April Newsletter

Hopefully, you are all staying safe, but have been able to get out and enjoy the beautiful sunshine of the last few days. There is lots of exciting news to share, so let’s dive in: 

Jumpstart Grant
In February, Canadian Tire Corporation announced an additional $12 million commitment to Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund to help sport and recreation organizations build sport and play, back into people’s lives. Jumpstart conducted a State of Sport study via Ipsos which revealed the pandemic has not only impacted current access to sport and play but has real long-term effects as well. Guelph Rowing Club and the communities it serves have experienced the impact of the pandemic first-hand. We recently received confirmation that we are amongst nearly 300 sport and recreation organizations nationally to be provided with grant support through Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund. We are beyond grateful to receive this news and know the positive impact it will have on sport and recreation organizations, and ultimately, on kids across the country. With Jumpstart’s support, we’ll be able to purchase a used 2020 wlwx1 single from Fluid. Fittingly, this new addition to the fleet will be named “Jumpstart”. This exciting purchase will be a great fit for many of our talented young female athletes in the High School Program. We are looking forward to seeing the “Jumpstart” in action. 

Service Award Recipients 
The Guelph Rowing Club is a collection of truly wonderful and dedicated members. On behalf of the GRC Board and Row Ontario, we would like to sincerely thank and congratulate the following members for their time and energy over the years. 

Award of Merit:
Pam Healey and Cameron Harvey 

Long Service Award – 20 Years
Vlad Zulinov, Pat Zulinov, Nicole Bellefleur, Jane McKinnon Wilson, Joanne Ryks, Pat Weir, Pia Muchaal, Brian Sulley, Dave Leger, Rita Harris, Fiona McCrea, Tanya Lonsdale, and Jack Wilhelm. 

Long Service Award – 15 Years 
Michelle Richardson, Isobelle Gray, David Barker, Heather Kooistra, Mike Atkinson, Pam Healey, and Peggy Buchanan.

Fees and Registration
Registration is now open for single and double boat storage, Adult Learn to Row (18 and over), Youth Learn to Row (ages 13-17), Recreational (full and half season), Masters Competitive, Senior Competitive, Coach, Coxie, and Experienced Occasional Rower. If you are registering for boat storage, please wait to receive an email confirmation before registering for your rowing program or you will be charged the RCA and RowOntario fees twice. Register by visiting the GRC website “Register page” and then select the appropriate link to the RCA system, and finally the “Join” button beside your program of choice. A reminder that boat storage fees are due by April 30th. 

Gate Passes 
When we are able to get back to the beautiful Guelph Lake, note that photocopied passes are not acceptable to gain entry into the conservation area and the new passes will be available in the next couple of weeks. Members can use their pass from 2019 until they receive a new pass but please no photocopies. Once new passes are available 2019 passes will not be accepted.

Boat for Sale 
Lightweight FluidCarbon 2020 Single

  • Crew size: 120-140 lbs – Lightly used
  • Boat cover included
  • Oars included: Skinny Smoothie2 with Vortex Edge
  • Length of Oars: 283-288cm

Contact Maggie Walker with questions or for pricing: katwalk3372@gmail.com.

“It’s important to know that at the end of the day it’s not the medals you remember. What you remember is the process – what you learn about yourself by challenging yourself, the experiences you share with other people, the honesty the training demands – those are the things nobody can take away from you whether you finish twelfth or you’re an Olympic Champion” 

Silken Laumann, Candian Olympic Rower, Inspirational Speaker, and Author