Saskatchewan ALUMNI Highlights
SASK ROWERS ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE
Larissa began her rowing career at the Saskatoon Rowing Club. While a Junior, Larissa competed for Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championships, winning a silver medal in the Jr. W2-. She converted success at Worlds with a bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing, China that same summer. Larissa rowed with the University of Western Ontario where she won multiple medals at the Canadian University Championships. Larissa competed for Canada's U23 and Senior team for 5 years.
U21 NATIONAL TEAM
Thomas Markewich (Regina) finished his Saskatchewan rowing in the summer of 2018 to move to Brock University . He was named to the U21 – Trans-Tasman Series Team, and most recently won gold in the Lightweight Men's Double at the Royal Canadian Henley.
He also won gold in the Lightweight Men's Double for Canada in New Zealand.
Sarah Craven (Saskatoon) joined the University of Victoria following graduation.
In 2018, she was named to the U21 – Trans-Tasman Series Team, where she won gold in the Lightweight Women's Double.
She also recently competed at the Royal Canadian Henley where she won gold in the Lightweight Women's Single and the Lightweight Women's Double with fellow Saskatchewan rower Kate Morstad.
PAST OLYMPIC ALUMNI
Cam Baerg was born in Saskatoon and began his rowing career with the Saskatoon Rowing Club joining the Club in 1987. He went on to win the world title in 2003 with a four-man crew.
Cam was part of the 2004 Canadian Olympic Team. His coxless Men's four won Silver in the 2004 games in Athens.
Cam was inducted in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
Rachel Viinberg (formerly De Jong) began her rowing career in Regina. When she graduated she moved to the University of Victoria and went on to have a very successful and winning rowing career.
2012 – 2nd in the W8+, Olympic Games, London, GBR
2012- 1st in the W8+, World Cup, Munich, Germany
2008 - 8th in the Olympic quad, Beijing, China
2007 - 5th in the W4x, World Championships, Munich, Germany
2004 - Alternate on Olympic team in Athens, Greece
2003 - 4th in the W4-, World Championships, Milan, Italy
2002 - 2nd in the W4-, World Championships, Seville, Spain
2001 - 2nd in the W2-, US Nationals, Camden, New Jersey
2000 - 1st in the W8+, Women's Henley, Henley-on-Thames, England
1997 - 1st in the W4- and 2nd in the W8+, Jeux Canada Games, Brandon, Manitoba
Tony Zasada joined the Regina Rowing Club in 1978 at the age of 15. Tony’s rowing skills developed very quickly, and within a couple of years he was a Canadian and Henley medal winner. In 1982 he headed off to the University of Victoria where he rowed in their varsity program for several years. By 1983 Tony had made his way to the Canadian National Rowing Team, receiving a bronze medal in the eight at the Pan American Games in Venezuala. In 1984, he was named to the coxed pair at the Los Angeles Olympic Games, where he and his crewmates, Harold Backer and Tan Barkley, came 5th in a field of 22. Five days after returning from the Games, Tony was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident.
To commemorate Tony’s life and his contributions to Canadian rowing, the Saskatchewan Rowing Association, Rowing Canada Aviron, and the Zasada family established The Tony Zasada Memorial Award, offering the first award in 1985. This $2000 award is provided annually to an athlete who best emulates Tony’s character and determination. Many of Canada’s National Team and Olympic Rowing Team members are former award recipients.
Tracy Duncan began rowing at age 17 in 1988. In August of 1989, she competed in the Canada Summer Games in Saskatoon. She competed in the women's fours and won a bronze medal, the first time Saskatchewan had won a rowing medal since the Games began in 1967. Duncan added a second bronze in women's eights.
Five years after she started to row, Tracy qualified for the national team. She won a silver medal in the 1993 world championships. That same year, she also won gold at the World Universiade for student-athletes. Duncan competed in the world championships three other times, as well as the 1999 Pan-American Games in Winnipeg.
Tracy was the first female rower from Saskatchewan to compete in the Olympics, placing ninth in lightweight double sculls in 2000 in Sydney, Australia.