“The donation of the two boats from Red River Co-op to the Manitoba Rowing Association has been greatly appreciated by both the athletes and coaches alike. Having this boat as part of our training and competing has allowed us to perform to the best of our ability. In high level competition the quality of the equipment plays a key role in the outcome of a race, and we were thankful to be able to row the Red River Co-op. With much of our time and energy going towards the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of training, this donation is not something we will soon take for granted.
We were able to take these boats with us to both provincial and national level competitions including the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, which includes competition from across Canada and the United States, as well as the National Rowing Championships. Of course, they were also featured at the most recent Canada Summer Games which was hosted in Winnipeg. The impact of such a gesture reaches beyond the results and has helped create an environment where we learn about hard work, pushing limits, encouraging teammates, and constantly striving for excellence not only in rowing but character development as well. The Red River Co-op boats will continue to be an asset for current and future athletes with the Manitoba Rowing Association.”
Kaelyn Gauthier, Manitoba Rowing Association, High Performance Athlete