Steven VanKnotsenburg



Ridley Graduate Boat Club

Languages spoken:


Idols (in sport or other):

anyone who overcomes major obstacles in life to achieve their dreams

Favourite activities outside of sport:

cycling, sleeping, cooking, aquariums/terrariums

Sibling(s) Name(s) (date of birth):

Trevor van Knotsenburg (Oct. 2/84)

Pre-competition rituals / superstitions:

pre-race micro nap followed by loud music

Training Location(s):

Victoria, BC


Mike Spracklen, Paul Hawksworth

Senior national athlete since:


College/ University (year graduated):

Brown University 2006

Focus of studies:


Org./ charities supported:

CAN Fund

Other sports participated in:

hockey, soccer, mountain biking

Favourite movies / TV shows:

entourage, breaking bad, Warrior

Favourite quote / motto:

“an idle brain is the devil’s workshop” – unknown

It would surprise you to know that I …:

enjoy cleaning

National titles (include event, year):

2009 – 4th M2- (London, Ontario)
2008 – 4th M1x (London, Ontario)
2007 – 8th M1x (Welland, Ontario)
2006 – Bronze M2- (Welland, Ontario)

Career notes (inc. Top results) in 2011:

3rd in the men’s coxed pair – 2011 World Rowing Championships

Career notes (inc. Top results) in 2009:

SILVER Men’s 8+ World Rowing Championships 2009, Poznan Poland
SILVER Men’s 8+ Rowing World Cup III 2009, Lucerne, Switzerland
BRONZE Men’s Quad Rowing World Cup I 2009, Banyoles, Spain
SILVER Men’s 8+ E.On Hanse Cup 2009, Rendsburg, Germany
4th Men’s Pair National Championship 2009, London, Ontario

Career notes (inc. Top results) in 2008:

6th – Men’s Quad Rowing World Cup III 2008, Lucerne, Switzerland

Career notes (inc. Top results) in 2006:

BRONZE Men’s Pair National Championship 2006, Welland, Ontario

Pan Am Games results — all events, all Games:


World Championship appearances – Best results by year:

2011 – Bronze M2+ (Bled, Slovenia)
2010 – 12th M4- (Lake Karapiro, New Zealand)
2009 – Silver M8+ (Poznan, Poland)
2007 – 14th M4x (Munich, Germany)
2005 – spare (Gifu, Japan)

Major awards (ex. CDN Player of Year, Hall of Fame inductee):

Rowing Canada Excellence Achievement Award 2009