Success has come early in the season for the Nanaimo Rowing Club

By Dan Marshall
May 17, 2018 - 5:32pm

Athletes from the Nanaimo Rowing Club earned four first place finishes at the Shawnigan Lake Regatta May 11-13

NANAIMO – Rowing season is well underway with some impressive results last weekend for local athletes.

There were four first place finishes for Nanaimo Rowing Club competitors including Megan Knight and Christine Duifhuis in the U-19 women's pairs, and Jordan Isnor for U-19 women's 63kg singles.

In the U-15 men's coxed quad Shamus Inglis, Peter Rogers, William Rogers, Markus Jonah-Bigg, and Lucinda Gullison (coxswain) took first and Shamus Inglis and Markus Jonah-Bigg were tops in the U-15 men's double.

The NRC also captured one second place finish, three thirds, and four fourths at the Shawnigan Lake Regatta.


Coach Craig Rutherford was very proud of the Nanaimo contingent.

“It was an unbelievable couple of days of racing finals and doing well in them,” Rutherford said.

Jordan Isnor had an impressive weekend with not only a first place finish but she also collected a second and two third place results.


The 18-year-old shares her rowing goals in this short video clip.

Christine Duifhuis rowed to a first and third place finish at Shawnigan Lake. 

The results were impressive for her and she was highly complimentary of the performance of the entire Nanaimo team.


With the regatta season moving along and the good weather seemingly here to stay Duifhuis explains what is involved in a typical training week for NRC athletes.

Coach Rutherford says there are more than 30 athletes involved in the junior program currently who range in age from 12 to 18.

The masters program can have as many as 25 people out, depending on the weather.

This week was a busy one for training with many of the rowers taking to Long Lake to practice.

They're getting prepared for the marquee local event, the Nanaimo Sprints, which happens on the May 26 and May 27 weekend. 

Here are some pictures from Wednesday's training session on Long Lake.




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