ORC is the 2016 RowOntario Club of the Year!

RowOntario’s annual conference was held this past weekend and the ORC and our members received amazing recognition during the awards lunch.  The Ottawa Rowing Club was selected as RowOntario’s 2016 Club of the Year!  Congratulations to all of our members, volunteers, officials, staff and partners who made this win happen for the ORC.  The ORC last won Club of the Year in 2014.

ORC also gives huge applause and congratulations to the following ORC members, volunteers and officials for their award wins:

  • Wes Kuran – RowOntario President’s Award winner
  • Melanie Bryce – RowOntario Female Umpire of the Year winner
  • Hayley Watt – RowOntario High School Bursary winner

And the following ORC members and volunteers were recipients of RowOntario Award of Merit certificates:

  • Kate Gorsline (ORC coach)
  • Jamie Bell (ORC coach)
  • Lana Burpee (ORC President)
  • Chris Waddell (ORC VP Administration)
  • Jennifer Shortall (ORC VP Recreation)
  • Philip Baker (ORC Coach)
  • Greg Brown (ORC Coach and Registrar)

Finally, congratulations to the ORC’s Chris Waddell who was voted in as the new President of RowOntario.  Chris has been a tireless volunteer of the ORC for many years and we extend our endless support and thanks to him for all he has done and continues to do for rowing.

A Friendly Reminder Regarding Winter Training

It’s great to see ORC members training hard at the YMCA this winter.  Just a friendly reminder to please clean up after yourself when using the ORC’s erg room at the Taggart Family YMCA or any other space at the Y.  Please remember to:

  • remove your water bottles, clothing and personal items from the erg room
  • put ergs and other equipment neatly back where it belongs
  • put any garbage in the bins provided
  • clean ergs after using them with the cleaning solution and towels provided.

Thank you for your help with this!

Ottawa Rowing Club Celebrates 2016 Season

The Ottawa Rowing Club celebrated a successful 2016 season at the November 19th ORC President’s Banquet at the Delta City Centre.  ORC enjoyed a year end party that included a talk given by the inspiring ORC rower and Paralympian bronze medalist in Rio, Andrew Todd.  Andrew shared his road to Rio, his reflections on the journey and the Olympic experience that led him to a bronze medal.  Thank you, Andrew!

Many ORC members and crews were recognized during the evening with awards including:

Coach of the Year: Philip Baker (Masters Women’s Coach) and Cliff Brimmell (Junior Women’s Coach)

Volunteer Appreciation: Steve Mihorean

Service Award: Robert Tang

Male Sweep Crew of the Year: Matthew Fournier, Sam Garber, Charles Li-Benard, Mac Bruce-Fuoco, Alex Bernst, Graham Connell, Robert Park, Christopher Clarke, Gabrielle Takaoka

Female Sweep Crew of the Year: Hayley Watt and Gillian Cross

Male Sculling Crew of the Year: Alex Bernst and Sam Garber

Female Sculling Crew of the Year: Alanna Fogerty and Anna Currie

Junior Crew of the Year: Nia Byway, Mataes Winter, Margaret Hemphill, Lea Papillon, Nicholas Lee, Christopher McIntyre-Gacia, Oliver Mihorean, Isabelle Barlow-Jeffrey, Katie Clarke

Female Junior Crew of the Year: Katie Clarke, Nia Byway, Margaret Hemphill, Yasmine Frojmovic, Lea Papillon

Male Novice Rower of the Year: Matthew Lazurek

Female Novice Rower of the Year: Christina Fernandez

Coxie of the Year: Jeremy Courtney

Recreational Rower of the Year: Lutz Sukstorf

Female Masters Crew of the Year: Jeremy Courtney, Anna van der Kamp, Rachel Inch, Isabelle Teolis, Amy Moen, Pamela Peacock, Melissa McKenzie, Marcela Tendilla, Julia Fournier

Male Masters Rower of the Year: Robert Park

Sportsmanship Award: Aaron King

The following 14 ORC members who raced internationally in 2016 were also recognized by ORC member and Rowing Canada President Mike Walker during the evening:

