Local rower wins gold at World Rowing Masters Regatta

“It was a real honor to ski with the national team this year,” said Bob Wink, an accomplished water skier and rower from Orillia.

Bob Wink once again successfully represented Canada on the world stage.

Wink, 52, won gold at the World Rowing Masters Regatta in France last week in the 101 – Men E 4+ category. This week, the Orillia native competed in the World Water Ski Championships.

“We were lucky enough that this was our third time rowing at Worlds,” Wink said. “It’s also the third time we’ve been on the podium.”

For both championships, Wink has been training 15 to 22 hours a week for the past 10 months.

“I appreciated the chance to compete and the chance to stay fit,” he said.

As soon as gold was around Wink’s neck at the masters regatta, he had to focus on the waterskiing world championships.

“I had the day off between events,” said Wink, who was named 2019 Orillia Athlete of the Year. intended.”

Trying to win two world championships in back-to-back weeks was just too ambitious, Wink said. He failed to qualify for the final of the water ski event.

“It was a real honor to ski with the national team again this year,” he said. “Representing Canada was rewarding, but you always want to make the final.

Wink is now heading to the leader of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the largest two-day rowing race in the world.

“I’m ready for the next challenge,” he said.

Wink recently sold her business, Windmill Garden Center and Landscaping, in order to spend more time with her family and to spend more time training on the water.

“I’m even more focused on trying to keep my place at this level,” he said. “I’m going to spend a lot more time there.”

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