Welcome to the Manitoba Rowing Association! Here you will find everything you need to know about how you can get involved in the sport of rowing!

Rowing has a long and proud tradition in Winnipeg. Since 1881, athletes have been learning to row on the waters of the mighty Red River. Today, we support four clubs: two in Winnipeg (Winnipeg Rowing Club, Prairie Fire Rowing Club), one in Pinawa (Pinawa Rowing Club) and one in Kenora, Ontario (Kenora Rowing Club).

Whether you want to learn to row, join a recreational rower, or pursue competitively, you’ve come to the right place. The Manitoba Rowing Association will help guide you to the right program and club for you and your needs. The Manitoba Rowing Assocation supports the Provincial Team, which competes at the Canada Summer Games and the Western Canada Summer Games. In addition, we have a top-notch High Performance Program lead by 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, Janine Stephens. Our fleet of shells and experienced coaches will help you find your glide, so you can enter the sport at your own pace – and stay with it at whatever level you choose.

For more information on how to get started, please contact Andrea at the Manitoba Rowing Association at


2019 Western Canada Summer Games

The Western Canada Summer Games (WCSG) will bring 1700 athletes, coaches, officials, and mission staff to Swift Current for 10 days of competition. Rowing will take place from August 13 – 18, 2019, with races taking place on the 15, 16, 17. Team Manitoba selection for the 2019 WCSG will ensure the athletes attending the Games will have a positive experience in both their training and racing.


The technical package for the 2019 WCSG can be found here.This document outlines the eligibility requirements for athletes at the Games. Rowers and coxswains must:
– Be under 19 years of age as of Dec 31, 2019 – born in 2001 or later
– Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent resident of Canada
– Be a member in good standing with MRA and RCA
– Abide by the rules of the MRA and the WCSG Code of Conduct
– Be living in Manitoba for 180 days before the Games

Teams will be limited to a maximum of 8 men, 8 women, plus 2 coxswains of either sex for a total of 18 athletes. Any athlete who has held a Senior card (as defined by Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program) prior to May 1, 2019 will not be eligible to compete at the Western Canada Summer Games.

Men’s Events
Single Scull (M1x)
Double Sculls (M2x)
Pair (M2-)
Four (M4-)
Quadruple Sculls (M4x)
Eight with coxswain (M8+)

Women’s Events:

Single Scull (W1x)
Double Sculls (W2x)
Pair (W2-)
Four (W4-)
Quadruple Sculls (W4x)
Eight with coxswain (W8+)

Each province will have a maximum of one entry per event. The race distance at Lake Pelletier, SK is 2000m. The minimum weight for coxswains is 45kg for all events.

Any athletes wanting to be considered for selection to the 2019 Western Canada Games Rowing Team must:
– Meet the eligibility requirements outlined above
– Submit a letter of intent to the MRA Executive Director by mail or email by May 18, 2019.
– Sign and abide by the MRA Code of Conduct
– Parents or guardians of athletes under the age of 18 must also sign Code of Conduct
– Be a member in good standing of their home club, the Manitoba Rowing Association, and Rowing Canada Aviron
– Complete and submit at least one 2000m ergometer test between April 1, 2019 and May 18, 2019, where women must achieve a time of 8:40 or faster, and men must achieve a time of 7:40 or faster

*Note that all 2000m tests submitted for the purposes of WCSG selection must be supervised by and submitted by one of the following coaches: Rae Bath, Ed Kornachuk, or Janine Stephens.

– Once invited, attend all WCSG spring selection camps:

  • Weekend 1 of WCSG team selection trials: May 3-5 in Winnipeg
  • Weekend 2 of WCSG team selection trials: May 24-26 (TBD)
  • Weekend 3 of WCSG team selection/final trials: June 8 (Regina Sprints)
  • Attend Team Manitoba events and regattas which may include the following:
    • Regina Sprints and Tops & Bottoms.
    • Attend Team Manitoba’s Drug Education session – if offered

Manitoba Rowing will also consider the following when selecting a team and crews for the 2019 WCSG:

– Commitment to the training program
– Approach the training and racing with a positive attitude (which includes communicating respectfully with teammates and coaches)

– Performance in on water time trials
– Attendance at the above training camps and regattas
– Ergometer Scores

If you have questions about any of the selection requirements, please contact Janine Stephens via email at

Boat Selection
Crew combinations for the Games will be at the discretion of the Western Canada Summer Games coaching staff, who will consider the following criteria:
– Performance at May and June weekend selection camps
– Commitment and attitude towards training and racing
– Individual skill
– Crew dynamics
– Adaptability
– Performance in various crew combinations
– 2000m ergometer score and erg workout completions

Selection of the team members (9 men and 9 women) will be decided and published no later than June 11, 2019. Crews will be named by July 15, 2019.

The coaching staff may decide to name up to four alternates (two of each gender) to the Western Canada Summer Games team. These athletes will be named on June 11 along with team members. If a selected team member suffers an injury, is dismissed, withdraws from the team, or for any other reason is unable to compete at the Games, an alternate will fill their spot at practices and at the WCSG Regatta. The first alternate will be called up to the team. If a second athlete from the selected team can not participate in the Games for a similar reason, the second alternate will be called up. Alternates will be held to the same expectations as full team members (including but not limited to conduct, form submissions, etc.). The named alternates will not travel to the Games, unless needed.

