Kelowna junior rowers medal in Nelson

Sprint regatta produces promising results for young Kelowna athletes

Kelowna Rowing Club junior members (from left) Ethan Frigon

Four junior athletes from the Kelowna Rowing Club exceeded expectations by bringing home a nice collection of medals from the Nelson Sprint Regatta.

Veteran rower Nicole Samuelson, 16, led her teammates Jocelyn Carmichael, Ethan Frigon and Bryce Manders to a strong performance at the annual regatta held last month in the Kootenays.

Samuelson and Carmichael cruised to a first-place finish in the women’s junior double heat. Samuelson also placed second in the junior women’s singles event.

Manders and Frigon joined forces with a pair of Vernon rowers to win gold in the junior men’s quad race.

Carmichael and her father, Bob, combined with Manders and his mother, Leslie, to compete in the very competitive open mixed quad race and placed a strong third.

Rowing sprints take place on a 1,000 metre open water course, with anywhere from two to six boats per race.

As for the club’s four junior members who competed in Nelson, their dedication and commitment to the sport was the key to success.

“These teens contradict the lackadaisical, sleeping-in teenager stereotype,” said club supporter Brian Manders. “They wake up at 5 a.m., four to six days a week during their summer holidays to find that glass-calm water necessary for competitive rowing training.

“The hard work and training paid dividends during the regatta.”

Although the rowing season is coming to an end, the KRC junior development program is always looking for new recruits. KRC welcomes all ages and abilities for recreational or competitive rowing. For more information, visit the KRC’s web site at or email





Just Posted

Column: Make it a green Christmas

Instead of purchasing a cuddly stuffie this year, put your money towards helping the real thing.

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Kelowna city councillor suggests bringing back photo radar

Gail Given says it could help generate traffic fine revenue for the city—and make roads safer

‘Game changer” research deal between three B.C. Interior universities

UBCO, TRU, UNBC say deal will help innovation, research, aid students and increase quality of life

What’s happening

Find out about the events happening in your community this weekend

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Annual Christmas meal held as Kelowna Gospel Mission

The meal will be held tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m.

Michaels: Big Brother has become a big letdown

“You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide, but privacy should still have some appeal.”

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

Accused Shuswap drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Most Read