The women’s 60-plus distance world silver medalists are (from left to right) Frances de Grace, Annie Boulding (Steers), Jaye Kerzner (Captain), Pam Cornall, Ann Mohs (of Mission) and Barb Nicol. / Submitted Photo

Mission’s Mohs earns rowing silver

Longtime local helps Canada win silver medal at Australia event

A longtime Mission resident helped earn Team Canada a silver medal at the 2019 International Va’s Federation Distance Outrigger World Championships.

The event, which occurred in Australia earlier this month, saw Mission’s own Ann Mohs and five other crew members of 60-plus women paddle the 25 kilometre race to greatness.

Mohs has been a Mission resident since 1959.

“Selection onto a National Team is a long, arduous road,” Mohs said. “I’m so grateful for all the people who helped me to achieve my goal – to make the podium. Training right, eating right, having the right conditioning and fitness goals and a positive mindset certainly paid off for all of us – placing as the second fastest 60-plus women’s crew in the world, among a strong field of six.”

The racecourse, made up of two 12 km laps, saw the crew’s fitness and training surpass its competitors with Canada beating New Zealand, Hawaii, California and Brazil to earn the silver.

This is the second World Outrigger Distance Championships (since 2017), which will alternate every other year with the International World Outrigger Sprints Championships (since 1984). This year’s Distance Championships fielded 746 competitors from 22 countries competing in 32 events, with 55 Canadian athletes competing under Canada’s flag.

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