Rowing Canada Aviron invites applications for the Future Athlete Bursary


Photo: 2014 Future Athlete Bursary recipient, Larissa Werbicki (L) with coach John Haver and Caileigh Filmer at the 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships. 

Young rowers and para-rowers aspiring to represent Canada can apply to receive financial support as they continue to be a student/athlete in Canada.

Introduced in 2014 upon receipt of a generous donation, Rowing Canada Aviron will provide financial support of $2,000, consisting of two $1,000 payments, for up to five athletes who have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate potential of becoming a high performance athlete in one of Rowing Canada Aviron’s high performance programs (open women and men, lightweight women and men, and para-rowing).

Many of the inaugural recipients went on to represent Canada over the 2014 summer. Most notably, Larissa Werbicki of Saskatoon Rowing Club, and now studying at University of Western Ontario, won silver at the 2014 World Rowing Junior Championships in the women’s pair and a bronze medal at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

“We recognise that the transition into the Senior or Para National Teams takes a great deal of commitment and financial outlay,” said Peter Cookson, Director of High Performance for Rowing Canada Aviron. “Thanks to this donation, we aim to alleviate some of that financial commitment to help the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians continue to train at the high level required to be a future member of the Canadian Rowing Team and complete their studies here in Canada.”

More can always be done. Rowing Canada Aviron relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations to support the next generation of Canada’s National Teams Rowers. To make a donation, and receive a charitable tax receipt, please click here for more information and to make a donation.


Information for Applicants


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria, as well as demonstrate a desire and commitment to representing Canada in the sport of rowing. The athlete must be:

  • A current RCA Member;
  • Not receiving Sport Canada (carding) support;
  • A Canadian citizen under the age of 21 years of age as of December 31, 2015; and
  • Enrolled or accepted into a Canadian post-secondary institution, ideally with a rowing program as of September 1, 2015.

Ideal candidates will have previously been a member of the Canadian U23 Rowing Team, Canadian Junior Rowing Team and/or CanAmMex Team.

Commitments of Successful Applicants

Successful applicants are required to agree and be held to Rowing Canada Aviron’s Athlete Code of Conduct [insert link to 2015 version]. They will also be required to maintain their RCA Member status, as well as enter and compete at:

  • Rowing Canada Aviron’s 2015 National Rowing Championships
  • 2016 Spring Trials (West or East, depending on athlete’s location)

How to Apply

Athletes who wish to apply for the 2015 Future Athlete Bursary must submit the following to Rowing Canada Aviron by May 5, 2015.

Online application form – to be completed by the athlete
Reference letter – to be completed by a recognised coach
Letter of support – to be completed by parent/guardian IF athlete is under 18 on or before application closing date

Please note, all documents must be submitted as part of the online application form.

Link to Online Application Form –

Key Dates

Applications due – May 5

Successful applicants notified –  May 29

First payment made – September 2015

2015 National Rowing Championships – October 8, 9 & 10

Second payment made – April 2016