Brock Rowers Win Medals at Commonwealth Regatta

Canadian rowers had a great showing at the Commonwealth Regatta in Strathclyde Scotland. Two Brock rowers, Katherine Walker and Dave de Groot were part of the team of twelve athletes representing Canada.

Katherine is the Golden girl as the only Canadian athlete to be a double Gold medalist at the regatta. First Katherine rowed with Jill Moffat in the lightweight women’s double to beat England for gold with a comfortable margin. Then Katherine raced the lightweight women’s single dash winning by a half a length over England.

Dave raced first in the mens four with Jakub Buczek, Lee hall and Kieran Tierney in a tight race that saw the lead change several times with Canada finishing second for a silver behind England. Then Dave teamed up with Jakub in the men’s pair were they raced well winning a bronze medal behind the winners Scotland and second place England.

Katherine and Dave then were part of Canada’s mixed eight winning another Bronze medal behind Gold medalists Wales and the silver medalists Scotland.

U23 Medals Followed Up With Men’s Quad win in B Final

On the final day of racing at the Under 23 World Championships the men’s quad finished first in the B Final with a time of 5:52.42. (This was faster than 6th and 5th place in the A Final). Unfortunately Matt Wortley suffered a rib injury in a tough semi-fiinal battle for the last qualifying spot for the A final. Matt was replaced by Tim Schrijver who had just won gold in the cox four yesterday. It’s a real testament to Tim’s versatility, the depth of the Brock program and the benefit of having 12 singles for training at Brock. All the top athletes have the chance to become proficient at both sweep and sculling.

Brock athletes figured prominently in two of the three Canadian crews that medaled at the U23 Championships. The bronze won by James Myers and Grayson Gray was the first lightweight medal to be won at a U23 Championships since 2005.

A big thank you to the entire team at Brock who make this possible, from the coaches to the physical therapy staff and supporting alumni and friends of Brock Rowing. We will continue to thrive with continued support from the entire extended team.


Brock Rowers 1st and 3rd at Under 23 World Championships

Tim Schrijver in Canada’s men’s cox four won today at the under 23 World Championships in Varese Italy. Canada won a tight race against New Zeeland a powerhouse in rowing beating them by just over a second. Canada was in the lead going into the final but had a tough sprint rating 44 hold the lead over New Zeeland.

timTim started his rowing career four years ago in the novice program at Brock. After his second year he represented Canada at the  U23 World Championships in 2012 but due to injury was forced to miss the 2013 championships. Tim was always a dedicated athlete and team player working hard academically and in rowing so it is great to see his success. Tim will now move full time to the Victoria Training centre working for a berth on the 2016 Olympic team and victory in Rio de Janeiro.

An all Brock lightweight mens pair of James Myers and Grayson Gray also medaled in Varese placing third behind the Czech Republic and Great Britain, with all three boats within a second of each other. This was their first attempt at the u23 team but both have worked hard over the last seven years in high school, club rowing and two years at Brock. Both have another year of U23 eligibility so you can expect to see them at the world rowing championships again.

Grayson Gray  James MyersGrayson is a science major in mathematics and computer applications and James is a science major in chemistry.

Three other Brock athletes are at the world championships. Matt Wortley and Matt Finley are in the men’s quad and will race in the B final tomorrow. Katherine Walker was competing in the lightweight women’s double placing third in the C final. katherine will move on to Glasgow to compete at the Commonwealth Regatta. Dave de Groote will join Katherine as part of the Canadian team in Glasgow.

Record Number of Brock Athletes Representing Canada This Summer





2014 National Team Members

Matt Finley,  Tim Schrijver,  Dave de Groot,   Katherine Walker,  James Myers,  Grayson Gray,   Matt Wortley

A record number of Brock rowers will be representing Canada this summer. The under 23 World Championships will be held in Varese Italy July 23-27th. Matt Finley and Matt Wortley will be in the men’s quad, Tim Schrijver will be in the men’s cox four, Katherine Walker will be in the women’s lightweight double, James Myers and Grayson Gray will be the men’s light weight pair.

Dave de Groot will be in multiple events representing Canada at the Commonwealth Regatta which is going to be held in Strathclyde Scotland August 9-10th. Brock’s head coach Peter Somerwil will be going as one of three coaches to the Commonwealth Regatta.

Still to be confirmed but with a good shot at representing Canada at the World Championships is Brock Alum Eric Woelfl.

Good luck to the team with their training and looking forward to some outstanding results.

Perfect Record at Dad Vail Regatta

Winning Women's Pair & freshman/Novice Lightweight Eight

Winning Women’s Pair & Freshman/Novice Lightweight Eight

The two Brock crews participating at the Dad Vail Regatta went home victorious this weekend.

The women’s pair won their heat with the fastest time of the day on Friday and followed that up saturday morning by winning their semi final also with the fastest time of the semis. Saturday afternoon Jen Beaudette and Katie Klassen won their final in a strong headwind winning over Wheaton by 5 seconds. Congratulations also to Vince Amodeo to a great start to his varsity coaching career.

