Emily Mann Wins Gold At Canadian Henley
Aug 21, 2013
ST. CATHARINES, Ontario - University of Massachusetts incoming freshman Emily Mann recently earned a gold medal finish at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, rowing as part of the U-23 lightweight women's four boat. Mann, with teammates Amy MacLean, Jennifer Beaudette and Jessica Bateman, finished the race in 7:02.34, ahead of the second place boat by 5.63 seconds.
"It was the highlight of my summer and I wouldn't change a thing from the girls in my boat to my coaches and just in general the atmosphere at the St. Catharines Rowing club," Mann said. "I will definitely never forget this win."
Mann competed scholastically for the Grimsby Secondary School Eagles and head coach Michele Fisher. A three-time Oarswomen of the Year in high school, the Ontario native was also the Junior B Rower of the Year for the St. Catharines Rowing Club.
"Since this was my first Henley gold it was so over whelming to actually win," Mann continued. "I was on cloud nine from the time we crossed the line until the next morning. I still honestly can't believe it. I feel like it is a huge weight taken off my shoulders now that I have a gold medal, because now I have one down and can compete for many more to come. It was like a huge hurdle I had to get over by winning my first gold medal that needed to be done before anything."
The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta is in its 131st year of offering a competitive field of North American rowers for the annual event. The regatta is hailed as one of the top amateur rowing competitions in North America, with entrants from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Latin America.