Biography:

Carling Zeeman has been competing in something since she was old enough to run. Before discovering rowing she played volleyball for two years, ran cross-country and track, and speed skated for nearly her entire youth. It was when she started speed skated that she started dreaming of going to the Olympic Games. In 2011 she won the U23 single sculls at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. She followed that with back-to-back podiums in the single sculls at the world U23 championships, taking bronze in 2012 and silver in 2013. She also made her senior world championship debut in 2013, joining with Emily Cameron, Kate Goodfellow and Antje von Seydlitz to win silver in the quad sculls. In 2014 Zeeman and the quad sculls made the A final at each of the three World Cups, highlighted by a silver in Lucerne, and finishing sixth at the world championships. In 2015 she moved back into the single sculls and made the A final at the world championships, qualifying an Olympic spot for Rio 2016 with her impressive sixth place finish. Earlier in the summer she had captured two gold medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in the single sculls and the quad sculls. Zeeman achieved another career highlight in 2016 with her first World Cup victory, winning the single sculls at the season opener in Varese.

Getting to know…

Family: Father Pieter Zeeman, mother Joyce Vandervliet… Older brothers Landon (has played for national military soccer team) and Joren (has played volleyball with the national team and professionally in Europe)… Younger sisters Maaike and Melissa… Getting into the Sport: Started rowing in 2009 while at Laurentian University… Her first time in a boat was at 5:30 am on Lake Ramsay in Sudbury and she questioned whether it was possible to row 2km at a full sprint while staying afloat the entire race; she was hooked on the challenge to overcome her initial inability…Outside Interests: Studied Outdoor Adventure Leadership at Laurentian University… Enjoys playing intense board games, watching Game of Thrones and biking… Loves teammate Antje von Seydlitz’s homemade caribou casserole… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “This sport will never get easier or more forgiving, we must become stronger and more resilient”… Favourite Olympic moment was when speed skater Gilmore Junio gave up his spot in the 1000m to Denny Morrison at Sochi 2014… Nicknames: Zeemanator, Zee Monsta… Favourite sports team is the Gryffindor Quidditch Team… Her mother buys her socks every Christmas that she usually reserves for racing as a token of good luck… Collects spoons from her travels because they’re easy to find and pack…