All of Canada's entries won medals today - three golds and a silver - at the 7th World University Rowing Championships, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, U.K.
"We couldn't have asked for a better day at the World University Championships, even with the high headwinds," said Canadian team coordinator Chantelle Hanley. "Each crew rowed their hardest and were on top of the podium with great pride, tired legs, and burning lungs!"
The men’s eight finished the day of racing with a win over crews from the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Great Britain and Italy. Canada’s time was a well ahead of the field in 5:48.54, which left the real battle, for the silver medal, between the Dutch in 5:54.31 and Germany in 5:54.53.
Members of the Canadian crew are David Kay of Victoria, B.C., Geoff Hodgson of the Yukon, Graeme Hill of Vancouver, B.C., James Farris of Alta., Robert Weitemeyer of B.C., Ryan Slate of Ontario, Liam Parsons of Thunder Bay, Ont., Eric Oinonen of Thunder Bay, Ont., Victoria Agate of B.C. - cox.
The Canadian women's four of Emily Boyle of Port Elgin, Ont., Bonnie Fiala of Enderby, B.C, Emily Poupart of Chicoutimi, Que., and Nicole Borges of Mississauga, Ont. won their event in 7:12.98 over crews from Germany, Poland, Britain, Australia and Hungary.
Jane Rumball of Fredericton, N.B. and Laura Middleton of Toronto, Ont. won the women's double sculls in 7:25.32, ahead of Poland and the Czech Republic.
In the women's single, Miroslava Knapkova of Czech Republic took charge of the field in 8:05.71, with Jane Rumball, a student at the University of Western Ontario, picking up silver in 8:17.28 and Peta Estens of Australia settling for bronze in 8:23.81.
Poland finished at the top of the final medal standings, with Canada in second overall and Czech Republic in third.
Competitors must be a student officially registered for and pursuing a full- time course of study of a university or similar institute whose status is recognized by the appropriate national academic authority of their country, or be a former student of the institution who has obtained his/ her degree or diploma in the year 2001.
The British Universities Sports Association, in partnership with the Amateur Rowing Association (the governing body for rowing in the United Kingdom) hosted this Festival of Rowing, which included last week's Commonwealth Championships (where Canada also finished second overall) and the University Championships, at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.
Canadian Results Finals – FISU Champs (Aug. 24/02)
Men's eight 1. CAN 5:48.54 2. NED 5:54.31 3. GER 5:54.53 4. POL 5:57.01 5. GBR 5:58.73 6. ITA 6:19.15
Women's Four 1. CAN 7:12.98 2. GER 7:14.58 3. POL 7:19.32 4. GBR 7:26.21 5. AUS 7:27.31 6. HUN 7:45.19
Women's Double 1. CAN 7:25.32 2. POL 7:33.50 3. CZE 7:38.46 4. IRL 7:42.03 5. GBR 7:51.36 6. ITA 8:09.34
Women's Single Scull 1. CZE 8:05.71 2. CAN 8:17.28 3. AUS 8:23.81 4. EST 8:26.29 5. NED 8:35.47 6. RUS 8:50.02