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2015 Male Athlete of the Year Award Recipient

Will Dean


“Row row row your boat, gently down the stream...”

Gently? No. Smoothly, yes.

Born and raised in Kelowna, Will first started rowing for Canada in 2008, winning a silver medal in the U-23 World Championships. After attending University of California on a rowing scholarship, he moved to Victoria to train full time with the Senior National Team.

In 2012, Will competed in London at the 2012 Olympics and is now training for the 2016 summer games in Rio, determined to better his 9th place finish with a medal this time.

In 2015, Will made headlines, winning two gold medals at the PanAm Games on the men’s four and eight plus teams. His teams repeated the same feat with two more gold medals at the Hollandbecker , then the four-man team won bronze at the World Cup.

Being an Olympic rower requires training seven days a week through wind, rain and snow. To balance out the rigors of rowing’s physical demands, Will is an avid yogi, describing yoga as the yin to the yang of rowing.

Will is a passionate and motivated public speaker and is requested to appear at numerous events every year.


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