Every month, ROWONTARIO and Direct Sports Apparel (DSA) team up to recognize athletes for all that they do on and off the water. This month’s DSA Peak ROWONTARIO Athlete of the Month is Arrin Falk-Dotan.
Arrin demonstrated commitment to the well-being of others on a daily basis. If an athlete was taking out a single for the first time, Arrin immediately offered to help them bring the boat down and he would stay near them on the water until they were comfortable; if an athlete failed to show up, Arrin could be counted on to sit in any boat. During the Henley regatta, a coach had a family emergency that needed their attention. Arrin happened to be nearby and could tell that something was wrong and immediately offered to help the coach’s program. Arrin is the type of person who does not think twice about helping others, and is the type of person that every coach is glad to have in their program.
Posted October 5th, 2015 by Matthew Wortley (Original Article on RowOntario Website)
Day 3 - Oct. 10, 2015
It was Mother Nature’s mea culpa Saturday at the National Rowing Championships.
With the sun shining and the winds calm on Martindale Pond in St. Catharines, she was clearly in the mood to do better by athletes rowing in the A/B finals after weather forced competition to be suspended Friday.
Layla Balooch, however, did her best. The Burnaby native rowed to a second-place finish in the women’s singles A finals, securing a silver medal and the U23 women’s title.
“I feel like I pulled a personal best for the year and I’m very happy with how I finished,” Balooch said about her 7:39.62 race. “I had my race plan, I made the calls and I executed them perfectly.”
And she did it as the only U23 competitor in her race. Balooch was up against National Team members Carling Zeeman, who came in first at 7:33.63, Alyssa Weninger, Kerry Schaffer and Emily Cameron, and university athlete Emily Jago.
“Carling definitely sets the standard in Canada,” Balooch said. “The standard she’s setting is a challenge to the rest of female scullers in Canada but it’s what we need.”
Lightweight Elizabeth Fenje set her own standards this competition. Fenje, who hails from Victoria, started making technical changes to her performance a month ago. They paid off when she rowed to first place in 7:47.30 in the singles A finals Saturday.
“My focus was on making these changes throughout the middle of my race and that’s what helped me today,” Fenje said. “I’m really excited. It was a great way to end off the year of training.”
It was also a relief for men’s lightweight first-place finisher Nick Pratt.
Pratt, from Kingston, admitted it was stressful racing against his teammates in the lightweight men’s fours at last summer’s World Championships and World Rowing Cup.
“Everyone is on the same level playing field,” said Pratt, who rowed a 7:11.05 race. “You know everyone’s strengths and weaknesses but they know your tricks as well. You just have to put your head down, do your thing and hope for the best.”
Top performers at the National Rowing Championships were recognized at an awards ceremony held after racing finished. Saturday’s results are available online at regattacentral.com.
In addition, medalists at the 2015 Pan Am Games and World Championships were feted for their accomplishments.
For the second year in a row, some of Canada’s most promising athletes attending a Canadian university were awarded the Future Athlete Bursary. Yara Ensminger of Don Rowing Club, Patrick Keane of St. Andrews and Victoria City Rowing Club, Vlad Timinsky of Burnaby Lake Rowing Club, and Luke Gadston of Leander Boat Club each received a scholarship worth $2,400. The Future Athlete Bursary was made possible thanks to a generous annual gift from a private donor.
The National Rowing Championships begin the last and most important ten months of the quadrennial, and will be the first of many selection events for the 2016 Olympics in Rio held throughout the year. Typically held in November, these championships are held earlier this year to allow the athletes more time to prepare for the 2016 Summer Games.
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Athletes from across the country are preparing to compete next week at the 2015 National Rowing Championships (NRC’s). The regatta will be hosted by the St. Catharines Rowing Club and will be held at the Henley racecourse, in St.Catharines, Ontario.
Following a short break after the World Championships, Canada’s senior athletes have returned to their respective training camps in order to prepare for the upcoming regatta.
“My down time was short but sweet,” explained Conlin McCabe who stroked the men’s four to a fourth place finish at the recent World Championships in France, thus helping to qualify his crew for next year’s Olympics. “It’s going to be an intense winter of training but all of the guys are really charged up to attack the miles this year. And it all starts here with this regatta.”
With less than a year until next summer’s multi-sport extravaganza in Brazil, there will be no respite from the pressure as athletes secure their positions on the Olympic team. The National Championships, which are kick-starting the last and most important ten months of the quadrennial, will be the first of many selection events throughout the year.
“The NRCs are an important preparation step as they represent the opening of the 2016 selection year for our team,” explained London Olympian Ashley Brzozowicz. “This is great opportunity to race and prove one’s speed.”
Traditionally held in November, the NRCs are being held earlier this year to allow the athletes more time to prepare for the 2016 Games.
“With the Rio Olympics and Paralympics now in sight,” explained Peter Cookson, High Performance Director for Rowing Canada Aviron, “the National Rowing Championships provide an opportunity for our athletes to start the final push to the podium. Having the NRC’s one month earlier will allow for more preparation time before Rio.”
A number of Olympic medalists will be competing in St.Catharines. London Olympic silver medalists Will Crothers, Conlin McCabe, Rob Gibson and Beijing bronze medallist Julien Bahain will be returning to the Henley racecourse, site of their Pan American gold medal wins this summer. This time however, they will be attempting to be crowned Canadian champion. On the women’s side, London Olympic silver medalists and recent World Championship bronze medallists in the eight, Natalie Mastracci, Lauren Wilkinson and Ashley Brzozowicz will also be chasing a national title on the waters of Martindale Pond.
The 10th annual 2015 National Rowing Championships will run from October 8th until the 10th.
Racing gets underway Thursday morning at 9:00 AM local time. A preliminary schedule of Saturday’s finals and other important information can be found here. A medal presentation and a BBQ (click here to buy tickets) will be held following the last race, which is scheduled for 11:20 EST on Saturday, October 10th.
All the results will be posted at Regattamaster.com.
Athlete biographies of members of Canada’s national rowing team who will be competing in St.Catharines are available here.
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