January 2013 Information Bulletin #1

Happy New Year!
A Happy New Year to all of our coaches, officials and athletes. Looking at the 2013 regatta calendar this year may be the busiest on record for those within the ARA. In addition to our regular regatta schedule, the 2013 regatta schedule includes the Canada Summer Games and World Master Games. 2013 is promising to be an exiting year.

CSG Winter Camp
The 2013 Canada Summer Games is a multi sport inter-provincial competition that will see the nations best young athletes compete against one another across 30 different sports in Sherbrooke Quebec. The ARA recognises the significance of these games and with the opening ceremonies now only 21 months is beginning to take steps to prepare our U19 athletes (As at December 31, 2011) for these games. With this in mind the ARA will be hosting a winter camp from Friday Feb 22 through to Monday Feb 25, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The camp itself is by invitation only and will be based on the results from the 2,000m erg requirement that was part of the November RADAR Testing Protocol or alternatively a 2,000 erg test pulled between December 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013. The following erg standards are requirements for obtaining an invite to the camp.

Heavyweight Men 6:35
Lightweight Men 6:50
Heavyweight Women 7:35
Lightweight Women 7:50

Athletes who have met the aforementioned standards are to get in contact with Hillary Baker or Alex Marchuk immediately for flight information. Athletes who are invited to the camp will have their hotel / boat rental and some food expenses paid for.

It is the opinion of the ARA that the erg standards required to attend this camp are reflective of the erg standards needed to participate at the 2013 CSG. As indicated in the October Report, the ARA identified erg standards that athletes should be looking to achieve to attend the 2013 CSG Selection Camp. Those standards were: Heavy Men – 6:30 / Heavy Women 7:30 / Light Men 6:45 / Light Women 7:45.

Erg Standards
The Bronze, Silver and Gold erg standards that everyone has been accustomed to will be changing once again in 2013. Please visit the ARA website later this month and familiarise yourself with the updated standards that will be in effect for this coming year.

ARA Coaching Conference
The Alberta Rowing Association in association with the Edmonton and University of Alberta Rowing Clubs are pleased to announce that it will host its fourth annual coaching conference on January 11 and 12, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta. For the second consecutive year, this years conference will feature a guest speaker from outside the sport of rowing, but widely recognised within Edmonton and football circles alike. This years special guest speaker will be Kavis Reed – Head Coach of the Edmonton Eskimos. Kavis played for the Eskimos from 1995 to 1999. Following his playing career Kavis served in a variety of assistant coaching roles in the CFL before being signed on to become Head Coach of the Edmonton Eskimos in 2010.

The Conference is open to all – athletes, coaches, officials and even parents who wish to not only gain insight into our sport but perhaps even see themselves sitting in the coach boat in the future. Those interested in attending but have not registered as of yet are asked to email albertarowing@gmail.com immediately.

ARA Coaching Conference Location Details
The ARA Coaching Conference package informed registrants that the conference was going to be held at the University of Alberta campus but did not provide details on room #’s or buildings. This information is as follows.

Room 165 Education Centre South, University of Alberta

Note that there are 2 Education buildings. We are in the South building.

The map (link below) shows the location of the building which is on the north side of 87th Ave. between 112 St and 114 St. http://www.campusmap.ualberta.ca/?b=edSouth

Parking: The most convenient parking is the Education Car Park, just west of the Education building. It’s a covered, above ground, multi-storey structure and the entrance is off 114 St. just opposite the yellow Butterdome.

Parking costs are:
Friday evening 4:30 on – $5.00
Saturday all day – $5.00

Everyone is free to choose a hotel that meets their own specific needs. However some hotels that are within close proximity to the University of Alberta include:

Campus Tower Suites is right on the u of A campus. Call the Sports team booking person Kate Maxwell 780-431-4558 for a better rate. While a little pricey, the hotel is right on campus.

Varscona Hotel On Whyte Phone # is 1 780-434-6111
Advantage – Cheaper than Campus Tower – Walking distance to U of A

20 minute walk from University. The cost is approximately $30 per person.

10647 81 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T6E1Y1 1.866.762.4122 (Toll Free)

Upcoming Events

  • ARA Coaches Conference – Edmonton, Alberta January 11-12, 2013
  • ARA Winter Camp – Feb 22-25, 2013 Scottsdale, Arizona