Rower to represent P.E.I. at nationals

Rower to represent P.E.I. at nationals

Nick Murray
Published on August 27, 2015

CHARLOTTETOWN – Will Bryden admits he has only rowed once in the waters around Prince Edward Island.

Will Bryden, left, and Mark Alm competed at the World University Games in South Korea.

But, in October, he will row for P.E.I. at the national rowing championship.

Bryden is coming off his first taste of international competition at the World University Games in South Korea. He got a chance to talk about the experience during a two-week visit to P.E.I. in August, including meeting up with members of the Island’s only rowing club.

The varsity rower says he’s excited at the support he’s received from Rowing P.E.I. since his parents relocated to the Island in the fall of 2014.

“They have been amazing,” says Bryden. “I’m really excited to be connecting with Rowing P.E.I. this summer while I’m here spending time with my family.”

Bryden first met members of Rowing P.E.I. at the 2013 Canada Games, when he was competing for Nova Scotia. Bryden did well at the Games, catching the eye of P.E.I. coach Mike Gibson, who’s now president of Rowing P.E.I.

When Will’s parents, Lea and Russ Bryden, moved to P.E.I., the family contacted the Charlottetown-based club.

“We were thrilled to find out that a rower of Will’s calibre was going to have connections with us here on P.E.I.,” says Gibson.


While his parents were moving to Charlottetown, Will was on his way to Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., to pursue rowing at the varsity level. In June, he was selected for the FISU Summer Universiade in South Korea.

“Competing in South Korea was a really good experience,” says Bryden of his first taste of international competition. He and his rowing partner, Mark Alm, also of Brock University, competed in the men’s double sculls.

“We ended up coming 10th overall, which looking back was a good result for us,” Bryden explains. “Many of the boats that beat us were senior national teams, so even just getting to line up against them was a positive experience.”

Along with competing, Bryden has been learning to coach, mentoring young athletes in the sport that he hopes will continue to offer him opportunities like the competition in South Korea.

“We’re especially pleased that our young rowers can hear about Will’s international competition and see that they too could potentially have those kinds of experiences,” says Gibson.

As an added bonus, Bryden will be representing P.E.I. at the national rowing championships this fall in St. Catharines – giving him a “home-water” advantage.

Bryden was also the beneficiary of some P.E.I. government support. He received $2,000 from the Elite Athlete Assistance Fund towards his travel costs to compete at the 2015 Universiade in South Korea.

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Lobster Cup Row-deo Makes P.E.I. History

The first ever Lobster Cup Row-deo is in the history books!  Thanks to everyone who made it possible…from the Organizing Committee, to the volunteers, to the competitors.  The times on the course were incredibly close!  Everyone really rowed hard.  And, we hope, had a good time.

A special thanks to Will Bryden and Emily Cameron for coming out to join us.  Will is a new P.E.I. resident, who will be representing us at the National Rowing Championships this fall.  Emily grew up in Summerside and has been on the Canadian team since 2010.  She has competed at the World Championships, winning a silver medal in 2013 and a 6th place finish in 2014.  It was a thrill to see them racing for the first time in a coastal boat!

There will be a lot more great photos.  But here are a few highlights from the day.  Siterow lobster 4row lobster 5row lobster 2row lobster 1row lobster 8startrow lobster 11row lobster 10row lobster 7kaleigh runsgreg runs 2coloursgreen team in waterexh 4 emily powerexh mike and nathanexh 3 will checksexh 2 emily checksexh emily climbs inexh emily and willexh both teamsemily and willmath teameugenie winskaleigh and eugenienick wins 2nathan and mikeBrayln and Doug - mixed doublesteam greenblue team trophy




Saturday August 21st 8 :30 a.m. – 1 :00 p.m.

Location : Queen Elizabeth Park (next to Co-op Ball Diamond) 

Sign up is available NOW on Sign Up Genius – deadline to register is Sunday August 16th at MIDNIGHT!


All members are invited to take part in our first annual Lobster Cup Rowdeo.

Our Race Committee will divide the participants into two teams. The captains of the teams will get in touch with you to find out what races you would like to do. Watch for an email and please respond promptly,   Everyone will get to do two races.   Your captain will also tell you your team colours!

The events will be : Male Single

Female Single

Male Double

Female Double

Mixed Double

Quad *time trial


There will be points awarded for finishing first, second or third in each event. The team with the most points wins the Lobster Cup – and bragging rights for 2015!

We will also be giving out individual awards to Fastest Male, Fastest Female and Fastest Double.

We will post a race schedule and list of competitors after the Race Committee meets on Monday August 17th.

***The DEADLINE to register is Sunday August 16th at MIDNIGHT.

There is a MANDATORY competitor’s meeting at 8 :30 a.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park. There is lots of parking there as well as washrooms.

We will need 13 people to row the boats over to the park, leaving the Yacht Club at 7 :30 a.m.   We will also need 13 people to row them back! We will post a Sign Up for volunteers.

After the competition, we will have lunch at Queen Elizabeth Park.

*Please bring water, sunscreen, a hat, a chair and a SHADE SHELTER if you have one. (We’re hoping for a sunny day.)

*if there is thunder/lightning we will re-schedule for the same time Sunday – if it’s just rain, we are still a go!

If you have any questions, please ask a member of the Race Committee (Mike, Mary Lynne, Stephen, Daphne, Nathan, Nancy) or send us an email at

We look forward to seeing you at the Lobster Cup Rowdeo!

Nancy – on behalf of Rowing P.E.I.