Row For Canada

Rowing Canada Aviron operates two National Training Centres (NTCs) where our senior National Team Athletes train year round. Coaches, support staff and administrative staff for Rowing Canada Aviron are based at the two NTCs.  The NTC's are where our Senior World Championship Teams and our Olympic Teams are based. 

  • Our Victoria, BC, Training Centre (VTC) hosts the open men's program. 
  • Our London, ON, Training Centre (LTC) hosts the open women, lightweight women, and lightweight men's programs. 

Entry to train at one of the National Training Centres is by invitation only.  The invitation to train at the NTCs is based on performance standards that an athlete must achieve prior to being invited.

Pathways to the Senior National Team

There are several pathways for athletes to the Senior National Team.  The Senior National Team represents Rowing Canada Aviron at the annual FISA Senior World Rowing Championships and at Olympic Games.

Clubs / Universities / Schools: There are more than 115 clubs in Canada offering rowing programs.  Many offer programs for high-school age children and younger; they may also offer programs for university age students and masters. The club programs are the backbone of rowing in Canada, providing a variety of structured programs from Learn to Row to Competitive programs. Click here to find a club near you

Row To Podium:  Are you a talented athlete interested in rowing?  Rowing Canada's Aviron's Row to Podium program may be for you. The Row to Podium Program is Rowing Canada Aviron's official Talent Identification and Development program. The goal of this program is to find and develop now rowers who, through a series of assessments, demonstrate they have the potential to become Olympic Champions. The Row to Podium program is delivered through a network of Talent ID coaches and Talent Development Centres strategically located across the country. For information on our high performance development program, please contact Chuck McDiarmid

National Development Centres: Our National Development Centres are designed to help athletes in their final preparation toward the National Training Centres.  The NDC's are where the best development athletes train prior to being invited to the National Training Centres. Rowing Canada Aviron operates two NDCs - in Welland, ON, and Burnaby, BC -  which are open to both men and women. Access is by invitation only by RCA's National Development Centre Coaches.

Our National Teams

There are many opportunities to represent Canada during an athlete’s development.

Athletes from any of the pathways listed above have the opportunity to represent Canada at the Junior level (under 19 years of age), the Under 23 level, and the Senior level.  At each level, there are several events where athletes can represent Rowing Canada Aviron.

  • CanAm Mex
  • Junior World Rowing Championships
  • Under 23 World Rowing Championships
  • World University Championships
  • Pan American Games
  • Commonwealth Championships
  • World Rowing Championships
  • Olympic Games

Information on the selection process for these programs can be found here.

Athletes representing Canada at Senior World Cups, World Rowing Championships, and the Olympic Games are selected from those athletes training full time at one of Rowing Canada's NTCs.

Information on how to be invited to train at a NTC.

Our Programs

Rowing Canada Aviron’s High Performance Programs

Canadian rowing has a proud history of producing Olympic and World Championship medalists. It is one of Canada’s most successful summer Olympic sports and has a winning tradition dating back more than 100 years. 

Senior Team

Senior athletes are those at the highest level with the ultimate goal of making the Canadian Olympic Team.  The top senior athletes compete annually at the FISA World Rowing Championships, the Pan Am Games held every four years, and the Olympic Games, also held on four year cycles.

Canada’s senior athletes train at one of our two national training centres –  the men in Victoria, B.C. and the women and lightweight-class rowers  in London, ON.

Download the 2014 carding (athlete assitance program) criteria for senior athletes.


Rowing Canada recruits athletes and manages the Para-rowing teams that compete at the highest level – the World Championships and the Paralympics.   For more information on this program, contact John Wetzstein.

Download the carding criteria for Para athletes.

Under 23 Team

The Under 23 Canadian Rowing Team is for those rowers you are 22 or younger for the year they are competing as a member of the team.  The Under 23 team is a critical program for rowers wanting to become members of the senior team and ultimately Olympic team members.   A Canadian Under 23 rowing team is selected annually to compete at the FISA Under 23 World Rowing Championships.

Under 23 (U23) rowers compete at the various trials held throughout the racing year. The top U23 rowers are identified, ranked and selected for the Canadian U23 Rowing Team on the basis of results of the trials and other performance markers (eg. Strength, power, ergometer results, etc) tested through out the year. Many U23 rowers are nurtured and developed at university and or rowing clubs throughout the country.

Under 23 rowers need to be proficient in all boat classes – sculling and sweep – as these are critical components of succession to the senior program. 

Junior Program

The Junior program is for those rowers who are 18 years of age or younger for the entire year they are competing.  Rowing Canada Aviron normally sends a team annually to the FISA Junior World Rowing Championships selected from the top junior rowers in the country. Junior rowers have opportunities to race in all boats classes, both sweep and sculling, from singles to eights.

There are also a number of other junior events supported by Rowing Canada Aviron such as the Can Am Mex Regatta, the National Rowing Championships and the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Championship that provide excellent competitive opportunities for junior athletes

Check this page for junior updates: (page to be created)

Row to Podium

Row to Podium is Canada’s official talent identification and development program for rowing. Its goal is to mold new athletes into future Olympic and Paralympic Champions. Row to Podium was designed specifically to find tall, young and fit athletes with no experience in rowing.

For more information go to Contact Chuck McDiarmid