Fionna Rettie Wins the Peter Nykoluk Rowing Scholarship

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Fiona Rettie, an athlete from the Winnipeg Rowing Club (WRC), was recently selected as recipient of the Peter Nykoluk Rowing Scholarship. Fiona, a student at the University of Winnipeg in the Kinesiology program, received a financial contribution of $6000 towards her education.

The Peter Nykoluk Rowing Scholarship was established in cooperation with the Manitoba Rowing Association, the Winnipeg Rowing Club (WRC), and the University of Manitoba Financial Aid and Awards. The Nomination Committee was led by Chairperson Jeff Powell, former Olympian and World Champion rower, and currently the General Manager of the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba.

The Peter Nykoluk Rowing Scholarship has been handed out annually since 1995. Each recipient has distinguished themselves with notable accomplishments in and dedication to rowing. They have also met the other essential criteria in terms of educational aspirations, sound personal traits, contributions to the development of the sport, and leadership qualities.


Fiona Rettie is a Kinesiology student at the University of Winnipeg. She began rowing five years ago, and displays an ongoing passion for and commitment to the sport. She not only excels as an athlete herself, but also coaches others who are new at the sport.

Some of Fiona’s most notable competitions include the Royal Canadian Henley in 2014, Canada Games in 2013, and Western Canada Games in 2011. She coached at the Winnipeg Rowing Club in 2013 and 2014 in the youth summer camps program, and for adult learn-to-row sessions. Fiona is a dedicated volunteer at the club who regularly helps with special initiatives and projects.

In 2014, Fiona was recognized by the Royal Lifesaving Society and presented with an award (along with two other club members) for helping save the life of a young woman who was distressed in the Red River.


The Peter Nykoluk Rowing Scholarship was started in 1995 to recognize individuals whose outstanding contributions to and achievements in the sport of rowing parallel the values of Peter Nykoluk.

Peter was a competitive rower who proudly represented the Winnipeg Rowing Club at regattas, and supported his club and colleagues in many ways. Peter died in 1990 as he came to the rescue of his teammates who were involved in an accident that occurred when the University of Manitoba crew was travelling to a regatta in Minneapolis.

Peter was a unique individual whose enthusiasm for life was evident in everything that he undertook. He had an endless capacity for learning, and the dedication, perseverance and optimism he consistently displayed were contagious to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

A rowing scholarship in Peter’s memory was established to recognize individuals whose outstanding contribution to and/or achievements in the sport of rowing closely parallel the values of determination, commitment and sportsmanship consistently displayed by Peter. The award has been administered annually since 1995, to financially assist athletes to pursue their education while participating in the sport of rowing. It was initiated by Peter’s father, Jim Nykoluk, to honour Peter’s memory, while ensuring the future of the sport that Peter loved.

In addition to the scholarship, Peter’s memory lives on in Peter’s Garden, which comes to life each summer on the grounds at the Winnipeg Rowing Club on Lyndale Drive. As well, the Nykoluk Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the fastest women’s senior pair at the NorthWest International Rowing Association (NWIRA) Championship Regatta.


Manitoba Athlete Rows Southern France

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Sixteen year-old Jordan Hamilton has been rowing since 2011 between Manitoba and Norway, and during his high school spring break this year, was invited to join his Norwegian Club for their training camp in Southern France. This two-week intense training camp brought significant improvement to Jordan’s technique, allowed for him to bring a few hundred kilometers of rowing under his belt, while spending time with some of his Norwegian rowing friends. “It was a fantastic opportunity, and I hope that the skills I learnt in France will help me significantly in the upcoming racing season,” says Hamilton.

Jordan, along with the Norwegian team, stayed in the picturesque village of Le Temple-sur-Lot, in the region of Aquitaine. The twelve day vigorous camp had him in a variety of boats (1x, 2x, 2-, 4x), mostly with my former racing mates. “It was fantastic to see how much my friends and I have improved over the winter; we had definitely found some new speed!” Hamilton says.

Attending the Manitoba Rowing Association Winter camp this year allowed for Hamilton to have somewhat of an advantage over his ‘competitors’, because he had already rowed this year in British Columbia, with Head Coach Antony Patterson. The B.C. training camp was quite different from the European one in that there were over 30 rowers on the water in France, while under ten at the MRA camp. The individual focus on each athlete brought tremendous skill improvement to his game, while both camps brought great experience leading up to this year’s rowing season overall.

