December 2021 Monthly Bulletin

A Holiday Poem (A revival from years past)

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Boathouse

The were a humming to the sounds of Struass.

The shells were slung on the stretchers with care

In hopes that St. Nick could some how repair.

Another erg done had me wanting a nap

What was I thinking.  This boy was fat.

I got ready to leave and put on my coat

This boy was struggling his body was toast.

When all of a sudden there rose such a clatter

I grabbed an oar before pursuing the matter

When what to my weary eyes should appear

Was Mr. Peter Walsh the ARA’s fearless leader.

He was seen dancing with his executive team.

And for good reason, in 2021there was a a season

With a record 9 medals at a regatta in Victoria

Had the provincial sport organization in a state of euphoria.

And then in a twinkling I heard a knock on the door

The sport organization knew it could do even more.

As I drew in my hand and was turning around.

The 2022 Canada Summer Games were nearly abound.

And now before us 2022 is now days away

And a whole new set of opportunities and challenges to weigh.

The ARA is aware that expectations are high

With athletes like you who reach for the sky.

To everyone in the ARA all the best this holiday season


The ARA is planning to host a CSG winter camp in Victoria British Columbia from February 18-21, 2022.  Invites will be granted to those who meet certain erg deliverables.  Please stay tuned for details which we hope to be forthcoming by January 1, 2022.

 2021 Year in Review (Bob and Doug McKenzie Style)

In the Year 2021 Alberta Rowing did see.

Twelve – Alberta Athletes winning medals at the 2021 National Rowing Championships Curtis Ames, Karissa Riley, Gaby Worobec, Olivia McMurray, Kendra Hartley, Gaby Yarema, Shaye de Paiva, Dave Sagal, Andrew Hubbard, Jessie Loutit, Karen Lefsrud, Sierra Roth

Eleven – Coaches Scheming

Ten –  Medals won by Alberta athletes at the 2021 Canadian University Rowing Championships (CURC’s)

Nine – Umpires Umpiring –

Eight – I got nothing – but I did see eights on the water this year!

Seven –  Alberta Rowing Clubs Competing (Lakeland, CABC, Telford, CRC, ERC, U of A, U of C)

Six – Alberta Athletes representing Canada in 2021 (Karissa Riley (U23 Worlds), Beth Miller (Can-Amex), and see Four (below)

Five – Well two – But I had something in two already and couldn’t think anything for five– Gold Medals at the 2021 Head of the Charles Regatta – University of Calgary in the Collegiate Fours and the Calgary Rowing Club in the Club Fours event. 

Four – Alberta Athletes at the 2021 Olympic / Paralympic Games Nicole Hare, Kasia Gruchalla Wesierski, Jessica Sevick, Jeremy Hall

Three – Alberta Regattas / Camps (Dino Sprints, ARA Erg Championships, & Lakeland CSG Camp

Two – Award winners at the 2021 Rowing Canada Coaches Conference (Amelie Schumacher – COVID Champion / Calgary Rowing Club -RCA Club “Outstanding Achievement of the Year” Award.   

One – Grand Championship at the National Rowing Championships (The first time a province outside of B.C or Ontario has won this award)

From our Rowing Family to yours we wish everyone good health and fortune in 2022