After 8 years the ARA said good-bye to three long-term executive members this past Saturday but their impact will be felt for years to come. Under the leadership of ARA President Carol Hermansen, ARA Treasurer Richard Galway and VP Technical Tim Fleming, the number of registered rowers and licensed officials has doubled. In addition, Alberta has witnessed best ever finishes at the Canada Summer Games and National Rowing Championships all the while achieving financial stability. Thank-you Carol Richard and Tim for your commitment and dedication over the years. You will be missed.
With the departure of Carol, Richard and Tim the ARA Board was totally overhauled at this year’s AGM but rest assured the ARA is in strong hands. Peter Walsh – well known for his efforts in building the Lakeland Rowing Club has assumed the role of President. Mark Laidlaw – Head Coach at the University of Calgary Rowing Club and former coxswain with Canada’s National Rowing Team has taken over as VP Technical. Kris Davis – a long time supporter of Alberta Rowing and a licensed RCA Official was elected to the position of Treasurer and Shawn Eccleston – a successful athlete at both the Calgary and Edmonton Rowing Clubs has assumed the role of Secretary – a position vacated by Ole Tietz in August.