Winnipeg Rowing Club Open House

Members of the public are invited to find out more about the awesome sport of rowing at the Winnipeg Rowing Club’s annual open house.

Winnipeg Rowing Club’s Annual Open House

Saturday, June 3rd @ 20 Lyndale Drive

Drop-in anytime between 12pm and 4pm

Whether you’re interested in exploring a competitive sport, or want to take up recreational rowing, find out more at the open house. You’ll be able to tour the facilities, check out the boats and boathouse, watch rowing demonstrations, and try dockside rowing.


Rowing is a lifelong activity for fitness, for competition, or just for fun. The Adult Learn-to-Row program is designed to get beginners up-to-speed. It’s an entry level program that teaches participants the skills necessary to take up rowing, with the potential to transition into recreational rowing, and eventually, competitive (if that is where you want to end up!)


The Community Rowing Challenge is an eight-week program for businesses, organizations, clubs, groups of friends, or individuals, that gets teams training together in set ‘quads’ (four scullers). The event concludes with a Championship Regatta on Saturday, August 26th where teams put rowing skills to the test in head-to-head races against other CRC teams. Training starts in June!


Coaches for the 2017 rowing season include MRA Head Coach Janine Stephens (who is also the current President of the Winnipeg Rowing Club). Janine is a former member of Canada’s national rowing team, and Olympic Silver Medalist. She got her start at the Winnipeg Rowing Club, and is thrilled to now be working with athletes who are striving (and thriving!) in the sport.

Janine’s focus is working with competitive athletes on Team Manitoba, as well as those identified as potential prospects for Team Canada. Coaching at the elite level along with Janine is former Olympian and World Champion rower Jeff Powell – who also got his start at the Winnipeg Rowing Club.

Coaching for the Winnipeg Rowing Club are Ed Kornachuk (Juniors), Sandra Kirby (Masters coach), and Robert Dansereau (Recreational).

Canada Summer Games 2017 Team Manager Position


Team Manager Job Description


  • The Team Manager must have a history with the club and the athletes particularly those with Canada Summer Games intentions.  They must demonstrate previous ability of having managed larger groups of athletes in a competition experience.


  1. Attend all team meetings
  2. Enter and/or confirm entry of Manitobans / Provincial Team with Head Coach
  3. Assist Head Coach in planning, evaluation and budgeting
  4. Collect Team Fees from athletes
  5. Book, or confirm travel arrangements for managers, coaches and athletes as required by the travel policy. Note that Manitoba Rowing will not bear responsibility for unauthorized expenditures. Any costs not covered by policy must be authorized by the office.
  6. Pick up uniforms, managers kit, expense money.
  7. Find out special needs of athletes, or special medical conditions and Manitoba Health Card numbers
  8. Know where to find medical assistance at the regatta site and how they are accessed.
  9. Provide athletes with schedule and transportation specifics to the venue.
  10. Communicate rules and who is responsible for team discipline. This includes curfews, behaviours and consequences recommended by Manitoba Rowing.
  11. Communicates as soon as possible results to Manitoba Media outlets following completion of the day’s competition.
  12. Monitor and provide feedback to coaching staff of athlete issues.
  13. Carry a managers’ kit including medical kit, and other rowing specific accessories.
  14. Confirm arrangements for travel as necessary.
  15. Handle all matters relating to uniforms. –
  16. Report Submission:

–    A Managers’ Report should be submitted to the MRA Office within one calendar month of returning from the Games.

–    Report to include the following:

  1. Team Staff
  2. Team Athletes
  3. Method of travel to and from meet
  4. Accommodation – name, address, quality, problems etc.
  5. Competition – note quality of competition, administrative arrangements, conditions, weather, etc.
  6. General comments – note any problems with athletes, staff, meet organization, travel arrangements, uniforms, etc.
  7. Recommendations – list items that should be changed in future, ie. method of travel, hotel arrangements, etc.
  8. Results if available
  9. Expenses (other than the personal expenses) – See travel policy –

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume to:

Attn: Jeff Reitberger at and ‘CC’

Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017.

