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 – the development team – raced in Scotland and Lithuania and won some medals at the Commonwealth Regatta in Scotland.
  • 2007 – 5th at World Championships and Qualified an entry in the Women’s Quad Sculls event for Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. That qualifies the country, not the people in the boat.
  • 2008 – 5th – World Cup 3 in double
  • 2008 – 8th at the Beijing Olympic Games in Women’s Quad
  • 2010 – 2nd at World Cup 3, 2nd at World Championships
  • 2011 – 2nd at World Cup 3, 2nd at World Championships
  • 2012 – 1st – World Cup 3

End of Competitive Career

Janine finished off her competitive Rowing Career with a Silver Medal in the Women’s 8+ at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

In January 2013, Janine moved back to Winnipeg. In the past almost 5 years, she has taken on the role of President of the Winnipeg Rowing Club, and has been a Board Member for Sport Manitoba. In the time spent back in the sport and rowing community in Winnipeg, Janine realized she had a real passion for coaching and helping athletes to reach their full potential, and in turn, took on the role of Head Coach for the Manitoba Rowing Association in May of 2017.

Janine has a  very hands-on learning approach for her athletes which is helpful for her as she works to improve her coaching abilities. Feeling the athlete’s movements in the boat and their tendencies can be helpful both for the athletes and for Janine as she is constantly thinking about what she does and or thinks about during the stroke, then can relay that to the athletes with another variation on how they can better learn and grow as rowers.

Janine has  had a very positive effect on the rowing community and athletes in Manitoba. As she continues down the coaching path, she hopes she can grow the sport and help many more athletes achieve what she never even dreamed she could.


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.

3 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

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


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Coaches are mentors, motivators and leaders. Along with parents and teachers, coaches have a profound impact on the future of our children. It’s a great responsibility, and Canada’s two million coaches embrace it with passion and dedication.

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) gives coaches the confidence to succeed. When you take an NCCP workshop, you’ll not only gain sport-specific technical abilities, but also leadership and decision-making skills.

NCCP training will open doors to new opportunities in coaching and in life.

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Additional workshop information as well as sport nutrition tips, coaching resources and more are available at


2020 Events

The Winnipeg Indoor Rowing Championships is set to take place on Sunday, February 2 at the Winnipeg Rowing Club, located at 20 Lyndale Drive. Please stay tuned for more information closer to the date!

The Coast to Coast Indoor Rowing Day is set to take place Saturday, February 22. More information to follow on this nation-wide event.

2019 – 20 Manitoba Rowing Association Athlete Testing

For more information on athlete testing for MRA athletes, please contact Janine Stephens directly via email at