The University of Alberta Rowing Club was founded in 1981, as a branch of the Edmonton Rowing Club. In the fall of 2005 an eight was named in honour of the club’s first president, Dr. Jerry Leonard. The mission of the club is to provide the opportunity for University of Alberta student-athletes to participate, train and compete in the sport of rowing, at all levels, from novice to high-performance, during the scholastic year. In 2004 the club re-invented itself as the University of Alberta Rowing Team in order to better position itself for acceptance as a bona fide team by the Univeristy of Alberta Athletics Department. Currently, the club still operates under the auspices of University of Alberta Campus Recreation, as a competitive club. The University of Alberta Rowing Team is an active partner in helping the Canadian University Rowing Association (CURA) and Rowing Canada Avrion (RCA) strive for full-sanctioned status as a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).
University of Alberta Rowing Team membership is limited to full-time University of Alberta students with a valid university ID. The club is active during the scholastic year, with on-water competition during the fall season. During the relatively short fall season, athletes compete at several regattas under the university banner, including the Head of the North Saskatchewan, Prairie University Championships, Head of the Weasel, Head of the Elk, Head of the Gorge and Canadian University Rowing Championships. During the winter months, off-water ergometer, weights and tank sessions help develop the important foundation for speed in upcoming seasons.
The University of Alberta Rowing Club was founded as a branch of the Edmonton Rowing Club in 1981. The university club re-branded itself as the “University of Alberta Rowing Team” in 2004.
Approximate Number of Members:
Learn to Row: 80-100