Canada Summer Games 2017 Assistant Coach Position


Coach Job Description


  • Coach must be “In Training” within the new NCCP Competition Development Program and have been recognized as such 90 days prior to the Games (July 28, 2017)


  • Works with Executive Director and Board Committee in managing the team’s budget
  • Assists with completion of pre-game applications
  • Sits on the selection committee and assists with developing and implementing selection criteria/process
  • Trains and coaches the Canada Summer Games team
  • Develops and monitors training and competition plans for all athletes in consultation with the Manitoba Rowing Associations’s Head Coch
  • Attends all mandatory Canada Games seminars and meetings
  • Ensure the Code of Conduct for athletes and staff is adhered to at all training camps and competitions
  • Responsible for assigning technical and administrative tasks
  • Assists in completion of post games reports and helps develop and implement recommendations for future games
  • Promotes the Canada games program and Manitoba Rowing.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume to:

Attn: Jeff Reitberger, and ‘CC’

Deadline for Submissions is February 15, 2017

Indoor Rowing Championships


Winnipeg Indoor Rowing Championship – February 5, 2017

Looking to kick-start your fitness this New Year? Are you up for a good physical challenge?? Come and try your hand (and full body!) at rowing, without having to be out in a boat on the water… the Winnipeg Rowing Club (WRC) is hosting their annual indoor challenge in February:

Winnipeg Indoor Rowing Championship

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Winnipeg Rowing Club @ 20 Lyndale Drive

Racing starts at 10:30am

Registration fee: $15 before February 3 / $20 after February 3

All are welcome to compete! No experience necessary.

All races will take place indoors, on rowing machines – called Ergometers, or Ergs for short. Races will be either 1000 or 2000 meters, with a maximum of eight racers at one time. Prizes will be awarded to the best times in each category (based on age and gender) and refreshments will be served. On top of all this, there will be a lot of fun and fitness to be had!

To register, please email

Fitness Journal for Girls Open House


On Saturday, August 27, from 11am – 2pm, the Fitness Journal for Girls will be at the Winnipeg Rowing Club located at 20 Lyndale Drive to showcase the incredible sport of rowing to girls in Winnipeg.

The Fitness Journal for Girls is a year-round guide to everything fun and fitness for girls ages 5 – 15 in Winnipeg. It has brought 20 businesses and sport organizations together to offer exceptional discounts on sport and fitness camps, registrations and programming. There is over $1000 in savings in each Journal, and can be purchased for $20 online at

On August 27, the crew from the Journal will be in attendance to showcase the wonderful facility, put girls through a workout, and have fun. There will be an opportunity to purchase Journals that day as well. Prizes will be given out throughout the day, and every girl with a Fitness Journal for Girls who attends this event will be entered to win a $50 gift card from LuluLemon. Just for giving rowing a shot!

Notice of MRA Annual General Meeting

Notice of MRA Annual General Meeting
November 7, 2015, 11a.m.
Sport for Life Centre, Conference Room A
Notice is hereby given to the members of Manitoba Rowing Association of the Annual General Meeting of the Association which will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Sport for Life Centre – Conference Room A, 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

As 2015 is an “odd year”, the following Board positions will start a new 2 year term: President, Vice President Domestic, Member(s) at Large. Please note all Club Representative terms are one year terms for each Club to confirm at the Annual General Meeting.

Andrew Lamont has kindly agreed to chair this year’s Nominations Committee along with Sandra Kirby. He will accept nominations provided they are accompanied by the candidate’s e-mailed letter of agreement and the signature of at least one voting or two non-voting members, until October 6, 2015. These nominations can be e-mailed directly to Andrew (, and kindly copied to the MRA office (

The date for Club and Board reports as well as paid membership registrations is October 5th, 2015. Please remember that MRA/RCA membership reported by this date positively affects both the number of votes an MRA club controls at the AGM, and the allocation of Bingo funds for the coming year.
Further information will be circulated closer to the date. Thank you.

Respectfully Submitted September 3, 2015 on behalf of the MRA.

Andrea Katz
Executive Director
Manitoba Rowing Association

The Lipton Cup Brought Back to Manitoba!

