October Monthly Bulletin

World Championships 2018
For the second consecutive year an Alberta athlete took home a silver medal from the Senior World Rowing Championships. In 2017, it was Nicole Hare of Calgary winning a silver medal in the women’s 8+, and this year it was an Edmonton athlete bringing home the hardware.  At the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plodiv, Bulgaria, Jeremy Hall took home silver in the Men’s PR2 single; Jeremy’s performance is all the more remarkable when one considers that Jeremy did not take up the sport until 2017.  Jeremy from all of us in Alberta congratulations on a job well done!  To watch the race go to.  https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1320689731835

Congratulations is also extended to Alberta’s own Jessie Loutit and Karen Lefrsud for representing Canada in the Women’s 4- at the 2018 World Rowing Championships. The Canadian 4- finished in 13th place, just out of the B final.  Jessie and Karen were both representing their country for the first time at a Senior World Championships.  The two are are now back in Victoria training with the hopes of bringing home a medal in this same event in 2019.

Not to be forgotten Kasia Gruchella Wieserski was a spare for the Canadian Women’s 8+ training in the boat right up to the start of the 2018 event.  The Canadian Women’s 8+ took home a silver medal and while Kasia did not get a medal, she should know that she was an integral part of the boat.

National Rowing Championships
The National Rowing Championships start on Wednesday November 98h 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 has been distributed to all of your coaches.


Leduc, Alberta will play host to the 2018 Western Canada University Rowing Championships on October 13th.  This regatta represents only the second time since the 2007 Western Canada Summer Games that athletes representing the provinces of British-Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will race here in Alberta.

We at the ARA encourage you your friends and your family to come down to Leduc, Alberta and cheer on some of our country’s best young athletes as they race for their respective university in pursuit of WCURC Gold.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help us in making this a successful event we encourage you to email Mark Laidlaw at mark.laidlaw@calgaryrowing.com

The 2018 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. At the end of September, Lakeland College and the University of Alberta were in Calgary competing against the University of Calgary at the Dino Sprints Regatta. Next weekend all three schools will be competing at the 2018 S Western Canada University Rowing Championships in Leduc, Alberta before finishing off their season at the 2018 Canada University Rowing Championships (CURC) in Niagara, Ontario.

Best of luck to those competing in these events!

On September 29th, 2018 the ARA hosted an introductory camp for prospective WCSG athletes.  The camp was designed to inform athletes about planned activities for the coming year, and educating them of our expectations as we build for the 2021 Canada Summer Games in Niagara, Ontario.

Based on what we have seen to date, it is evident that Alberta has a number of high qualify athletes and we at the ARA are encouraged about the year ahead.  Athletes who were unable to attend the September 29th camp, should know that the ARA is planning a series of activities in the year ahead and look forward to meeting your shortly.

Should athletes or coaches have any questions or concerns about the 2019 WCSG they are encouraged to email the writer directly at albertarowing@gmail.com

Rowing Tidbits

  • RADAR Reminder. A reminder to all ARA athletes that RADAR submissions are due November 30th.  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.
  • The 2018 Alberta Rowing Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) is being held on Saturday (November 17h) in Red Deer, Alberta. This represents your opportunity to have a say in provincial matters.

Upcoming Events

  • ARA AGM November 18th– Red Deer Alberta
  • RADAR Submissions Due November 30th