Rowing is one of Shawnigan’s flagship sports. Because we are blessed with an idyllic setting, a spectacular body of water on which to row, world-class facilities and equipment, and passionate, dedicated coaches, it is easy to see why. Over the years, Shawnigan rowing has established itself by winning numerous National Championships, but success here can also be witnessed in the character of our athletes. It is the goal of the program to develop the whole person, on and off the water. Rowers learn about commitment, dedication, perseverance, integrity, teamwork, and of course, the value of hard work.
Our season includes five or six local regattas, as well as a trip to St. Catharines, Ontario every year for the national Championship. We also try to send our rowers on one other tour each year, which could be a March camp in Florida, the Head-of-the Charles in Boston, the San Diego Crew Classic, or the prestigious Royal Henley Regatta in England. In 2008, Shawnigan won the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at this world-renowned event. Our program is well-known among universities in Canada and the US. In the states, recent rowing alumni have attended Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Brown, and The University of Pennsylvania. We also have many recent grads rowing at top Canadian Universities like UVic, UBC, Western, and Queens.
Shawnigan rowing is something that often creates life-long friendships, and helps students to become a part of something that is bigger than themselves. No experience is needed, as we coach any level of rower, from novice to experienced. We offer a wonderful opportunity for students to learn the importance of discipline, have a lot of fun, and test the limits of their athleticism, all at the same time.
- Tim Coy, Head of Rowing