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Ottawa Rowing Club named 2014 RowOntario Club of the Year!

December 3, 2014

There will be a new banner added to the ORC boathouse come spring! On November 29th, during the RowOntario annual conference in Toronto, Ontario, the ORC was named RowOntario Club of the Year acknowledging club innovation and success! This is a huge honour and is testament to the hard-working, talented, most wonderful rowing community here at the Ottawa Rowing Club. We congratulate and thank our many passionate volunteers, including coaches, parents, executive, officials, and all those who help make the ORC a wonderful place to be and the Club of the Year in Ontario. Cheers to the RowOntario Club of the Year!


Jack Nicholson

December 2, 2014

The ORC is sad to pass on the news to members that long-time Ridley coach Jack Nicholson died yesterday in St Catharines after a brief hospitalization.

A former national team coach, Jack had coached for 59 years at the Ridley Graduate Boat Club and at Ridley College. He was a legend in the sport and will be greatly missed.

There will be a Celebration of Jack's Life in January in St. Catharines with details to be announced shortly . A Jack Nicholson Memorial Coaching Bursary will also be estabished at Rowing Canada.

Read more about Jack's rowing career here.


An Evening of Celebration for the Ottawa Rowing Club

November 28, 2014

Over 170 ORC members and volunteers came together on November 22 for the ORC's annual year end banquet held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre. It was a terrific evening with a lot of laughs, smiles and cheer in celebration of another successful year at the Ottawa Rowing Club. The evening could not have been so much fun and so lovely without many helping hands.

Many thanks to Chris Waddell, ORC VP Administration and Lana Burpee, ORC President for their help with event planning and coordination and to Marika Kay and Lilianne Page, ORC senior women program athletes, who did a phenomenal job MC-ing the event and creating a lot of laughs and warm memories. Thank you to our award presenters including Paul Amesbury, Sophie Desaulniers, Jennifer Shortall, Lana Burpee, Marika Kay, Lilianne Page and Lindsay Wilson. Thank you to Matthew Fournier, ORC senior men’s athlete and Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist and guest speaker for the evening. It was terrific to hear from Matthew about his journey to success at home and internationally. And thank you to Mr. Tang, junior women’s lead coach, for his year end slide show and video. Mr. Tang’s slide show and video is a banquet highlight every year and this year was no exception. The compilation of so much ORC footage in such a powerful way is no small task! To view the video go to:

Finally thank you to all of those members who could attend the banquet this year. It was wonderful to see the ORC community come together for one last hurrah for 2014. Now we look to 2015 for another great year!

And most importantly, a very big congratulations to all of our award winners of the evening!

Service Award:Greg Brown
Coach of the Year: Ed Fournier and Kate Gorsline
Volunteer Appreciation: Donna Blois, Carrie Connell, Jennifer Rae Brown
Male Sweep Crew of the Year: Joseph Kunkel, Mac Bruce-Fuoco
Female Sweep Crew of the Year: Jenna Pelham, Lilianne Page, Anna Currie, Alanna Fogerty, Megan Haley, Dana Howell, Emmie Page, Alyssa Pastic, Jennifer Bowen
Male Sculler of the Year: Matthew Fournier
Female Sculler of the Year (and princess of the year award!): Louise Munro
Male Junior Crew of the Year: Alex Bernst, Jon Hamilton, Christopher Clarke, Graham Connell, Khahil Daibes
Female Junior Crew of the Year: Louise Munro, Milica Banic, Gillian Cross, Hayley Watt
Male Novice Rower of the Year: Aaron King
Female Novice Rower of the Year: Sahara Frojmovic
Coxie: Jennifer Bowen
Recreational Rower: Marc-Andre Dionne
Masters Crew of the Year: Marcella Tendilla, Amy Moen, Pamela Peacock, Caitlin Salter-Macdonald, Maureen McEvoy, Jennifer Shortall, Karin Germann, Alison Patrick, Jeremy Courtney
Sportsmanship Award: Gillian Cross


ORC President's Banquet photos

November 24, 2014

You can find all Roberta Gal''s photos from the Nov. 22 banquet here.



Two great options for keeping -- or getting -- fit this winter!

November 18, 2014

Rowers, coaches, volunteers and family members are invited to stay active this winter with great discounts on cross country ski passes in Gatineau Park and indoor winter facilities at the Ottawa Athletic Centre.

