September 21, 2016 Rowing Center Update

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September 21, 2016 Rowing Center Update

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Quick Updates:  Hello – my name is Dave Calder and I am the facility manager at the SMUS Community Rowing Centre and the Gorge Narrows Rowing Club.  I will be posting more updates about the club on our website and on our Facebook Page.  I hope you find this information enlightening!   Senior Rowing @ GNRC Starting early September, four University students started training in our 5:15 AM group.  They pay a student rate, and hopefully will become the core of a GNRC Seniors program.  We look forward to this group reaching ~6 members so that we can hire a designated coach to support them.  If you are interested in joining this Senior Program, please contact the club at 250-995-2290.   Junior Rowing @ GNRC Scott Swinkels, our head junior coach, has done a great job continuing to build the junior program.  This Fall season we are currently running two programs, our Performance

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Corporate Challenge Information and Registration Form

SMUS CRC and Gorge Narrows Hires Scott Swinkels

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I am happy to announce that Scott Swinkels will be joining the SMUS Community Rowing Centre and the Gorge Narrows Rowing Club as Head Junior Coach. Congratulations Scott! And congratulations rowers, for we have a great coach coming into the club! Scott is coming back to the sport full-time with a driven passion following a few years spent in the Finance and Investment Banking world. Before he was a full time investor, Scott played a key role in developing the junior structure at Victoria City Rowing Club, first working under Aalbert Van Schothorst and then taking over for Aalbert when he successfully moved over to UVic. Scott has kept his hand in the sport the entire time, helping at UVic by coaching their Novice squads. Scott will be joining the team this week to be introduced. He will officially start working with the kids January 5th, 2016. I would again

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Junior Winter Rowing Program at Gorge Narrows

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I am very excited about the successful start to our Winter Program.  This 5 week program will provide participants the opportunity to make many gains, both physically and technically.  They have to remember though: you only get out of it what you put into it!  The harder you push yourselves now the greater your successes will be later.   The size of the Winter Program is also very exciting.  With 27 registered participants, this program is thriving!  It is the attitude and work ethic of the participants that make it special though.  With 27 juniors making these gains the GNRC junior program will be a force to be reckoned with this spring!  Can you feel the momentum growing…because I certainly can!  With every kilometre put on the erg these kids are thinking about the race course at Elk Lake, or Shawnigan Lake or Mill Bay.  Find your next level!  

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Rowers Participate in the Gorge Waterway Clean-Up

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  Last Saturday, a large group of student-rowers from the St Michaels University School Rowing Team and the Gorge Narrows Rowing Club took part in the 13th Annual Gorge Waterway Cleanup. The clean-up, organized by Suzette Delmage from the Burnside Gorge Community Association, saw many community members and member organizations come together to try to make a significant difference. (See Victoria News article.) What motivated the kids to join in? A few reasons! Duty, Respect, Service. Tim Hortons? Regardless of why, they combed the beaches, the trestle, and the trails for garbage to remove. Office chairs, broken glass, metal rods, and syringes are only some of the trash that they cleared away. One boy, Zach, discovered a mystery. A bottle, partially buried and containing a quizzical note written entirely in Spanish. Buried in coffee beans, the note didn’t say much. It did, however, land him on the news. Good find

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BC Champs Regatta 2015

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Our junior competitive athletes raced at the Challenge West/BC Champs regatta on the weekend of July 10th through 12th. The boat combinations for this regatta were very focussed and disciplined crews. Each boat has spent many mornings training together and many afternoons cross training to further develop their fitness. The lead coaches said that this regatta really demonstrated to them how strongly their athletes were able to work together as a team. Everyone was excited to see both the Jr. B girls and boys 4x win with open water! Mhairi finished 4th in the Jr. A JV girls 1x. This race was Mhairi’s fourth race of the day, we were blown away by her persistence, smile and strong work ethic even when tired. In the Jr. A girls 2x, Sarah and Mhairi had a very strong 3rd place finish. Jake also had a very strong race, finishing fourth in the

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Summer Programs with Gorge Narrows Rowing

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St. Michaels University School and Gorge Narrows Community Rowing is excited to be offering summer rowing programs. We are running camps every week from July 6th till August 28th. Our learn-to-row camps are perfect for those wishing to give the sport of rowing a try. You will learn the progressions of a proper stroke, boat care and safety on the water. Learn-to-row camps run Monday to Friday from 9 am till 12 pm and 12 pm till 3 pm. Our junior rowing camps are perfect for rowers who have previously completed a season of rowing or a learn-to-row camp. The junior rowing camps allow you to further develop your skills and fitness. Choose between just rowing or rowing with cross training in the afternoon. These camps run Monday to Friday from 9 am to 12 pm or 9 am to 1 pm with the cross training option. To register see

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Masters Racing at Northwest Regional Championships

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Gorge Narrows Community Rowing is proud of our masters team who competed at the USRowing Northwest Masters Regional Championship. The regatta was held in Vancouver, Washington on June 26th, 27th and 28th. Races were run on a buoyed 1,000 meter course on Vancouver Lake. The athletes thoroughly enjoyed the racing experience; our men’s 8+ had so much fun that they all now want to row sweep boats! Many of the athletes won their very first medal at this regatta. By the end of the regatta the team had achieved four first place finishes, five second place finishes, three third place finishes, two fourth place finishes and three sixth place finishes. Congratulations to the mixed 2x (60-64 years), women’s 2x (55-59 years), women’s 2x (60-64 years) and the mixed 4x (55-59 years) who crossed the finish line first. Well done to all crews! Our masters team is a group of dedicated

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