Canada Games Rowing Summary, Aug. 21, 2009
Course: 1200 metres, Clinton, PEI
Conditions: Overcast changing to hot and sunny with variable breezes.
Lightweight women’s double: Ontario (gold), British Columbia (silver) and Quebec (bronze) – followed by Manitoba, Newfoundland and Saskatchewan.
Women’s single – Manitoba (gold), Ontario (silver) and British Columbia (bronze) – followed by Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan
Men’s double – Ontario (gold), Quebec (silver) and Saskatchewan (bronze) – followed by B.C., Manitoba and New Brunswick
Men’s four – Ontario (gold) British Columbia (silver) and Quebec (bronze) – followed by New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador
Women’s four – British Columbia (gold), Ontario (silver) and Newfoundland and Labrador (bronze) – followed by Alberta, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.
Women’s double – Saskatchewan (gold), Quebec (silver) and British Columbia (bronze) – followed by Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia.
Men’s eight – British Columbia (gold), Ontario (silver) and New Brunswick (bronze) – followed by Quebec, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland
The women’s double was the closest gold-medal finish result of the day. Saskatchewan won their first gold in 4:18.44, Quebec was second in 4:18.54. The bronze in this race went to British Columbia (4:24.25). BC crew member Lauren Wilkinson of North Vancouver, B.C., won her fourth medal of the Games in this race. Wilkinson was also a member of the 2009 Canadian Under 23 Rowing Team.
Quotes (Aug. 21):
Laura Cowal, St. Catharines, ON – triple medalist – (women’s eight gold, women’s quad gold, women’s single)
“It’s always a challenge to switch from the larger boats to the small boat because I’m very team oriented. But I feel here I have the whole Ontario team behind me and I’m so proud to represent my province. I’ll go back to school (Michigan State) with this experience and the dream to one day make the Under 23 National Team in the future.”
Allisha Campaigne, Odessa, ON – gold medalist (lightweight women’s double with Alex Meiklejohn)
“We did a lot of sprint work to prepare for the shorter distance (1200m compared with the typical 2000m). It really helped us. BC had a good start and ours was not as good, but at around the 300-metre mark we just went for seven power strokes – we refocused and got our start back from them.”
Steph Davis, St. John’s, Nfld – bronze medal (women’s four) on winning Newfoundland and Labrador’s first medal of the Games
“We knew we could do it if we had our best race. Newfoundland is not expected to win medals, so we didn’t put any pressure on ourselves. We just all rowed our best race; I couldn’t have asked more from my teammates.”