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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fundraising For World Class Rower

Duntroon | by Mariane McLeod  

Matthew Buie finishes seventh at the World Rowing Championships.

A world-class rower from the hamlet of Duntroon is celebrating a world-class finish.

Matthew Buie is on the Canadian Rowing four-man sculls team, which finished seventh in the world at the championship races last week in Amsterdam.

Buie and his team will return to training full-time in Victoria later this month.

The team's goal is to place at least seventh in next year's world championships, which would earn them a berth in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

It may seem a long way from the farming community of Duntroon to the world stage.

Buie took up rowing while a student at Ryerson University, and says the sport came easily to him.

While Rowing Canada does cover some of his costs, Buie says he goes through about $700 worth of groceries each month, which makes training full time, pricey.

A fundraising golf tournament is being held September 6th at Duntroon Highlands Golf Course to help offset some of his expenses.



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