A small contingent from the Delta Deas Rowing Club (DDRC) made their presence known at the U.S. Masters Championship in Oakland, California recently.
DDRC’s team of 10 rowers entered 21 events and won nine medals in all, including three golds, three silvers and three bronze.
The largest and most competitive sprint rowing regatta in North America, this year’s US Masters featured the best rowers from 101 clubs across the continent, including many former national team rowers.
Some notable races included both the men’s and women’s G (over 65) quads, where both Delta boats won handily.
Three Delta crews qualified for the six-boat mixed G Doubles final and DDRC came away with a gold and a silver.
This regatta solidified DDRC’s reputation as a strong competitor among the top rowing clubs in North America.
With just one more sprint rowing event in the rowing season, DDRC athletes will be refocusing their training to compete at several fall long distance races in B.C. and the U.S.
Meanwhile, local rowers will be busy on the international stage next week representing Canada at the 2018 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
DDRC’s Tracy Van Asseldonk has been selected to compete in the para-rowing PR1 single event. She was fourth earlier this season at the 2018 Gavirate Para Rowing International Regatta in Italy.
The Lattimer brothers from Ladner will also be in Canadian colours in Bulgaria.with Patrick Keane and
Maxwell Lattimer and Patrick Keane are looking to build upon their fourth place finishes at World Cup 1 and World Cup 3 events.
Maxwell’s younger brother, Aaron Lattimer will compete in the lightweight men’s single, building upon his experience from the 2017 World Championships.
Racing begins on Sunday and the championships continue until Sept. 16.