Vernon’s Jordan Wille competes in rowing action.

Vernon’s Jordan Wille competes in rowing action.

Vernon rower records double-gold

Vernon’s Jordan Wille stroked a pair of gold medals at the 129th annual Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Regatta in Ontario.

Vernon’s Jordan Wille stroked a pair of gold medals at the 129th annual Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Regatta in Ontario.

Racing with the host St. Catharines Rowing Club, Wille teamed up with Jordan Rendall, Alex Verkuvl, Tanner Cookson and coxie Alana Fraser to claim the senior 64-kilogram men’s cox four.

Wille, entering his second year at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., made it double-gold by scooping the senior 64-kg men’s singles. He spent the summer training with St. Catharines to prepare for the event.

“The racing this summer was a step towards bigger things, even though it is the largest and most prestigious event at this level. I want to push myself to that next level now,” said Wille.

“My goals this year include having a good performance at national rowing championships where I am rowing for Team Ontario because I have lived here for the past year… and to go and represent Canada at FISU (World University Rowing Championships).

He would like to compete in the Under 23 World Championships, and eventually represent Canada at the Olympics.

Wille attended elementary school at Okanagan Landing before switching to Brentwood College, a private school in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island, in Grade 8. He rowed for five years at Brentwood, winning a national title in 2008 in the junior heavyweight men’s eights, where he held the bow seat, despite being 30 pounds below the weight class.