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Welcome to the Manitoba Rowing Association! Here you will find everything you need to know about how you can get involved in the sport of rowing!

Rowing has a long and proud tradition in Winnipeg. Since 1881, athletes have been learning to row on the waters of the mighty Red River. Today, we support four clubs: two in Winnipeg (Winnipeg Rowing Club, Prairie Fire Rowing Club), one in Pinawa (Pinawa Rowing Club) and one in Kenora, Ontario (Kenora Rowing Club).

Whether you want to learn to row, join a recreational rower, or pursue competitively, you’ve come to the right place. The Manitoba Rowing Association will help guide you to the right program and club for you and your needs. The Manitoba Rowing Assocation supports the Provincial Team, which competes at the Canada Summer Games and the Western Canada Summer Games. In addition, we have a top-notch High Performance Program lead by 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, Janine Stephens. Our fleet of shells and experienced coaches will help you find your glide, so you can enter the sport at your own pace – and stay with it at whatever level you choose.

For more information on how to get started, please contact Andrea at the Manitoba Rowing Association at rowing@sportmanitoba.ca


2019 Western Canada Summer Games

Please check back to this page for updates for the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games, including try-outs, training schedule, and events included.

2017 Canada Summer Games

The 2017 Canada Summer Games were held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from July 28 to August 14, 2017. The Canada Summer Games occur every four years, and are aimed to introduce athletes to a national level competition in a multi-sport games environment. The Canada Summer Games are meant to develop athletes, coaches, and officials to their potential, or to serve as step along the pathway to a U-23 or Senior National Team.

Manitoba Rowing sends a maximum of 30 athletes to the Canada Summer Games:

  • 14 athletes of each gender, plus:
  • two coxswains of either gender


To be eligible to compete at any Western or Canada Summer Games, rowing athletes must be under 21 years of age in the year in which the Games are held. To be eligible for the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games, this means each athlete must be born no earlier than January 1, 1999 (this ruling also applies to coxswains).

The athlete must show dedication to the training program, and must be members in Good Standing of one of the following rowing clubs:

All athletes wishing to try out for any Western or Canada Summer Games Team(s) must express interest to Andrea Katz, Executive Director of the Manitoba Rowing Association with approval from their program and/or club Head Coach.



Training fees for the Western Canada Summer Games team have not yet been determined. Please check back to this page for updates in 2018.

Important Dates

2018 High School Spring Break Camp!

March 27 and 29, 2018. More information to come soon!


The Manitoba Rowing Association currently supports a High Performance training group under the direction of High Performance Coach and past Olympian Janine Stephens. The program supports athletes capable of representing Manitoba and Canada at highest levels. Our program has produced several National Champions, National Team members, Olympians and Olympic Medalists.

The training group is compromised of athletes from across Manitoba and Kenora who hitting our identified High Performance Standards.

Entry into the Canada Games Training Group and/or the High Performance Groups, is based on meeting the following standards that are adjusted for age/development stage:

1. Ergometer Standards (Ergometer Performance Targets)

  • Achieve TDC Ergometer Standards in 2 of 3 categories, 2k, 6k, PP
  • adjusted standards for Canada Summer Game

2.Strength (Strength Table)

  • Bench Pull
  • Squat
  • Dead Lift

3. Flexibility & Core Strength

4. Technical/Experiential

  • Minimum event racing starts (20)
  • Distance per stroke evaluation over 2×500 m (1up 1back) at rate cap in 1x or 2-
  • Technical discussion between Club Head Coach and Provincial Coach

5. Rowing Canada Athlete Monitoring


Currently we are organizing the 2018 High School Training Camp to take place March 27 and 29, 2018. Please refer back to this page for updates and information. If you are interested in participating in the 2018 Camp, please contact Andrea at the Manitoba Rowing Association office via email at rowing@sportmanitoba.ca


Athletes participating in MRA activities are requested to read and understand the following documents:

MRA Code of conduct
MRA Training Criteria