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Local Cassidy Deane helps Canada to Olympic rowing berth in Paris

The Canadian women's eights rowing team placed fifth at the World Rowing Championships in Serbia
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Canada's women's eights rowing team competes at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The team won gold in the powerhouse event, winning the Olympic title for the first time since 1992.

In 2021, the Canadian women's eight rowing team won a landmark gold medal at the Tokyo Summer Games. They've just earned an opportunity to defend that championship. 

Last Sunday, Whistler's Cassidy Deane helped her country to a fifth-place finish at the World Rowing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Canada finished the race in six minutes and 7.15 seconds, grabbing the final Olympic qualification spot from sixth-place Italy. 

Romania claimed victory (6:01.28) ahead of the runner-ups from the United States (6:03.73) and Australia, which started fast and had enough gas in the tank for bronze (6:04.17). The Italians were the only team to miss out on qualifying for Paris 2024. 

Joining Deane on the Canadian unit were Alexis Cronk, Kirsten Edwards, Kasia Gruchalla-Wesierski, Sydney Payne, Morgan Rosts, Jessica Sevick, Avalon Wasteneys and coxswain Kristen Kit. 

Gruchalla-Wesierski, Kit, Payne and Wasteneys were part of the gold-medal squad in Tokyo.