|Andrew Byrnes will represent Canada at the World Championships|
Andrew Byrnes a recent Bates College graduate from Ithaca, N.Y., will row as a member of Canada’s national team at the Under-23 (U23) World Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 21-24. Byrnes, who graduated with a B.S. in physics in May, was selected to the men’s eight crew in June and the formal team roster for the championships was announced July 7.
Byrnes, a New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic selection in 2005, is a dual U.S. and Canadian citizen and was drawn north by Canada’s increased emphasis on its development program.
“That attracted me,” he said. “Also, with (Bates head coach) Andrew Carter being Canadian, he was able to help me get in touch with the right people to get involved with the Canadian program.”
Byrnes and his crewmates have recent history as inspiration for their U23 campaign. In the past three years, Canada has won two silver and one gold medal in the men’s eight at the championship.
The U23 developmental program provides up-and-coming rowers around the world a stepping stone from junior rowing (to age 18) to senior and Olympic level rowing. The U23 world event began in 1976 in Macon, France, and by 1992 was known as the Nations Cup. The regatta gained world championship status in 2005.
The championships are overseen by the Federation Internationale des Societes d’Aviron (International Federation of Rowing Associations).
Some 40 countries and 600 athletes are expected for the U23 event. Byrnes will be the only rower from a NCAA Division III program competing at the championship.