The World Rowing Championship heats begin tomorrow morning in Poznan, Poland. Three BC crews are in serious contention. Here’s an article from worldrowing.com:
Men’s Eight (M8+)
There is no denying the joy and relief on the face of the Germans when they won this event at the final stage of the 2009 Rowing World Cup series. In second, Canada looked quite pleased as well. The Canadians are the Olympic Champions but have almost an entirely new line-up this year. Only Andrew Byrnes and Malcolm Howard remain from the Beijing eight.
Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls (LW2x)
Great Britain seems to have found a golden combination. Hester Goodsell and Sophie Hosking are unbeaten this season and with this have forged new ground for British women lightweights.
The big challenges to the British are likely to be in the form of Canada. Lindsay Jennerich and Sheryl Preston (pictured right) have two bronze medals from this season which puts them in a little ahead of Germany (Marie-Louise Draeger and Anja Noske) on the points table of the 2009 Rowing World Cup series.
Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls (LM2x)
A range of 22 countries are entered in this event with the top contender likely to be Storm Uru and Peter Taylor of New Zealand. Canada’s Douglas Vandor and Cameron Sylvester have shared two seasons and were right behind the New Zealanders at the final stage of the Rowing World Cup.
Read entire article here.
This year, we’ll be doing stories on the new Canadian Men’s Eight (last year’s won GOLD at the Shunyi Basin, Beijing 2008), and the Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Doubles.
All three crews had great results at the prestigious Lucerne (Switzerland) regatta a few weeks ago, and we’re preparing stories to be broadcast for this year’s World Championships in Poznan, Poland.
I took the photo above of last year’s Men’s Eight (M8+) taking their boat out for an early morning training session.