Six Canadians Pass FISA International Umpire’s Exam

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The six successful RCA umpires, with one of their examiners, who recently passed the FISA examination. 

While silently working behind the scenes at every competition, umpires maintain fairness and safety during a regatta.  Well-trained umpires are thus crucial in order to ensure a well organized, athlete centric regatta.

At every world rowing competition a jury of eighteen to twenty umpires is present, many of those umpires hailing from Canada.

Canadians who umpire at the world level must pass practical and written tests in addition to having at least three years experience umpiring with their national federation.

This past July, six Rowing Canada Aviron umpires successfully passed the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron’s (FISA) International Umpire Examination on July 13th in St.Catharines, Ontario. 

The successful candidates were (from left to right in the above photo):

Mélanie Bryce (Chelsea, QC)

Derek Ventnor (Toronto, ON)

Alain Rochon (Boucherville, QC)

Kris Grudt (FISA examiner)

Tim Henderson (Victoria, BC)

Ge-An Rijniersce (North Vancouver, BC)

Andrew Smith (London, ON)