Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships Medalists

Brock was well represented at the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships this weekend. Races are 2000m long on the Concept2 rowing ergometer. Leading the way was Grayson Gray winning the Senior B lightweight race with a personal best time of 6:22. Taylor Ashwood followed with a 6th place 6:31.

In the Senior B Mens event David de Groot placed second with a time of 6:07, Matt Finley placed fourth with a 6:10.3 and Will Bryden came 6th with a 6:19.2

In the Senior Womens event Stephanie Mowder placed 6th with a personal best time of 7:09.2.

Spencer Brennan a novice with the Brock program placed third in the Senior Men’s race in a time of 6:14.1

Not to be outdone Amy MacLean raced in the women’s coxie event and won with a time 4:00.1 for the 1000m event.

Brock Badgers Recognized at Rowing Canada Awards Banquet

Three Brock rowers were awarded the International Achievement Award for their performances at the Under 23 World Championships this past Summer. The 2014 U23 World Championships were held in Varese Italy in July.

Tim Schrijver received his award for a Gold medal performance in the U23 mens’ cox four, while Grayson Gray and James Myers were recognized for winning a Bronze medal in the U23 lightweight mens pair. Tim is now at the Victoria Training centre preparing for the Panamerican games and the senior World Championships, while Grayson and James are training at Brock for another U23 World Championships this summer.

One of the athletes in the St. Catharines RC male sweep crew of the years was Taylor Ashwood also a member of the Brock Rowing Team. This award recognizes the performance for first place finishes at Royal Canadian Henley and the national Rowing Championships of non-national team athletes.

Congratulations from the Badgers to all four athletes.

Jack Nicholson


Jack July 2010[1]

It is with great sadness that we inform the Brock Rowing community the passing of our first coach Jack Nicholson. Jack’s contribution to our program continued right to the end as a mentor coach, keen supporter of our athletes, advisor on boat repair, a neighbour in the boathouse and friend. Jack continued to provide training opportunities for our athletes and others with the weekly around the island races; racing opportunities by running the Ontario Ergometer Rowing Championships, and the Head of the Martindale. Jack was always willing to have our rowers out with him when cold water rules were in place to train, or to loan us a boat when we were in need. He will be missed as rowing has lost a giant.

Funeral arrangements will be announced soon but there will be visitation this week and a celebration of his life in January. We will post more information when it is released.


Fantastic showing by the Brock Badgers at the 2014 championships.

The mens’ team did great job of winning the banner in a year when nearly half the team was competing for Brock as a varsity athlete for the first time. They were led by their coaches Iain Wilson (in his first year as the lightweight men’s coach) and Brandon Campbell (only in his second year as the heavy men’s coach) who put in a phenomenal effort as volunteer coaches while being full time students at Brock. The year started out with weak results while trying to build crews with so many new athletes but the results became better with each regatta because of their hard work. After the Brock Invitational Regatta It became clear it was possible but the Badgers were still in second behind Western. Grayson Gray set the tone in the first race by wining his heat in the lightweight single. The men then carried on by winning the men’s light eight, heavy four and light four, and also placed second in the men’s heavy eight and heavy double.

The women’s team also had a strong performance placing third overall which is great since two thirds of the women were new to the Brock varsity program. Both the heavy and light eights only had one returning athlete in the crews and yet the lightweight women placed third. The future looks bright as this young team builds experience in the coming years. The women’s team was also led by two new coaches Jacqui Beattie coaching the women and vince Amodeo coaching the light women. Katherine Walker had a third place finish in the light women’s single and the light women also placed third in the four.

For complete results and points click the links below.

2014 badger Celebration

Racing has been moved forward so finals begin at 10:30 with the last race at 2:15. There will be a tent at the waters edge in front of the HIH building for Alumni and friends of Brock Rowing. Some beverages and snacks will be provided. Once racing is complete everyone is encouraged to move to the Alumni clubhouse on top of the island for a BBQ courtesy of Dr. John Gleddie. There will also be a cash bar. We will also christen four new boats recognizing a long time volunteer and Badgers that have represented Canada internationally.

OUA Weekend

Join us this weekend at Henley Island for the OUA Rowing Championships. Racing will start at 7AM and run until 2:15PM. Brock is in strong contention to compete for both banners, as demonstrated the past two weekends at Brock Invite and Head of the Charles.

The OUA Development Regatta will take place this Friday. The regatta is for junior varsity and novice crews.

