Canada Summer Games Team Announced

The Manitoba Rowing Association is pleased to congratulate the following athletes on being selected for the 2017 Canada Summer Games Rowing Team.  Rowing is being held in Kenora, Ontario at Rabbit Lake, home of the Kenora Rowing Club, who has been working tirelessly to put it all together.  It will be a great event!


  • Breeze Boucha (Kenora)
  • Abby Dent (Kenora)
  • Emma Gray
  • Justine Gillert
  • Midori Hoppe (Kenora)
  • Jasmine Kostelnyk
  • Kendra Leppky
  • Hailey Little
  • Chelsea Redecopp
  • Sila Rogan
  • Riley Smith (Selkirk)
  • Gabrielle Yakemow


  • Yanko Kalem
  • Andrej Kao
  • Jacob Loewen (Steinbach)
  • Tyrone Nakagawa
  • Riley Sierhuis

We are also excited to announce our coaching and staffing team who will be leading our athletes to success. Head Coach Janine Stephens, Assistant Coach Ed Kornachuk, Team Manager Fiona Rettie and Boatperson Ashleigh Milani. Thank you for all of you work thus far and your commitment to our team and sport!

Manitoba Rowing Association Annual General Meeting Notice










Notice of MRA Annual General Meeting

November 13, 2016, 1p.m.

Sport for Life Centre, Conference Room B

Notice is hereby given to the members of Manitoba Rowing Association of the Annual General Meeting of the Association which will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Sport for Life Centre – Conference Room B, 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

As 2016 is an “even year”, the following Board positions will start a new 2 year term: Vice President High Performance, Vice President Administration, and Secretary. 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. 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 20, 2016. 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 20th, 2016. 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 October 6, 2016 on behalf of the MRA.

Andrea Katz

Executive Director

Manitoba Rowing Association


Head of the Red 2016


The Winnipeg Rowing Club is once again hosting our fall regatta – Head of the Red on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  The event is open to junior, senior, masters, rec and novice rowers. A number of different events will be offered — to suit all rowers’ abilities!

Races are 5000 meter Stake Boat Races with a turnaround at the mid-point (at 2500 meters).  Races start and finish in front of the WRC club house with the turn around on the marina stretch.


9:00 am               Open Women’s 4x

9:00 am               Master Women’s 4x

9:00 am               Open Women’s 4-

9:00 am               Master Women’s 4-

9:10 am               Open Men’s 2x

9:10 am               Master Men’s 2x

9:10 am               Junior Men’s 2x

9:20 am               Open Women’s 1x

9:20 am               Master Women’s 1x

9:20 am               Junior Women’s 1x

9:30 am               Novice 4x (men, women or mixed)


10:00 am             Open Men’s 4x

10:00 am             Master Men’s 4x

10:00 am             Open Men’s 4-

10:00 am             Master Men’s 4-

10:10 am             Open Women’s 2x

10:10 am             Master Women’s 2x

10:20 am             Open Men’s 1x

10:20 am             Master Men’s 1x

10:20 am             Junior Men’s 1x

10:30 am             Junior Women’s 4x

10:40 am             Mixed 2x (any age)


11:10 am             Junior Men’s 4x

11:20 am             Junior Women’s 2x

11:30 am             Mixed 4x (any age)

11:40 am             Novice 2x


12:10 pm             *Mixed Mash 8+ (500 meter dash)

1:00 pm               Lunch

Eligibility and Categories

Junior: 18 years or younger as of December 31, 2016.

Master: Over 21 as of December 21, 2016

Novice: began rowing after June 1, 2016

Mixed: Mixed crews should be equal male and female rowers.*

*Mixed Mash 8+ can be any combination of rowers (male, female, junior, master, open).
This event is  a fun, 500 meter dash race.  If you are interested in rowing in a Mixed Mash 8+ please let the registration desk know and we’ll draw names to make throw together crews.

Handicaps: Master’s races will be follow RCA Rules of Racing.

Entry Fee: $25 includes post regatta lunch. Registration fees due in cash or cheque (to Winnipeg Rowing Club) at the regatta registration table by the 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016. Composite crews welcome!

