Luke Gadsdon joined the national team program in 2018 and rowed with the eight at that year’s World Rowing U23 Championships. It was a career highlight to finish fifth with a sub-5:30 time because of the way the Canadian crew came through the repechage with a lineup that changed each race due to illness.
At the 2019 U23 Worlds, Gadsdon and the eight were less than a second from second place in the repechage, just missing the A final. They ended up winning the B final.
In May 2021, Gadsdon made his senior international debut in the four at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta where they finished second to secure Canada’s spot in the event for Tokyo 2020.
Gadsdon rowed at Brock University for three seasons. During that time, he also represented Canada at the 2016 FISU World University Championships, finishing sixth in the men’s four.
A Little More About Luke
Getting into the Sport: Started rowing when he was 14… Has wanted to compete at the Olympics since Doug Csima, silver medallist in the men’s eight at London 2012, came to his home club and showed off his medal, making him want to follow in his footsteps… Outside Interests: Enjoys watching a movie to relax during the season and spending his off-season outdoors playing sports or hiking… Would like to be a firefighter after his rowing career ends… Odds and Ends: Collects shirts from competition locations…
Notable International Results
World Rowing Championships (U23): 2019 - 7th (M8+); 2018 - 5th (M8+)
FISU World University Championships: 2016 - 6th (M4-)