Lipton Cup

The Winnipeg Rowing Club sent 43 athletes to Regina this past weekend to compete at the 112th NWIRA Championship Regatta – and came out on top!

A long and proud tradition that began in 1886, the North West International Rowing Association (NWIRA) Championship Regatta is an annual competition between Canadian and American mid-western rowers. This year there were 486 entries from nine rowing clubs: Winnipeg MB, Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Edmonton AB, Kenora ON, Long Lake MN, Duluth MN, Minneapolis MN, and St. Paul MN.

The coveted Lipton Cup is presented to the club that wins the most points. This year, the Winnipeg Rowing Club captured the beautiful sterling silver trophy, and the title of Grand Aggregate Champion. Winnipeg also won the Henning Peterson Trophy (known as “The Rock”) for the most women’s points, and the trophy for most points by Master rowers. Also notable is that Winnipeg placed second for aggregate points in the Junior category, despite only having 11 Junior athletes competing.

Congratulations to the following WRC athletes who won gold medals:

Master Women’s Quad – Sheila Wilson-Kowal, Friederike von Aweyden, Vanessa Brown, Andrea Lefort
Master Men’s Quad – Andrew Lamont, Jeff Reitberger, Satoru Nakagawa, Elliott Garfinkle
Mixed Master Quad – Andrew Lamont, Jeff Reitberger, Vanessa Brown, Andrea Lefort
Master Women’s Single – Sheila Wilson-Kowal
Master Men’s Single – Andrew Lamont
Open Women’s Four – Casie Gauthier, Janine Stephens, Amy Kroeker, Christina Blouw
Open Men’s Single – Riley MacCharles
Open Men’s Single Dash – Riley MacCharles
Junior Women’s Single – Emma Gray
Junior Men’s Single – Josh Ilse

In addition to these first place wins, there were numerous second and third place finishes. Overall, a victorious effort was put forth by the entire WRC team, led by Head Coach Steve Taylor. WRC member Allan Horne was in Regina, working as the regatta’s Head Official, and WRC member Sandra Kirby was also on hand to officiate.

Racing took place over two days of competition on Regina’s Wascana Lake, in cold, rainy, and horribly windy conditions. In fact, the weather was so terrible that a number of events had to be cancelled on Saturday (with winners chosen from previous heat times).

The 112th North West International Rowing Association (NWIRA) Championship Regatta was held August 21-22 in Regina. The North West International Rowing Association (NWIRA) is a regional association of Canadian and American mid-western rowing clubs, founded in 1885 by the Winnipeg Rowing Club, Minnesota Boat Club, and St. Paul Rowing Club.

The first NWIRA competition took place July 16, 1886, on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. What started as a quiet evening erupted into mayhem, as the sound of the starter’s gun blast echoed across the lake, and fans began cheering wildly from hundreds of small boats and steamers. Three crews raced down the course with Winnipeg in last place. With a quarter-mile to the finish, Winnipeg sprinted ahead with Minnesota and St. Paul in hot pursuit. In the end, the Canadians crossed the line first and took home a championship that would trade hands many times over the next 129 years.

The NWIRA Regatta has continued to grow and thrive since that first race won by Winnipeg in 1886. An annual regatta, it has only been postponed during times of war. The grand aggregate trophy – the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup – is up for grabs annually, and won this year by the Winnipeg Rowing Club.

The Sir Thomas Lipton Cup stands over three feet in height. In the thoughts of hundreds of oarspersons in the mid-western area of Canada and the United States, who are members of the North West International Rowing Association (NWIRA), the size of the trophy and its valuation are not the paramount significance, but rather, the physical manifestation of the accomplishment.

The Annual NWIRA Championship Regatta is the culmination of the rowing season. All the effort and struggle of a full year’s worth of training is reduced to two days of rowing. At the completion of the regatta’s races, the huge trophy emblematic of the championship is placed in the arms of the winning rowing club.

