Province cheers second silver medal in rowing

The government of British Columbia is thrilled to be again congratulating winning Olympians – this time, the Canadian women’s eights rowers, announced Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The team added to the Canadian medal haul Thursday by finishing second in the final in London with a time of six minutes 12.06 seconds. The Americans captured the gold medal in the race and the Netherlands won bronze.

The crew trains out of Fanshawe Lake in Ontario, but three members of the team are from B.C. It is the third consecutive day that B.C. athletes have medalled at the London 2012 Summer Games.

The crew’s coxswain, 52-year old Lesley Thompson-Willie, set two new records, becoming the first Canadian athlete to win a medal in five different Games and the first rower to compete in seven Olympic Games. It was a first medal win for the rest of the rowing team.

The medal marks the seventh for Canada and the fourth for B.C. athletes.

Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development said, “Congratulations to the women’s eights rowing team for a hard-fought race and well-deserved medal in a memorable week of Olympic competition. The dedication and phenomenal performance of this crew has inspired us all. Well done!”