Patrick Keane was named the junior athlete of the year by Rowing Canada Aviron at a gala in Ottawa last month.

Local rower named junior athlete of the year

At the young age of 18, Victoria athlete Patrick Keane is already rowing his way to success.

At the young age of 18, Victoria athlete Patrick Keane is already rowing his way to success.

The University of Victoria student was named the junior athlete of the year by Rowing Canada Aviron at the 35th annual gala that honoured athletes for leadership and performance in Ottawa last month.

Keane was the only rower from B.C. to receive an award.

“I was surprised. I was truly honoured just because I knew there were a lot of other junior recipients out there,” said the lightweight rower. “To be identified as the top, I was really honoured.”

Keane’s love for the sport began in Grade 8. At the time, he was trying his hand at a number of other sports including soccer and track and field. He eventually took up rowing after a friend encouraged him to join.

Shortly after, Keane joined the Victoria Rowing Club, he competed in high school nationals where he captured first place in the senior men’s lightweight single. In the same year, he also won the men’s single and took home second place in the senior men’s lightweight single at the World Juniors.

“I really enjoy the amount of work that you put in is the result you’ll get. It’s a very honest sport and I really admire that,” he said, adding rowing has had a positive influence in his life. “It’s kept me busy and kept me out of trouble.”

Now, Keane has taken the next step to professional rowing and is competing at the collegiate level in the men’s program with UVic.

His dedication to the sport (they practice twice a day for two hours) has paid off.

Keane said he’s achieved a number of personal bests, has increased his boat speed immensely, and improved his overall strength, flexibility and conditioning.

Now, he is setting his sights higher.

This year, Keane hopes to make the national team, which would see him move to London, Ont. to train with the U23 lightweight men’s team and later compete at the U23 World Championships.

Mike Walker, president of Rowing Canada, said Keane is quickly rising in the rowing ranks.

“We are incredibly proud of the performance of our Canadian rowers this year, both on and off the water,” he said. “The sport of rowing has a bright future with the likes of Patrick . . . coming up through the ranks.”

 

 

Just Posted

Victoria landmarks to glow red in honour of World Tuberculosis Day

1,600 new cases of active TB reported in Canada every year

Victoria bowler strikes gold at World Special Olympics Games

Hours of training at Langford Lanes paved the way to gold for Patrick Reid

Colwood discusses parcel tax to help pay for sewer repair and replacement

Report submitted to committee recommends parcel tax for all residents

UPDATE: Missing 12-year-old girl found

Victora police say missing youth has been found and is safe

Victoria hosts ‘Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave’

The hockey cave was recently featured on a Netflix special

Fire crews battle large blaze at Courtenay hostel

Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex said nobody was injured

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

Most Read