The Lipton Cup is a symbol of dedication and hard work, so it is appropriate that the man who presented the Cup to the Association, Sir Thomas Lipton, epitomized these characteristics. As a young man, Tom Lipton stowed away on a ship bound to New York from his native England. Through hard work and determination, he became the millionaire head of the Lipton Tea empire. He was knighted for the great things he had accomplished in establishing good will between England and the United States.

In 1914, he presented the gleaming silver cup to his friend Con Riley of Winnipeg, as a means of promoting the sport of rowing in this area. Since then, the rowing clubs of the Association have battled each year for the honour of having their names engraved upon the Lipton Cup – awarded each year to the rowing club scoring the greatest number of points at the NWIRA championship regatta.

Exceptional Performance at Western Canada Summer Games











It is with great excitement that our Manitoba Rowing Association athletes, coaches and management team return from the Western Canada Summer Games this week with the most successful Games in history for our province as it relates to number of athletes sent.

As stated in the Winnipeg Sun, “Manitoba finished third in the total medal standings…after securing 48 gold, 47 silver and 49 bronze medals for a total of 144 – which eclipsed the previous provincial [record] of 107 medals.”

In the sport of rowing we had much success include a Gold medal to Emma Gray in the Women’s Single. Emma has only been rowing for three months, and is performing at an exceptional level on the Canadian stage. Emma was joined by Anne Marie Goytan to win a Bronze medal in the women’s double. Josh Isle performed exceptionally well in the men’s single bringing home the Silver medal, only 0:45 behind the gold medal rower. Jordan Hamilton joined Josh for the men’s double to win a Bronze medal. This was the second fastest time overall in the double.

A huge thank you goes out to the coaching team lead by Head Coach Antony Patterson, and assistant coach Ashleigh Milani. And to Elizabeth Tycholiz and Ralph Penner for keeping the team and equipment well managed. And of course the parents of all the athletes who attended the Games. Your support and dedication to your children’s goals and endeavors is always appreciated.

Congratulations to all the athletes at the Western Canada Summer Games. Looking forward to the 2017 Canada Summer Games right here in Winnipeg!

Rowing is Looking for Future Olympians


The Manitoba Rowing Association is actively recruiting future Olympians in high schools across the province. Head Coach Antony Patterson along with his dedicated coaching team is heading into ten high schools this spring to test athletes in various capacities to see if they have what it takes to head to the podium for Canada.

Rowing has sent more athletes to the Summer Olympics and Parolympics than any other sport in Manitoba. With such a great track record, we want to ensure this tradition continues.

In partnership with our National Sport Organization Rowing Canada, the MRA is running a Talent Identification (TID) program to fast track talented athletes from other sports toward the rowing national team. Established athletes that have perhaps hit a ceiling in their current sport or looking for a new challenge are great candidates. Identifying athletes at this age is key for the sport in both the physical and mental game for rowing. Athletes must be prepared to work hard both physically and mentally to make it to the top.

This high school testing is not only for future national team members. Rowing in the province of Manitoba has terrific programs for people of all ages and skill levels. The programming allows for excellent physical fitness, team building skills and is a fun time at any level. The opportunity to work along side past Olympians and an incredible coaching team is exciting for all levels of athletic performance.

If you are interested in finding out more about the in-school testing, or about joining a rowing program at any skill level, please contact Andrea (E: at the Manitoba Rowing Association office today!

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Congratulations to Sandra Kirby – RCA Umpire of the Year


It is with great excitement that the Manitoba Rowing Association announces that Sandra Kirby has been awarded the Rowing Canada Aviron Umpire of the Year Award! Sandi has done so much for the sport of Rowing in Canada, and we at the MRA wanted to share a bit about Sandi and her wide-range of accomplishments as they relate to rowing in Manitoba and across Canada.

In the past year, Sandi has created the RCA Umpire Committee, is a Member of the RCA Umpire Committee – RCA –UC (Guylaine Bernier, Chair) and has been elected to and now Chair of the Umpire Education and Development sub-committee of the RCA Umpire Committee. As Chair of the Umpire Education and Development Program
UMPIRE TRAINING DEVELOPMENT Sandi developed the Clinicians’ workshop program (with assistance from Tim Henderson and Glenn Bailey), delivered the two day workshop in Toronto for all of Canada’s clinicians along with Time Henderson and Guylaine Bernier, and has completed the follow up and critical path development for the complete revision of the RCA umpire training programs (level 1 Associate; Level 2 RCA Umpire License; Level 3 Chief Umpire and Level 4 Clinician).