The Norwegian camp allowed for some great off the water activity as well for the rowers. They explored the surrounding villages, played kayak-polo, ate tons of gourmet French cooking, biked through the rolling hills, socialized, and even found a bit of time to rest. “The social aspect of the camp was fantastic: we thoroughly enjoyed each others company! We also reached new heights of mischief, and even made friends with rowers from Britain, Denmark and Belarus,” says Jordan.

Hamilton notes his biggest accomplishment to date in rowing is his 3rd place finish in the Junior Men’s 4x at the Baltic Cup in 2014. It is a rowing competition with representatives from most Northern European countries. Winning a medal in that championship was incredible as they were Norway’s sole medal winners in 2014!

Hamilton’s role models in sport include Olaf Tufte, three time Olympic medalist for Norway in rowing. He has shown his that incredible determination to excel and taking your training seriously can have a huge impact on your athletic level of success. That carries over to his academics as well; hard work and determination allow for his to stay focused on all areas.

Jordan will be attending the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association, or CSSRA’s ( in June where he hopes to start the regatta season on a high note. Long-term goals include making the Canadian Junior National team and competing internationally.

The Manitoba Rowing Association wants to congatulate Jordan on this wonderful experience and wish all Manitoba athletes attending the CSSRA’s this year good luck!

Rowing Community Spring Opener

Womens1x1000x288BSpring time is here and the rowing community is excited! On April 25 starting at 6 p.m. join the Manitoba Rowing Association and the Winnipeg Rowing Club for our Spring Openr! This fun and relaxed event is a chance for members of the Manitoba rowing community to come together, have a BBQ and hopefully enjoy some terrific weather. Here are the details:

When: Saturday April 25th
Time: 6pm and onward
What: BBQ, potluck, BYOB.
Who: Club members, alumni, friends, family, anyone involved with rowing.

Our athlete reps will be organizing the potluck, so if this is something you are interested in participating in please let Andrea ( know and she can get you in contact with the right people!

Looking forward to a great night!

Successful 2015 Provincial Rowing Camp


The Manitoba Rowing Association had yet another successful Winter Rowing Camp February 10 – 23, 2015 in Victoria, British Columbia. Rowing out of the Victoria Rowing Club, eight rowers went with Antony Patterson, Manitoba Head Coach, to train for the 13 day experience. Intense training included being on the water up to three times per day throughout the Winter Camp, gaining exceptional experience on the water with our talented Head Coach.

With the water being frozen for our cold Manitoba winters, the Manitoba Rowing Association has developed winter training camps and training regimes for all levels of our athletes. The winter camps allow for junior and senior level athletes to test their skills with the Manitoba Head Coach, gain experience while rowing with some of the country’s very best. National team coaches were on site throughout this year’s camp to help develop both Manitoba athletes and our Head Coach. A great learning and athletic experience for everyone who went on this year’s Winter Camp in Victoria.

Here is footage of our athletes in Victoria –

For more information about our Winter Rowing programs and how you can get involved in this exceptional sport, please contact Andrea at the Manitoba Rowing Association via email at



Winnipeg Indoor Rowing Championships 2015


Join the Manitoba Rowing Association for the 2015 Winnipeg Indoor Rowing Championships on Sunday, February 1, 2015. This event is open to all levels including those new to the sport of rowing! The race events will be split be age group and are 2000 meters in length. There will also be some fun events such as relays and a 500 meter race for the non-rower interested in participating. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments served.

The event will be held at he Winnipeg Rowing Club, located at 20 Lyndale Drive. Doors open at 7a.m. and weigh-ins begin at 7:30am. Racing starts at 8:30am, and there will be a $15 registration fee.

For more information, call 204.237.1690. The registration deadline is January 24, 2015.

Loch Inglis – A Manitoba Rowing Success Story

Loch Inglis, who has been rowing competitively for almost five years in Winnipeg, is currently gearing up for the Canadian National Rowing Championships on November 7th to 9th, in Victoria, B.C. Just coming off an impressive third place finish at the British Columbia Championships, Inglis is a contender for a strong finish. The competitive season has been busy for him this year, where he attended a Canadian U23 training camp in Victoria where he was coached by some of the best in the country. Loch also had a chance to train at a Row to Podium National camp, whereby Rowing Canada works with athletes to help them reach the national and international stage. Loch also competed at the RCA Spring Trials East, BC Championships and Royal Canadian Henley.

