SMUS CRC and Gorge Narrows Hires Scott Swinkels

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SMUS CRC and Gorge Narrows Hires Scott Swinkels

1 year ago 0

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

1 year ago 0

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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BC Champs Regatta 2015

2 years ago 0

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

2 years ago 0

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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GVYRS City Championships

2 years ago 0

Last weekend at the City Championships, Graeme Stewart and Max Stover raced the Junior Boys 2X for the SMUS Community Rowing Centre, and Oak Bay High School.  The Greater Victoria Youth Rowing Society (GVYRS) graciously allowed the boys to race as they both attend Oak Bay High School, and they have been accessing training within the league regulations. There were three heats to the event, seeing the heat winner automatically advancing to the final as well as the next three fastest times.  In a come-from-behind finish, the boys were able to sprint through the leaders to finish 1.5 seconds ahead of Cordova Bay in first place. 3 hours later the boys lined up in the final against the best in the city.  Off the mark one of the Cordova Bay (Claremont) crews jumped out to a substantial lead.  Graeme and Max were able to establish a solid hold on second

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