Three athletes from St. Catharines, one from Jordan rowing for Canada at world championships

Olympic gold medalist Kristen Kit is one of four athletes from the Niagara region who will represent Canada at the 2022 World Rowing Championships this month in the Czech Republic.

The 34-year-old has been selected by Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) as coxswain for the women’s eight while fellow St. Catharines 25-year-old Laura Court will be in the lead when the men’s eight race begins in the competition takes place from September 18 to 25 in Racice.

Dan de Groot, 26, of St. Catharines will row in a men’s doubles and Morgan Rosts, 26, of Jordan, in the women’s eight.

While Olympian Jakub Buzcek’s hometown is listed as Kitchener, the 29-year-old who placed last summer for Canada in the men’s four at the Tokyo Summer Games trains at the club St. Catharines Rowing Club. At the upcoming world championships in the Czech Republic, Buczek will be part of the men’s eight with Court.

In all, nine crews and 35 athletes have been selected to represent Canada in Racice, where the women’s eight hopes to build on the silver medal they won at World Cup 3 in Lucerne, Switzerland. The men’s eight finished sixth at the same event, despite illness among the crew.

“Our crew has grown strongly under the guidance of our coach, Maksym Kepskyy. One of our greatest strengths is our positive culture which has guided us through the inevitable challenges,” Buczek said in a post on the site. RCA web featuring the team heading to the World Championships.

Trials were held in August at the National Training Center on Lake Quamichan north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. An independent selection committee reviewed and approved the selections.

The team was due to arrive in Munich, Germany last Friday to begin training at the Olympic Regatta Center. He will travel to Racice on September 15.

Kit is heading to the world championships for the fifth time in a career that began when she rowed for Sir Winston Churchill High School in her hometown of St. Catharines. She won bronze medals in 2013, eight women; and 2015, mixed four; and settled down from silver medals in the women’s eight in 2017 and 2018, all as coxswain.

She won a gold medal in the women’s eight at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and a bronze medal in the coxed coxed four at the Paralympic Games five years earlier in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2012, Kit finished seventh for Canada in the mixed coxed four at the Paralympic Games in London.

She and Olympic silver medalist Mohammed Ahmed, men’s 5000m; were named St. Catharines Co-Athletes of the Year for 2021.

Buczek, a 2016 University of British Columbia graduate, will compete at the world championships for the third time. He placed eighth in the men’s eight at the 2018 championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and the 2019 championships in Ottensheim, Austria.

Court, who rowed for Ridley College in high school, is heading to the world championships for the first time. She placed fourth in a mixed coxed four PR3 at the 2018 world championships.

Morgan Rosts, who turned 26 on Sunday and trains at the Ridley Graduate Boat Club in St. Catharines, will compete in the world championships at the open level for the first time. She won gold medals in a women’s eight under 23 words in 2017, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and again a year later in Poznan, Poland.

She attended Governor Simcoe High School in St. Catharines before continuing her studies at the University of Virginia on an athletic scholarship.

De Groot rowed at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, after graduating from Governor Simcoe High School in St. Catharines. He has represented Canada at the world under-23 championships three times: 2016, Rotterdam, Netherlands, seventh, men’s four; 2017, seventh, men’s quad; 2018, fifth, eight men.

Naomi C. Amerson