A full-time student at the University of Manitoba, Loch is often trying to find balance with his intense training regime and studies. With hopes of being invited to train at the National Development Centre, it is imperative for him to “work hard and keep an even keel,” Inglis remarks.

Winter training is intense with both dry-land training here at home, and various camps across Canada and the United States. Training environments are intense, and Loch finds the coaching to be extremely helpful.

Loch first started rowing in grade 12, when he was looking to try a new activity, and with his parents both past rowers, it was an easy fit. “Rowing is a fun, outdoor sport so it has something for everybody, whether you are a competitive athlete or looking for a recreational activity,” says Inglis.

The Manitoba Rowing Association wishes Loch a successful regatta in Victoria in November, and continued success and motivation throughout!

Notice of 2014 Annual General Meeting

Notice of MRA Annual General Meeting
November 29, 2014, 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 Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Sport for Life Centre – Conference Room B, 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

As 2014 is an “even year”, the following Board positions will start a new 2 year term: Vice President Administration, Vice President High Performance, 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 28, 2014. 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 28th. 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 7, 2014 on behalf of the MRA;

Andrea Katz
Executive Director
Manitoba Rowing Association

Manitoba Rowing Association Seeks Head Coach

The Manitoba Rowing Association is currently seeking a permanent, full-time Provincial Head Coach. Located in Winnipeg, the position will commence once a suitable candidate is determined. The application deadline for this position is 12 Noon Eastern Time, Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

The Manitoba Rowing Association is inviting applications from qualified coaches designated RCA Coach (former Level II equivalency) for the position of Provincial Coach.

The Provincial Coach’s primary responsibility is the recruitment and development of athletes for the Western Canada Summer Games and the Summer Games.

In 2017 Manitoba will host the Canada Summer Games and the MRA is looking for its best results ever.

The MRA is looking for an individual with exceptional communication skills and the ability to recruit and retain athletes. Part of the compensation package will reward the recruitment and retention of athletes in the form of a bonus.

The MRA has adopted Rowing Canada’s talent identification program Row to Podium and is enjoying excellent results from the effort. The successful coach will be expected to continue and build upon the program that was introduced in the past year.

If you have the certification, the communication skills and the track record of recruitment submit a covering letter and a resume to

For full job description details, please click on the below link:
Provincial Coach Job Description July 2014

Dragon Boat Racing in Support of the Canadian Cancer Society

The Manitoba Rowing Association is excited to be working with the Canadian Cancer Society for their September Challenge in Dragon Boat Racing. The September Challenge is the most unique dragon boat festival in western Canada, using the smaller 10 paddler “mini” dragon boats, and incorporating a fun and easy “u turn” in the race course! Not only is this a unique race, but it is also the MOST unique and fun way to raise money for the fight against cancer in Manitoba!

For more information or to register a team, please contact Andrea at the Manitoba Rowing Association office at or by calling 204.925.5653. To register a team today, please visit Cancer Care Manitoba

MRA & Red River Co-op’s Community Relations


The Manitoba Rowing Association is proud to announce a recent partnership with Red River Coop Winnipeg for the purchase of a new Hudson double boat for the high-performance stream of athletic development in Manitoba. Red River Co-op’s Community Relations Committee has provided a grant to the Manitoba Rowing Association for this new piece of equipment for amateur athletes in Manitoba. Red River Coop’s commitment to local community has allowed the athletes in Manitoba to train on some of the best equipment in our country, allowing them to strive further for their goals for the national and international stage.

To officially thank Red River Coop for their commitment to rowing and amateur sport in Manitoba, we will be having a ceremony to name the boat.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 10am
Location: Winnipeg Rowing Club, 20 Lyndale Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The boat will be at the boathouse for the official christening of the boat. The Manitoba Rowing Association President, Board members from the Red River Co-op Community Relations Committee and amateur athletes from the Manitoba Rowing Association will all be on hand for interview.

To RSVP to this event or to find our more details surrounding this media event, please contact Andrea Katz via email at