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Leila ASHTARYEH'17 was also selected as one of only 10 athletes to join this year’s Canadian National Junior Rowing team.
December 13, 2017
Rowing Beyond Branksome
Members of Branksome’s Highlanders rowing team are strong, committed and enthusiastic about the sport they love. For many of Branksome’s former rowers, these sentiments continue to grow after graduation.

Leila ASHTARYEH'17 is a prime example. As a 2017 Branksome graduate, she is now a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s rowing team. She was also selected as one of only 10 athletes to join this year’s Canadian National Junior Rowing team. This wonderful experience allowed Leila to compete at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania last August.

“I had only ever experienced rowing through Branksome and summer rowing clubs before Lithuania. Rowing with the national team was definitely very different,” says Leila, as she recounts the physical and mental demands she faced.

“Although I expected an intense environment, given we were competing for the national team, it still came as a shock,” she says.

Despite the extremely arduous work and very long training days, Leila says it was all worth it once she finally suited up. “One of the most exciting parts about this experience was being able to wear the Canadian maple leaf and represent Canada internationally,” she says. “Wearing the maple leaf reminded me how special this experience was and how fortunate I was to be there.”

Leila’s team placed 14th out of 17 international teams from countries including Croatia, Romania and India. Regardless of her team’s ranking, alumna Leila has accomplished so much and we are exceptionally proud of her.

“I’ve learned a lot about being in the moment and focusing on the task at hand,” says Leila.

Congratulations, Leila, on your dedication and achievement!

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