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Coaches named to 2020 Rowing Canada Aviron NextGen teams

The coaches selected to work with RCA’s 2020 NextGen World Championship, CanAmMex and FISU teams have been named.
 
The coaching team selected for the 2020 World Rowing Senior, U23, and Junior Championships and Senior Non-Olympic Tour programs consists of Carol Love (RCA NextGen HUB Lead Coach/Trent University/Peterborough Rowing Club), Dane Lawson (RCA NextGen HUB Coach/University of Western Ontario), Greg Szybka (RCA NextGen HUB Coach/Brock University), Isolda Penney (Victoria City Rowing Club), Janine Stephens (Manitoba Rowing Association)*, Maksym Kepskyy (RCA NextGen HUB Coach, University of British Columbia), Pat Cody (Row Nova Scotia), and Samantha Heron (RCA NextGen HUB Coach, University of Victoria).
 
The 2020 CanAmMex team will be coached by Katie Bruggeling (Queen’s University/Kingston Rowing Club)**, Lisa Kates (University of Calgary), Mary Rao (Brock University/St. Catharines Rowing Club) and Zachary Lewis (Ottawa Rowing Club/University of Ottawa).
 
Finally, the coaches for the 2020 FISU team will be Bob Ward (University of Western Ontario) and Mark Williams (University of Toronto). Lisa Kates and Zachary Lewis have been named as additional coaches pending team size.
 
“We are excited by the calibre of the coaches who expressed interested in supporting the 2020 RCA NextGen program,” said Chuck McDiarmid, RCA NextGen Program Lead. “We have a number of returning coaches with international experience, as well as some new faces taking their first steps along the High Performance Coaching Pathway. We have some unique opportunities this year to create dynamic coaching environments, and we are looking forward to working with these coaches to develop exciting training opportunities for athletes that allow them to achieve their performance goals.”
 
Final assignment of crews to coaches will be made after selection events. Coaches may also be added or removed if deemed necessary to optimally support athletes and performance environments.
 
2020 NextGen Coaching Announcement

2020 World Rowing Senior, U23, and Junior Championships and Senior Non-Olympic Tour  
Carol Love RCA NextGen HUB Lead Coach/Trent University/Peterborough Rowing Club
Dane Lawson RCA NextGen HUB Coach/University of Western Ontario
Greg Szybka RCA NextGen HUB Coach/Brock University
Isolda Penney Victoria City Rowing Club
Janine Stephens* Manitoba Rowing Association
Makysym Kepskyy RCA NextGen HUB Coach/University of British Columbia
Pat Cody Row Nova Scotia
Samantha Heron RCA NextGen HUB Coach/University of Victoria
2020 CanAmMex Team  
Katie Bruggeling** Queen’s University/Kingston Rowing Club
Lisa Kates University of Calgary
Mary Rao Brock University/St. Catharines Rowing Club
Zachary Lewis Ottawa Rowing Club/University of Ottawa
2020 FISU Team  
Bob Ward University of Western Ontario
Mark Williams University of Toronto
Lisa Kates (additional, pending team size) University of Calgary
Zachary Lewis (additional, pending team size) Ottawa Rowing Club/University of Ottawa

 
*Pending finalization of agreement with Manitoba Rowing Association
**Pending approval by Queen’s University/Kingston Rowing Club

Photo: Merijn Soeters