Local Athlete Fund Applications Being Accepted – Sept 15 deadline

Local Athlete’s Fund Application


The Local Athlete’s Fund is a new initiative with the purpose of providing financial support to ORC athletes in need who are rowing at the local club level. It has been established as a sister fund to the ORC’s existing Athlete’s Fund, which is designated to financially assist ORC athletes competing internationally. It has been established to recognize the efforts club athletes put into fundraising and volunteering, and therefore to provide an avenue for local athletes in need of financial assistance to access funds. The money for this fund will be raised through fundraising initiatives at the club.

Application & Selection

Money from the Local Athlete’s Fund will be awarded twice per year to athletes who currently row at the ORC. The recipients will be chosen based on individual financial need and circumstances, as well as level of commitment to the club as outlined in the application letter.

The application deadline is September 15, 2018, however, in extenuating circumstances the selection committee may approve funds to be released before these dates. The selection will be made by a committee comprised of the former and current Athlete’s Representatives of the ORC Executive.

Application Process

Athletes may apply by sending a letter to ottawarowingclub.secretary@gmail.com stating why they feel they are a deserving recipient of these funds. They may strengthen their application by addressing any of following criteria as they see fit:


  • How long have you rowed?
  • What are your racing goals this season?
  • Which seasons do you competitively row with the ORC? (Summer, fall)


  • What is your student status? (full/part time)
  • Do you maintain employment?
  • Do you receive any type of financial aid for schooling not including bursaries? (ex: OSAP)
  • Which monthly expenses do you pay? (Rent, vehicle expenses, tuition)
  • How do you currently pay for expenses, including rowing-related fees? (Family assistance, personal employment, etc.)
  • Any other means of financial aid you receive.
  • Any further details on financial situation and individual circumstances which merit this support.


  • Volunteer history with the club and/or community

Volunteer THANKS & Join Our Head of the Rideau Volunteer Crew!

A very BIG thank you and a giant smile with a ‘job well done’ to our volunteer coaches and officials who have shared their time, energy and love and joy of rowing with our crews this year! From Adult Rowing League to competitive to recreational to masters and more our volunteer coaches are incredibly dedicated and deserving of every kind word and gesture of thanks.  And we can’t race without our umpires and officials who also volunteer so many hours to make sure we can do what we love to do.  Also a big thank you to our junior parents who have accompanied the team to regattas and contributed to our amazing regatta nosh tables.  Regattas can be long and challenging, but you fuel us well.  THANK YOU!
Now the Fall season is upon us already!  Just like racing our seasons are intense and we need all the help we can get to cross the finish line.  We are seeking kind volunteers to help out at our annual Fall regatta – the Head of the Rideau on September 23.  This is a flagship regatta for the ORC and is always a fun one.  To find out more and to sign up as a volunteer please click here. Thank you in advance.  We really appreciate your contribution!
Ottawa Rowing Club Wins at Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

Ottawa Rowing Club Wins at Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

Crews from the ORC’s junior and senior competitive programs are returning home after a week of racing in St. Catharines, ON at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, which is the biggest and toughest competition of the summer.  The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta is a week long regatta (August 6 to 12) featuring Canadian and international crews racing over a 2000m course.

ORC crews closed the week with three Henley gold medals, adding to the five Henley gold medals already won by the ORC masters program last weekend.

Gold medal wins were in the senior men’s lightweight dash (Alex Kunkel), the senior women’s lightweight four and the senior women’s lightweight eight.

All results can be found here: http://www.henleyregatta.ca/en/henley-results

Next up, ORC senior and juniors crews, along with Carleton and University of Ottawa rowing programs, will prepare for the upcoming fall rowing season. 

IT’S HERE! ORC Rowing Pass Pilot Has Launched

For experienced rowers who want to get out and row, but are not able to commit to a full membership.

The ORC Rowing Pass Pilot is a flexible option for experienced rowers who want to get out and row but aren’t able to commit to a full membership.  Experienced rowers are rowers who have rowed at the ORC (Learn to Row, Adult Rowing League, Recreational, Masters, and Competitive) or at other clubs in similar programs.

Rowers are to row during scheduled Recreational or Masters times only: Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6pm, Saturday mornings at 9am (Masters), Sunday mornings at 8am (Recreational)

All rowers are required to complete ORC safety training before their first row.  Dates and times for upcoming safety training:

Monday, August 13 at 5pm

Monday, August 20 at 5pm

Monday, August 27 at 5pm

Wednesday, September 5 at 5pm

Monday, September 10 at 5pm

Fee Cost: $200 for 10 rows + annual RCA/RO fee (45$) 

Please note that for the pilot project, the punch card is non-transferable, non-refundable and expires when the ORC closes (i.e. docks get pulled up) for the 2018 season. The standard refund policy will NOT be applied for this program.

Registration for this pilot program is open on our online registration site, Ronin.  Click here to be redirected to the online registration page.  Complete step 1 to register with Rowing Canada and pay the $45 RCA association fee.  Then complete step 2 to register with the ORC for the drop in pass.  Once in the Ronin registration system, click on ‘register for recreational or masters rowing’ and select the drop in pass from the list of program options. Then continue with registration and payment.

Once you have completed the online registration, please contact Jennifer Shortall, arl@ottawarowingclub.com to pick up your card and complete your entry survey. A survey will be sent to you at the end of the season so we can evaluate the effectiveness of this pilot project. Thank you for your cooperation in advance!