Additional week of summer camp - August 25-29
August 1, 2014
An additional week has been added to the summer camp schdeule for those 12-17 interested in learning to row.
The camp will now run the week of August 25-29 as well. Registration details can be found here.
ORC Athlete Fund
July 29, 2014
The Ottawa Rowing Club Athlete Fund was established in 2008 for the purpose of assisting Ottawa Rowing Club athletes in rowing endeavors that help to promote the sport and the Ottawa Rowing Club at the international level. Team selection for these competitions typically occurs very close to the event, giving athletes little time to raise money for foreign trips, when costs aren't covered by national sporting organizations.
For some events such as the Pan-Am Games, World Championships and the Olympic Games, athletes' expenses for the actual event are fully covered (other than personal expenses). For other events, the athletes are responsible for all or the majority of their costs. The Athlete Fund is intended for these individuals.
By supporting ORC athletes pursuing rowing at the highest levels in the sport, we are helping raise the level of athlete aspirations at the club. Not only do these individuals stand as role models for our current members but they are ambassadors for the club. Their success helps to solidify the reputation of the Ottawa Rowing Club as a competitive club able to produce high performance athletes therefore attracting more athletes to the club. But above, all by supporting our athletes we show them how proud we are of their accomplishments.
Athletes wishing to receive support from the Fund should express their intent to the Athletes' Representative. They should indicate the event for which they require funding, total cost to participate in the event, and any support provided to the athlete from other sources. Funds will be distributed based upon need and funding availability.
Full details about the application process can be found here.
RowOntario 10 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze medals for ORC
July 28, 2014
The thunderstorms held off for a successful weekend of racing by ORC crews this past weekend. Competitive crews left Welland, ON with 10 Gold, 8 Silver and 8 Bronze and many other hard fought races after the 2 day regatta.
The ORC managed to sweep the podium in the U23 lightweight men's 2-, and dominated other finals with more than 1 crew qualifying through each event. Competitive crews now return to Ottawa for a final week of training before returning south for the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.
Gold Medalists: Sr W2x, U23 Lwt M2-, U23 Lwt W2x, U19 W4x, U23 Lwt M4-, U19 W2x, U17 W2x, Sr Lwt M2-, Sr Lwt W4x, U23 Lwt M1x.
Silver Medalists: U23 Lwt M2-, U23 Lwt W2x, U23 Lwt M4-, Champ W2x, U17 W4x, Sr M8+, U19 M4x, Sr Lwt W2x
Bronze Medalists: Sr M2-, U23 Lwt M2-, Sr Lwt W2-, U19 M8+, Sr Lwt W1x, U19 M2-, Sr W4x, Champ W8+
ORC end of summer season pig roast
July 23, 2014
The ORC's Royal Henley garden party
July 23, 2014
132nd Annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta - August 3-10, 2014
July 22, 2014
Download everything you need to know for athletes, spectators and parents attenidng this year's Henley regatta. Masters racing is on the weekend of August 2-3 while the remainder of the regatta runs from August 5-10.
Caution in the parking lot - new rules for drivers and cyclists
July 14, 2014
A friendly reminder to all members arriving to the club by car to please check side and rear view mirrors and check blind spots for cyclists and pedestrians on foot before entering into the parking lot and pulling into a parking space.
Please also enter at low speed and be alert of your surroundings and other traffic arriving at the club.
Cyclists please dismount when you get to the gate before the old boathouse and walk your bike into the racks from there. We have had a couple of very close incidents with people coming out of the boathouse with singles as bikers ride past and we need to keep the safety of everyone in mind.
Cyclists and pedestrians on foot are reminded to stay to the right of the lane way down to the club. Thank you for your cooperation.
RowOntario regatta information sheet
July 12, 2014
Download an information sheet here with everything you will need to know as an athlete, parent or spectator coming to the Ontario championship RowOntario regatta in Welland on July 25-27, 2014.
ORC at CanAmMex regatta
July 12, 2014
Congrtaulations to the ORC's Louise Munro for two gold medal at the CanAmMex regatta at Lochaber Lake, Nova Scotia.Louise wasa member of the junior womens double and quad taking 10 second victories in both races ahead of Mexico and the United States in third.
Full results of the regatta can be found here.
ORC in Montreal and Philadelphia
July 10, 2014
This past weekend, the Ottawa Rowing Club was represented well at two different regattas.
From July 4-6, ORC competitive crews raced against strong American athletes at the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia, PA. The team placed 3rd overall in the Mariner Trophy, winning 9 events and racing finals in others. The rest of the lightweight men’s Commonwealth Team joined Matt Fournier and the senior men’s program leading the watch count (prize for winning) for the weekend.
Event winners are Men’s lightweight 4x (M. Fournier, K. Tierney, A. Kunkel, L. Hall), Men’s Intermediate Light 4+ (K. Tierney, L. Hall, P. Steneker, J. Potts, L. Wilson), Men’s Lightweight 2x (M. Fournier, L. Hall), Senior Women’s 2x (J. Pelham, L. Page), Women’s Intermediate lightweight 2x (A. Fogarty, A. Currie), Men’s Intermediate 2- (K. Tierney, L. Hall), Men’s Intermediate lightweight 1x (A. Kunkel), Men’s lightweight 1x (M. Fournier), Women’s Intermediate 1x (M. Kay).
On July 5, ORC Competitive and Masters crews traveled to Montreal to compete at ERA Championships. The team placed 3rd overall in the Comstock Trophy winning 6 events and making finals in others. Event winners are Junior Men’s 4+, Junior Women’s 2x, Junior Women’s 1x, Masters Men 2x, Masters Men's 1x and Masters Women's 1x.
