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Women’s rowing welcomes seven outstanding rookies

VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds women’s rowing program is thrilled to welcome seven athletes in blue and gold for the program’s 100th anniversary. In a year that celebrates a century of success for countless UBC rowers, Natasha Witt, Diana Davis, Angelina Stevenson, Ellen Marion, Jackie BluntGabriella Diaz and Lea Ross join the defending Western Canada Champion and Canadian University Rowing Champion T-Birds in 2022.

“Our women’s team rowers are very excited to welcome the 2022 rookies to the team,” the UBC head coach said. Craig Pond. “We are delighted to welcome them on board and are confident that they will all play a role in the continued success of our team. »

Natasha Witt is a 5-foot-11 Magee High School graduate who once rowed for the Thunder Rowing Crew. The Vancouver native plans to study kinesiology at UBC and said she chose UBC “not just for the great academics, but because it has the best rowing team in Canada.”

Calgary, AB Diana Davis graduated from Webber Academy and was a member of the Calgary Rowing Club, where she won first place at the Elk Lake Summer Regatta in the U19 Women’s Coxed Four and third at the Women’s Indoor Rowing Championships Alberta U19. Davis was named female athlete of the year in grade 12 and now hopes to study biomedical engineering at UBC. “UBC is the perfect combination of a highly competitive rowing team and one of the best biomedical engineering programs in the country,” Davis said. “It allowed me to really have it all with academics and athletics.

Angelina Stevenson is originally from Burnaby, BC and recently rowed with SFU after graduating from Burnaby Central. Stevenson has become a provincial development athlete with Rowing BC and hopes to study physics and science at UBC.

Regina, Saskatchewan Ellen Marion is a 5-foot-10 Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School graduate who won bronze at the 2022 Canada Summer Games in the women’s 8 rowing event. Marion hopes to study physics at UBC and enjoys the school’s positive and inclusive culture.

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Jackie Blunt joined the Thunderbirds after rowing with the Western Mustangs. The six-footer from Toronto, Ont., won women’s heavyweight rowing MVP in 2021 and plans to attend medical school at UBC.

Gabriella (Ella) Diaz, a University Hill High School graduate, is a five-foot-four coxswain from Vancouver, British Columbia. Diaz recently rowed with the Thunder Rowing Crew – taking third place at the Royal Canadian Henley – and plans to study French.

Lea Ross is a five foot eleven native of Winnipeg, Manitoba who hopes to study business at UBC. Ross is a graduate of Westwood Collegiate and a former member of the Winnipeg Rowing Club which finished 5th at the Canada Summer Games in fours and 1st at NWIRA in doubles and quads. “The Sauder School of Business was a big draw because the level of education there and at UBC as a whole is high,” Ross said. “The rowing team has also been a big draw as they are national champions and there is an impressive team dynamic.”

After winning the Western Canadian Championships earlier this month, the Thunderbirds will travel to Vancouver Island for the Head/Tail of the Gorge and to Boston, Massachusetts for the Head of the Charles Regatta on June 22 and October 23.