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Laurentian student becomes OUA rowing champ

Abbey Maillet won the Women’s Lightweight Single race last month
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Abbey Maillet.

Abbey Maillet of the Laurentian University Voyageurs is the gold medal winner of the OUA Rowing Championship that occurred in Welland, Ont. Oct. 30.

A third-year sport and physical education student, Maillet won the Women’s Lightweight Single with a time of 8:49.30, five seconds ahead of her closest competitor. 

“My experience at the OUA Championship to say the least was great,” Maillet said.

“Representing Laurentian and winning gold met my goal which I have been working towards for some time now. I enjoyed being a part of the competitive environment.”

Maillet of Dundas, Ont. started rowing at Leander Boat Club in Hamilton, shortly before entering high school. 

“My whole life, I’ve been very active and have participated in many rep sports,” she said. It wasn’t long before she was recognized for her competitive edge - an edge equally matched by her passion for rowing. “I was in love with the sport right away.”

Maillet’s success at the OUA championship is preceded by other athletic accomplishments earlier this year. 

At the season’s opening regatta in Guelph, she was victorious as a double gold medal winner in both the Women’s Lightweight Single, and the Women’s Open Single. 

“What has helped me succeed is definitely the knowledge and experience from my coach, Dr. Amanda Schweinbenz,” she said.

“What I like most about being a Laurentian Varsity athlete is being able to represent my school with pride and respect. I have been able to create many memories as a Laurentian athlete and enjoy the beauty of Sudbury and Ramsey Lake.” 

Schweinbenz recognizes Maillet for her excellence as a dedicated athlete. "Abbey is a great young woman with a fantastic work ethic," she said. "Throughout the pandemic she has worked tirelessly on improving her fitness, technique and her tactical approach to racing.”

“As an athlete, I dream to one day earn the maple leaf and compete for Canada internationally," Maillet said. "I (also) hope to finish my schooling and become a high school Phys-ed Teacher.”