Year Two • Edition Two •
In this Issue:
• Results from: Western Canadian Champions
• Results from: Head of the Gorge
• Looking Forward: CURC’s & NRC’s
• Looking Back: Quick Hits from the Boathouse
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Dear UBC Rowing Community,
Welcome to year two edition two of
Thunderstruck! We’re excited to be on the
"double-double" issue of our newsletter. UBC
rowing is off to a great start this fall with a
couple regattas under our belt and with still a
few more to come.
So grab a coffee or tea and read on to
see a recap from the Western Canadian
University Championships, Head of the
Gorge, and find out about the anticipation that
is starting to build coming up in to CURC's
and NRC’s 2013!
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On October 21st, the UBC Thunderbirds made history
when both the men’s and women’s teams won the
Western Canadian University Championships
(WCURC’s), for the first time in the regatta’s history.
The first final of the day was the women’s coxed
four, which saw UBC set the tone early when both their
first and second four finished an impressive 20 seconds
ahead of the next boat. The women’s dominance
through the day resulted in first place finishes in the
open coxed four, novice coxed four, open single,
lightweight coxed four, open pair, JV coxed four, and lightweight double.
The women’s eight placed a disappointing 2nd behind UVic, and are
looking forward to retribution at the upcoming Canadian University
The men got their first win in the men’s lightweight single and had
continued success throughout the day, as they went on to have seven more
first place finishes in the lightweight and heavyweight single, lightweight
coxed four, lightweight double, JV coxed four, and the Varsity, JV and
novice eights. After racing was complete, the men were able to edge out
the UVic team to become Western Canadian University champions.
Not only was WCURC’s a good measure of speed for the Thunderbird crews that will be racing at
Canadian university championships on the 2nd and 3rd of November, but it also showcased the
tremendous depth of both the women’s and men’s teams.
Canadian University Championships
Double Banner at the Western
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Head of the Gorge
The foggy weekday weather
turned into a beautiful saturday of
racing for the UBC Thunderbirds as
they crossed the Georgia Straight to
race in Victoria at the annual Head of
the Gorge Regatta. While the varsity
team stayed in Vancouver to train on
the Burnaby 2k course in preparation
for nationals, the day of racing started
with the JV Men stepping up and
racing their 2v boat in the
open/varsity eight event.
After some ferocious clashing
before heading into the narrows, a
tricky part of the course where the current runs particularity fast and there’s only room for one boat to
pass through at a time, the second varsity men placed third overall with a time of 12:11.8. Over the
4.5km course the 3v men, racing in the Junior Varsity/Lightweight Eight event, tied for first with
Coach Andrew Knorr says of his crews, "Both boats really dialed it in, trying to produce some of
the best speed they could at this point in the season. The 2V men competed up a category
and definitely rose to the challenge, while in turn building off their success at Western CUs last
weekend. The 3V men also had a good race with first year coxswain Jessica Dizone steering a sharp and
concise line on the challenging Gorge Waterway."
The Novice Men also built off the success
they found last weekend at Western CU’s.
Together the crew once again won in dominant
fashion, passing several boats along the course
and crossing the finish line in 13:31.00. A full
minute ahead of their next fastest competitor.
On the women’s side, racing in the second
flight of the regatta, UBC had two boats entered, a
composite JV/Novice eight racing in the
JV/Lightweight event, and a true novice eight.
With both boats placing second in their respective
events, stroke seat Alexis Thind and senior team
member Emily Dvorak, both in the 2v8+
commented, “We had a strong start and our coxie,
Margaret, got us through the rapids without a
problem and even received commendation from
the announcer. Although we did run into a setback
when one of the girl's seats came off the tracks, we
communicated with each other, made a fast recovery
and were able to bring it up for a strong finish. We’re coming back from Victoria united as a crew, and
we can't wait to further build upon our experience as a crew as we prepare for Seattle next weekend”.
Birds Battle the Narrows at
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Thunderbirds ready for Montreal and Welland
The Thunderbirds spread their wings over the Lower Mainland and Island this past weekend with
the Varsity fine tuning at Burnaby Lake while the JV and Novice teams ran the Head of the Gorge in
Hosting the Varsity Thunderbirds this weekend was the Burnaby Lake Rowing Club. It was
here where the TBirds took advantage of their 2000m course to finalize the men and women’s Canadian
University Rowing Championship (CU’s) line ups and make some key preparations before heading east
to race in Montreal next weekend, and Welland the weekend after.
"We were grateful for a sunny weekend after over a week of fog! The water was great and we've
had a good opportunity to do some speed testing which is nice to do for before CUs. The winning
standards of the regatta are getting very fast so there is some comfort in knowing your speed before we
line up against the best crews in the country," said men's coach Mike Pearce.
UBC will be landing in Montreal on Thursday to challenge for the CU’s banner which the men
last won in 2005 and women last won at Montreal in 2004. With over 20 universities competing at
Montreal’s Olympic basin, the site built for the 1976 olympics, the regatta takes place over two days
with time trials on Saturday November 2nd, and finals beginning mid morning Sunday November 3rd.
Last year uVic won the women's banner just two points ahead of UBC, while Brock edged uVic by one
point for the men's championship, where UBC was fourth. Both Thunderbird teams are looking strong
and ready to race coming off Western CUs wins over the Vikes last weekend.
After CURC’s part of the UBC team will head back to Vancouver while the rest of the team pares
down into small boats to race with non-university senior and junior athletes at Canada’s National
Rowing Championship (NRC’s). Competing only in pairs or singles each crew had to qualify and be
invited to race. The regatta takes place at the Welland International Flat-water Center from Friday
November 8th to Sunday November 10th.
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k Quick Hits from Around the BoathouseLooking Back:
Athletes of the Regatta: Western CURC’s
Luc Briede-Cooper: A first year from the Gorge Rowing club, Luc raced in 4 events at
WCURC’s. Showing great potential as a lightweight in both the 2x and 4+, Luc raced both these
boats to two third place finishes, only being beaten by the UBC and uVic varsity crews.
Accounting for heats and finals his four events totaled 6 races overall and throughout the day Luc
demonstrated maturity in juggling each, always being ready to race and hot seat between boats.
Hillary Janssens: At WCURC’s last year Hillary was preparing a for her first ever regatta. But a
year later you’d never know she was a 2012/2013 Tweedybird novice rower. Racing in three
events Hillary collected two golds and a silver. Her first gold came in the form of a One-Two
finish by UBC in the open 4+, the second gold after a dominating performance in the 2-,
followed by and finishing the day with a silver in the 8+ helping the UBC women take home the
overall points trophy for a second year in a row. Like Maxwell, Hillary is an essential part of the
varsity team and will be racing the 2- and 8+ at CURC’s, and a 2- at NRC’s this year.
Thunderbird Athletic Council: Athlete of the Month
Looking back on October rower Maxwell Lattimer was named the
UBC Athletics Athlete of the month. In order to even be nominated you first
must be an “Athlete of the Week”, an honour he won after his triple gold
performance at the Western Canadian Rowing Championships in the
lightweight single, lightweight coxed four and heavyweight eight, helping the
UBC men win the overall points trophy. As an integral part of the varsity
team Maxwell will be racing the same three events at CURC’s this coming
weekend. At NRC’s he’ll be racing in the lightweight pair with current
Thunderbird team mate Evan Cheng. Together in this boat class Evan and
Maxwell placed fifth at the 2013 u23 World Championships.
A Boat Christening: Celebrating Eldon Worobieff
On October 10th past and current UBC Thunderbirds, along with friends and family gathered to
celebrate and re