To Register for the Regatta

Email registrations to with subject “HOTR Registration”.  Please include Master’s average crew ages for handicap calculations when applicable

Entries are due by Wednesday, September 21.

Winnipeg Rowing Club Alumni Rowing


If you raced for the WRC in the past, they would love to get you on the water for a paddle.

Please join Winnipeg Rowing Club Friday May 27th at 5:30pm.  They will divide into boats and head out on the river for a paddle.  Wouldn’t it be great to see the first bridge again??

Cost: $20/row

Alumni Summer Schedule:

  • Friday, May 27th, 5:30pm
  • Friday, June 17th, 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 6th, 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 10th, 5:30pm
  • Friday, September, 9th, 5:30pm

For more information, contact the Winnipeg Rowing Club.


Job Posting: Winnipeg Rowing Club Administrator

The Winnipeg Rowing Club is currently seeking a Club Administrator is responsible for day-to-day administration of the club. This is a part-time position (10-15 hours per week) reporting to the WRC President.

Responsibilities include:

  • Communicating with current & potential members
  • Managing public enquiries via email, phone and in person
  • Managing paper and online registrations for rowing programs, regattas and rentals
  • Maintaining a public calendar of programs, events, and facility use commitments
  • Promoting WRC programs and events to members and general public
  • Assisting in the organization of local rowing events
  • Facilitating facility rentals
  • Organizing clothing orders
  • Maintaining professional appearance of clubhouse including bulletin boards, locker rooms, etc.

There may be other duties assigned as needed.

Skills required:

  • Good IT skills (in particular using Microsoft Word, Excel and email)
  • Comfortable and confident in using on-line processes and websites
  • Highly organized
  • Able to work independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to undertake a wide range of duties

As a condition on employment, the applicant must be able to provide a recent Criminal Record Check & Child Abuse Registry Check

Submit a cover letter with salary expectation, and resume no later than noon on May 20th to:

Tina Tenbergen, Secretary, Winnipeg Rowing Club



Emma Gray Rising to the Top


With only six months of rowing under her belt, Emma Gray of the Manitoba Rowing Association has been identified by Rowing Canada as the highest level of potential and ability to make it to the future Olympic podium for Canada.

Emma Gray was identified by Manitoba Rowing Association Head Coach Antony Patterson in the Spring of 2015 while conducting potential athlete testing during the Row To Podium testing at Gray’s high school, University of Winnipeg Collegiate. After achieving the best results in the entire country throughout the tests, Gray was invited to meet with Coach Patterson, Rowing Canada, and Olympians Jeff Powell and Janine Hanson to find out what the Row to Podium program was all about.

At only 16 years of age, Emma has competed on the national stage in various sports. “I played club football when I was quite young. Competed at the national level and have a black belt in taekwondo. Then played basketball at the high performance provincial level and competed at u15 nationals. Most recently, before rowing, I trained and competed in Olympic weightlifting, going to 2 Jr. national championships,” says Gray.

Emma has her sights set on the Junior World Championships in 2016, the Under 23 World Championships in 2017 and a future on the Olympic podium. Coach Patterson has no doubt Emma has the drive, the talent and the tenacity to do everything she is working towards and beyond.

“There are so many things I love about rowing. The amount of hours and work it requires to be successful. The sense of overwhelming satisfaction when you finish a hard piece, race or workout and know you couldn’t have taken another hard stroke, pushed yourself any further The sport of rowing is truly addictive. It requires so much focus and energy that it has the power to make everything else in the world disappear,” says Gray.

In Emma’s short time in the sport of rowing she has accomplished exceptional feats for both herself and the provincial rowing program. In August this year she won Gold at the Western Canada Summer Games Women’s Single, a first for Manitoba. She also placed third in the double along with teammate Anne-Marie Goytan. Her third place finish at the National Rowing Championships in the Junior category and Gold in the Women’s Single at the North West International Rowing Association Championships, show that Emma Gray is showing the entire country that Manitoba athletes are continuing to top the competition.

Manitoba Athletes Rowing Strong at Henley










The Manitoba Rowing Association is proud to announce exceptional rowing by our athletes at the Henley Regatta, currently taking place in St. Catherines, Ontario. In it’s 133 year of this regatta, it brings together some of the best rowing in Canada.