Thank you to all coaches, volunteers and supporters of our crews this weekend and congratulations to all!
Canada Day thanks
July 3, 2014
The ORC Canada Day party was a great success! A very big THANK YOU!! to all those who came out to celebrate with us and especially to our volunteers and staff who worked as a great team to make this event run so smoothly, creating an enjoyable evening for all. Keep checking the website for information on more upcoming special events at the club!
Ottawa River water quality poor
June 30, 2014
Just to let you know, we have received the first result of water quality sampling – it was a bit late.
The samples were collected just after a rain event in the middle of June, and the E. coli count was 300 units/100 ml.
That is as high as the River Keeper program has detected at the ORC docks in the past.
Therefore, it is suggested that extra care be taken with any open blisters, cuts or wounds.
Needless to say, swimming at this time is not really encouraged from the docks.
It is expected that the elevated E. coli count could continue due to the storms that are predicted for Canada Day.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
ORC – Masters rowing program
Congratulations Matthew Fournier and Louise Munro
June 30, 2014
The Ottawa Rowing Club is thrilled to share in the announcement that ORC athletes, Matthew Fournier and Louise Munro, will be representing Canada internationally this summer.
Matthew has been selected to Canada’s national team racing at the Commonwealth Rowing Regatta in Scotland from August 9 to 10, 2014.
Louise has been selected to Canada’s national team racing at the CanAmEx Regatta in Lochaber, Nova Scotia from July 11 to 12, 2014.
Please join us in celebrating this news and congratulating both Matthew and Louise on their selections! We wish them well!
Yoga at the ORC - starting June 24
June 19, 2014
Nourish your Mind, Body & Spirit :)
When: Every Tuesday at 6pm starting June 24
Where: ORC Interpretive Centre
Who: Tuesday night yoga is open to ALL ORC members
Why: Improve your oarsmanship
Improve posture and body alignment
Build core strength and increase flexibility
Train harder with fewer injuries
Fine tuning your sense of balance and sensory awareness
Develop your mental focus and concentration
Observe the world in a more positive light
Your Yoga Teacher:
Terry Hind is a certified Group Fitness, Water Fitness and Yoga Instructor. With over 25 years of teaching experience, he has taught many types of group exercise classes as well as Yoga and Pilates, in government, corporate, commercial and community centre fitness settings. Terry is known for his high-energy and enthusiasm in his group fitness classes and his connection with mind-body-spirit in his yoga classes. He has a passion for health and well-being that he loves to share.
So! Get your yoga mat and get ready to:
- Drop the brain (be in the present moment]
- Listen to the body (honour your limitations)
- Control the breath (deep cleanse your breath)
Summer club hours
June 11, 2014
For the remainder of June the hours are:
5:00 am to 7:00 am and 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm on weekdays
7:00 am to 12:00 pm on weekends
For July and August the hours are:
5:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays
7:00 am to 12:00 pm on weekends
Glebe Collegiate wins two golds at CSSRA Regatta
June 8, 2014
Congratulations to Glebe Collegiate for two natonal championship victories at this weekend's Canadian Secondary School Rowing Assoication national championship regatta in St Catharines.
Glebe rowers Gillian Cross and Hayley Watt took a 25- second victory in the junior womens double final, then joined by Katie Clarke and Reilly McClure, they also won gold in the junior womens quad final, taking first in that race by 12 seconds.
Lisgar's Louise Munro finished second in the senior womens single category and picked up another silver by joining fellow Lisgar rower Mitzi Banic to take second in the senior womens double final.
Glebe also had a bronze medal in the senior men 72 kg cox four final.
In total Ottawa high schools had vcrews in eight finals as the three day regatta wrapped up
Obstructions around the bridge - May 30
May 30, 2014
Attention all coaches and crews. It has been brought to the safety committee attention that there has been additional signage put into the river on both sides of the MacDonald - Cartier Bridge.
Please take caution with all boats when going through this bridge.
These signs will be there for at least a year, but will possibly change location around the bridge as the work on it progresses.
There are also barges under the bridge. Their location will change as the work progresses also.
Once again be aware of these obstacles as you and your crews enjoy their water sessions.
ORC Safety Chair
Summer staff 2014
May 19, 2014
Some of the club's summer staff for 2014 will begin work this week so you should notice a few changes around the office.
Our goal is to staff the office from 8:00 am to closing Monday through Friday and when the club is open on weekend mornings and holidays. To do that the club has hired two rowing co-ordinators Marika Kay and Karin Germann to split the office time with executive director Melissa McKenzie. Many will know Marika as a leading member of the competitive program for several years while Karin has in the past been rowing coordiator at ONEC.
In addition Jack Vandermeer started work this weekend as the weekend custodian. Jack will work Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 pm until closing andopening the club from 7:00 am until noon on Saturdays and Sundays. He is completing grade 12 this spring at Canterbury High School, is bilingual and also an accomplished trumpet player heading to University of Ottawa in the fall.
Please take a momen tto welcome all of them in their new responsibilities.
Junior skills development program - Competitive Foundations
April 15, 2014
This year the ORC is offering a revised junior development program to help prepare new and inexperienced rowers between the ages of 12 and 18 with the skills they need for successful competitve rowing.
You can find all the details about the program here.
For questions about the programming, coaching and schedule: contact Kate Gorsline
For questions about fees or registration: contact Greg Brown