The NextGen program is designed to focus on rowers trending five to eight years from an Olympic/Paralympic podium performance and to provide monitored, progressive programming for athletes on the High Performance Athlete Development Pathway.
RCA works with provinces and performance based programs to ensure programming is aligned to meet the NextGen Strategy outcomes and provincial performance outcomes.
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Canada’s junior program is for rowers 18 years of age or younger in the calendar year they are racing. Junior athletes compete at various trials and competitions throughout the racing year. The top juniors are selected annually to compete at the World Rowing Junior Championships and the CanAmMex Regatta.
Canada’s under-23 (U23) program is for rowers 22 years of age or younger in the calendar year they are racing. U23 athletes compete at various trials and competitions throughout the racing year. The top U23 rowers are identified, ranked and selected to represent Canada at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships annually on the basis of results at the trials and other performance markers tested throughout the year.
Both junior and U23 athletes have additional domestic racing opportunities where they represent their province or club. This includes events such as the National Rowing Championships and Canada Cup, the Canada Summer Games, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, and the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Championships.