A Holiday Poem
Twas the night before Christmas and all around the boats
The ergs were a humming under the eye of Coach Nokes
The shells were slung on the stretchers with care
In hopes that St. Nick could somehow repair.
Another erg done my stomach was queasy.
And as for my lungs, well they were wheezy.
I got ready to leave and put on a toque.
My legs were done, they needed to recoup.
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
The ARA Executive smiling from ear to ear.
Another strong year with four medals at NRC’s
And a group of coaches with plenty of expertise.
And if that wasn’t reason enough to cheer
13 Alberta athletes who represented Canada this year.
But they spoke not a work for 2019 was 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.
The ARA welcomes Rob Swart to the ARA executive who will take over the role of Treasurer; a position previously held by Amelie Schumacher. While Amelie will no longer oversee the books of the ARA she will remain on the board as Director at Large. Welcome Rob!
2018 Year in Review (Bob and Doug McKenzie Style)
In the Year 2018 Alberta Rowing did see.
Twelve – (There were actually 13!) Alberta Athletes who competed internationally in 2019 (Jeremy Hall, Nicole Hare, Coutrney Kruschel, Kasia Gruchella Wesierski, Colleen Nesbitt, Karen Lefsrud, Jessie Loutit, Karl Hare, Helena Hlas, Jessica Sevick, Elana Taub, Steven Payne, Alex Sawers)
Eleven – Domestic Regatta’s in which Alberta athletes won medals (Regina Sprints, Alberta Open, B.C Champs, Cascadia, Henley, WCURC’s, Head/Tail of Gorge, Dino Sprints, NWIRA, NRC’s, Alberta Indoors)
Ten – Umpires umpiring
Nine – Coaches Rigging
Eight – Alberta Rowing Clubs Competing
(Cold Lake, Lakeland, CABC, Telford, CRC, ERC, U of A, U of C)
Seven – Elected Members on the ARA Executive (Peter Walsh – President, Alex Marchuk VP Technical, Alex Patton, VP Development, Carol Hermansen – Past President, Amelie Schumacher – Director at Large, Rob Swart – Treasurer, Hillary Bakker – Secretary)
Six – Alberta Women competing at World Cup #3 in Lucerne Switzerland (Nicole Hare, Kasia Gruchella Wesierski, Colleen Nesbitt, Jessie Loutit , Karen Lefsrud, Helena Hlas)
Five – Top two finishes at Royal Canadian Henley (U17 2x, U17 1x, W8+, W4-, W2-)
Four – NRC Medals (Jeremey Hall, Nicole Hare, Curtis Ames, Andrew Hubbard)
Three – “A” Finals at CURC 2018 (U of Calgary in the LW 4+, W8+ and W2- events)
Two – International Medals (Jeremy Hall and Courtney Kruschel)
One – Henley Medal (Women’s 4- of Amelie Schumacher Olivia McMurray, Anna Currie Kendra Hartley)
Congratulations to everyone within Alberta Rowing (Athletes, Clubs, Officials, and Executive members for a successful 2018 Season.
From our Rowing Family to yours we wish everyone a healthy and prosperous 2019.