Manitoba Rowing Association

The Manitoba Rowing Association is the provincial governing body for the sport of Rowing in the province. The MRA was incorporated in 1981, to foster the development of more rowing clubs in Manitoba and coordinate the needs of the growing rowing community. We are governed by a Constitution and By-laws overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, and are a member of our National Association – Rowing Canada Aviron.

The Manitoba Rowing Association is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization, comprised of about 350 members and 3 individual clubs throughout the province.


The Manitoba Rowing Association leads performance excellence and promotes sport for life by developing and sustaining rowing in all its forms.


Our Manitoba rowing community will work together in leading, guiding and organizing program and athlete excellence.


• Safety is of the utmost importance
• Create and maintain a positive environment for all rowers regardless of ability or participation
• Pursue excellence in rowing
• Ensure honesty, fairness and integrity in the rowing community


  • Manages the relationship between Sport MB and member rowing clubs.
    • Sport Manitoba establishes program guidelines and objectives for all provincial sports.
    • Provincial sports are rewarded with provincial funding grants based on their performance.
    • The MRA works with member clubs to align their programs to Sport MB guidelines to maximize provincial funding
    • The MRA also takes care of all administration to apply and process Sport MB grants.
    • The major components of provincial funding are based on:
      • Number of competitive members in the youth to age 23 group.
      • Number of medals won throughout the year.
      • Number of active programs in the province.
  • Manages the relationship between Rowing Canada and member rowing clubs.
    • Rowing Canada provides strategic guidance to Canadian clubs
      • For program development
      • For coaching development
      • For Individual athlete development
      • For Official development
    • Rowing Canada also provides governance guidelines for Canadian Rowing
  • Provides funding support for a provincial coach for member clubs through Sport MB Funding
    • High Level coaching is provided to member clubs to:
      • Design programs that meet Sport MB & Rowing Canada guidelines
      • Develop athletes that will feed into national team programs
      • Achieve medal wins for Sport MB `Own the Podium` programs.
      • Achieve results to qualify for yearly Sport MB funding grants.
  • Provides Governance for Rowing Clubs, Coaches, Officials and Athletes.
    • Deliver specific programs to develop coaches and officials.



Peter Vilks

Past President

Kelly Malcolmson

Vice President Administration

Sandra Kirby

Vice President of High Performance

Andrew Lamont

Vice President Domestic



Kirk Vilks

Members at Large

Rianne Boekhorst

Athlete Representative/Member at Large



Kenora Rowing Club

Jennifer Findlay

Pinawa Rowing Club

Peter Vilks

Prairie Fire Rowing Club

Ruth Marr

Winnipeg Rowing Club

Tom Pundyk


Below are Approved Manitoba Rowing Association Policies. For any additional information, please contact the MRA office via email at

Bingo Policy
Concussion Policy
Financial Policy
MRA Conflict of Interest Policy
MRA Constitution
MRA Membership Policy
MRA Safe Sport Manual
MRA Selection Policy – Team and Coach
MRA Training Criteria Winter 2023-24
Privacy Policy
Respect in Sport Policy
RFP Bid Policy
Social Media Guidelines
Transgender Policy
Travel & Accommodation Expenditure Policy
Travel & Behaviour Policy


The MRA and RCA believe that everyone in rowing has the right to enjoy the sport at all levels of participation. Athletes, coaches, officials, umpires, and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment, or discrimination – collectively referred to as maltreatment.

MRA and RCA believe the welfare of everyone involved in the sport is a foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children/athletes in the sport is the responsibility of each individual and member of the rowing community.

Individuals who are experiencing or are aware of any forms of maltreatment should connect with the support services listed below to gain advice on how to proceed.

The Safe Sport Line

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, harassment, bullying or hazing in sport, and you need someone to talk to, call the safe sport line: 1-833-656-SAFE (7233).

Add the Safe Sport Line to your phone’s contacts with this phone number: 1-833-656-SAFE (7233), and email address so you can have it at the ready if you’re ever in a situation you don’t know how to handle.

For more information, visit

If you require assistance or would like to talk to a trained professional about a suspected incident of child abuse Click here to find the Manitoba child welfare agencies. If you suspect a child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or your local police.

Independent Third Party for Rowing in Canada

RCA knows how important it can be to provide a safe and secure way of reporting issues that are impacting an individual directly or that they have become aware of. As required by Sport Canada, RCA has enlisted the services of an Independent Third Party, Lise MacLean of Wiser Workplaces.

A Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) with nearly twenty years of experience as a human resources consultant, manager and executive in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors, Lise Maclean is a certified Workplace Investigator and is currently a member of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada Investigation Unit and the HRPA Discipline Committee.

Lise is a highly trained and skilled professional equipped to deal with Safe Sport issues with sensitivity and in confidence. She is able to review, advise and refer issues for further action independently of RCA. If you wish to connect with Lise, you may contact her through the Canadian Sport Helpline or directly at +1 (613) 404-2000 or

Contact RCA if you want to learn more.


Safe Sport Manual
Coaching Association of Canada Safe Sport Training