February Monthly Bulletin

ARA Erg Championship
There was a time when the writer would challenge athletes across the province to register for the ARA Erg Championships.  If 100+ athletes registered, the provincial technical director agreed to pull an erg himself.   On account of the tremendous effort of our clubs, coaches officials, volunteers to grow the sport in our province the writer is pleased to say that he no longer has to humiliate himself to spark interest in the ARA Erg Championships.  This year over 160 athletes have registered to date, which is truly a testament to the growth of our sport over the past couple of years.

This year’s event is slated to take place on Saturday March 10, 2018 at the Blackfalds Field House just north of Red Deer.  If you have not already registered but plan to do so simply inform your club coach and they will take care of the rest.  The cost to register is $25, which includes an incredibly fashionable ARA T-shirt.

RCA Coaches Conferenc
At the 2018 RCA Coaches Conference in Toronto, Ontario conference attendees were hosted to a unique opportunity to hear from some of the world’s brightest minds in the sport of rowing.  The event concluded with an awards banquet where a number of Albertans were recognized for their service to the sport of rowing. Richard Galway was recognized for his 15 years of service to our sport, Carol Hermansen was recognized for her 20 years of service and Will King for 35 years of service.  Congratulations to all three individuals

Athlete of the Year
Nicole Hare, a longtime CRC and ARA athlete, has been nominated for the Calgary Booster Club, Henry Viney – Female Athlete of the Year Award.  Nicole was nominated for this award on account of her incredible achievements in 2017 culminating with a Silver medal at the 2017 Senior World Championships in the Women’s eight.

While we at the ARA are pleased to see Nicole be nominated for this award we now need your help.  To assist Nicole in taking home this award we need ARA members to go online to  www.calgaryboosterclub.com/vote and vote for Nicole.  Please vote.

The ARA congratulates Pascal Ferraro on being selected as the new CRC Senior Head Coach.  Pascal has been a long time athlete within Calgary having competed for the CRC at the numerous regattas’ around the country and previous to that was an athlete on the French National Team.  Felicitations Pascal.


Rowing Tidbits

  • RADAR Reminder. A reminder to all ARA athletes that RADAR submissions are due March 31, 2018.  The ARA encourages all athletes to complete the battery of tests that are required as part of RADAR and post their scores on the on-line database (And yes the ARA Erg Championships qualifies as your 2K Submission)
  • The University of Calgary is selling Kicking Horse Coffee as part of its fundraising initiatives.  If you are interested in getting Kicking Horse Coffee on the cheap and raising money for a great cause they will be on site at the ARA Erg Championships.  Bring money with you.

Upcoming Events

  • ARA Erg Championships – Saturday March 10, 2018– Blackfalds Alberta