Updated: Mar 30, 2022
The Olympics have wrapped up, but Canada is not done with Olympic competitions yet! The Paralympics have begun, also in Tokyo, and our rowers are there to represent us. We have two boats entered - the PR3 mixed four and the PR2 mixed double sculls.
Let's meet the team:
Kyle Fredrickson (University of Victoria Rowing Club), Bayleigh Hooper (Peterborough Rowing Club), Victoria Nolan (Victoria City Rowing Club), Andrew Todd (North Star Rowing Club, formerly from the Ottawa Rowing Club) and coxswain Laura Court (St. Catharines Rowing Club) will race in the PR3 mixed coxed four (PR3Mix4+) after earning their spot with a victory in the final Paralympic qualification event held in Italy in June. The crew also finished fourth at the 2018 world championships. Canada earned a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in this event, with Nolan and Todd returning from that team. Fredrickson, Hooper, and Court will be making their first Paralympic appearances. Jessye Brockway (Gorge Narrows Rowing Club) and Jeremy Hall (Edmonton Rowing Club) will be making their Paralympic debuts, racing together in the mixed double sculls (PR2Mix2x).
Rowing has been part of the Paralympic program since 2008 and features four events – women’s single sculls, men’s single sculls, mixed double sculls, and mixed coxed four. Canada captured its first medal in the sport at Rio 2016, a bronze medal in the mixed coxed four courtesy of Curtis Halladay, Meghan Montgomery, Victoria Nolan, Andrew Todd, and coxswain Kristen Kit. Nolan is Canada’s most prolific Para rower, as she has competed at each Paralympic Games since the sport debuted (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, and soon to be Tokyo 2020). The rowing competition will run from August 27 to 29 in Tokyo, with the heats on August 27, repechages on August 28, and finals on August 29. Races start at 9:30am Tokyo time, 8:30pm Eastern time; the whole schedule and results are available here. You can find the CBC viewing schedule here.
Source: Rowing Canada Aviron