member of the gold medal winning eight crew at the 2008 Olympic Games. After two years as a single sculler since Beijing, he returns to the eight for 2012 saying he missed the camaraderie and Coach Spracklen’s relentless drive (not to mention he was also suffering with recurring rib injuries often associated with single sculling). He is a five-time World Championship medalist winning one gold (2007), two silver (2004, 2009) and one bronze (2011). Competing in three World Junior Championships, Howard won bronze medal in 2001 in the coxless fours (and finished 8thin 2000 in the eight, 13thin 1999 in coxed fours).
Born and raised in Victoria, Howard started rowing at Brentwood College in Mill Bay because he was too big to be a cyclist like his brother. He graduated from Harvard University where he garnered a coveted spot on the Harvard rowing team, graduating with a degree in Biology. He was undefeated against intercollegiate competition in three years as a member of Harvard’s varsity eight, helping them to three straight national championships.
Anthony JACOB – Men’s Coxless Fours (M4-)
Jacob is making his Olympic debut in London in 2012. He has competed in two senior World Championships rowing in the eight in 2010 and in the coxless fours in 2011 (finishing 7thin both). Twice he has won silver medals in coxless pairs at the World Championships – in the 2010 Under-23 World Championships and at the 2007 World Junior Championships (with University of Washington Husky teammate Conlin McCabe).
From Vancouver, B.C., Jacob graduated in 2011 with a degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington, where he was rowing with three Canadian college teammates who are referred to as “The Canadawgs,”- Conlin McCabe (on a one-year leave from Washington), Rob Gibson and Will Crothers.
Morgan JARVIS – Lightweight Double Sculls (LM2x)
Jarvis will be making his first Olympic appearance in London in 2012. He has competed at five World Championships – three senior and two Under-23. At the 2005 World Championships, he won the bronze medal in the lightweight quad sculls in Japan, and also has captured two bronze medals at the U23 World Championships in the lightweight double sculls (2004, 2005).
Jarvis started to row in high school in New Zealand where his coach was Dave Thompson (now coaching New Zealand’s Olympic team), after his family moved there when his father became Canada’s high commissioner to that country from 1990 to 1994.
Jarvis studied at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science (Biology), in 2008 with a Master of Science (Molecular Medicine) and in 2010 with Juris Doctor in Law. He articled at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings) law firm in Ottawa, where he specialized in intellectual property law and is currently the Vice-President of Marketing & Innovation Strategy for AdviceScene Enterprises Inc., and innovative Canadian legal tech company.
Lindsay JENNERICH – Lightweight Double Sculls (LW2x)
Jennerich goes to the Olympic Games for the first time in 2012. She is the two-time World Championships medalist with different partners in the lightweight double sculls winning gold in 2010 with Tracy Cameron and silver in 2011 with Patricia Obee. Deciding her partner for the 2012 Olympic Games triggered a row off between veteran Cameron and the 20-year-old Obee, with Cameron winning, only to retire from the sport just seven weeks before the Olympic Games. Now Jennerich will row with Obee at the 2012 Olympic Games. All-time, Jennerich has competed in a total of six World Championships.
Kevin KOWALYK– Men’s Double Sculls (M2x)
Kowalyk makes his Olympic debut in London in 2012. He competed at the 2011 World Championships in the men’s coxless fours finishing 7thand was 9thin the double sculls at the 2011 World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland with partner Michael Braithwaite. Twice he won the Royal Canadian Henley in the men’s single sculls, in 2007 and in 2009.
An engineering student at the University of Manitoba, Kowalyk raced recreationally at the Winnipeg Rowing Club for five years before getting noticed by the national team.
Darcy MARQUARDT – Women’s Eight (W8+)
Marquardt is a veteran on the Canadian team having competed in two Olympic Games, finishing 4thtwice – in 2004 in the eight in Athens, and in 2008 in the coxless pairs in Beijing. She is the 2006 World champion with stroke Jane Rumball in the women’s coxless pairs and has an all-time medal count of six winning another three silvers (2002, 2010, 2011) and one bronze (2003) at the World Championships during her career.
