Guylaine Bernier is the new Chair of the Umpires Committee

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Jackie Skender

June 7, 2013 (ISN) – Rowing Canada Aviron welcomes Guylaine Bernier as chair of the Rowing Canada Aviron Umpires Committee, and recognizes the long-service of outgoing chair, Wes Kuran.

Bernier, of Ile-des-Soeurs, Quebec, has accepted the position of Umpires Committee Chair, effective June 01. Bernier rowed for Canada in the 1976 Olympic Games, and has been a Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron (FISA) umpire since 1987. She has been the Association québécoise d’aviron (AQA) representative on the RCA Umpires Committee since 1998.

Bernier, a long-time volunteer and sport advocate, has also been the chair of the Umpires Selection & FISA Sub-committee of the RCA Umpires Committee, and was a member of the FISA Umpiring Commission from 1994 to 2010. She is also a long-time board member and current president of the National Sport Institute (Institut National du sport du Québec). Bernier has received many awards and honours, including being inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame as an Olympic athlete in 1996.

“We are pleased to have Guylaine working as the chair of this committee – she is widely respected in Canada and internationally for her work in this area,” said Rowing Canada Aviron president, Dr. Michael Murphy. “At the same time, we thank outgoing chair Wes Kuran for his hard work and service to RCA on this committee.”

Kuran, a member of the Ottawa Rowing Club, began umpiring in 1976, and earned his FISA license at the Pan Ams in Caracas, Venezuela. In his 25-year span as an international umpire, Kuran was on 15 international juries, which included the 2000 Olympic and 2008 Paralympic Games. He served as chief umpire or president of the jury on three occasions. He was chair of RCA Umpires Committee previously for four years and the more-recent stint for more than a year. He was also the Ontario Rowing Association president (1973-76) and RCA VP (1976-77) and then RCA president from 1977-79, and he served on the RCA executive committee.

“It is with great appreciation for all of his work and dedication to the sport that I say thank you to Wes Kuran as chair of the Umpires Committee,” said Debbie Sage, an RCA director. “I have had the pleasure of working with Wes on many levels, and the knowledge he brings to umpiring is vast.”

The RCA Umpires Committee is charged with promoting and standardizing umpiring, and consistently improving the quality of umpiring in general and in particular at Canadian national regattas.

As well, the committee must ensure that the RCA Rules of Racing are current and relevant. The FISA Selection / Education Sub-Committee recommends to RCA, RCA FISA umpires to be nominated to FISA to serve on FISA juries, and selects umpires nominated by the provincial rowing associations, to serve on juries of Canadian national regattas.