Shawnigan Alumnus Tokyo-bound

We are delighted to congratulate Shawnigan alumnus Kyle Fredrickson ’17 (Lonsdale’s) on his recent qualification for the 2021 Paralympics in rowing! He will be Tokyo-bound in August with his PR3 mixed coxed four.
After graduating from Shawnigan, Kyle went to the University of Victoria where he promptly joined the Vikes rowing team. He rowed with the university program for one semester before being invited into the National Training Centre at the beginning of 2018. He has been rowing with the National Team since then, while balancing his studies at UVic.

“Shawnigan played a huge role in getting me to where I am today,” shares Kyle. “The facilities and coaching staff are top notch. It gave me the platform and opportunities to race competitively for the five years I attended the School. The lessons I learned at Shawnigan are ones that I hold close and shaped who I am today.”

When asked about his upcoming Paralympic experience, Kyle shared, “I’m looking forward to showing the world what Canada has to offer. The experience is very special and one I have looked forward to my whole life. I am grateful for the opportunity to row for Canada and to compete at the pinnacle level of sport.”

Kyle’s Island-based crew qualified for the Games with a convincing win in the final at the Paralympic qualifying event held in Italy in early June 2021. This year’s Paralympic Games will take place from August 24 – September 5.

Congratulations Kyle, and all the best to Team Canada!
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