When Rowing Canada Aviron announced the crews that will be representing Canada at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Tuesday, a pair of Brock alumni were on the list.
Among the 30 members named to the team were Brock University alumni Eric Woelfl of St. Catharines, and Tim Schrijver of Thedford.
Woelfl, a member of the Lightweight Men’s 4, studied history at Brock from 2008 to 2012. He credits his success and opportunities in rowing to the Brock Rowing and Ridley Graduate Boat Club community, and the teammates and coaches that have supported him throughout his career.
Woelfl has been representing Canada since 2010, competing in two Under-23 World Championships, four Senior World Championships and two PanAm Games. At the 2015 PanAms, he was a member of the Lightweight Men’s 4 that won gold on his home water at the Royal Canadian Henley Course.
Schrijver, who is a member the Heavyweight Men’s 4, was a Kinesiology student at Brock from 2010 until 2014. He said he’s thankful for the start that the Brock program gave him, as without it he may have never began rowing. Schrijver has previously represented Canada five times, including two Under-23 World Championships, one FISU World Championship, a Senior World Championship and last year’s PanAm Games. His top results include a gold in both the Heavyweight Four and Heavyweight Eight at the 2015 PanAm Games, a gold in the Coxed Four at the 2014 Under-23 World Championships, a second place finish in the Heavyweight Four at the 2015 FISU World Championships, and a fourth place finish at the 2015 Senior World Championships.
Rowing will take place Aug. 6-13 during the first week of the Olympics.