Local Olympians return home to Vancouver Island

Stelly's secondary school grad Patricia Obee welcomed home by friends, family and fans

Peninsula rower Patricia Obee returns home from the London Olympics on Monday

On the evening of Monday, Aug. 13, a handful of weary local Olympic athletes including Stelly’s secondary grad Patricia Obee, landed back on Canadian soil.

“I’m not super pumped on our results considering how well our training had been going,” said Obee. “But it was an awesome experience and I know there’s more to come.”

Obee, 20, and her teammate Lindsay Jennerich, 29, failed to advance to the Olympic final of the lightweight women’s double sculls in London, England on Aug. 2.

Obee and Jennerich had been training together a short while prior to the Olympics after Jennerich and her longtime training partner, Tracy Cameron, split following Cameron’s unexpected retirement announcement on June 8. Obee, who was originally set to be an alternate for the team, was asked to step up as part of Rowing Canada’s official Olympic team.

Joining Obee on her return flight were men’s eight rowing team members and silver medallists Andrew Byrnes and Doug Csima and men’s lightweight double sculls rower Douglas Vandor.

Families, friends and supporters of the athletes were joined by Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development in welcoming home the local Olympians.

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