Manitoba Rowing Assocation Riley MacCharles cam in first in his heat of the Senior Men’s Singles, advancing him in the semi-finals with the fastest time for all the men’s singles. Riley rowed an exceptional race meating our two members of the current National U-23 team. Riley will be racing again today, Thursday, August 6.

The Manitoba Rowing Association four female athletes will row at this Regatta on Thursday, August 6 as well. Four races to take place include the Kaelyn and Casie Gauthier for the Senior Women’s Pair H1, Amy Kroeker and Christina Blouw to compete in the 25 Senior Women’s Pair H2, all four of our MRA female athletes in the 38 Senior Women’s Straight Four H2, and the Gauthier sisters again in the afternoon for the 49 Senior WOmen’s Double H3.

For an up to date listing of all results, see




Manitoba Rowing Association Names 2015 Western Canada Summer Games Team


Western Canada Summer Games will take place August 7 – 16, 2015 in Wood Buffalo, Alberta this year. These Games are a great opportunity for young athletes to experience and participate in a high-level competition this summer. Athletes will be rowing out of the Snye Park in Wood Buffalo. Competition days begin August 12 with two days of active on the water practice, followed by competition August 14 – 26, 2015. This year’s Team Toba members are:

Jordan Hamilton

Joshua Isle

Emma Gray

Anne-Marie Goytan


Antony Patterson – Head Coach

Ashleigh Milani – Assistant Coach

For more information about the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, visit the website at

The Manitoba Rowing Association wishes all of the Manitoba athletes competing in Wood Buffalo the best of luck!

Manitobans Show Exceptional Results at 2015 U-23 Selections


The Manitoba Rowing Association would like congratulate Riley MacCharles and Casie Gauthier on an exceptional showing at the 2015 Under 23 Selections that took place in Burnaby last week.

The Selections at Burnaby for U23 National team took place May 8 – 20, 2015 in Burnaby, B.C. Both Riley and Casie improved significantly in their trials in comparison to last year’s times. In fact, in November of 2014 Casie finished 23rd, and by May of this year finished 5th. Casie was only two seconds away from a third place finish that would have put her on the U23 National team.

Riley managed to pull exceptionally strong as well. In November of 2014 Riley finished 17th overall, and at this month’s trials finished 9th in a very strong field. All selectors commented on the vast improvement of both Casie and Riley, and commended them on their positive attitudes and greatly improved rowing technique.

The Manitoba Rowing Association is very proud of these exceptional athletes, their hard work and dedication to the sport. An extended congratulations goes out to Head Coach, Antony Patterson as well for his hard work, dedication and results for his squad.

Kenora Rowing Club to Join the MRA


It is with great excitement that the Manitoba Rowing Association welcomes our newest club member, the Kenora Rowing Club. On May 20, 2015 it was officially announced that the Kenora Rowing Club will join the Manitoba Rowing Association as our fourth club in the province. With our close proximity to Kenora combined with Kenora being the physical site for the 2017 Canada Games Rowing Regatta, the MRA is excited to work with and service this new club.

The Kenora Rowing Club has a long-standing history in Ontario, and has been friends with Manitoba clubs since the beginning. For a full history on KRC, please click here.

The Kenora Rowing Club offers several categories of membership including:

  1. Learn to Row – Adult: Program includes a safety video, introduction to the boathouse, description and understanding of the equipment used and a water session in training boats.
  2. Learn to Row – Youth: Program includes a safety video, introduction to the boathouse, description and understanding of the equipment used and a water session in training boats.
  3. IROW: to introduce school groups/ youth to rowing. Program includes a safety video, introduction to the boathouse, description and understanding of the equipment used and a water session in training boats.
  4. Adult Recreational: adults who have completed learn to row, has full club privileges, has completed learn to row
  5. Junior Competitive: rows in sanctioned regattas, 17 yrs of age or younger. Has completed learn to row
  6. Adult Competitive: rows in sanctioned regattas and has full club privileges
  7. Adult Recreation Punch Cards: same as Adult Recreation, just pay for a punch card of 6 rows.

On behalf of the rowing and sport community in Manitoba, the Manitoba Rowing Association welcomes the Kenora Rowing Club with great excitement! Looking forward to many years of success with you as part of our crews!