Special Circumstances
In the rare case of illness, injury, or other extenuating circumstance where an athlete is unable to meet the requirements of this selection criteria, please advise the MRA Executive Director in writing as soon as possible. In the case of medical or illness, a medical report from a doctor must be submitted.

Any team member not acting in accordance with the Team Manitoba Code of Conduct will be subject to a disciplinary hearing by the Team Manitoba Coaching Staff and Manitoba Rowing Association Board of Directors. The team member will be subject to disciplinary action based on the severity of the infraction. These disciplinary actions may include (but are not limited to) verbal or written warning, written reprimand, suspension, and/or dismissal from the team.

Any athlete wishing to appeal a selection decision must do so in writing within 24 hours of the decision being posted. Appeals can be sent via email to Andrea Katz, the MRA Executive Director at Appeals will be reviewed by an appeal committee and a decision will be rendered within 72 hours of receiving the appeal. Decisions of the appeal committee shall be final.

The coaching team will be making the final team selection of athletes, boats, and crew assignments. The intention is that all athletes have a positive experience both in training and in racing at the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.

2017 Canada Summer Games

The 2017 Canada Summer Games were held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from July 28 to August 14, 2017. The Canada Summer Games occur every four years, and are aimed to introduce athletes to a national level competition in a multi-sport games environment. The Canada Summer Games are meant to develop athletes, coaches, and officials to their potential, or to serve as step along the pathway to a U-23 or Senior National Team.

Manitoba Rowing sends a maximum of 30 athletes to the Canada Summer Games:

  • 14 athletes of each gender, plus:
  • two coxswains of either gender


To be eligible to compete at any Western or Canada Summer Games, rowing athletes must be under 19 years of age in the year in which the Games are held. To be eligible for the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games, this means each athlete must be born no earlier than January 1, 2001 (this ruling also applies to coxswains).

The athlete must show dedication to the training program, and must be members in Good Standing of one of the following rowing clubs:

All athletes wishing to try out for any Western or Canada Summer Games Team(s) must express interest to Andrea Katz, Executive Director of the Manitoba Rowing Association with approval from their program and/or club Head Coach.


Training fees for the Western Canada Summer Games team are as follows:

$500 per athlete living in Winnipeg, $350 per athlete living in Kenora.

The above fee is due by October 23, 2018. This fee includes all training camps, coaching and programming put forth by Janine Stephens and the Manitoba Rowing Association starting in the Fall of 2018 until the Western Canada Summer Games are completed. This does NOT include your uni suits nor your walk-out uniform. Those additional fees will be due closer to the WCSG when the team selection is finalized. These fees are non-refundable nor do they guarantee your spot on the team. For more information on selection, please see the Eligibilty requirements in this section.

Important Dates

Feb 1 – 3, 2019: Winnipeg – Sunday, Feb 3 – Winnipeg Indoor Rowing Championships (Cost: $15)
Mar 11 – 15: Ontario Spring Break – potential training camp in Kenora. TBD.
March 25 – 29: Manitoba Spring Break – Potential introduction to rowing camp to occur. TBD.
April 26 – 28: Training Camp in Kenora. Transportation for athletes to Kenora TBD.
May 3 – 5: Training Camp in Winnipeg
May 24 – 26: Saturday – one day will be small boat selection, one day big boat selection.
June 7 – 9: Regina Sprints / Final Selection
June 8 – 9: Regina Sprints – Rowing Canada Junior National Team Selection Identification Regatta – in 1x and 2
**Selection must be done before June 12, 2019 because coaching staff will be away with athletes at the National Team Selection Regatta from June 12 – 20, 2019.

Regatta Dates – TBC:
June 8, 2019: Regina Sprints
June 16: Mantario
July 13 or 20: Duluth
July 27: Tops & Bottoms, Kenora, ON
August 6 – 11: Royal Canadian Henley Regatta – St. Catherine’s, Ontario
August 13 – 18: Western Canada Summer Games: Swift Current, SK. *If parents are interested in hotel bookings, please speak with Alicia Murray
August 17: Racing in Kenora, for those not at WCS

August 23 – 24: Northwest International Regatta (NWIRA)


The Manitoba Rowing Association currently supports a High Performance training group under the direction of High Performance Coach and past Olympian Janine Stephens. The program supports athletes capable of representing Manitoba and Canada at highest levels. Our program has produced several National Champions, National Team members, Olympians and Olympic Medalists.

The training group is compromised of athletes from across Manitoba and Kenora who hitting our identified High Performance Standards.


The Training Camps for the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games Team are as follows:

Sept 14 – 16, 2018: Kickoff Training Camp in Winnipeg
Nov 23 – 25: Training Camp in Winnipeg
Mar 11 – 15, 2019: Ontario Spring Break. Potential Training Camp in Kenora TBD.
March 25 – 29: Manitoba Spring Break. Potential Training Camp in Winnipeg TBD.
April 26 – 28: Training Camp In Kenora
May 3 – 5: Training Camp in Winnipeg

Regatta Dates:

Feb 3: Indoor Rowing Championships
June 8: Regina Sprints – RCA Junior Identification Regatta
June 16: Mantario
July 27: Tops & Bottoms – Kenora
August 6-11: Royal Canadian Henley Regatta
Aug 13-18: Western Canada Summer Games
Aug 23-24: Northwest International Regatta (NWIRA)


Athletes participating in MRA activities are requested to read and understand the following documents:

MRA Code of conduct
MRA Training Criteria