Winter Training Put to the ERG


February 2, 2015.

Athletes of all ages, and from across the country, competed at indoor regional rowing (or ergometer/erg) competitions this past weekend.

As many parts of the country are battling snowy conditions and sub zero temperatures, the erg is the best way to stay rowing fit during the long winter months.

  And with spring conditions around the corner (despite what Punxsutawney Phil said this morning), athletes are always eager to test their fitness at the midway point of the winter season.

There were some impressive results, most notably in the para-rowing divisions, over the weekend.  On Sunday, at the Mississauga location of the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships, Curtis Halladay (Laurentian University) set a world record in the para men’s legs/trunk/arms division.  Cameron Sinclair (University of Western Ontario) also set a world record in the para men’s trunk/arms division.

The lightweight senior men, who are presently training in Burnaby, BC, competed on Saturday at the Beat the Beast competition.  The annual indoor regatta, which was hosted this year by the rowing program at Saint George’s School in Vancouver, is in its 27th year.

Tsawwassen native and recently featured in the Hometown Heroes series, Brendan Hodge, who was a member of last summer’s lightweight four, competed on Saturday at Beat the Beast.

“It’s always great to get the chance to race,” said Hodge following his race, “even if it’s indoors. Our group has been putting in a lot of training miles, so we really enjoyed the opportunity to get a taste of what’s to come. Racing season is just around the corner.”

Athletes across the country are getting ready for Spring Trials that are taking place in April and May.  Crews for the senior team that will compete at this summers Olympic Qualification Regatta in France, will be chosen in part, from the results at these trials.

For a more comprehensive list of results from the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships, click here.


Douglas Vandor

Communications and Media Relations Assistant | Adjoint aux Communications et aux Relations avec les médias

Rowing Canada Aviron

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