Burnaby Lake rowers on board for u23 world gold

Put another gold medal around the neck of a pair of Burnaby Lake rowers.

Stephanie Grauer and Madison Mailey added to their medal pile last week as part of Team Canada’s under-23 women’s eight squad at the world championships in Poznan, Poland.

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The Canadians edged the power-house Netherlands by nearly two seconds with a time of 6:04.61.

It was the second year in a row that the Canadian u23 squad, with Grauer and Mailey aboard, captured the world title. A year ago they won it in Bulgaria with a time of 6:00.13.

This year’s competition started well, as Canada posted the fastest time in their heat. In the final, the U.S. grabbed the lead in the early going before Canada made its move.

The Canadians overtook the Americans in the third 500 metres to defend their title.

Grauer, 21, is entering her senior year at Stanford University on a rowing scholarship. A two-time first-team All-American, Grauer’s first foray on the national team was in 2015, when she made the junior squad.

A native of West Vancouver, Mailey joined the Burnaby Lake club as a 15-year-old, gaining valuable training under the tutelage of coach Cinda Ewton. From there she emerged as a national level talent, making the junior national team for 2013 and ’14.

Mailey wrapped up her collegiate career this past summer at Boston’s Northeastern University, where she earned a conference second-team All-American honour. She helped Northeastern advance to its fifth straight regional title and appearance at the NCAA championships.

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