The University of Alberta Rowing Club was founded in 1981, as a branch of the Edmonton Rowing Club. In the fall of 2005 an eight was named in honour of the club’s first president, Dr. Jerry Leonard. The mission of the club is to provide the opportunity for University of Alberta student-athletes to participate, train and compete in the sport of rowing, at all levels, from novice to high-performance, during the scholastic year. In 2004 the club re-invented itself as the University of Alberta Rowing Team in order to better position itself for acceptance as a bona fide team by the Univeristy of Alberta Athletics Department. Currently, the club still operates under the auspices of University of Alberta Campus Recreation, as a competitive club. The University of Alberta Rowing Team is an active partner in helping the Canadian University Rowing Association (CURA) and Rowing Canada Avrion (RCA) strive for full-sanctioned status as a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).
University of Alberta Rowing Team membership is limited to full-time University of Alberta students with a valid university ID. The club is active during the scholastic year, with on-water competition during the fall season. During the relatively short fall season, athletes compete at several regattas under the university banner, including the Head of the North Saskatchewan, Prairie University Championships, Head of the Weasel, Head of the Elk, Head of the Gorge and Canadian University Rowing Championships. During the winter months, off-water ergometer, weights and tanks sessions help develop the important foundation for speed in upcoming seasons.
Driving Directions and Map
The University of Alberta Rowing Team rows on the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton. Our host facility is the Edmonton Rowing Club, located near the Valley Zoo. To reach the boathouse by foot or bike from campus, take 86th Avenue west, go down the stairs into Hawrelak Park, take the path across the river via the footbridge and follow the trail to the boathouse. It’s an approximately 20 minute walk or 8 minute cycle. To reach the boathouse by car, take 114th Street south to Belgravia Road, Belgravia road west to Fox Drive, Fox Drive west to the Whitemud, Whitemud north to the 149th Street ext, 149th Street to 98th Avenue, 98th Avenue east, straight across the traffic circle and follow signs for the Valley Zoo down the hill. It’s an approximately 15 minute car ride.
The University of Alberta Rowing Club was founded as a branch of the Edmonton Rowing Club in 1981. The university club re-branded itself as the “University of Alberta Rowing Team” in 2004.
Number of Members
Between 40 and 60 student-athletes.