Given the time of the year, Clubs were encouraged to get involved and run a club ‘open day’ to introduce people to our sport with indoor rowing.
Club d’Aviron de la Capitale was the clear winner with their creativity, huge numbers and brilliant media engagement as the club were fortunate to convince 2012 Olympian Andréanne Morin to help the Club promote their open day.
“I am so happy. I do my very best to help promote rowing and interior rowing in Quebec. There is a big potential here. This boat will contribute to the development of Club d’Aviron de la Capitale. I look forward to trying it!”, said Catherine Paquin.
“I had the chance to spend a memorable day with the athletes of the Rame Québec Club and of the Club d’aviron de la Capitale, who are all equally passionate, devoted and ready to overcome all obstacles, even the current in the St-Lawrence seaway! Young ones and adults alike, we did some erging, tested our techniques and even did explosive relays. I even had the chance to talk to the athletes of my Olympic journey and the challenges I had to overcome during my career. With this new boat, it is certain that ice canoeing and rowing will continue to grow in popularity in Quebec!”, said Andréanne Morin.
“We know many Clubs wind down their activities in the winter months but we wanted to encourage clubs to re-think winter as a great opportunity to introduce newcomers to our sport with indoor rowing,” said Colleen Miller, Rowing Canada Aviron’s Sport Development Manager.
While indoor rowing can be a great first experience to rowing, indoor rowing is also highly contested. The indoor rowing competitive season starts in January and concludes with the C.R.A.S.H-B. Sprints, (which are an official world championships of indoor rowing) will take place in Boston on March 1st. For indoor rowing competitions in Canada, visit rowingcanada.org/events.
Club d’Aviron de la Capitale captured the day in a great YouTube video, which you can view here.