Brock Rowing well represented on international stage
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - In the next couple months the Brock University rowing program will be well represented on the international stage with a combined seven current and former Badgers being part of the National Team program.
Current Brock athletes Eric Woelfl and Sylas Coletto have been chosen to represent Canada in the men’s lightweight four event at the upcoming Under 23 World Rowing Championship being held in Amsterdam July 20th to the 24th.
Woelfl will be representing Canada for the second year in a row and Coletto will wear the red and white for the first time. Both athletes started their development in the St. Catharines high school rowing system and at the St. Catharines Rowing Club.
"Both athletes are a reflection of the strong lightweight rowing program here at Brock and have worked extremely hard to get to the international level of competition," said Head Brock Rowing Coach Peter Somerwil. "It definitely is a challenge to maintain their academics at Brock while competing for Brock and meeting the rigorous testing and selection procedures for Rowing Canada’s National team program. To add to their load both athletes hold part time jobs to be able to afford the costs of competing."
"Sylas and Eric are the highly motivated intense athletes that help move an entire program to a higher level," said Brock Lightweight Men’s coach Mike Purcer. 'They have worked hard to compete for Canada and keep the tradition of Brock Athletes representing Canada at the World Championships."
Former Brock athletes that will be competing for Canada at the 2011 World Cup in Lucerene Switzerland July 8th to 10th are Larissa Lagzdins in the women’s pair and Fraser Berkhout in the men’s double. Former rower and Brock Hall of Famer Terry Paul will be part of the rowing Canada coaching staff in Lucerene. Also involved with the national team program is Peter Cookson, Rowing Canada's High Performance Director and former Badger rower.
Paul Beedling, also a former rower for Brock, and currently the rowing Talent Development Coach at Brock University, will be coaching the junior women’s four at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Eaton, Great Britain from August 4 to 7th.