Langley rowers Lisa Roman and Andrea Proske were part of Canada’s Olympic rowing team.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, June 15.
The two are part of the women’s team of eight, among 29 athletes listed by Rowing Canada Aviron and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the team nominated to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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Roman is a returning Olympian, who is part of the squad that finished fifth of eight at the Rio Games in 2016.
She entered the sport after attending a learn to rowing session at the University of the Fraser Valley.
Prior to that, Roman had been a competitive figure skater.
She quickly got into rowing, earning MVP honors in her sophomore year with UFV and a scholarship to Washington State University.
Meet Lisa Roman, HOF Class of 2019 Inductee!
ð£ââï¸ Appointed at @ pac12 Rowing team of all ages
ð£ââï¸ Ranked # 14 in the world for rowing in fall 2018
ð£ââï¸ Silver medal at the 2017 and 2018 World Championships in Canada’s women’s eight#GoCougs | @Cougar_Rowing pic.twitter.com/yM1tXDxjgt
– Washington State Athletics (@WSUCougars) July 3, 2019
Roman was on the National Under-23 team and won gold with all eight at the 2011 Under-23 World Championships.
She has climbed five podiums at the world championships with all eight, starting with a bronze in 2013, followed by silver in 2014, then another bronze in 2015.
In 2017 and 2018, she won silver at the world championships with the eight.
At the 2019 World Rowing Championships, Roman and the Eight finished fourth, qualifying the boat for Tokyo 2020.
In her Rowing Canada profile, Roman said what she loves about rowing is âworking hard to see gainsâ.
On the way to the Olympic Games
So excited to be announced as part of the Power of Women in the Coxed Women’s Eight!
It takes a village to make Olympic dreams come true, but the biggest thanks go to my family â¤ï¸ https://t.co/UQlr9YNn0Z pic.twitter.com/YQVuA6gfSO
– Andrea Proske (@AndreaProske) June 16, 2021
Online, Proske said she was “so excited to be announced as part of the Coxed Women’s Eight Women’s Group!” It takes a village to make Olympic dreams come true, but the biggest thanks go to my family. “
A 2016 Langley Advance Times profile describes how Proske discovered the Row to Podium program at age 27, a Canadian rowing identification and development program designed for athletes with no experience in the sport.
She has become a national champion and a leading international competitor.
She first represented Canada on the senior international circuit in a pair with Gabrielle Smith in 2018.
On their World Cup debut as a duo, they won silver in Lucerne.
They won another World Cup medal in 2019, this time a bronze medal in Rotterdam. They finished the season with a fourth place in pairs doubles at the world championships, qualifying the boat for Canada for Tokyo 2020.
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On her Rowing Canada online profile, Proske said that what she loves about rowing is that it âbuilds and reveals character. There is nowhere to hide in a 2k.
Two other BC rowers were also named in the women’s eight: Madison Mailey (Lions Bay) and Avalon Wasteneys (Campbell River).
With 10 boats on the starting line in Tokyo, it will be Canada’s largest Olympic rowing team since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, when Canada also sent 10 crews and came back with six medals.
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