Lauryn Bench is a Grade Eleven student at E.L. Crossley High School in Fonthill. Her interests include playing the piano and trumpet; and she shares a passion for singing, taking professional voice lessons at VVR Studios with Vicky Radulovich in Fonthill, Ontario.
Since Grade Nine, Lauryn has actively pursued rowing with E.L. Crossley and the South Niagara Rowing Club. During the Spring of 2014, Lauryn's quad crew won a Gold medal at the (SNRC) South Niagara Rowing Club’s Regatta. In the summer of 2014, Lauryn’s four boat proudly was awarded Silver at the (CSSRA) Canadian Secondary School Regatta at the St. Catharines Henley. This past summer, Lauryn earned her first Gold medal in her quad at the CSSRA Regatta at the Henley in St. Catharines.
As a competitive swimmer, her interest in the water led to her experiences on the water. Early in 2015, Lauryn was experiencing much back discomfort during sport. After intensive physiotherapy, much valuable learning and direction and support from all team members at the Niagara Orthopaedic Institute, Lauryn made her way back to the water rowing in a single.
In the summer of 2016, Lauryn completed her National Lifesaving and Instructors qualifications and was awarded the top swimmer award for 15u in all of the Niagara Region. Her favourite stroke is breaststroke. As Lauryn transitioned from the summer to fall, she worked on qualifying for a seat rowing in the South Niagara eight boat at the 2016 Head Of The Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This Regatta is re-knowned as the most prestigious Regatta in the world. Her eight boat competed very well in very windy and cold conditions and their eight boat qualified as an entry this coming fall.
Lauryn attributes much of her success to the professionals at The Niagara Orthopaedic Institute for their ongoing expertise, knowledge, friendship and support. Lauryn is extremely proud to have been chosen as the recipient of the Rob Dionne Athlete Of The Month.