October 2022 Bulletin

2022 National Rowing Championships

Reminder that the 2022 National Rowing Championships are being held from Thursday November 10th to Saturday November 12th in Quamichan British Columbia.  Athletes representing the ARA at this event are asked to arrive in Duncan no later than 4pm on Thursday November 10th with small boat racing commencing on Friday November 11th.  The regatta is scheduled to conclude late afternoon on Saturday November 12h with the possibility of some racing on Sunday November 13th in the event of weather delays. 

Athletes who are waiting to hear about NRC funding status prior to making formal arrangements in attending this event should speak to their coaches about when they should be booking flights to and from Victoria (I don’t believe here are any flights into Duncan from Alberta).

 2022 National Rowing Championships Funding Update

As per the NRC Selection Document athletes had until October 10th to submit their erg scores for funding consideration in attending the 2022 NRC Event. With the October 10th deadline now upon us, the ARA expects to make an announcement no later than October 15th informing those athletes it will support in attending this year’s event.  However, it should be noted that the funding document was drafted with the intent of the ARA having to rent boats in B.C and as such the funding pool was capped at 18 athletes.  The ARA is now aware that a trailer from Alberta will go to the regatta. Consequently, the ARA will look to expand the number of athletes representing Alberta at this year’s event. 


As noted in our August report, a record 5 Alberta athletes were nominated to represent Canada at the 2022 World Rowing Championships in Racice Czech Republic from September 18-25.  Two of those athletes Jessica Sevick and Kasia Gruchalla Wesierski returned home to Canada with a bronze medal having finished third in the women’s 8+. 

Not to be forgotten Curtis Ames and the Canadian Men’s 8+ Team finished in 5th place in the Men’s 8+, while Karissa Riley finished in 16th place in the LW 1x and Karen Lefsrud finished in 13th place in the Women’s 4-. 

Alberta Officials in the News

Too often our officials go unnoticed at a regatta which is a testament to their abilities; As the old saying goes, “An official only gets noticed when things go wrong.”   For one Alberta official the news was welcome for this writer. Sam Brisson first started rowing some 15+ years ago here in Alberta rowing under Chris Davidson.  After retiring as an athlete Sam took up umpiring and her success as an official has taken her to some of the most prominent regatta’s here in Canada.  Great to see Sam’s efforts recognized in the attached article https://www.empireadvance.ca/local-news/brisson-umpires-at-canada-summer-games-regatta-5781222 while umpiring at the 2022 Canada Summer Games. 

While Sam’s roots are now based in Manitoba we still recognize her as an Albertan.  Shout out as well to another Alberta official Jeff Simpson who was also officiating at the 2022 Canada Summer Games. 

Rowing Tidbits

  • RADAR Reminder. A reminder to all ARA athletes that RADAR submissions are to be submitted in either the first week of November or the third week of November, 2022..  Athletes who are carded under the ARA Carding initiative are required to complete the battery of tests to continue with their carding eligibility. 
  • The ARA AGM date is scheduled for Saturday November 19th in Red Deer, Alberta
  • The Canadian University Rowing Championships are scheduled to take place November 5th and 6th, 2022 in St. Catharines, Ontario.  Good luck to all athletes attending this event. 

Upcoming Events

National Rowing Championships                                            November 10-12, 2022