Lisa Roman and Andrea Proske join the eighth women’s Olympic rowing team – Vancouver Island Free Daily
Langley rowers Lisa Roman and Andrea Proske made it to Canada’s Olympic rowing team.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, June 15.
Both are on the women’s team of eight, among 29 athletes listed by Rowing Canada Aviron and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the nominated team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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Roman is a returning Olympian and part of the team that finished fifth out of eight at the 2016 Rio Games.
She got into the sport after taking a rowing class at the University of the Fraser Valley.
Before that, Roman was a figure skater.
She quickly started rowing and received her MVP award and scholarship from Washington State University in her sophomore year with UFV.
Meet the HOF class of 2019, Lisa Roman!
ð£ââï¸ Named after the @ pac12 All-century rowing team
ð£ââï¸ 14th place among rowers in the world in autumn 2018
ð£ââï¸ Captured silver medal at the 2017 and 2018 World Championships as part of Canada’s women’s back boat#GoCougs | @Cougar_Rowing pic.twitter.com/yM1tXDxjgt
– Washington State Athletics (@WSUCougars) 3rd July 2019
Roman made it into the U23 national team and won gold with eighth at the 2011 U23 World Cup.
She had eight out of five World Cup podiums, starting with a bronze medal in 2013, followed by silver in 2014 and another bronze in 2015.
In 2017 and 2018 she won silver at the World Cup with eighth place.
At the 2019 World Rowing Championships, Roman and the Eight took fourth place, qualifying for Tokyo 2020.
On her Rowing Canada profile, Roman said what she loves about rowing is “working hard to make a profit”.
Olympia bound ð¨ð¦
I’m excited to be announced as part of the womenâs powerhouse in the Coxed Women’s Eight!
It takes a village to make Olympic dreams come true, but the biggest thank you goes to my family â¤ï¸ https://t.co/UQlr9YNn0Z pic.twitter.com/YQVuA6gfSO
– Andrea Proske (@AndreaProske) June 16, 2021
Online Proske said she was âso excited to be announced as part of the womenâs powerhouse in Coxed Women’s Eight! It takes a village to make Olympic dreams come true, but the biggest thanks go to my family. “
A 2016 Langley Advance Times profile described how Proske, at 27, discovered the Row to Podium program, a Canadian rowing identification and development program designed for athletes with no experience in the sport.
She went on to become a national master and a high level international competitor.
She represented Canada for the first time in the international senior circle in a double scull with Gabrielle Smith in 2018.
On their World Cup debut as a duo, they won silver in Lucerne.
In 2019 they won another World Cup medal, this time bronze in Rotterdam. They crowned the season with a fourth place in a double scull at the World Championships and qualified the boat for Canada for Tokyo 2020.
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On her online profile for Rowing Canada, Proske said what she loves about rowing is that it âbuilds and reveals character. There is nowhere to hide in 2 km. “
Two other rowers from BC were also named the women’s eights: Madison Mailey (Lions Bay) and Avalon Wasteneys (Campbell River).
With 10 boats at the start in Tokyo, it will be Canada’s largest Olympic rowing team since the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, when Canada also sent 10 crews and came home with six medals.
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