Junior Program (U19)

Our Junior program trains rowers aged 12-18 years to compete their competitive goals in a variety of rowing shells from singles, to doubles, quads and the big 8s. Some regattas will have more specific age divisions or novice events. Junior A events are U19 (in the calendar year) and Junior B events are U17 and Junior C events are U15. 


The core training session times for 2016 are weekdays from 4:30-6:15 PM on Mondays and Thursdays, and Saturday's from 9:00-11:00 AM. These will be the practice times for both the Novices and Experienced athletes. These are also the times for any junior aged athlete (under 19 in 2014) wanting to join the club. The junior novice program (no experience necessary) is embedded in the junior competitive program. Once athletes learn the basics of rowing and boat-handling (usually after a month), they start rowing with the more experienced athletes of the competitive program (but they can be considered a novice at some regattas for up to one calendar year). 

Depending on one's experience and aspirations, there may be anywhere from 3 to 9 sessions on the weekly training program provided (some of the extras being independent dry-land training), though none are mandatory. The program has an open door policy, come when and as often as you can. The more you come, the faster you get fast!

Our most serious athletes will be able to do additional afternoon practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:15pm and most Fridays from 2:15-3:45pm. In the month of July, additional weekday morning practices will be offered for those any who want to attend (8:00am-10:00am), these practices are a great opportunity to both work on skills in small boats and get more training in. 

Regattas and Competitions

Local regattas include Calgary and Edmonton. Regional regattas include Regina and Victoria, while the pinnacle of rowing competition takes place in St. Catherine's at the Canadian Henley Regatta. Athletes with the talent and determination to take it to the next level can go on to compete at the Canadian Junior National Team Trials. Check out our regatta calendar for dates!


Head Junior Coach Chris Davidson has been developing CRC Junior athletes for over decade. Chris is a certified level III coach with a Masters degree in exercise physiology and is the Master Learning Facilitator rowing coaching certification courses in the Prairies. He is also a high school teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. A former Canadian National Team member, Chris represented Canada for 11 years at World Championships and the Sydney Olympics Games in 2000. Chris is assisted by volunteer coach Ron Kennedy and this year will have support with embedded novice program from other CRC summer staff. Joining Chris in running some of the additional junior practices is Alex Marchuk, current CRC rower and previous Vikes rower, and UofC Dinos coach, Mark Laidlaw who is a former Canadian National team coxswain.


The membership year for CRC members runs May 1-April 30 with April 9 being the date that online registration will be opened. Totally new to the sport? There are several suitable periods throughout April, May and June to try it out for the first time. You are also welcome to join our winter program anytime between January and April 30. Please contact the office from an updated list. Joining, later in the year? A second window to join will be offered in the first half of September, membership dues would then be pro-rated.

A full-year membership is $615, plus the additionally required online registration with our sport's national federation, Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA), for $70 (please see the: CRC Members tab on the left). The only equipment required of members is a PFD (lifejacket). The City of Calgary requires PFD's be worn on the Glenmore Reservoir. The requisite "Fanny-pack-style-CO2 cartridge" PFD's are available at Mountain Equipment Co-op For ~$140. Loaner PFD's are available from the club for a short time but it is the expectation that all athletes own his/her own pfd.

All competitions and regattas are optional. All travel expenses and associated regatta fees are covered by the athlete (or parents). Information about the travel details and specifics of who should attend each event is provided by the Head Junior Coach.

Many youth entering this program will have a Youth Camp under their belt; others will enter the program directly. Graduates of this program (over 19 in 2015) can move on to university rowing program such as the one at the University of Calgary or the CRC Senior Program.


For initial questions about joining the CRC junior program or of administrative nature please e-mail Amelie Schumacher, the CRC club manager: office@calgaryrowing.com

Weekly updates, training programs and information about upcoming events will be posted in the Facebook Group "Calgary Rowing Club - Juniors", please click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CalgaryRowingClubJuniors/ and just ask to join to get in the loop! Chris will be happy to add you. Parents, and any who do not use Facebook, can still get the same weekly update via email by self-enrolling in the: CRC Junior Parents/Guardians Contact List from this website. (It's kind of like registering for a free "event" in our system that never ends).

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