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Rower Leila Ashtareyeh will be competing at the World Rowing Junior Championshps.
July 19, 2017
Rowing Team Excels Together
Not only did Branksome's Highlanders Rowing Team finish off their amazing season with two bronze, one silver and three gold medals at the national championships, rower Leila Ashtareyeh will be competing at the World Rowing Junior Championshps in Trakai, Lithuania, August 2–6.

We are proud that Leila, who is a 2017 Branksome Graduate, was selected as one of 10 athletes for this year's Junior National Team by Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA), the governing body for rowing in Canada.

We asked Rowing Coach Scott Fleming to what he attributes the team's outstanding performance this year. He said:

"This year's successful competitive season is a continuation of the last few years. Our results were on par with previous years beginning back in 2012. What has defined that success is the commitment by all team members to a pretty intense five months of dryland training running November through March.

"Training every day over the winter puts us in good position to hit the April water in great physical shape, allowing us to focus on boat and crew speed. That, along with the full team supporting one another with everything from academics to nutrition, truly permits the program to excel."

"Of course, we have an amazing coaching and support staff that pulls it all together. Our biggest accomplishment this year was that, right across the board, and in all categories, we were consistently seeing our athletes advancing out of heats and semi and into the finals."

"Most rewarding was to watch the girls really learn from each race and collectively refine their approach towards the next race and subsequently into the next week's competition. In working together both on and off the water, the girls very intelligently and strategically found greater efficiency, allowing for increases in boat speed.

"Eventually the physical playing field becomes level and the next step to moving a boat faster becomes the crew's thought process. They adopted that concept early in the season and really made it work for them. "There is a lot of talent moving into 2018. The coaches have some big goals for the team that we will start processing in the fall. The team is taking some well-deserved rest over the summer."

Well-deserved indeed. Thank you Coach Fleming and the Highlanders for being such excellent ambassadors for Branksome!

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