South Surrey’s Kienna Stephens won bronze at World Junior Rowing Championships last weekend in Lithuania. (Contributed photo)

South Surrey rower wins bronze at World Junior Rowing Championships

Kienna Stephens and double sculls partner Grace VandenBroek third in Lithuania

Less than two years after taking up the sport, Kieanna Stephens has an international rowing medal to hang on her wall.

On Sunday at World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, the South Surrey teenager – a hockey player whose rowing skills were discovered through the RBC Training Ground program – won bronze in women’s double sculls alongside partner Grace VandenBroek.

In the race, South Africa jumped out to an early lead, but Stephens – who rows out of the Burnaby Lake Rowing Club – and VandenBroek caught up and passed the leaders at the 500-m mark. The Canadian duo held the lead until the second half of race, when they were caught by Great Britain and Germany, and eventually slipped to third.

The bronze was the first world-junior medal for both young rowers.

“Despite our lack of time in this sport, we knew that we were capable of doing something amazing,” Stephens said in a Rowing Canada news release.

“The only question was, how amazing?”

In the spring of 2016, Stephens won, through the Training Ground program, a trip to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where she was able to get a taste of the Olympic Games. Then, last December – just 10 months after first being identified as a potential Olympian – Stephens was one of 25 young Canadians, and the only B.C. resident, to be shortlisted for further development by a handful of Canadian sport organizations, including Rowing Canada, Athletics Canad, Bobsleigh Canada and others.

Just Posted

Semiahmoo wins Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic for second straight year

Totems’ senior boys battle back to top Tamanawis in tourney final at Enver Creek Saturday

Flavourful journey through the city

BIA’s Taste White Rock event returns

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

Civic cannabis plan gets the attention of White Rock business groups

Chamber to poll members, BIA would “absolutely support” businesses looking to open dispensaries

Totems to battle Wildcats for Surrey RCMP Basketball championship

Match set for 7:45 p.m. at Enver Creek Secondary

VIDEO: Surrey reviewing Clayton crosswalk after pedestrian hit

The city says investigation in response to safety concerns from local resident

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blanked by Portland Winterhawks

Saturday’s 2-0 setback marks first regulation loss for G-Men in 10 games

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

VIDEO: Remember the Voyageurs at Fort Langley

Two-day historical festival underway

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Snow warning in effect for the Coquihalla

A snowfall warning is in effect from Hope to Merritt as slush and snow is expected on highways this weekend

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Most Read