Biography:

Will Crothers was a member of the men’s eight that won silver at London 2012. Since then, he has competed primarily with the four, winning World Cup bronze in Lucerne in 2014, which was followed by a fifth place finish at the world championships. In 2015, Crothers and the “True North Four” won another World Cup bronze in Varese, Italy, before narrowly missing the world championship podium with their fourth place finish. In between, he won two gold medals at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto as a member of the four and the eight. At Rio 2016, Crothers and the four advanced to the A final, finishing sixth. Crothers has been competing internationally for Canada since 2004 when he made his first appearance at the world junior championships, winning bronze in the coxed four. After progressing to the U23 level, he won gold and silver with the eight in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Since joining the senior team, he has won two world championship medals, most notably a bronze with the eight in 2011. Crothers was a member of the varsity crew at the University of Washington, capturing the freshman title at the 2006 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. As a sophomore and junior he stroked the varsity eight to undefeated regular seasons in consecutive years, winning the PAC-10 in 2007 and 2008 and the IRA Championships in 2007.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Robert Crothers and Kathleen Simpson… Older brother Daniel… Getting into the Sport: Began rowing at age 14… Has jokingly claimed his undefeated novice season is the highlight of his rowing career…  Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Geography… Enjoys woodworking, editing videos, surfing, biking… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.” – Wayne Gretzky… Nickname: WillDaBeast… Before a race always looks at his training and knows that no one has trained harder… Listens to rap before a race…