Zimmermann Wins Gold at Worlds

Zimmermann Wins Gold at Worlds
Karl Zimmermann, of Laird Township, just returned home from the Under 23 World Rowing Championships held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Zimmermann is a Chemical Engineering student at McMaster University, where he first took up the sport of rowing in 2012. Since then Karl has trained hard and been consistently successful in competition, making it onto the National Team this year.

Karl has been in Victoria, BC training with his teammates since June, for the World Championship. He and his teammates were selected to represent Canada in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls.

The Canadian team was the first to arrive in Bulgaria, two weeks before the competition started. “We needed time to acclimatize. We were racing in 37 degree heat and the water was 28 degrees with the sun beating down on you and glaring back off the water. There was talk about postponing the race due to the extreme conditions, but they never did,” says Karl.

Canadian's cross the line and take gold.
Canadian's cross the line and take gold.

The Canadian men had a heat on Thursday, made it to the A semi-finals on Saturday, and looked good for a medal in the finals. The race took place at 5am, our time, Sunday morning. The Canadians started strong and were able to hold onto their lead all the way to the line, winning gold. New Zealand pushed into second place at the line, in front of the Australian team.

Karl says, “Our gold medal finish was just awesome. The crowd was cheering so loud, we couldn’t tell if we were over the line, so we kept going, and when we realized we’d won gold, we threw our hands in the air (while going 21 Kilometres per hour). Oars and water flew everywhere, one oar snapped in half, and we almost tipped the boat”.

At home now for the remainder of the summer, Karl is looking forward to relaxing and giving his body some time to rest and recover from the intense training this year. The Zimmermann family is super proud of Karl’s gold medal performance and happy to have him back home again.  

Canadian crew on top of the podium.
Canadian crew on top of the podium.
To learn more about the U23 World Championships click here.