Cross Country Skiing
Thank you Julia Fournier for coordinating a group discount for the ORC. To take advantage of this discount, you must purchase your season pass before December 1. Use your member password: winter2015 on this link:

2014 Group discount price list:

Adult (18-59) = $127.49
Student (18-24) = $85.00
Senior (60+) = $85.00
Youth (13-17) = $76.50

Ottawa Athletic Club
Great facilities at one of the city's best clubs. All inclusive 'Gold' membership for ORC rowers, coaches and volunteers allows access to all facilities (except tennis, squash and racquetball) plus a variety of classes. For parents or spouses, there is a great discount too. Want to play those raquet sports this winter -- sign up for the membership upgrade. See for details about prices and links to register.

The 2015 on-water season is just around the corner. Get ready with an active life that includes cross country skiing and winter training.


ORC Winter Erging Schedule

November 16, 2014

The ORC erg room at the Ottawa Athletic Club is set up and ready to go! The erg room is located behind the tennis courts, next to Douvris Karate & Fitness.

The club’s winter erging schedule can be downloaded here:


Preparing for the ORC's 150th anniversary

Novmeber 11, 2014

In 2017, the Ottawa Rowing Club will celebrate its 150th birthday. Helps us create a
curated collection of stories that captures more than a century of rowing, unitans and
friendships. Send us photos and/or stories of your fondest memories, be they proud, happy,
sad or ridiculous! Submit to

This project is being organized by LIndsey Wilson, Tina Roic and Mr. Tang.

Find more details by downloading this poster.



Welcome to ORC Winter Training!

November 7, 2014

“If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse”…..Welcome to ORC Winter Training!

Ready to collect your medals in 2015? Earn them this winter with the ORC and Ottawa Athletic Club (2525 Lancaster Rd). The ORC is excited to announce our partnership with the Ottawa Athletic Club to support all ORC programs during the winter months. This includes masters, para, senior and junior competitive, university, recreational and junior development programs. The amenities provided at the OAC 150,000 square foot facility are among the best of any facility in Ottawa! To learn more about the OAC visit

For the amazing price of $200 plus HST ORC athletes and volunteers will receive OAC Gold membership status from November 15 to April 15. This status provides access to:

- 143m indoor running track
- Precor Cardio machines (with iPod compatible Cardio Theatre)
- Magnum Strength Training Equipment
- Olympic Power Lifting Platform
- 4 Power Racks
- Cycling studio
- Just Women Studio
- Heated indoor saltwater swimming pool
- Saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools in both the men’s and ladies’ locker room areas
- Full access to Group Fitness classes (fitness, spinning, aquatic and yoga)
- A dedicated training room for the ORC with our ergs (program training schedule will be posted after November 15).

ORC members and volunteers can choose to upgrade to a $249 + HST Platinum membership to add access to:
- squash
- tennis
- and racquetball

Greco Lean and Fit and Peak Centre Testing are also available (additional charges apply).


Visit the OAC online store at
Select the “Ottawa Rowing Club Winter Membership” from the drop down menu Click on “Make Purchase”
On the “Shopping Cart” page select “Check Out”

If you have used this site before to register for programs online use the “Been Here Before” option and enter your pre-existing login information – otherwise please enter your first and last name on the “New To Our Site” side

Enter the required information to complete the process Enter your billing info to complete the transaction


And the news gets even better! The ORC and OAC have created another membership category for parents or spouse of any ORC athlete at a rate of $26.95 bi-weekly for the winter season of November 15 to April 15.

What better way to spend that hour or two while your son/daughter/spouse is at practice? No excuses, no waiting, no watching. Join us for the ride this winter. This is a terrific opportunity to hang out as a family in a positive, fun atmosphere. Parents and spouses should contact Bruce Walker at 613-523-1540 ext. 227 or directly to take advantage of this membership offer.


See you on the water in 2015!

November 3, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came down to the club on Saturday to help close up the club for the winter and take out the docks! Everyone's hard work went along way to ensure we will be ready to go as soon as the ice melts in the Spring. Thank you to the Masters and Rec programs that completed the inventory; the Junior Women, University Novice and Seniors who derigged the boats; the Junior Men who braved the cold waves to float the docks downstream to the crane; and Peter Thompson, Greg Brown, Robert Tang, Stuart Taylor and Brian Adams for organizing the event.

