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


2021 Canada Games

The 2021 Canada Games have officially been postponed due to COVID-19, to August 6 – 21, 2022. The Games will take place in Niagara. For more information about the postponement, including the Host Society Frequently Asked Questions, please see here.

The Manitoba Rowing Association continues to be excited to be a part of this national Games, with the team to be coached by Janine Stephens. The plans for team selection and training will include having more athletes to select from so that all athletes are pushed and have to step up to be selected. All the athletes from 2019 are now motivated to keep training in the hopes of going to 2022, which is three times as many people already training for 2022 compared to the number of athletes from 2015 who were training for 2017. We are MILES ahead!

More information for the training and fees will be available shortly.


Typically, to be eligible to compete at Canada Summer Games, rowing athletes must be under 19 years of age in the year in which the Games are held. Due to the postponement of the 2021 Games to 2022, things have changed to allow those who would have been age eligible for 2021 to remain age eligible for the 2022 Games. To be eligible for the 2022 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 Canada Summer Games Team(s) must officially express interest to the Executive Director of the Manitoba Rowing Association with approval from their program and/or club Head Coach.

The 2022 Canada Games Selection Document is available here.

The 2022 Canada Games Technical Package is available here.

Specific training schedule and fees will be announced in Spring 2021.

Fees and training schedule for the 2022 Canada Games training squad will be available in January, 2021.

Important Dates & Regattas:

All training camps and regatta dates will be announced in Spring of 2021.


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 2022 Canada Summer Games Team:

Training Camps for the 2022 Canada Games will commence in the Fall of 2021. Please stay tuned for more information.

Regatta Dates:

TBD for 2021


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

2022 Board Approved Canada Games Selection Document
MRA Code of conduct
MRA Training Criteria 2020
Travel & Behaviour Policy


Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. Since the circumstances under which a concussion can be sustained are so varied, it’s important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs. Our organization is committed to increased education, awareness, and established protocols that will assist you in gaining the knowledge and skills required ensuring the safety of your athletes. We can all work together to ensure a safe sport environment.