Dundas student continues pushing rowing limits

Sports Sep 11, 2017 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The summer break didn’t stop St. Mary Catholic Secondary School student and Dundas resident Abbey Maillet from continuing to push her rowing limits, setting brand new standards and goals as she returns to school, and Leander Boat Club, for her Grade 11 year.

After being named Crusader junior athlete of the year for the second time, Abbey represented Ontario in the Canada Summer Games, finishing fourth in the Female Lightweight Double Sculls.

Abbey said the experience in Ottawa, which included several weeks of training there in preparation, was an honour and she enjoyed the new level of competition.

“It was also very challenging since I was living away from my family for the first time,” Abbey said.

This competition introduced her to yoga — which she plans to continue in order to improve her flexibility.

“I also want to do more weight-training to get stronger,” Abbey said. “I think the experience from the games helped me focus on things I can do to improve my performance.”

But the summer of progress didn’t stop there. Abbey returned home to row for Leander in August at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta where she won gold in the Under-17 Women’s Single.

Her father, Shawn, said the race had 91 entrants, featuring competitors from all over Canada, the United States, China, Zimbabwe and Argentina.

“My wife and I are both extremely proud of Abbey. We know first-hand how dedicated she is to her sport,” Shawn said. “What is also very impressive is that in addition to her busy schedule she has been an honour roll student. She is an incredibly hard worker across the board.”

Abbey’s long list of accomplishments over the past season included gold in the Junior Women’s Single at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (the first St. Mary to win the event since 2003), and an impressive silver medal in the senior women’s 63 kg single. The Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Regatta is considered a national championship of rowing with 125 schools and 800 rowers from across Canada and the United States.

At the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championship, Abbey placed first in the Jr. B lightweight women event.

St. Mary teacher Nancy Castura said Abbey “is an excellent role model of a student athlete.”

All that success helped earn Abbey an invitation to row at the prestigious Head of the Charles Race in Boston this October in the women’s youth singles event.

“My goal is to always compete to the best of my ability, be it on the water or off. I've been very lucky to have great coaching along the way. Peter DeNew at Leander, Greg Hanta at St. Mary and Jamie Bell, who was my coach for Team Ontario,” Abbey said. “Hopefully one day I can row for Canada. That would be incredibly special to me.”

Abbey started rowing in the summer before Grade 7 at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School in Dundas and has “loved it ever since.”

She’s also played basketball and soccer for years and qualified for OFSAA in cross country and track in each of her three high school years so far.



Dundas student continues pushing rowing limits

Abbey Maillet is a successful multi-sport athlete

Sports Sep 11, 2017 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The summer break didn’t stop St. Mary Catholic Secondary School student and Dundas resident Abbey Maillet from continuing to push her rowing limits, setting brand new standards and goals as she returns to school, and Leander Boat Club, for her Grade 11 year.

After being named Crusader junior athlete of the year for the second time, Abbey represented Ontario in the Canada Summer Games, finishing fourth in the Female Lightweight Double Sculls.

Abbey said the experience in Ottawa, which included several weeks of training there in preparation, was an honour and she enjoyed the new level of competition.

“It was also very challenging since I was living away from my family for the first time,” Abbey said.

This competition introduced her to yoga — which she plans to continue in order to improve her flexibility.

“I also want to do more weight-training to get stronger,” Abbey said. “I think the experience from the games helped me focus on things I can do to improve my performance.”

But the summer of progress didn’t stop there. Abbey returned home to row for Leander in August at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta where she won gold in the Under-17 Women’s Single.

Her father, Shawn, said the race had 91 entrants, featuring competitors from all over Canada, the United States, China, Zimbabwe and Argentina.

“My wife and I are both extremely proud of Abbey. We know first-hand how dedicated she is to her sport,” Shawn said. “What is also very impressive is that in addition to her busy schedule she has been an honour roll student. She is an incredibly hard worker across the board.”

Abbey’s long list of accomplishments over the past season included gold in the Junior Women’s Single at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (the first St. Mary to win the event since 2003), and an impressive silver medal in the senior women’s 63 kg single. The Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Regatta is considered a national championship of rowing with 125 schools and 800 rowers from across Canada and the United States.

At the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championship, Abbey placed first in the Jr. B lightweight women event.

St. Mary teacher Nancy Castura said Abbey “is an excellent role model of a student athlete.”

All that success helped earn Abbey an invitation to row at the prestigious Head of the Charles Race in Boston this October in the women’s youth singles event.

“My goal is to always compete to the best of my ability, be it on the water or off. I've been very lucky to have great coaching along the way. Peter DeNew at Leander, Greg Hanta at St. Mary and Jamie Bell, who was my coach for Team Ontario,” Abbey said. “Hopefully one day I can row for Canada. That would be incredibly special to me.”

Abbey started rowing in the summer before Grade 7 at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School in Dundas and has “loved it ever since.”

She’s also played basketball and soccer for years and qualified for OFSAA in cross country and track in each of her three high school years so far.



Dundas student continues pushing rowing limits

Abbey Maillet is a successful multi-sport athlete

Sports Sep 11, 2017 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The summer break didn’t stop St. Mary Catholic Secondary School student and Dundas resident Abbey Maillet from continuing to push her rowing limits, setting brand new standards and goals as she returns to school, and Leander Boat Club, for her Grade 11 year.

After being named Crusader junior athlete of the year for the second time, Abbey represented Ontario in the Canada Summer Games, finishing fourth in the Female Lightweight Double Sculls.

Abbey said the experience in Ottawa, which included several weeks of training there in preparation, was an honour and she enjoyed the new level of competition.

“It was also very challenging since I was living away from my family for the first time,” Abbey said.

This competition introduced her to yoga — which she plans to continue in order to improve her flexibility.

“I also want to do more weight-training to get stronger,” Abbey said. “I think the experience from the games helped me focus on things I can do to improve my performance.”

But the summer of progress didn’t stop there. Abbey returned home to row for Leander in August at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta where she won gold in the Under-17 Women’s Single.

Her father, Shawn, said the race had 91 entrants, featuring competitors from all over Canada, the United States, China, Zimbabwe and Argentina.

“My wife and I are both extremely proud of Abbey. We know first-hand how dedicated she is to her sport,” Shawn said. “What is also very impressive is that in addition to her busy schedule she has been an honour roll student. She is an incredibly hard worker across the board.”

Abbey’s long list of accomplishments over the past season included gold in the Junior Women’s Single at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (the first St. Mary to win the event since 2003), and an impressive silver medal in the senior women’s 63 kg single. The Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Regatta is considered a national championship of rowing with 125 schools and 800 rowers from across Canada and the United States.

At the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championship, Abbey placed first in the Jr. B lightweight women event.

St. Mary teacher Nancy Castura said Abbey “is an excellent role model of a student athlete.”

All that success helped earn Abbey an invitation to row at the prestigious Head of the Charles Race in Boston this October in the women’s youth singles event.

“My goal is to always compete to the best of my ability, be it on the water or off. I've been very lucky to have great coaching along the way. Peter DeNew at Leander, Greg Hanta at St. Mary and Jamie Bell, who was my coach for Team Ontario,” Abbey said. “Hopefully one day I can row for Canada. That would be incredibly special to me.”

Abbey started rowing in the summer before Grade 7 at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School in Dundas and has “loved it ever since.”

She’s also played basketball and soccer for years and qualified for OFSAA in cross country and track in each of her three high school years so far.