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Rowing & Cross Country Notes


By Fred Wallace

 Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


On a Monday at this time of the year we could talk about the Major League Baseball Playoffs, the CFL, the NFL or the Leafs- it's a great time of the year for sports at the pro level and in these parts.

So the topics we'll touch on today are; rowing & curling.

The 2019 National Rowing Championships and Canada Cup regattas were staged in late September at Burnaby Lake in British Columbia.

Among the divisional winners and podium finishers were a pair of athletes with Owen Sound connections.

Bailey Hooper won the PR3 Women’s Single Sculls for a second straight year.

Plus, Kate Haber made the podium in the Lightweight Women’s Single Sculls with a Bronze medal finish.

What's somewhat remarkable about both Hooper and Haber is that they came to rowing, that is, there were other sports they were prominent in before they became national medallists in rowing.

On to curling, which from a local standpoint is on the brink of commencement.

At the upper level, Canada's national curling champions no longer have to win a medal at the World Championship to book a berth into the Olympic trials.

Curling Canada released the Olympic Games qualification criteria for teams who are aiming to represent Canada in 2022 last month.

The country's representatives in men's and women's team curling for Beijing will emerge from the 18-team Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings.

The Roar of the Rings event will be hosted in Saskatoon from November 27th to December 5th in 2021.

Rowing & Curling today, there's plenty of time for Baseball, Football & Hockey ahead this week.


I'm Fred Wallace


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