Hayley Watt – 1st, Women’s 2-, CanAmMex, Sarasota, Florida

Gillian Cross – 1st, Women’s 2-, CanAmMex, Sarasota, Florida

Josh King – 3rd, LM4x, World Rowing Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Anna Currie – 3rd, LW2x, B Final, World University Championships, Poznan, Poland

Alanna Fogerty – 3rd, LW2x, B Final, World University Championships, Poznan, Poland

Hunter Amesbury  – 6th, Men’s 4-, World University Championships, Poznan, Poland

Jenna Pelham – 4th, Women’s LW4x, World Rowing Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Sarah Black – 6th, Women’s 4-, World Rowing Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Andrew Todd – 1st, LTAMix4+, World Cup, Poznan, Poland

3rd, LTAMix4+, Paralympic Games, Rio Brazil

Nicole Hare – 12th, Women’s 2-, World Cup, Lucerne, Switzerland

2nd, Women’s 2-, C Final, Olympic Games, Rio, Brazil

Jennifer Martins – 7th, Women’s 2-, World Cup, Varese, Italy; 10th, Women’s 2-, World Cup, Lucerne, Switzerland; 2nd, Women’s 2-, C Final, Olympic Games, Rio, Brazil

Cristy Nurse – 2nd, Women’s 8+, World Cup, Varese, Italy; 4th, Women’s 8+, World Cup, Lucerne, Switzerland; 5th, Women’s 8+, Olympic Games, Rio, Brazil

Christine Roper – 2nd, Women’s 8+, World Cup, Varese, Italy; 4th, Women’s 8+, World Cup, Lucerne, Switzerland; 5th, Women’s 8+, Olympic Games, Rio, Brazil

Antje von Seydiltz – 2nd, Women’s 8+, World Cup, Varese, Italy, 4th, Women’s 8+, World Cup, Lucerne, Switzerland; 5th, Women’s 8+, Olympic Games, Rio, Brazil

Special thanks to our amazing members who joined the celebration and who worked so hard to make 2016 a great year for the ORC! 

A HUGE thanks and shout out to our loyal and supportive sponsors and partners, listed below, who contributed awesome prizes that were raffled off during the evening:

  • Bushtukah
  • Regatta Sport
  • Ottawa Collaborative Care Centre
  • Rama Lotus Yoga Centre
  • Taggart Family YMCA
  • Living Science Wellness Centre
  • Centre for Strength and Athlete Development
  • Row West
  • Smartwool
  • Urban Ocean
  • MarTeR Jewelry Creation

We can’t wait to kick off our 150th birthday in 2017 at the ORC!

ORC announces new fundraising program

The ORC has an exciting new initiative designed to help us raise funds for specific projects, such as promoting rowing in high schools through encouraging winter rowing machine activities to promote healthy and active lifestyles, support to send our coaches to training programs to enhance their coaching skills and providing financial support to help young rowers whose families may find the costs of rowing prohibitive.

We have partnered with True Sport Foundation so that donations to the ORC Initiative at True Sport are eligible for charitable donation tax receipts. This is the first time we have been able to issue tax receipts to donors.

The donations are held by True Sport in an ORC account for the exclusive use of the ORC. When we have a project that is aligned with True Sport’s principles, we apply to TSF for the money we need to purchase equipment, pay education and training or whatever else it may cost to support the specific project. The funds come from our account and we deliver the program as we describe.

We are confident this will enhance our ability to expand the rowing community in Ottawa and develop new ways of introducing people to our sport.

We hope you will consider contributing to the Ottawa Rowing Club Initiative .

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ORC Annual General Meeting – February 28, 2017 – Save the date!

The ORC’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

The AGM will be held at the Hintonburg Community Centre (in the Wellington Room), 1064 Wellington Street W. from 7pm to 9pm.  

All ORC members are encouraged to attend, with sign-in starting at 6:30pm.  More information, including AGM agenda, written reports and call for nominations for Executive positions, will be posted on the ORC website soon.