Michelle Darvill
Personal information
Birth nameMichelle Denise Darvill
Born21 August 1965 (1965-08-21) (age 56)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height172 cm (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight59 kg (130 lb)[1]
Sport
SportRowing
Medal record

Michelle Denise Darvill (born 21 August 1965) is a retired rower. Born in Toronto, she first competed for Canada, but later change allegiance to Germany. She was world champion in three different lightweight boat classes, once for Canada and twice for Germany, and represented Germany at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Since 2009, she has been coaching the Canadian under 23 women's team.

Early life

Darvill was born in 1965 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,[1] and grew up in Mississauga.[2] In her youth, she was a competitive swimmer. She took up rowing when she was at university as a social activity.[2]

Rowing for Canada

At the 1991 World Rowing Championships, she came fourth in the lightweight women's double sculls for Canada.[3] At the 1992 World Rowing Championships, she won silver in the same event.[4] At the 1993 World Rowing Championships, she won gold in the lightweight women's single sculls.[5] At the 1994 World Rowing Championships, she came fifth in the same event.[6]

Rowing for Germany

As a holder of dual citizenship, Darvill competed for Germany from 1995.[2] At the 1995 World Rowing Championships, she won bronze in the lightweight women's double sculls, partnering with Ruth Kaps.[7] Kaps and Darvill competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in the same event and came eighth.[1] Partnering with Angelika Brand, they became lightweight women's double sculls world champions in 1997.[8] At the 2000 World Rowing Championships, she competed in the lightweight women's quadruple sculls and became world champion.[9] She retired from competitive rowing after the 2000 season.[2]

Post-competitive rowing career

Since 2009, she has been the lead coach for Canada's under 23 women's team.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Michelle Darvill". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Canada's under-23 Darvill dynamic". International Rowing Federation. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  3. ^ "(LW2x) Lightweight Women's Double Sculls - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  4. ^ "(LW2x) Lightweight Women's Double Sculls - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  5. ^ "(LW1x) Lightweight Women's Single Sculls - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  6. ^ "(LW1x) Lightweight Women's Single Sculls - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  7. ^ "(LW2x) Lightweight Women's Double Sculls - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  8. ^ "(LW2x) Lightweight Women's Double Sculls - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  9. ^ "(LW4x) Lightweight Women's Quadruple Sculls - Final". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 7 December 2016.