February 2021 Monthly Bulletin

Fingers Crossed!
On Saturday February 7th, the Government of Alberta announced that individuals 18 years of age or younger are now allowed to take part in lessons, practices and other conditioning activities for indoor or outdoor minor-league team sports. While certain restrictions continue to remain in place here is hoping that the Government of Alberta’s latest announcement regarding the phased relaxation of COVID 19 health measures is one small step forward and with time we can all return to our clubs and prepare for the 2021 season.

2020 was a year unlike any other.  The challenges brought on by the COVID 19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of all sanctioned regattas in Canada and disrupted much of the season as we knew it.  Fortunately, on account of the efforts of our coaches, managers and club officials we were able to salvage much of the season and give many of us an opportunity to enjoy a season of on-water rowing. 

At the 2020 RCA Coaches Conference & AGM which concluded on January 31, 2021, Rowing Canada recognized the efforts of a few special individuals who went above and beyond to support their club and their members throughout the pandemic.  One such individual was our own Amelie Schumacher. 

In its press release, RCA noted that Amelie mobilized Calgary Rowing Club’s safety committee early on in the pandemic to develop safety and sanitization protocols and maintain clear communication with club membership, in addition to leading the creation of a youth summer camp that served as an RCA pilot program.

Here in Alberta we know that Amelie did it all in 2020 not the least of which included implementing cleaning protocols, establishing COVID Guidelines, organizing youth camps, developing training schedules and timelines, educating coaches of COVID protocols, repairing equipment and serving as a member of the ARA Executive. 

Amelie congratulations on being recognized as a COVID Champion by Rowing Canada.   

The ARA would also like to recognize CRC Coach Pascal Ferraro who was nominated for this award. 

At the RCA Coaches Conference and AGM, Rowing Canada identifies an outstanding club or clubs that have undertaken a project or initiative that demonstrates outstanding leadership, innovation or success and has had a significant impact at the club, sport or community level. This year in particular, this award recognizes exemplary clubs that persevered through the pandemic’s return to rowing protocols.  The ARA is proud to see that the Calgary Rowing Club was the recipient of the 2020 RCA Club “Outstanding Achievement of the Year” Award. 

In its press release Rowing Canada remarked: “Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the Calgary Rowing Club was able to run successful summer camps and grow its Junior program in 2020. Over 120 kids attended the club’s summer and high-performance camps, rowing in singles.

The Calgary Rowing Club community and coaching staff stepped up to the challenge of returning to rowing during the pandemic, thinking creatively to develop effective safety protocols and program structures.

For the first time in several years, Calgary’s summer camps were nearly sold out, putting their club and the sport of rowing on the map as a safe and fun option for youth.”

The ARA is proud of the efforts all of our clubs undertook in 2020 to ensure that rowing could take place in a safe manner this past summer and very happy to see that RCA recognized the efforts of everyone in Calgary.  Congratulations. 

U19 and U23 World Championships
Interested in competing for a spot at the U19 or U23 World Championships?  Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is hosting a Virtual NextGen Camp for all athletes who are interested in representing Canada on a 2021 Junior or U23 National Team. There is absolutely no pre-requisite to attend the camp other than pulling a 1K erg rate capped at 24. 

Athletes who are interested in attending are asked to go to https://bit.ly/3jD4xXy before February 22, 2021 to register. 

Upcoming Events
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