Attached are the preliminary lane draws:

OUA Championships Schedule

Development Regatta Schedule Sheet1

For Alumni and friends of Brock Rowing there will be a tent in front of the Henley Island Helpers booth to watch racing from. After the finals there will be a BBQ at the alumni clubhouse with cash bar. We are also christening four new shells so look forward to everyone being there.

Successful Weekend at Head Of The Charles

The Brock Badgers came home with two medals from the prestigious Head Of The Charles this past weekend. The Lightweight Men’s 4+ and Lightweight Women’s 4+ won silver, while the Heavyweight Women’s 4+ came sixth, and the Heavyweight Men’s 8+ came 35th.

The Men’s Lightweight 4+, consisting of James Myers, Grayson Gray, James Potts, Taylor Ashwood, and Amy MacLean finished just four seconds behind the London Training Centre crew. As they were only .47% of Gold Medal Standard behind the first place boat, they have qualified the boat for next years regatta.

The Women’s Lightweight 4+, with Emma Sheehan, Jen Beaudette, Katherine Walker, Lindsay MacLean, and Laura Court was 14 seconds behind first place Princeton University. Like the men’s boat, the women have also qualified the boat for next year with a 1.25% difference between first and second.

Crews are now gearing up for the OUA and OUA Development Championships taking place this weekend at Henley Island. The program is going into the regatta with high hopes after another great weekend of racing.

Full results can be found at:

Lady Badgers Start Charles Regatta With Great Race

Brock Badgers were well represented in the women’s collegiate four event at the Head of the Charles Regatta with a 6th place finish out of a field of 36 entries. Only 1.1 seconds separated the Badgers from third place in a 19 minute race. The crew of Lizzie Fuller, Taylor Issepon, Lauren Piedl, Anike Vanagas and coxswain Andrea Jansen were the only Brock crew to race Saturday. Andrea felt they had great race from start to finish only being held up a little as four crews tried to squeeze through Weeks bridge. Now they will get ready to race next Saturday at the Ontario University Rowing Championships hosted by Brock.

Sunday three more Badger crews will race in the Women’s light four, Men’s light four and the Men’s Championship eight.

Badgers Win Three Gold, Collect More Than 1,000 Pounds of Food at Brock Invite

As temperatures dipped below 5°C, the Brock Badgers rowing team took to their home course on Henley Island for the Brock Invitational regatta. The regatta, which is used as a seeding regatta for the OUA Championships taking place two weeks from now, brought schools from around Ontario to Port Dalhousie. There were many highlights for Brock at the regatta, including three gold medals. However, the big event of the day was the food donations collected for ‘Community Cares’. A rough estimate suggests that anywhere from 1,200-1,500 pounds of food was collected. The food drive, which was organized by head coach Peter Somerwil, will give families in need much needed help at Thanksgiving. Most athletes at the regatta will eat more in one day than some families will eat for Thanksgiving dinner.

Winning gold for Brock were the Lightweight Men’s 4+, the Heavyweight Men’s 4+, and the Lightweight Men’s 8+. The lightweight Men’s 4+, consisting of James Myers, Grayson Gray, James Potts, Taylor Ashwood, and Amy MacLean, held off the Western Mustangs crew by two seconds, finishing in a time of 6:19.03. Myers, Potts, Ashwood, and MacLean teamed up with Bryan Haakman, Eric Buchanan, Michael Brunton, Connor Pepper, and Austin Cameron. The crew defeated second place Western by just over a second, completing the race in 5:50.62 seconds. The last gold medal for Brock came from the Heavyweight Men’s 4+, who remained undefeated on the season. David De Groot, Matt Finley, Will Bryden, Matt Wortley, and Earl Cabaluna finished in front of second place Western by 4 seconds. Through 1000 metres both crews were very close, but in the last half of the race the Badgers crew made a strong push and opening the lead.

There were several other crews who medaled on Saturday. Finishing second was the Men’s Lightweight 1x, the Women’s Lightweight 1x, the Men’s Heavy 2x, the Women’s Lightweight 2x, and the Men’s Heavyweight 8+. Coming third was the Women’s Lightweight 8+, with all members of the crew in their first year of varsity rowing. With the OUA Championships just two weeks away, it appears that Brock is in a strong position to win championships banners.

There will be four crews in Boston, Massachusetts next weekend to race the famous Head of the Charles Regatta. The Men’s Heavyweight 8+, the Women’s Heavyweight 4+, the Women’s Lightweight 4+, and the Men’s Lightweight 4+ will all be participating in one of the largest regattas in the world. The rest of the team will be racing in Guelph next weekend, with all crews preparing for the OUA Championships and OUA Development Regatta on the 24th and 25th of October.

Full results are attached.

Results Brock Invite