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

2013 Brock Badgers Rowing Banquet

On Saturday night at the Alumni Club on Henley Island the Brock Badgers Rowing team celebrated their end of the season banquet. The occasion brought Badgers from both the Varsity and Novice teams together to celebrate their accomplishments over the year.

The night was filled with laughter and a fantastic meal catered by the Alumni Clubhouse staff. The evening was hosted by Mark Alm (Men’s Varsity Heavyweight Rower) and Tiffany Rusch (Women’s Varsity Lightweight rower).  The two kept the group laughing and entertained all night.

The evening was also set out to honor all of our volunteers and coaches that made it possible for our athletes to compete. There were also a few athlete awards also given out, which were the Male Oarsman for 2013 (Mark Alm – Men’s Varsity Heavyweight Rower) and Female Oarswoman for 2013 (Katherine Walker – Woman’s Varsity Lightweight Rower).  The team also gave out an award that recognizes the returning athlete on the team that had the highest overall grade average from the following year; this year’s recipient was Jen Beaudette (Women’s Varsity Lightweight Rower).

The Brock Badgers would like to thank all of their coaches, supporters and volunteers for helping them row to success year in and year out. The Badgers are looking forward to a great winter training season and will be building up its momentum for next season.

2013 Brock Badgers Rowing Slideshow

Thanks to Austin J. Cameron for the making of the slideshow and all of the amazing pictures over the season

RCA National Rowing Championships

As the sun fell upon the south course at the Welland Canal it called an end to another NRC’s. The weekend brought Canada’s best rowers from all across the country to Welland to battle out and show who is the best of the best. The high winds all weekend really gave the rowers an extra factor to deal with and to show who the real competitors where. The competition involved 8 provinces and 2 National Training Centers. There were three divisions athletes competed in from U19, U23 and Senior, with races in Heavyweight and Lightweight Men’s and Women’s 1x, Heavyweight and Lightweight Men’s 2- and Women’s Heavyweight 2-.

The Brock Badgers had a great showing with athletes competing in the Men’s Heavyweight 1x, Men’s Lightweight 1x, Men’s Heavyweight  2-, Men’s Ligtweight 2- and Women’s Lightweight 1x. With Medal and high place finishes in the

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA(Matt Finley, David de Groot, Grayson Gray & James Myers)

Men’s U23 Heavyweight 2- Silver (David de Groot, Matt Finley)
Men’s U23Lightweight 2- Silver (Grayson Gray and James Myers)
Men’s Senior Lightweight 2- Bronze (Grayson Gray and James Myers)
Men’s U23 Heavyweight 1x – Bronze (Tim Schrijver)
Women’s U23 Lightweight 1x – 4th place (Katherine Walker)

The Brock Badgers had an amazing weekend at the NRC’s really show that they have some world class talent that is part of their program. The NRC’s called an official end to the Badger racing season and an official start to winter training. Over the next few months the Badgers will work hard on the erg’s and in the tank perfecting their technique and building power for the upcoming spring season. Keep following the Badgers on this website and on Facebook at Brock Rowing and on Twitter @badgersrowing to get updates on their progress and gains over the winter season.

RCA National Rowing Championships


Even though the Brock Badgers racing season is over we still have a few Badgers racing this weekend in the RCA National Rowing Championships in Welland. The National Rowing Championships are comprised of the top rowers from all across Canada, having 10 provinces being represented this weekend. The races comprise of the Women’s 1x -JW1x, BW1x, W1x, Women’s 2- JW2-, BW2-, W2-, Women’s lightweight 1x -BLW1x, LW1x. On the Men’s side there is Men’s 1x – JM1x, BM1x, M1x, Men’s 2- JM2-, BM2-, M2-, Men’s Lightweight 1x – BLM1x, LM1x, Men’s Lightweight 2-, BLM2-, LM2-. Also on Sunday there will be a few events on the Para-Rowing side.

The Badgers have athletes competing almost in all of the categories and some strong hopefully s for high finishes. Friday will be the host of the time trials for the Men’s 1x and then Quarter Finals for all other categories having the top placers advancing to the A and B semifinals and all others to lower semifinals. Head down to the south course of the Welland Canal and cheer on your Badgers race to victory and future Badgers. Make sure to wear as much Badger clothing as possible as its is an amazing recruiting opportunity for the team.