Two new (to us) boats have arrived !

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Thanks to the intrepid Chris Williams who made the trek from Halifax to Charlottetown in the driving snow, including crossing the Confederation Bridge with two boats strapped on top of his car!
Chris is a former high performance coach in Nova Scotia who is graciously lending us two racing singles for our Canada Games training team. They are Van Dusens – and will be put to good use by our youth competitors.
A big thank you as well to Lea and Russ Bryden who told Chris about our plight (losing most of our racing boats in the barn collapse) and helped make the connection with Rowing P.E.I.
We still have a lot of fundraising to do, but this is a big step forward in our ability to prepare our athletes for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Thanks Chris!!

Meet our new competitive coaches – and more training opportunities!

As the Sport Development Coordinator for Rowing PEI, Stephen Murray would like to congratulate our new RCA Competitive Coaches (trained) for having completed the first weekend of a two weekend intensive course.
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This is the first time this course has been offered on PEI thanks to the New Brunswick high performance coach, Chantelle Hanley. We consider ourselves very lucky to have Chantelle provide this course as she is a rowing coach of 35 years and has coached internationally, rowed and competed in the US, UK, Europe and Canada.
 These coaches: Nancy Russell, Mary Lynne Bruvels, Heather MacKinnon, Heather Peters and Alex Forbes shared this learning experience with three coaches from the Fredericton Rowing Club.
Having these competitive coaches trained will mean Rowing PEI will be able to offer a masters competitive training program this summer, and support for members who want to travel to regattas this season.
The next opportunities for learning for our members include:
Advanced Boat Rescue, including scenario rescues May 2, 2016 5:30 -9:00 PM.  This course is required if you wish to help out with the safety position for rows.  This would extend to coaches if they perform a dual role.
The Learn to Row Coach training course will be held on May 7th and 8th, 2016. This course is for first year L2 rowers last year and L2 rowers who have not taken this learning before.  The course does remind you early in the season what things to consider to improve your stroke and to provide tips to new rowers to provide a quality experience for LTR and L1s coming into the club this year.
Stephen Murray needs to know ( no later than the April 9th, 2016.  The Advanced Rescue Course and the LTR Coach sessions are limited to 12 to 15 rowers. Please help to make these sections successful by letting Stephen know early.
Trained LTR coaches and Boat Rescue for safeties are essential to allowing Rowing PEI to deliver the volunteer programs we offer without leaving the heavy lifting to a few committed resources.
We are in the process of preparing the schedule for the 2016 season and we would love to include our newer members in the ranks of our volunteers.
Stephen Murray

Congratulations Emily Cameron!

Here’s a very exciting note from Daphne Dumont:emily 1

Non-Rowing news from Emily Cameron!

We have just heard that Emily, now in Florida undergoing the grueling selection process for the national Olympic team, has had great news about her future. She has been accepted at Oxford University for the prestigious and highly competitive Master of Public Policy degree course, starting in September. (They also have a modest little rowing program there…will Emily have a chance to row in THE “Boat Race” against Cambridge in 2017? Women now compete over the same punishing miles-long course on the Thames as the men do, and Oxford’s women won hands down last year.) This is colossal news for her, and we send our heartiest congratulations. You GO girl!!

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Rowing P.E.I.


The Annual General Meeting of Rowing P.E.I. will take place on March 12, 2016.

ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME and encouraged to attend.  Family of rowers and others interested in our sport are also most welcome.

Date:  SATURDAY March 12, 2016

Time: 11 AM – and we hope members will join us for lunch afterwards at Boston Pizza

Place: House of Sport, Enman Crescent (a left turn off University Avenue after UPEI and before Staples, then turn right – it’s the old Holland College vocational center)

Room number:  Room 234, second floor

Your Board of Directors hopes to see you there – come and find out about our plans for the 2016 season.