Pan-Ams true payoff for this coach

AMANDA ROBINSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

Living vicariously through your athletes is just one of the perks of coaching, Michelle Darvill admits.

"Its very exciting to see the development of the athletes," she said by phone from New Jersey.

Darvill retired from rowing in 2000 at the age of 35.

"Everyone has their lifespan in sports and I realized my body wouldn't hold," she said. "I had a good run but I wanted to have a family and move on in a different direction."

At 41, the rowing coach is seeing the fruits of her labour.

The three-time world champion in sculling -- she won her first world title with Canada in 1993 and won a double with Germany in 1997 -- and former German Olympian was selected as part of the coaching staff for the Pan-Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July.

The Mississauga native, with a German and Canadian citizenship, first made her connection to London when she seasonally assisted in coaching the heavyweight and lightweight women at London's national training centre.

Five years ago, she moved to the city. Her husband planned to attend teacher's college at Western, so Darvill teamed up with national head coach Al Morrow to assist in team training.

At the Pan-Ams, she will be assisting former Olympian Laryssa Biesenthal with her lightweight women's double athletes, Camille Brillon from Edson, Alta. and Amber Cuthbertson from Harrowsmith, Ont.

"I'm totally excited. It's a great opportunity for me as a coach, just to get the exposure and to go to an amazing multi-sport event like the Pan-Ams, it's next to the Olympics," she said.

Rowing Canada announced the players and coaches selected for the Pan-Am Games yesterday.

They are:

- Women's pair and quad: Zoe Hoskins, Edmonton and Nathalie Maurer, Vancouver.

- Women's double and quad: Cristin McCarty, Saskatoon and Peggy Hyslop, Kamloops.

- Men's pair: Chris Jarvis, St. Catharines and Daniel Casaca, Toronto.

- Men's four: Brent Holmes, Peterborough; David Lamb, Berwick, N.S.; Vincent Goodfellow, Dorval, Que.; and Todd Keesey, Saskatoon.

- Lightweight men's double: Andrew Borden, Toronto and John Haver, Saskatoon.

- Lightweight men's quad: Adam Reynolds, Andrew Borden, John Haver, and Paul Amesbury, Ottawa.

- Coaching staff: Allison Dobb, Vancouver and Pat Newman, Victoria.


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