Janine Stephens

Provincial Head Coach

Competitive Career

  • Started rowing in 2000
  • 2001 – Canada Summer Games – Women’s 2x – Bronze, Women’s 8+ – Bronze
  • 2002 – 2006 – Rowed for the University of Michigan while getting her BSc in Kinesiology and Movement Science.
  • 2005 – Won Gold at Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in the U23 Women’s Double
  • 2006 – First year on the National team
  • 2007 – 5th at World Championships
  • 2008 – 5th at World Cup 3 in double
  • 2008 – 8th at the Beijing Olympic Games in Women’s Quad
  • 2010 – 2nd at World Cup 3 & World Championships
  • 2011 – 2nd at World Cup 3 & World Championships
  • 2012 – Silver Medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Coaching Profile

Since returning to her hometown of Winnipeg, Janine has been heavily involved in the Manitoba rowing community. Through these experiences, coupled with her athletic career, Janine realized her real passion for coaching. Janine has been Head Coach for the Manitoba Rowing Association in 2017.

Janine is a fully certified RCA Performance Coach and an Advanced Coaching Diploma student of the NCCP – National Coaching Certification Program. She is a Chartered Professional Coach and a coach mentor with Sport Manitoba.

As a coach, Janine’s Vision is to create a safe and enjoyable space for people to learn life-skills through rowing, to be successful people and athletes.

Janine’s Mission as a coach is to use rowing as a mechanism to draw out the best in others by instilling in them the importance of being yourself, of working hard to achieve a goal and of cooperating with others to find the best version of you.

Values for coaches and athletes in her high-performance program:

I will come to have fun.

I will show respect for others through my actions, words, and attitudes.

I will commit to showing up, to working hard and to self-improvement.

I will believe in myself and the goals I set.


The goal of the Manitoba Rowing (MRA) developing a base of qualified National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certified coaches to support rowing in the Province of Manitoba. The MRA has a long standing tradition of developing coaches to the highest level of competition as well as pioneers in coaching mentorship and development. Please see our Coaching Development Structure for more information. We are supported by Sport ManitobaCoaching ManitobaCanadian Sport Centre Manitoba and the Sports Medicine Council of Manitoba.

Every rowing coach in Manitoba and Canada must complete the Every Coach Certified Requirements of Rowing Canada Aviron prior to coaching at any level.

4 Steps to Get Started on Your Coaching Pathway

  1. Create a profile with RCA – RCA Web Registration System
  2. Register with Coaching Association of Canada – The Locker
  3. Complete the Every Coach Certified requirements – Every Coach Certified
  4. Complete the Respect In Sport certification – Respect In Sport – Sport Manitoba

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the MRA Executive Director Alli Gervais.

Coach Respect in Sport certification and screening proudly supported by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.


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