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Vernon rowers scull to success at Shawnigan Lake meet

Brothers Jonas and Peter Masys competed amongst 560 other high school rowers

Vernon has a new dynamic duo in the sport of rowing.

The Masys brothers, Jonas and Peter, raced to top finishes at the Shawnigan Lake School regatta, hosted on the Island over the May 11 weekend.

The brothers were racing with the Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boat Club (VRDBC), competing against 560 high school rowers in what is one of the biggest junior rowing events in the province.

The regatta returned to its high-school-only format in 2024, as Vernon graduates, now racing for Canadian universities, returned as coaches.

Peter, 14-years-old, raced in the U17 men’s single scull event. After finishing fourth in the time trials, he secured a sport in the A final, where his personal best time of 8:34;27 nabbed him a sixth overall placing.

His older brother Jonas, 17, finished fourth in the open weight U19 men’s single race, missing the podium by just three seconds.

In the U19 lightweight men’s single A final, Jonas won bronze with a time of 7 minutes, 39 seconds and 15 milliseconds.

Jonas will join the Brock University Men’s Rowing team in the fall, becoming the fifth Vernon rower to pursue a university rowing career in the past five years.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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