2013 NEWSLETTER – AN AMAZING SEASON ON AND OFF THE WATER
Rowing PEI started in 2010 with the loan of several boats from Rowing Canada. We have been steadily growing since.
We are an eclectic, energetic, social, and inclusive group, ranging in age from youth (14+) to adults. We bring to the water a broad range of fitness and skill level. Most of us are reasonably “new” to the sport but we also have a few seasoned rowers in our club.
Coastal rowing began here on PEI in the summer of 2011. Our coastal sculls are wider and more stable, allowing us to row in more varied conditions, including the winds and chop we often experience on the Charlottetown Harbour. We now have two doubles and a quad (4-seater plus cox) as well as a coastal single acquired during the 2013 season.
The young Island rowers got their first taste of competition at the 2013 Sherbrooke Canada Games Test Regatta June 8 in Lac Magog, Quebec.
The PEI Canada Games training Team brought home 2 medals from this event. The women’s Quad won a silver medal. The team consisted of Brooke Currie (McGill Varsity rowing), Lauren Murray (St FX), Aleya Quilty and Jaime MacKinnon. Veronica Smith also competed in the lightweight women’s double.
The Men’s Quad resulted in a Bronze medal for team members Nathan Gibson, Sam Mallett, Travis Cheverie and Jordan Rose. Gibson and Colby Currie (Queen’s University) competed in the men’s double.
At the Canada Games in Sherbrooke, the team recorded several personal best times. Coach Mike Gibson told the Guardian that he was proud of his team’s performance. “It’s really amazing what they have accomplished”. The team also had assistance at the Games from Marjo Laurinolli and manager Ruth Quilty.
ALMA COASTAL REGATTA 2013
Rowing PEI’s Mary Lynne Bruvels and Daphne Dumont represented the Island at the Alma Coastal Regatta. The Quebec community has made a name for itself as the first in Canada to host a competition for the coastal boats. PEI hopes to join them with an event in 2014.
Mary Lynne and Daphne competed in two races, joining with Quebec for a quad race as well as the double. With wet launches and finishes, the two PEI competitors handled themselves well over the challenging 8 km course.
Several members of Rowing PEI have also started training as umpires. The Alma regatta allowed Mary Lynne and Daphne to observe the Alma organizing team in action.
The experience will come in handy in 2014!
Rowing PEI President Stephen Murray is also training to become an umpire. Here he is in an eight full of other judges, racing at the Atlantic University Rowing Championships.
Rowing PEI Barbeque July 2013
The new LTRs joined returning members of Rowing PEI at a friendly potluck barbeque in July. While we chat during the rows, it’s also nice to have a chance to catch up off the dock. Thanks to everyone who dropped by. More social events are planned for the season ahead!
LEARN TO ROW 2013
The season started off with a splash or two at the CARI complex in Charlottetown. for ten Learn to Row participants.
After doing the dryland and safety training, and learning how to use the ergs properly, the coaching team put them one by one in the double in the pool.
It was a great way to learn to stroke before heading out onto the Charlottetown Harbour. The Learn to Rows hit the water under the guidance of LTR coaches Daphne Dumont, Mary Lynne Bruvels, Ernie Morello and Stephen Murray.
More Learn to Row sessions are planned for the spring of 2014. Contact Rowing PEI to get your name on the waiting list now!
WORLD CHAMPIONSHP SILVER MEDALLIST EMILY CAMERON
Since the club started in 2010, we have had the pleasure of getting to know Summerside’s Emily Cameron. Emily joined the national rowing team in 2010.
Emily’s story is an inspirational one. She didn’t start rowing until the age of 23 when she was doing her masters degree at the University of Toronto. She progressed quickly up the ranks of rowing.
In August, Emily was part of the women’s quad sculling team at the World Championships in Chungju, South Korea. The team won silver for Canada!
Emily joined members of the club for a row on September 17, joining Canada Games rowers Aleya Quilty and Nathan Gibson, and coach Mike Gibson in the racing quad. She then joined us at the Havilland Club to chat about her race and take pictures with members of Rowing PEI.
Emily is always generous with her time and Rowing PEI wishes her the best in the upcoming season. She is a great role model for your PEI rowers!
Special thanks to the 2013 Executive and all the members who put countless hours into keeping the club “afloat”!
President – Stephen Murray
Vice-President/Treasurer – Greg Clayton
Secretary – Daphne Dumont
Program Coordinator – Toni Mills
Youth/Technical Coach – Mike Gibson
STAY TUNED FOR AN EXCITING ROWING PEI EVENT IN 2014
Rowing PEI is excited to be part of the PEI 2014 celebrations. A committee of volunteers is already working on plans to celebrate and commemorate rowing in PEI through a regatta and historic display which will include a re-creation of Island rowing races from the 1800’s. There will be lots of opportunity to get involved in this exciting project, headed up by chair Mary Lynne Bruvels. Stay tuned for more details.
If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Mary Lynne directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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