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.

Head of the Red Regatta – September 26


The Winnipeg Rowing Club and Manitoba Rowing Association are joining together to host an annual racing tradition in downtown Winnipeg. “Head of the Red” welcomes local athletes and visiting teams to compete on the Red River.

Head of the Red Regatta
Saturday, September 26
Racing begins @ 9:00am

Winnipeg Rowing Club @ 20 Lyndale Drive
**Come out and watch the races – no charge!**

After a summer of sprint racing in the rowing world, with courses varying from 500-2000 meters, ‘head races’ start up in the fall. These competitions consist of longer, slower distances, ranging from 4000-6000 meters. The Head of the Red – named after the Red River – offers a 6000 meter course.

In order to make the regatta more spectator-friendly… for the first time, the Head of the Red will be raced over three loops – each loop 2km long. Races will start and finish at the same point – beside the Winnipeg Rowing Club docks – and competitors will depart at 30-second intervals.

“On a normal 6000 meter course that races from end to end, you only see the boats for a short time when they pass you. So we decided to make this year’s regatta more fun to watch by designing the course in loops,” says Steven Taylor, head coach of the Winnipeg Rowing Club. “Each stretch is essentially 1000 meters long, so in one race, you’ll see each boat pass by six times. It should make for an exciting day of races.”

Awards will be presented to the fastest crews in each category, and prize money awarded to the overall fastest male and female scullers in single boats.

Members of the public are invited to come out and watch the races – no charge! The best vantage point for viewing will be from the deck overlooking the river at the Winnipeg Rowing Club. You will also get a great view from the Lyndale Drive park just south of the Winnipeg Rowing Club, from anywhere on the Norwood Bridge, or from either shore near the bridge. Racing begins at 9:00am, and will finish by 3:00pm.


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!

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!