Two athletes from KFL&A named to Team Canada’s rowing team for Paris 2024

Photo via Team Canada website.

On Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2024, Rowing Canada Aviron, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced the roster of Team Canada rowing athletes nominated to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and two athletes from the Kingston area have made the cut.

Kristina Walker, from Wolfe Island, and Jenny Casson, from Kingston, will both be representing the best in Canadian Rowing as part of Team Canada.

Jenny Casson (left) of Kingston and Kristina Walker of Wolfe Island have been named to Team Canada’s rowing team for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France. Photos via Team Canada website.

This is Walker’s second Olympic games. She rowed to a tenth-place finish in the women’s four in Tokyo 2020. This year she is part of the Canadian women’s eight, who made a strong statement at the 2024 World Rowing Cup II in Lucerne, Switzerland, winning gold with a dominant performance over the United States and Great Britain, according to a release from Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA).

The Canadian women’s lightweight double sculls crew, Jenny Casson and Jill Moffatt, “punched their tickets” to Paris at the 2023 World Rowing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, when they finished fourth, RCA noted. Casson and Moffatt recently concluded their World Cup season with a fourth-place finish in Lucerne, Switzerland, leaving the duo even more focused on reaching the podium in Paris. See our previous coverage of their qualifying match here.

While not a local athlete, the story of Jacob Wasserman, who has qualified for the Paralympic Rowing team after his first and only season as a rower, also deserves a mention. Wasserman was a hockey player for the Humboldt Broncos, and survived the team’s tragic bus crash in 2018. According to the release, the 24-year-old tried out Para ice hockey and adaptive water skiing before finding Para rowing in October 2022. A year later at the 2023 national championships, he earned gold in his category, RCA stated.

In March, Wasserman won a silver medal in the men’s PR1 single sculls race at the Continental Qualification Regatta in Rio de Janeiro. RCA said that only the top finisher earned a quota spot for their country for this summer’s Paralympic Games, but through quota reallocation, Canada received a spot.   

“I’m very proud of all of the athletes and the team behind them to get them in position to be successful in Paris,” said RCA’s High Performance Director, Adam Parfitt. “Each athlete has had their own journey to get them to this point and it’s a testament to their commitment and dedication to achieving success in Paris. The whole rowing community and nation is behind them!”

With 43 medals, rowing is one of Canada’s most successful Olympic summer sports, according to the release, with a tradition of winning dating back more than a century to St. Louis 1904.

“Team Canada’s rowers embody excellence, team spirit and Canadian pride, by not only enriching our Olympic legacy but also captivating the hearts of all Canadians with their power and perfect synchronization. I have no doubt that these athletes will carry our nation’s colours with inspiring determination in Paris,” said Bruny Surin, Team Canada’s Paris 2024 Chef de Mission.

Rowing will take place at the Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium.  Heats begin on Saturday, Jul. 27, 2024. See the schedule here.

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