Aug. 6, 2003
Sabrina Kolker, a 2003 Stanford graduate, was officially named to the Canadian National team in the women's straight four that will compete August 24-31 in Milan, Italy. This year's competition has the added importance of serving as the Olympic qualifier - and Canada's crews hope to rise to the challenge of earning spots in the Games.
Early indications show that Canada is a team to watch in Italy after winning five medals, including three gold, at the 2003 World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, in July.
"This year has gone very well, says Brian Richardson, Canadian National Team Head Coach. The World Cup team had a strong showing, the Pan Am team is very strong, the development (Under-23) crews won two medals, and this team looks ready to perform at the World Championships." The rowers leave Canada from their bases in Victoria or London - for a training camp in Italy on August 10.
Canada is sending 13 crews to Milan - nine in Olympic boat classes. Among the entries are the 2002 World Championship men's eight, the recent World Cup gold medal and World silver women's pair, the World Cup silver and World Championship bronze-medal lightweight men's four and, new this year, a men's four that won both its races (Henley and World Cup) so far in 2003.
Kolker is a three time All-American and three time All-Conference member while at Stanford who helped lead the women's varsity eight to its first PAC-10 Championship in the history of the Stanford Rowing program and to a third place finish at the NCAA's in 2003. In addition, Kolker raced in the the women's straight four at the 2002 under-23 World Championship's in the Genoa, Italy.