Graduating from the University of Victoria, BC with a major in French and a minor in Psychology, Marquardt first learned to row as a first-year university student. After the 2008 Olympic Games, she took a consulting job with a financial firm in Vancouver and in early 2010 returned to training with the national rowing crew. She is engaged to be married in summer 2013 to Canadian Olympic swimmer Richard Hortness whom she met at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Natalie MASTRACCI– Women’s Eight (W8+)
Mastracci was a member of the silver medal winning team at the 2011 World Championships and will make her Olympic debut in 2012 in London. Competing three times for Canada in the women’s eight at the Under-23 World Championships where they twice finished 4th(2008, 2009), the team won a bronze medal in 2010. Representing Team Ontario, Mastracci won a gold medal in the women’s eight and silver medal in the coxless fours at the 2009 Canada Games.
Mastracci started to row in her final year of high school in May 2007 and was noticed for her outstanding performance at one of her first ergometer competitions, and was offered a rowing scholarship to Syracuse University.
Conlin McCABE – Men’s Eight (M8+)
A member of the 2011 World Championships bronze medalist crew in the men’s eight, McCabe will make his Olympic debut in 2012. He competed at two Under-23 World Championships winning silver in 2010 (coxless pairs) and finishing 4th in 2009 (coxless fours). McCabe competed at two World Junior Championships winning silver in the coxless pairs in 2007 (4th in the coxed pairs in 2006).
In 2001, he won the collegiate, Under-23 and Open men’s championships at the C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston, USA (his pull of 5:48 for 2,000m on the ergometer was good enough for all three titles.
McCabe grew up playing hockey in Brockville, Ontario, attended Brockville Collegiate Institute where he was named the 2008 Male Athlete of the Year and now studies Geography at the University of Washington (however, he did take the past year off from his studies to train full-time for the Olympic Games). In 2011, he was ranked #19 on U.S. rower Megan Kalmoe’s annual list of the “20 Hottest Male Rowers.”
Andréanne MORIN – Women’s Eight (W8+)
Morin is a two-time Olympian finishing 4thin 2008 and 7thin 2004 in the women’s eight. She is a three-time World Championships medalist in the eight winning back to back silvers in 2010 and 2011, and bronze in 2003. A seven-time World Championships team member (five senior, two junior), Morin’s first senior international race was in the 2001 World Cup, where the women’s eight finished 7th.
A skiing accident to her right leg derailed Morin from competitive career as an alpine skier so she switched to rowing in 1996. She was appointed to the World Anti-Doping Agency Athlete (WADA) Committee in 2011 and currently sits on the athlete’s commission for the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Born in Vanier, Quebec, Morin attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA and went on to graduate in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Princeton University, where she was the 2006 NCAA rowing champion. Morin is currently pursuing a Law degree at the Université de Montréal.
Cristy NURSE – Women’s Eight (W8+)
Nurse is a two-time World Championships silver medalist winning back-to-back medals in the women’s eight in 2010 and 2011, and will make her Olympic debut in London in 2012.
She began rowing in 2006 while interning at a Mississauga, Ontario firm because the Don Rowing Club was close by. Nurse graduated with Honours, Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, where she played a year of varsity basketball, and has now put her final year of Law degree studies at the University of Ottawa on hold while she trains with the national team in London, Ontario.
Born in Georgetown, Ontario, Nurse was raised on her parent’s dairy farm (Monteith Holsteins) and grew up splitting her time competing on various sport teams and showing cattle and horses at competitions across the country, In the March 12, 2012 issue of Sportnet Magazine, she was named of the “30 Most Beautiful Athletes on the Planet.”
Patricia OBEE – Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls (LW2x)
Obee will be making her Olympic debut in 2012 entering the Games as a three-time World Championships medalist. Initially, she lost the winner-takes-all row-off with veteran Tracy Cameron for the seat in the Olympic women’s lightweight double sculls with the pre-selected Lindsay Jennerich, only to have Cameron retire from the sport seven weeks before the 2012 Olympic Games. Obee won a World Championships silver medal in the lightweight double sculls in 2011 (with Lindsay Jennerich), and two bronze medals in the Under-23 World Championships (2010 eights, 2011 single sculls).
Obee, a graduate of Stelly’s Secondary School in Saanichton B.C, started rowing in 2009 and made her international début one year later in 2010 at age 19.
Derek O’FARRELL – Men’s Coxless Fours (M4-)
O’Farrell makes his first trip to the Olympic Games in 2012, having competed in six career World Championships (five senior, one Under-23) winning a total of four medals all-time. A three-time senior World Championships medalist, he won one silver in 2009 in the eight, and two bronze medals in coxed pairs (in 2006 with Andrew Byrnes and in 2007 with Kip McDaniel). At the 2005 Under-23 World Championships, he won a silver medal in the men’s eight.
