Shawinigan Lake School

Story and Photos by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

May 12, 2013 Shawnigan Lake, BC (ISN) – Shawnigan Lake School kicked of a weekend of spirited rowing competition between school age rowing clubs Saturday on the idyllic shores of Shawnigan Lake and the grounds of Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park.

Shawnigan Lake School, playing host to its prestigious 53rd Annual Shawnigan Lake School Rowing Regatta, opened the lake Saturday morning to welcome some of the top high school rowing crews in Western Canada.

Shawnigan Lake’s JR C Double explode out of the starting gate in early morning action Saturday – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

A Shawnigan Women’s 4x+, rower digs in an oar during warm up resulting in a shower – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Rowing, being one of Shawnigan Lake’s flagship sports over the years, and has established itself in rowing circles by winning numerous National Championships, and also aiding in the development of some students that have continued their training into post secondary competition and National training programs.

Shawnigan Lake’s womens 4x+, leaves the gate in sync – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Vancouver Rowing Club womens 4x+, team looks to keep with the group in their heat – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

The Shawnigan Lake womens 4x+, team stepped up the pace bringing in a win at the finish line – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Twenty teams from Vancouver Island, and the Lower Mainland dipped their shells into the water early Saturday morning just after the sun broke the horizon to start time trials heats to determine which teams would move on to finals races later in the morning and afternoon.

Fans cheer on their teams at the finish line from the idyllic confines on the shores of Shawingan Lake Provincial Park – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Mens 4x would have some stiff competition for Shawnigan Lake competitors Saturday – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

When out of sync, rowers can find themselves in precarious position as seen here when this boat was at risk of taking on water – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Competitors, rowing the length of the lake, gasping for every last breath near the finish line would come to within earshot of dozens of screaming fans, seemingly urging every last ounce of energy out of their favorite team as they finished the course. Watching from the comfort of a motorized boat, I couldn’t help but be in awe of the commitment to the fitness, dedication, and determination all the young athletes must commit to complete a race.

Well done all!

Competition will wrap up on Sunday with the final race to leave the starting bouy at 3:38 pm. For race results go to