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Two UCDSB Students Make National Junior Rowing Team


By Mark Calder

(Brockville) - Two Upper Canada District School Board  students have made the Canadian National Junior Rowing Team.

Nick Everett, a Grade 12 student at Brockville Collegiate Institute , will represent Canada in double sculls at the World Junior Rowing Championships August 21-28 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Quentin Basiren, a Grade 12 student at Thousand Islands Secondary School  is one of four Canadian scullers who will compete for their country in the Can Am Mex Regatta July 16-17 in Sarasota, Florida. Everett and Basiren qualified for the under-19 national team during recent tryouts in Welland.

The two athletes, friends and teammates on the Brockville Rowing Club   (BRC), are both excited about the prospect of competing for their country.

“It’s rewarding and it’s nice to see that all the hard work has paid off,” said Everett. “Just to make a team like this is a good indicator you‘re working hard so I’m happy with it.”

“It feels very good,” added Basiren. “You always dream of representing your country and finally we have that opportunity. It’s almost surreal.”

Both rowers were teammates in two-man scull at the last year’s Royal Canadian Henley Regatta , where they earned second place. They also placed an amazing fifth at the 2015 Head of the Charles Regatta  in Boston against some of the best rowers in North America. The pair could see their potential, and resolved last summer to step up training in hopes of making the national junior team – a stepping stone toward the Under 23 national team, and then the Olympic squad.

Everett, a gifted athlete who also excels in speed skating, football and rugby, and Basiren, who played competitive hockey, both toned down their participation in other sports to dedicate themselves to rowing and what Everett describes as the “hardest training of my life” under the guidance of BRC Coach Dane Lawson. The focused training, involving distance running, ergometer work, weight training, and sculling on the water was a key factor in both teens’ success.

“I think definitely it was just hitting it all year long,” Everett said. “Last year we took just three weeks off after Henley in August and then immediately got back into training and didn’t stop all through the winter months.”

Both students are also strong on the academic side. Everett has an 89.5 per cent average and hopes to parlay his rowing experience into an athletic scholarship at either the University of Washington  or the University of California, Berkley.

Basiren, with a 97 per cent average, has been accepted this September into the biomedical life sciences program at McGill University  where he will compete with the varsity rowing team.

For more information, please call:

Terry Gardiner
Thousand Islands Secondary School
(613) 342-1100

Bill Loshaw
Brockville Collegiate Institute
(613) 345-5641

Posted June 24, 2016


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