Mike van Dongen is a Dutch student currently on Prince Edward Island as an exchange student at U.P.E.I. At his home university, he rowed for a student rowing student association for two years. And he participated for two years in the national student freshman rowing competition league.
Mike joined us on the water a couple of times this fall, getting a taste for coastal rowing. When a couple of Rowing P.E.I. members were heading to Antigonish to umpire at the Atlantic Rowing Championships, Mike jumped at the chance to join them.
And jump in, he did. Mike Van Dongen came first in the men’s 8, rowing starboard 5th position in the open men’s eight for Team New Brunswick. Here’s the play by play from Stephen Murray: “He jumped in a boat with the NB crew and they were able to take the lead position in the first 500 meters and hold the lead through the full 2 kilometers winning by a meter and a half.”
Mike was kind enough to share some of his photos with us. This is a chance for Rowing P.E.I. members to see the beautiful facility that has been built at Lochaber, N.S.