Over the last few years, the Brock rowing teams have been quite successful, and the momentum has continued through the summer into the new school year.
This summer was one to remember for Badger rowers. Badgers, who participated in summer events included current rowers and alumni. Matthew Finley and David de Groot, represented Canada at the under-23 World Championships. Finley came home with a gold, while de Groot earned himself a bronze with his team. Grayson Gray and James Myers were also at the under-23 Championship, but had to withdraw due to an injury. Katherine Walker, Will Bryden, Mark Alm, James Potts, Taylor Ashwood, Zak Lews and Stephanie Mowder all were selected to compete at the World Universiade in Gwangju, Korea. Tim Schrijver and Eric Woelfl helped their crew qualify for the 2017 Olympics in Rio as they competed at the 2015 World Rowing Championships.
Heading into the OUA season of rowing, the Badgers competed at the Western Invitational a couple weeks ago and showed their dominance again. The team came home with a total of five first places; heavyweight men’s 8+ and 2x, and the heavyweight women’s 4+, 2x and 1x were the ones to finish first. Both lightweight teams stayed back for this tournament and used the weekend to prepare for the Head of Welland.
The Head of Welland was this past weekend and the Badgers weren’t going to make it easy for other schools on their home water. The Badgers captured 19 total medals, 13 of which were gold, four silver and two bronze.
The success doesn’t stop there for the Badgers as they compete in the Head of the Trent next weekend. Following next weekend the Badgers will be getting ready for the National Championship Regatta, Brock Invitational and then the OUA Rowing Championships. Over the last four years, Brock’s men have won two OUA titles.