March Monthly Bulletin

2019 Western Canada Summer Games
The 2018 on-water season has not yet begun, but the ARA already has its sights set on the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games (WCSG) in Swift Current Saskatchewan.  The WCSG is a multi-sport event held every four years that sees the best athletes from across Western Canada compete against one another.  The 2019 WCSG is restricted to those athletes who are 18 years of age or younger as at December 31, 2019 and will assist in the identification and development of athletes in preparation for the 2021 Canada Summer Games.  While the ARA won’t begin work on a selection document until later this year, athletes who wish to compete at this event should be looking at the following erg scores as a baseline requirement.

Men                              7:05

Women                        8:05

The ARA plans to host a series of camps in 2018 that will assist the ARA in identification and development of athletes in preparation for the games.  Stay tuned.


ARA Erg Championships
The ARA thanks the Central Alberta Rowing Club for all their efforts in hosting the 2018 ARA Erg Championships.   With nearly 165 registered athletes the 2018 event was just short of the record 180 registered athletes that was set just last year, which is truly impressive in a non WCSG / CSG year.   It was only a few short years ago where ARA struggled to get 90+ athletes registered for the event.  The level of interest in our sport throughout Alberta is very encouraging and is a testament to the quality of volunteers, coaches and officials that are found all across this province.     Results from the event have been distributed to your coaches.  Should you wish to obtain a copy of the results please get in touch with them.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 event where we hope to see over 200 registrants.

A Great Start
2018 has just begun here and our athletes are already leaving their mark on the national landscape as evidenced by the following

  • Curtis Ames and Karl Hare were both invited to a Rowing Canada Nextgen development camp in Victoria B.C.
  • Jeremy Hall of Edmonton, Alberta finished in second place in the Adaptive Event at the 2018 Monster Erg Championships in Victoria B.C with a personal best time of 7:22.
  • Steven Payne of Edmonton, Alberta and Sam Garber of Calgary, Alberta finished in first place in the Open Men’s and Lightweight Men’s categories respectively at the 2018 Monster Erg Championships.

Upcoming Events

ARA Board Meeting – Red Deer March 24th