December 2013 Information Bulletin

Unlike previous years the 2013 AGM was held via teleconference on account of blizzard like conditions that closed major highways across Alberta.  At this years, AGM the positions of President, Treasurer and V.P Technical were up for election. Carol Hermansen who has been President of the ARA for the past 6 years was re-elected to the position of President, Richard Galway who has been the Treasurer of the ARA for the past 6 years was re-elected to the position of Treasurer and Tim Fleming who has been V.P Technical for the past 6 years was re-elected to the position of V.P Technical.  Thanks to all three of these individuals for their continued commitment towards rowing here in Alberta. 

ARA Coaching Conference  
The Alberta Rowing Association in association with the Calgary and University of Calgary Rowing Clubs are pleased to announce that it will host its fifth annual coaching conference on February 7 and 8th in Calgary, Alberta.   For the first time in three years, this years conference will feature a guest speaker from within the sport of rowing – Peter Shakespear – Director of National Talent I.D and Development Programs.  Peter has played playing a major role in developing Talent I.D programs around the world.  He has worked with the Australia Institute of Sport, the British Rowing Federation and is now in looking to create a Canadian made development program in Canada.

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 the camp should look for registration information that will be distributed in the next few days.  Alternatively, coaches can contact for further information. 

 A Christmas Wish List for 2014
An ARA Christmas Wish List for the Year ahead…… 

  • Increased registration across the province.   Coaches, officials and athletes alike.
  • Increased commitment towards RCA’s/ARA’s erg monitoring program
  • A return to the Henley podium in 2014
  • U of C and U of A crews entered in the Men’s and Women’s 8+’s at CURC’s
  • 100+ athletes in attendance at the 2014 ARA Erg Championships
  • Identification/ Recruitment of athletes in preparation for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games
  • Continued cooperation and representation amongst all stakeholders in Alberta Rowing
  • Hosting of a Prairie Rowing Championship and an Alberta Open Regatta
  • A safe and enjoyable season for all

What is on your wish list for Alberta Rowing? Let us know by emailing

Upcoming Events
ARA Board Meeting January 11th Red Deer
ARA Coaches Conference–February 7-8– Calgary, Alberta