National Team

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) selects teams to represent Canada at international rowing competitions. This includes the  Olympic and Paralympic Games  (held every four years – with the next Games in Paris in 2024) and the  World Rowing Championships  (held each year). The World Rowing Cup series comprises of three regattas held each year and overall winners are determined by points that are awarded to the top finishing boats at each event.

Rowing has been part of the Olympic program since 1896, with men’s events, with women’s events debuting at the Montreal 1976 Olympics. Rowing is one of Canada’s most successful Olympic summer sports and has a winning tradition dating back to more than 100 years. Canadian rowing has a proud history of producing Olympic and World Championships medallists and in 2016, celebrated its first Paralympic medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The next Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games are in Paris, France in 2024.

Olympic Boat Classes

Men Women Lightweight Men Lightweight Women
(M) (W) (LM) (LW)
1x, 2x, 2-, 4x, 4-, 8+ 1x, 2x, 2-, 4x, 4-, 8+ 2x 2x


Para Rowing

Para rowing was introduced into the Paralympic program in 2005 and held its first Paralympic events at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics. Canada has competed at each of the Paralympic Games, winning its first medal at the Rio 2016 Games in the LTAMix4+. Curtis Halladay, Victoria Nolan, Meghan Montgomery, Andrew Todd and Kristen Kit (coxwain) won a bronze medal.

The next Paralympic Games will be held in Paris, France in 2024.

Learn more about Para Classification

For more on the Paralympic movement in Canada, see 

Para rowing is uniquely integrated with World Rowing, and Para rowers participate alongside Olympic athletes at World Rowing Cups and World Rowing Championship regattas each year.

Para rowing is currently divided into five boat classes: PR3 mixed coxed four (formerly LTAMix4+), PR3 mixed double sculls (formerly LTAMix2x), PR2 mixed double sculls (formerly TAMix2x), PR1 women’s single sculls (formerly ASW1x) and PR1 men’s single sculls (formerly ASM1x). The PR3 and PR2 boats are mixed gender.

Paralympic Boat Classes

Men Women Mixed
(M) (W) (Mix)
PR1 M1x PR1 W1x PR2 Mix2x, PR3 Mix4+