|Full name||Melanie Kok|
November 4, 1983 |
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
|Weight||59 kg/130 lbs.|
|College team||University of Virginia|
|Club||Ridley Graduate Boat Club|
Melanie Kok [pronounced "Cook"] (born November 4, 1983 in Thunder Bay, Ontario) is a Canadian rower. Kok won a bronze medal in the Women's Lightweight Double Sculls at the 2008 Olympic Games with partner Tracy Cameron.
Kok earned a B.A. at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she rowed as a varsity athlete for each of her four years as an undergraduate. Kok, a two-time team captain at UVa, earned All-American honors twice (2006, 2007). She was also named to the All-South Region and All-ACC teams.
She completed her Master's degree in 2010 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in the MiNDS Graduate Neuroscience Program. She is currently a PhD student in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, also in the Neuroscience Graduate Program.
Kok is a four-time member of the Canadian National Rowing team. She has won two World Rowing Championships medals: a gold in Gifu, JAP (2005) in the Lightweight Quadruple Sculls with Tracy Cameron, Mara Jones and Elizabeth Urbach, and a bronze in Munich, GER (2007) in the Lightweight Single Sculls.
She has also won two World Cup medals: a gold in Poznan, POL, and a bronze in Lucerne, SUI, both in 2008.
Kok was named the City of St. Catharines Athlete of the Year in 2005, and again in 2008, as a co-winner with Olympic wrestler Tonya Verbeek.
During the 2011 Pan American Games, Kok won a silver medal as part of the women's quadruple sculls.
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