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Nova Scotia Athlete and Coaches Selected to RCA National Teams

Row Nova Scotia is proud to announce that one of the province’s top rowing athletes has been named to the Canada Junior Rowing team and will compete at the World Junior Rowing Championship in Racice, Czech Republic later this summer. The province’s top rowing coach has also been selected to lead the junior team in the competition.

Rowing Canada Aviron announced today that Claire Ellison, 17, from the Halifax Rowing Club, will be rowing with the junior women’s quad boat. “I’ve been rowing with the provincial team for the past year and a half and I’m so excited to have been selected to this team,” says Ellison. “It’s one of the things we really work hard for – to represent our country at international competitions.”

Athletes were selected based performances at the 2018 Speed Orders – National Team Trials event from June 21-30 in London, Ontario, undertaking a vigorous week of rowing to earn their spots.

“This is the first time Nova Scotia has sent an athlete to the World Juniors and we’re thrilled for Claire,” says Row Nova Scotia President, Katie Edwards. “We’ve got some exceptional talent and coaching coming out of this province and our hope is that more young athletes will engage in rowing as a competitive sport option.”

Pat Cody, the current provincial head coach for Row Nova Scotia has been selected to lead the junior team in competition at the World Juniors. “This is a wonderful group of committed, dynamic, and talented rowers and I’m excited to help them push their limits and represent Canada on the world stage,” says Cody.

Also representing the province in international competition is Tracy Brown from the Mic Mac Aquatic Club. Tracy will be one of the coaches taking rowers to the CanAmMex Regatta in Mexico City next week.

To get ready for the World Juniors, the crew will be training and competing in Dartmouth on Lake Banook next week. Then, athletes from across the Atlantic region, including the World Junior Quad crew, will participate in Row Nova Scotia’s Annual Sprints Regatta July 14-15.

For more information on rowing in Nova Scotia, visit www.rowns.ca. In support of Next Gen athletes, RCA has launched the 2018 #RCANextGen fundraising campaign to reduce fees associated with international competition. For the second year running, RCA aims to ensure that athletes do not face financial barriers to represent Canada on the world stage. To make a contribution and leave a message for our athletes, please visit RCANextGen.ca.

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