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, been a Board Member for Sport Manitoba, and has been helping to coach some of the high-performance athletes or fill in for coaches when needed. It was in those fill in sessions, that Janine realized she had a real passion for coaching and helping athletes to reach their full potential.

In May, Janine took over the role of Head Coach for Manitoba Rowing and her first major task was to select and lead a team through the 2017 Canada Summer Games, a home games, with the Rowing being held in Kenora. She has a big job ahead of her and was ready for the challenge. While working with the Games team, Janine also has other National Team hopeful athletes that she was working with as well. She was balancing the practices and athletes with varying skills and speeds to make everyone faster and bring up the level of rowing in Manitoba.

The Canada Games team ended up with 19 athletes which made up 10 different crews. She brought with her the experience of having raced at the Canada Games, her positive energy, and her desire to give these kids the best experience possible. When asked, medals weren’t the goal, but enjoying the
sport and getting the most out of the athletes was what she wanted. At the Games, they had the best overall finish, we think ever, for team Manitoba Rowers, and everyone had a great experience. They finished with 1 Gold and 2 Bronze Medals, and 6 top 5 finishes.

The following week after the Games, was getting to the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta with the 5 top athletes who would be racing in various events and boat classes. At that regatta, they got some very good results, again wanting to focus on the process. With this group, they were able to focus a bit more on the racing itself. If the athletes put everything they practice into the race, the results would take care of themselves. They did.

These were the results:

  • Open Women’s Pair – 2nd and 3rd
  • Open Women’s Four – 2nd
  • Open Women’s Quad – Gold

Since August, there has been a group of 8 athletes who have been training for the National Rowing Championships. Six of them have qualified to go and race, representing Manitoba. Janine has been working lots with them and even gets in the boat to row with them to give them some more of a chance to feel the boat and the athlete’s movements. It is a very hands-on learning opportunity for her athletes and 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 already had a 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.

The Model of Rowing Canada Aviron’s Coach Pathways is up to date for the year of 2017.

Think you’d like to become a Rowing Canada Aviron Certified Coach?

  1.  Contact MRA Executive Director Andrea Katz to express your interest!
  2. Register with the Coaching Association of Canada.
  3. Visit Sport Manitoba’s site here to learn about the coaching pathway in Manitoba.


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

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2018 Events

We are excited to announce our first ever Manitoba Rowing Association Spring Break Camp!

This camp is geared towards males and females in grades 9 – 12. Never rowed before? No problem! We want to show you why rowing is such an amazing sport!

Lead by Head Coach and Olympic Medalist, Janine Stephens, you can come to the Winnipeg Rowing Club and see what it’s like to be a rower. Of course we’re not on the water just yet, but we promise a fun and active morning.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday and/or Thursday, March 27 and/or March 29, 2018. Feel free to come to one or both days.

Time: 9am – 12pm

Location: Winnipeg Rowing Club, 20 Lyndale Drive in Winnipeg

What to Bring: Workout clothes including runners. Whatever you feel comfortable in!

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased for $8 (per day) by following THIS link!

Have more questions? Feel free to email us anytime at

Can’t wait to getting rowing with YOU!

2018 Manitoba Rowing Association Athlete Testing

Testing Events:
Radar Week of Testing: March 20 – 24, 2018
2 Km Test: Saturday, June 2, 2018