Adelaide Backer
Adelaide Backer
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Mill Bay, B.C.
High School: Brentwood College
Major: History of Art and Architecture
House Affiliation: Eliot

Sophomore  2013

Rowed the seventh seat for the first varsity all season, including five wins and a second-place finish at the IRA National Championship.

Freshman  2012

Rowed for the varsity eight all season … Helped the varsity eight take bronze at the IRA National Championships, the first medal the Radcliffe lightweight crew has captured since 2006 … Contributed to third-place finish at the EAWRC Sprint, the lightweight varsity’s third straight bronze … Rowed in win over Princeton to reclaim the Class of 1999 Cup for the first time since 2009 … Topped MIT by over 30 seconds in a lightweight crew sweep to take the Muri Cup … Finished third against No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 1 Stanford in the grand final of a six-team regatta on the Charles River … Contributed to win over Georgetown.

Before Harvard

Member of both lightweight and heavyweight varsity squads for crew … Earned academic and athletic colours in all years attended at Brentwood College.


Father, Harold, was a member of the Canadian National Rowing Team and attended three consecutive Olympic Games in 1984, 1988 and 1992 … Mother, Brenda Colby, was a member of the Canadian National Team for crew.