Trent University varsity rower Brent Holmes is bringing home a bronze medal for Canada, thanks to his performance on the crew of the men’s straight four on July 18 at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A Peterborough native, Mr. Holmes’ shares the bronze medal finish with his team mates David Lamb (Berwick, N.S.), Vincent Goodfellow (Dorval, Que.), and Todd Keesey (Saskatoon, Sask.). He was one of only eight rowers selected to compete for Canada in the Pan Am Games.
According to Rowing Canada, the four had a slow start, but picked it up during the race. "We were fifth at the 500 - Argentina was very quick off the start," said Mr. Lamb. "We were side by side with the Americans close to the 1250 metre mark, and then they made a move and we couldn't stay with them. We were so focused on the US that we didn't see Mexico, but fortunately we held them off."
“They tend to build their speed in the middle,” said coach and Pan Am team leader, Allison Dobb. “They raced flat out and did everything as we planned in training. I’m proud of the way they approached their race and of the result today.”
Every athlete on the Canadian rowing team won at least one medal during the 15th Annual Pan American Games. Performing well in the Pan Am Games was an important step towards Mr. Holmes’ long term goal to compete in the 2008 or 2112 Olympics.
Brent Holmes has been a competitive member of the Trent Varsity rowing team for three years. For the past two years, he has been the president of the Trent University Rowing Club. In 2006 he earned the Michael Cullen Award for team leadership, and in 2007 his dedication to training resulted in a National University Rowing Gold Medal in the men’s heavy pairs. Mr. Holmes has been training with the Canadian National Rowing team in Victoria, BC since last February.