Sandi is no stranger to hard work. She has gone on to organize and coordinate the three working groups, one for for each level of umpire development, and has worked directly with the Level 1 group, monitoring their progress and helping to set their internal goals and timelines. As part of this, Sandi has prepared interim report for RCA on the UED sub committee and the progress of all the working groups, has presented the interim report to the Umpire Committee at the meetings in Toronto at the end of October where it was positively received and used as the base for the next 12 months of umpire development and training, and prepared a transition goal for full implementation of the new training programs. This received its first approval from the UC and will next be presented to the CEO of RCA and to PAC.

Sandi has also been the person responsible for the new FISA candidate identification and training program, has prepared with Guylaine Bernier, the timeline and suggested selection process to identify candidates across Canada for the FISA examination in 2015, and after candidate selection, matched mentors to candidates and prepared program for getting the candidates fully prepared by June 2015.

Sandi has Co-chaired (co-presented) the 4-day FISA training workshop with Guylaine Bernier at the Henley course in August, 2014. This was tough to do and very very well received by the candidates. In addition, she coordinated the evaluation process for the FISA candidates to keep them on track over the 12 months to the examination.

And her work does not stop there. As Prairie Clinician, she is the person responsible for delivery of umpire education on the prairies. In the past reporting year, and upon request of the PRAs, she organized and delivered the clinics and seminars across the prairies. These have all been organized through the planning and support of the Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Rowing Associations. In the past year, just over 30 new associates and recertified RCA licensed umpires were trained, along with 7 new Chief Umpires. This has raised the capacity of umpires on the Prairies and will greatly contribute to both the quality of regattas and the consistency of umpiring on the prairies.

As a volunteer, Sandi has delivered clinics for Level 1 (Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg),
Seminars for recertification RCA license (Regina, Calgary), Clinics for Chief Umpires (Calgary, Winnipeg/Kenora). She has also completed umpire evaluations in Calgary and Winnipeg and acts as a mentor for some of the 9 new Associates (Level 1) in Manitoba.

As a member of Manitoba Rowing Association Board of Directors, Sandi prepared and presented a plan for umpire development with a long view past the Canada Games in 2017. It will be the 50th anniversary of Canada Games and the 150th anniversary of Canada. In that plan, Kenora (Ontario) was also included as a potential part of the region for the purposes of identifying and training umpires for regattas.

Sandi also introduced the MRA to new initiatives in “safe sport” and we embarked on a review of the policies with an eye to making sport safer for athletes. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection was invited to work with the MRA on child protection considerations. This initiative has positive implications for how coaches – and umpires – behave when interacting with athletes and when participating in events.

As a member of the Winnipeg Rowing Club Sandi organized an athlete’s clinic – “Know your rules!” for rowers competing in regattas such as the NWIRA and Royal Canadian Henley. It was well received and will be repeated at least annually.

As an active umpire in 2014 Sandi was selected to umpire at the FISA World Masters Championships (Ballarat Australia), retired from FISA umpiring because of the 65 year age limit to active international umpiring (after having umpired at the Pan American Games (MEX), the World Cup in Lucerne (SUI), the World Under-23 in Racice, (Czech Republic), the World Masters (AUST) and the Paralympic Games of 2012 in London, UK.) and has umpired at a number of local and regional regattas. For the third year, has umpired at Coastal Rowing event in Alma, Quebec, with a view to bringing coastal rowing to Manitoba.

Sandi’s dedicated to umpiring, coaching and rowing is absolutely admirable. She is a sport scientist and an international expert on harassment and abuse in sport, and Manitoba is truly blessed to have her in our province taking rowing to the next level of excellence with all of her endeavors.

Thank you to Sandi for all that you do for the Canadian rowing!