End of Competitive Career
Janine finished off her competitive Rowing Career with a Silver Medal in the Women’s 8+ at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
In January 2013, Janine moved back to Winnipeg. In the past almost 5 years, she has taken on the role of President of the Winnipeg Rowing Club, been a Board Member for Sport Manitoba, and has been helping to coach some of the high-performance athletes or fill in for coaches when needed. It was in those fill in sessions, that Janine realized she had a real passion for coaching and helping athletes to reach their full potential.
In May, Janine took over the role of Head Coach for Manitoba Rowing and her first major task was to select and lead a team through the 2017 Canada Summer Games, a home games, with the Rowing being held in Kenora. She has a big job ahead of her and was ready for the challenge. While working with the Games team, Janine also has other National Team hopeful athletes that she was working with as well. She was balancing the practices and athletes with varying skills and speeds to make everyone faster and bring up the level of rowing in Manitoba.
The Canada Games team ended up with 19 athletes which made up 10 different crews. She brought with her the experience of having raced at the Canada Games, her positive energy, and her desire to give these kids the best experience possible. When asked, medals weren’t the goal, but enjoying the
sport and getting the most out of the athletes was what she wanted. At the Games, they had the best overall finish, we think ever, for team Manitoba Rowers, and everyone had a great experience. They finished with 1 Gold and 2 Bronze Medals, and 6 top 5 finishes.
The following week after the Games, was getting to the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta with the 5 top athletes who would be racing in various events and boat classes. At that regatta, they got some very good results, again wanting to focus on the process. With this group, they were able to focus a bit more on the racing itself. If the athletes put everything they practice into the race, the results would take care of themselves. They did.
These were the results:
- Open Women’s Pair – 2nd and 3rd
- Open Women’s Four – 2nd
- Open Women’s Quad – Gold
Since August, there has been a group of 8 athletes who have been training for the National Rowing Championships. Six of them have qualified to go and race, representing Manitoba. Janine has been working lots with them and even gets in the boat to row with them to give them some more of a chance to feel the boat and the athlete’s movements. It is a very hands-on learning opportunity for her athletes and helpful for her as she works to improve her coaching abilities. Feeling the athlete’s movements in the boat and their tendencies can be helpful both for the athletes and for Janine as she is constantly thinking about what she does and or thinks about during the stroke, then can relay that to the athletes with another variation on how they can better learn and grow as rowers.
Janine has already had a positive effect on the rowing community and athletes in Manitoba. As she continues down the coaching path, she hopes she can grow the sport and help many more athletes achieve what she never even dreamed she could.