October Monthly Bulletin

World Championships 2017
Congratulations to Alberta’s own Nicole Hare for her silver medal performance in the Women’s 8+ at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota Florida.  For those that have not had the opportunity to watch the race as of yet, – you should.  It is arguably one of the most exciting races (Men or Women) in recent memory with all 6 boats nearly deadlocked with less than 500m to go.  Canada with a last minute sprint was able to beat out New Zealand for silver while Romania won gold.

Nicole’s medal at the 2017 World Championships is the first medal of any kind for an Alberta based rower at a Senior World Championship for nearly a decade now.  Congratulations Nicole.

National Rowing Championships
The National Rowing Championships start on Wednesday November 9th and run through to November 11th.  The National Rowing Championships is an elite event.  Interested athletes who feel they meet the requisite standards as outlined on the ARA webpage AND have not yet declared an interest in participating are encouraged to email the writer ASAP.    A memo detailing information surrounding this event will be distributed to eligible athletes by October 13, 2017.

The 2017 Canadian University Rowing Season is now in full swing and Alberta schools are busy preparing for the heart of their regatta schedule in the weeks ahead. This week Lakeland College and the University of Alberta will pack their boats and head to Calgary for the Dino Sprints Regatta. Some two weeks later all Alberta schools will head west for the Western Canada University Rowing Championships.  The Western Canada University Rowing Championships (WCURC) features athletes enrolled in post secondary institutions across the four western provinces.

Following WCURC’s athletes will return home for a short breather before heading to Burnaby, British-Columbia for the Canada University Rowing Championships (CURC).  The CURC event features the best university rowers from across the country vying for the title of national champion in 6 separate events for men and women (Open 1x, Lightweight 1x, Lightweight 2x, Lightweight 4+, Open Pair, Open Eight).

Best of luck to those competing in these events!

Rowing Tidbits 

  • RADAR Reminder. A reminder to all ARA athletes that RADAR submissions are due November 19th.  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.
  • Congratulations to Curtis Ames for being awarded one of 6 Rowing Canada Future athlete bursaries. This bursary provides financial support to up-and-coming Canadian rowing athletes who remain in Canada to continue their training while completing their post-secondary studies.
  • The 2017 Alberta Rowing Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) is being held on Saturday (November 18h) in Red Deer, Alberta. This represents your opportunity to have a say in provincial matters.

Upcoming Events

  • Dino Sprints- October 14, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta.
  • ARA AGM November 18th– Red Deer Alberta
  • ARA Conference – November 19th – Calgary Alberta
  • RADAR Submissions Due November 19th