Details for winter training and the End of Season Banquet will be posted soon.

Congratulations everyone on a great season and see you on the water in 2015!


Ottawa Sports Awards Nominations

October 27, 2014

Nominations are now open for the 62nd annual Ottawa Sports Awards Dinner, the largest and most inclusive amateur sport recognition event in Canada. The dinner is January 28, 2015 at Algonquin College on Woodroffe Avenue.

At this time, we welcome your nominations from the 2014 season for an outstanding athlete and coach in your individual sport and teams that have won championships at the provincial, national or world levels. As well, we are looking for candidates to be considered for the lifetime achievement awards listed below. Each nominee for a lifetime award must have a minimum of 20 years experience in their sport.

Mayors Cup

Lifetime award for a coach

Lifetime award for a volunteer/administrator

Lifetime award for an official

The eligibility criteria for all of the awards can be found at under the Nominations tab.

Deadline to submit nominations is December 1 to the ORC Executive. Nominations should be sent to



ORC in the Ottawa Citizen

September 24, 2014

Read about the ORC redevelopment plans in today's Ottawa Citizen.


Safety at the club

September 16, 2014

A friendly reminder to all of our members to be extra cautious while on the docks and particularly when on the coach boat ramp. Given darkness and cool damp mornings, the docks and coach ramp can be become slippery so please take your time and take extra care when walking on these areas. Please also wear proper footwear when at the club - this means footwear with a tread that will give you some stability and traction (i.e running shoes). Another reminder that all athletes and coaches must wear personal lights in low light conditions. This is a must and there are no exceptions. Thank you for keeping yourself and your teammates and coaches safe this fall season.





2014 Year-end video

November 28, 2014

You can watch the 2014 ORC year-end video here on YouTube.

Thanks to Mr Tang who put it together


Club calendar 201

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Tour our Boathouse

A table setting in the boathouse

See our Boathouse banquet facilities, our scenic Ottawa Rover location complete with grounds and gardens, a terrace landing on the banks of the river for wedding ceremonies, parking for 90 vehicles and photos from previous functions at the boathouse.

To find out more details about rental of the Boathouse, including facility availability, pricing and how to reserve your special event, please email

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Frequently asked questions about rowing

March 1, 2014

Q: What is the difference between rowing and paddling?
A: Rowing is an Olympic water sport. Paddling includes canoe, kayak and dragon boating.  The rower is seated backwards in the boat with oars propelling the boat in the opposite direction of the rower. The rowing stroke is a function of the legs and the arms with the seats in the boats mobile to move with the rowers’ stroke – it is a full body workout!  Rowing can be done as an individual, or part of a boat crew. Calm, flat water is ideal for rowing.

Q: How old do I need to be to start?
A: 12 years old, depending on physical strength and maturity.

Q: Am I too old to start rowing?
A: Rowing is a sport for all ages and levels, so it is never to late to learn to row!

Q: What level of swimming should I have?
A: Being comfortable treading water as well as swimming in deep water without support from a life vest is ideal for rowing and other water sports. Non-swimmers can wear a personal (pouch styled) floatation device.

Q: What is the Coxswain?
A: Usually a smaller rower who sits at the stern of the boat, facing the bow. The coxswain (or coxie) coordinates the rhythm and power of the rowers and steers the boat.

Q: How do I get to the Ottawa Rowing Club?
A: The ORC is located at 10 Lady Grey Dr. Ottawa, ON. The boathouse is located on the Ottawa River, off Sussex Drive opposite the Saudi Embassy, just eats of downtown Ottawa. Program activities take place in the second, larger boathouse.
Limited parking is available on site for members and program participants. OC transpo bus route #9 stops a few minutes walk to the club and bike racks are on site.

Q: What should I wear/bring?
A: Snug fitting clothing, socks and running shoes, hat, sunglasses, water bottle in an old sock, lock.           

Q: What amenities are available onsite?
A: Free wireless Internet access, vending machines, refrigerator, microwave, personal day-use lockers, showers change rooms, strength training equipment and rowing machines.

Q: How long is the rowing season?
A: The season is weather dependent. Water safety is top priority, when water levels and temperatures are safe, the boats can be in the water. The season usually starts at the beginning of April and runs until early November.

Q: I am a rower visiting from out of town; can I row with your club?
A: Yes! We have guest memberships available. You must be registered with another club in order to row as an ORC guest.










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