The men’s Freshman/Novice lightweight eight led for most of the race to win by an astounding 18 seconds over Delaware always a strong university lightweight program. The lightweight eight coxed by Earl Cabaluna, was James Potts, Scott Klassen, Taylor Ashwood, Matt Druken, Connor Pepper, Evan Bull, Can Kilic,  Eric Buchanan and coached by Mike Purcer.


U23 National team selection update

U23 national Team Contenders

U23 National Team Contenders: Matt Finley, Tim Schrijver, Dave de Groot, Katherine Walker, James Myers, Grayson Gray, Matt Wortley

Brock athletes had outstanding results at the Canadian Eastern Trials in Welland. The following three days they continued with an excellent showing at the selection camp in seat racing and other timed pieces.

James Myers and Grayson Gray, were the fastest U23 lightweight pair at trials and consistently had best times during the camp. They have been nominated by Rowing Canada as the U23 pair for the U23 World Championships. Good luck to them with their training in London for the summer.

Tim Schrijver and Dave de Groot won the senior pair at trials and won their respective sides in seat racing. They will now move to Victoria for further selection when US based athletes show up. Matt Finley raced in the single winning the B final of the senior single but moved into the sweep pool at camp and qualified for further selection in Victoria as well.

Matt Wortley was third U23 single at trials and after camp has been selected to train in Victoria in the U23 double.

Katherine Walker was the second place U23 lightweight women’s single at trials and placed first in seat racing. Katherine will move to London for further training and selection when US based athletes arrive.

Not in the picture but winning the senior men’s lightweight pair was Eric Woelfl who is at the London training centre working to finalize qualification for a senior worlds crew.

Good luck to all with their further selection and final qualifying time trials. This is the largest group of Brock athletes to advance this far in any given year and we are looking forward to seeing you all represent Canada this summer.

March Break Rowing Camp

Brock University presents an opportunity for Secondary School rowers to get an early start to the season. Any secondary school student with at least one season of on-water rowing experience (spring, summer or fall) is invited to sign-up for this high performance opportunity. The camp is scheduled from Monday March 10th to Friday March 14th 2014 8:30am to 4:00pm. Coaches are there from 7:30 to 4:30 to facilitate drop off and pick up.

The camp is planned to take place on-water at Martindale Pond from the Brock University Boathouse Henley Island unless the water is still iced over. If the water is iced over the camp will be land based at Brock University in the Leo LeBlanc rowing Centre and class rooms on campus.


Brendan and Ben two recent graduates celebrating a win at the Dad Vail Regatta. Both first started at Brock in one of our high school clinics.


How to REGISTER for the camp.

To register and pay for the March Break Camp visit:

Click on;  CAMPS & CLINICS tab

Click on;  Brock Rowing Camps

Limited to 20 participants for only $230/ participant.



In sport especially competitive sport, athletes and coaches tend to get tied up in winning and losing. It comes down to beating your rival and being the best you can be. But sometimes its not all about winning and losing its about being #ONETEAM and supporting each other in sport and in life. The rowing community across Canada especially in Ontario have been really learning about this over the past few weeks.

The Western Mustangs Rowing team received some tough news over the Christmas break, about one of their own team members. Natalie Connell a crucial member of the women’s team was diagnosed with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. Connell is a huge part of the program always doing what she could to help advance rowing at Western. Her teammates knew they wanted to help so they created the campaign #ONETEAM. The team is selling white tank tops with a purple W on the front and #ONETEAM above the Canadian Cancer Society Logo on the back for $20. The proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society to help the fight.

The Campaign was originally only going to be a Western campus campaign, but as the rowing community across Canada and even a few NCAA schools heard about it they wanted to help and show their support by placing orders for shirts. The Brock Badgers rowing team being close friends of many of the Western team have stepped up and are supporting the campaign. They are doing what they can to help spread the word.

If you would like to learn more about the campaign and how you can support #ONETEAM Click on the link below, which will direct you to their Facebook page.

In sport we don’t just have to be rivals and competitors we can be #ONETEAM and support each other.

Badgers Abroad

Mark AlmAs the Brock Badgers are deep into their winter training a few of their athletes will be studying and training abroad this semester. The skills and lessons they will learn abroad will help them as student athletes, but also as Brock Badgers rowers. One to note that is already making big gains and a large impact in New Zealand is Men’s Heavyweight rower Mark Alm. Mark is studying abroad for a full year at the University of Otago in Dunedin in New Zealand. Mark is training and racing with the Otago Rowing club there.

Mark competed on the weekend in the Canterbury Championships on Lake Ruataniwha. Mark and Jack O’Leary a fellow New Zealand Junior National Team member competed in the open double sculls and sorrowed through the heats with a fast time of 6:56.17. The pair moved on to the finals which where cancelled due to high winds. Mark also competed in the single sculls category and finished second in his heat with a time of 7:33.78.

Click Here to read the rest of the article from the Otago Daily Times

The Brock Badgers are proud of their athletes that are making big gains over seas and at home in their training programs. Continue to follow the badgers on twitter @badgersrowing and on Facebook at Brock Rowing to see updates on their athletes and training.

“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat” ~Hershel Walker