Victoria’s Howard makes final at rowing regatta

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Howard (L), Wetzel (R) training in the M8+ for the 2008 Beijing Games, photo © Kevin Teichroeb


Rower Malcolm Howard of Victoria went looking for a new challenge after winning gold with the Canadian men’s eight at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

So he struck out on his own, trying to accomplish alone in the single sculls at London 2012, what he did with seven supporting oars at Beijing in an attempt to give Canada its first threat in men’s singles since former world champion and 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics silver-medallist Derek Porter of Victoria. Mount Douglas-grad Porter had also turned to singles after winning gold with the Elk Lake-based Canadian eight at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.

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Malcolm finished 6th, another step toward competing in the singles at the Olympic level.

Canadian men’s 8 wins silver at rowing worlds

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Photo courtesy of Jackie Skender, Rowing Canada
Photo courtesy of Jackie Skender, Rowing Canada

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Canada’s men’s eight won silver on the final day of competition at the world rowing championships in Poland on Sunday, as two other boats just missed the podium.

The men’s eight finished in a time of five minutes 27.15 seconds, well back of the German boat that won with a time of 5:24.13. The Netherlands took bronze (5:28.32).

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Canadian women’s four wins bronze at rowing worlds

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Canada won its first medal at the world rowing championships in Poznan, Poland, on Saturday, as the women’s four took bronze.

The crew of Sandra Kisil of Ancaster, Ont., Sarah Waterfield of Kingston Ont., Jennifer Tuters of Peterborough, Ont., and Emma Darling of Burnaby, B.C., finished in six minutes 36.87 seconds, less than a second behind the U.S. (6:36.01) for second.

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Canada qualifies eight boats for World Rowing finals

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Poland Rowing World Championships TOPIX

Canada sends two more crews to finals at world rowing championships
(CP) – 30 minutes ago

POZNAN, Poland — Two more Canadian crews qualified for their respective finals Friday at the world rowing championships.

Lindsay Jennerich of Victoria and Sheryl Preston of North Delta, B.C., finished second in their semifinal in the lightweight women’s double to advance to Sunday’s final. Greece won in seven minutes 29.50 seconds, followed by Canada in 7:31.57 and Australia in 7:32.13.

The Canadians sat in fourth place for the first part of the race, but made a move at the right time to secure a spot in the medal round.

“We knew we had a strong middle 1,000 (metres) in our back pocket,” said Jennerich.

Preston agreed.

“We have a lot of trust in each other,” said Preston. “I have trust in Lindsay’s (race) calls … we’ve done a lot of racing and training together this year and that really showed in (Friday’s) semi.”

The Canadian lightweight men’s double also qualified for the final. Doug Vandor of Dewittville, Que. and Cam Sylvester of Caledon, Ont., finished third in their semifinal to advance.

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Pain Contest

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Leaving the dock

I’m especially interested in the article below because I did a feature last summer on the Canadian Men’s Eight and their Erg (ergometer/indoor rowing machine) training called “Pain Contest”.

Here’s the video about the Beijing gold-medal winning crew; below is an article about a sensational Danish rower who has broken the world record on the Erg twice this year …

Erg versus water, that is the question

The indoor rowing machine, or ergometer, love or loath it, the machine has become a vital training tool for rowers. Today at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland, world record holder on the erg, Henrik Stephansen raced on the water. Denamark Lightweight Double

Coming from Denmark, Stephansen is part of a rowing programme that does not always have the luxury of rowing on the water. It is often too cold and sometimes too rough. So Danish Rowing has adapted by training indoors. Earlier this year lightweight athlete Stephansen went under six minutes over 2000m on the indoor rowing machine. His time of 5:58.5 set a World Record that was previously thought unachievable.

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Canadian crews rowing their way into medal contention

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Great news from the World Rowing Championships for Canada.

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Several crews have moved on to either the finals or semis. Not mentioned in this article is that the lightweight men’s four and the Women’s Eight both moved on. The Women’s Eight and the coxed men’s pairs team are into the final and the men’s four has advanced to the semi-finals. The News is a lot more scarce than it was about the world athletics championships a week ago but still, good reports out of Poznan.

Canadian crews rowing their way into medal contention
Canwest News Service
Published: Monday, August 24, 2009

Canadian boats have taken the next step toward the finals at the world rowing championships in Poznan, Poland.

The Canadian men’s eights crew, which captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games last summer in Beijing, has moved onto the finals, while the lightweight men’s and women’s doubles advanced to the semifinals. Another three Canadian boats will have to qualify through the repechage.

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36 years as a CBC cameraman

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A master behind the lens, Mike is a veteran of 36 years, almost every Olympics since Montreal in 1976, the Read Report in the 80’s (with Crazy Canuck Ken Read), and an endless series of accomplished work ever since.

36 years as a CBC cameraman, originally uploaded by inklake.

Mike on U Vic trackI’ve had the pleasure of working with him often over the past 10 years, especially enjoying our many shoots for the Beijing Games last summer, and our recent shoot at Elk Lake this year.

mike cuCongratulations Mike on a career that few can equal, thank you for your insights and humour, and best of luck in your retirement.

I expect to see you looking through a viewfinder somewhere very soon.