|Full name||Melanie Kok|
November 4, 1983 |
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
|Weight||59 kg/130 lb.|
|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 and neuroscientist. Kok won a bronze medal in the Women's Lightweight Double Sculls at the 2008 Olympic Games with 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. Kok went on to complete her PhD in Neuroscience at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
Kok is a five-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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