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Rowing Canada Aviron – Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is pleased to provide an update to the membership and stakeholders on the National Training Centre – Request for Proposal process.

RCA launched a Request for Proposal for the 2020 National Training Centre (NTC) in May 2018. A total of five formal proposals were submitted to the NTC Project Committee in September as outlined in the Request for Proposal (RFP).

The NTC Project Committee reviewed all submissions, conducted site visits, and will manage the final selection of the primary site for RCA’s National Training Centre. The process has been a collaborative and iterative process with continual dialogue between the committee and site teams.

“This process has reflected well our vision to be a leading nation in rowing, and our purpose to grow and develop through rowing,” said NTC committee chair Jennifer Walinga. “We truly are united by water. Through this process we have been reminded of what rowing can teach: discipline, challenge, partnership, understanding, and collaborative problem solving.”  

The committee will make a recommendation to the RCA Board of Directors as to the selected site for final approval by the end of November with a final decision rendered by the board in December.

A formal announcement on the final NTC site selection will be issued in January 2019.

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WORLD ROWING COASTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
 SUCCESS IN SIDNEY
photo credit: Sandy McElroy

Over 400 international competitors from over 24 countries gathered in Sidney, BC to compete in the first ever World Coastal Rowing Championships held in North America. 

The A finals were streamed live and raced over a six-kilometre course beginning with a beach start followed by five buoy turns, and a beach finish. Olympian and Sidney resident Julien Bahain not only served as Regatta Director for the event, but won gold with his rowing partner and brother-in-law, Mitchel Steenman.

“It was bigger than what we expected,” said Bahain. “It was a good surprise for everyone and definitely brought some awareness of the sport.”

Congratulations to Regatta Director, Julien Bahain, Event Operations Director, Brenda Taylor, and Regatta Manager, Marla Weston, the entire organizing committee and all the volunteers for a very successful event.

One of the goals of the event is to leave a legacy of equipment to support the development of coastal rowing in BC, Canada and North America. 

Please contact Charles@eurodiffusions.com for more information.

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NOMINATE FOR THE 2018 RCA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The RCA Annual Excellence Awards is a prestigious event celebrating the outstanding achievements and contributions of our best volunteers, coaches and clubs. Your final opportunity to nominate a deserving coach, volunteer or club is November 15, 2018. The event will be held at the 2019 RCA National Conference in Calgary, AB on January 26, 2019.
Please click on the links below to submit a nomination:

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Canadian Women’s Pair 
2018 World Rowing Award Finalists

Congratulations to Hillary Janssens and Caileigh Filmer named 2018 World Rowing Award Finalists! Hillary and Caileigh had an outstanding season in the Women’s Pair winning Gold at World Cup I in Belgrade followed by a Silver medal at World Cup 3 in Lucerne. Janssens and Filmer capped off their season with a new World Championship title, defeating the reigning World Champions and world best time holders Prendergast and Gowler of New Zealand. 

“Caileigh and I are honoured to be named finalists as there were many phenomenal crews and performances this year,” said Janssens this week. “We are very proud to have earned this recognition for not only ourselves, but our entire team, organization, and country. We are truly grateful for everyone who supported us and played a part in our success this year.”

The winners will be announced on Friday November 23rd at the World Rowing Awards dinner in Berlin, Germany. 

Women’s Crew of the Year Finalists:

Caileigh Filmer, Hillary Janssens, Canada, Women’s pair
Sanita Puspure, Ireland, Women’s single sculls
Agnieszka Kobus-Zawojska, Marta Wieliczko, Maria Springwald, Katarzyna Zillmann, Poland, Women’s quadruple sculls
 

AWARD FINALISTS
 
CANADA AT YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

Congratulations to Grace VandenBroek (Drouro-Dummer/Peterborough Rowing Club/Trent University) finishing 12th overall in the Youth Olympic Games junior women’s single sculls event after finishing fourth in the C final in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Her time of 1:52:30 was the 14th fastest of the 24 rowers in the six final rounds.

Grace caps off an impressive season of international events, including the U23 World Championships in Poland and World Junior Championships in Czech Republic. Grace was supported at the Youth Olympic Games by RCA NextGen Coach Lead, Carol Love. 

The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people all over the world. The sports programme is based on that of the Olympic Games, with 28 sports featured on the summer programme.

The rowing events include men’s and women’s single sculls and pairs. The course had 4 lanes with a race distance of 500m. 

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