O’Farrell came to the sport of rowing in an interesting way having never rowed before university, and was just sitting on a field when he got a flyer to come try out for the rowing team. He started in a novice boat in 2002, quickly joining the varsity heavyweight eight in 2003. O’Farrell grew up playing ice hockey, attended St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Ontario, and graduated in 2007 with a Physiology degree from McGill University in Montreal.
Brian PRICE – Men’s Eight (M8+)
An 11year veteran with the Canadian rowing team, coxswain Price will be guiding a boat with six different rowers than the one that he won gold with in Beijing in 2008. A two-time Olympian, Brice also finished 5thin the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where he was also coxswain for the men’s eight crew. A three-time World champion coxswain for the men’s eight in 2002, 2003 and 2007, Price had his first international experience at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg.
After taking a break from the sport after the Beijing Olympics, Price returned in December 2011 after being a motivational speaker for two years. A cancer survivor, from the age seven to 12 he suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia and his growth was stunted by five years of harsh chemotherapy cocktails. Price graduated in 1998 with a Civil Engineering Technologist Diploma from Seneca College.
Lesley THOMPSON–WILLIE– Women’s Eight (W8+)
Thompson-Willie is the veteran coxswain of the Canadian women’s rowing team, a seven-time Olympian and four-time Olympic medalist. She is one of only three Canadian women, along with Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle, with four Olympic medals – one gold (1992), two silver (1984, 1996) and one bronze (2000). She is tied for second all-time amongst Canadian summer Olympians and is looking to become the first Canadian athlete to win medals in five different Olympic Games.
Competing in a career total of 16 World Championships, Thompson-Willie has won eight medals (one gold, three silver, four bronze). Having competed non-stop for Canada from 1980 to 2000, Thompson-Willie retired after the 2000 Olympic Games, only to return to the national team in 2006.
In 1994, Thompson-Willie, a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, was named to the Canada Olympic Sports Hall of Fame.
Douglas VANDOR – Lightweight Double (LM2x)
A 2008 Olympian, Vandor finished 6thin Beijing in the lightweight double sculls with Cameron Sylvester, and was named an alternate for the lightweight men’s four at the 2004 Olympic Games. He is a two-time World Championships bronze medalist (2002 in the lightweight coxless fours, 2005 in the lightweight quad sculls). His first international competition was the 2001 World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland.
A former speed skater, Vandor started rowing at McGill University where he graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science, and in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Physiology (from the Department of Experimental Surgery).
Rachelle VIINBERG – Women’s Eight (W8+)
Viinberg competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in the women’s eight under her maiden name of ‘de Jong, finishing 8th, and was an injured alternate (herniated disc) on the 2004 Olympic team. She has competed in six World Championships winning back-to-back silver medals in the women’s eight in 2010 and 2011 and silver in the 2002 coxless fours.
Viinberg, a former age group speed swimmer who originally wanted to be an Olympic swimmer, also won two medals at the 1997 Canada Games.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria, B.C., Viinberg is now a naturopathic doctor.
Lauren WILKINSON– Women’s Eight (W8+)
Wilkinson will be competing at the Olympic Games for her first time in 2012. As a member of the Under-23 World Championships eight crew, she won gold in 2011 and bronze in 2010 (finishing 4thin 2009). Competing at the World Junior Championships, she was 6thin 2007 in the single sculls, and 10thin 2006 in the coxless fours.
From North Vancouver, B.C., Wilkinson graduated in 2011 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, where she rowed on the varsity team winning the 2011 NCAA Championship in the eight. She started rowing to tag along after her older brothers at the Burnaby Lake Rowing Club, and now will be joined by her brother Michael at the 2012 Olympic Games, as he is a member of the men’s coxless fours for Team Canada.
Michael WILKINSON – Men’s Coxless Fours (M4-)
Wilkinson competed at the 2011 World Championships in the men’s double sculls, finishing 5thin the B Final (11thoverall) earning Canada an entry into the event at the 2012 Olympic Games, which will be his Olympic debut.
A graduate of Queen’s University, Wilkinson, from North Vancouver, B.C. will be joined on the 2012 Olympic rowing team, by his sister Lauren, who is a member of the women’s eight crew.