Burford’s Caleb McCleary paddled his way to two impressive finishes during a recent competition.
McCleary finished second overall with his partner, Derek Stedman, in the double sculls category and third overall in the single sculls event at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines. The meet was held from Aug. 7 to Aug. 12.
McCleary, 18, faced a significant challenge competing in the under-23 age division against 48 other athletes in each category, who hailed from across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Guatemala and other nations.
The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta has grown to become one of the largest professional rowing tournaments in North America. Almost 3,000 athletes from more than 150 rowing clubs compete.
McCleary is currently training for national trials, taking place this weekend in Welland, and participating in exhaustive “RADAR” testing the following week. The testing is part of the “Row To Podium” program that McCleary will be involved with during the next four years.
Following testing, McCleary will begin varsity rowing training camp at the University of Western Ontario, where he is entering his second year of studies.