The Rowing BC Coach Mentorship Program is an opportunity for individuals who would like to develop their coaching to work with BC’s most experienced coaches. Mentor coaches represent university, national team, and leading club and school programs. Mentorship is available for both occasional and ongoing sessions, depending on individual requirements, and is available via email, phone (eg video analysis), and in person.
Mentorship from highly-experienced BC coaches
Mentorship is available from a variety of notable BC coaches at any time of the year. A list of these coaches is available below. To connect with one of these coaches, or another in the BC community with expertise in an area you would like to learn more about, contact Rowing BC Para Coach and Coach Coordinator, Lisa Tschannen.
BC Coaches available as mentors
The coaches listed here have explicitly expressed an interest in being your mentor coach this year! However, there are many other coaches who would also happily have you join along for a coach boat ride, or meet up for coffee. Coaches interested in a mentorship opportunity must first contact the Manager of Education, Innovation, and Inclusion, Lisa Tschannen, who will connect you with a mentor coach.
- Martin George (Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boat Club)
- Mike Pearce (University of British Columbia Men’s Coach)
- Craig Pond (University of British Columbia Women’s Coach)
- Rob Richards (Rowing BC Provincial Coach)
- Aalbert Van Schothorst (University of Victoria Men’s Coach)
- Susanne Walker-Curry (St. Michaels University School Rowing)
- John Wetzstein (Rowing Canada Aviron)
- Jill Würflinger (NCCP Level 4 Coach)
Mentorship from Facilitators and Evaluators
Mentorship is also made available to each participant in an NCCP Workshop. All coaches who go through the RCA Learn to Row Coach Workshop, or RCA Coach workshops, will be paired up with the workshop facilitator for further mentorship in advance of requesting an evaluation. When an evaluation is requested, the evaluator becomes another mentor for the up-and-coming coach and will be available both before and after the official evaluation as an additional resource in the coaching community to provide on-going mentorship as desired. Find out more about upcoming workshops here.
BC Coach Developers available as mentors
Coach Developers are the facilitators and evaluators for the RCA Learn to Row Coach Workshop and RCA Coach Workshops. Coach Developers offer a valuable mentorship connection during and after the workshop and evaluation. Coaches interested in a mentorship opportunity must first contact the Manager of Education, Innovation, and Inclusion, Lisa Tschannen, who will connect you with a mentor coach.
- Martin George (Rowing BC, Master Coach Developer, RCA LTR Coach Facilitator and Evaluator, RCA Coach Facilitator and Evaluator)
- Drew Harrison (Victoria City Rowing Club Coach, RCA Learn to Row Coach Evaluator)
- Sonja Lonne (Rowing BC, RCA Learn to Row Coach Facilitator and Evaluator)
- Susanne Walker-Curry (St. Michaels University School Rowing, RCA Coach Facilitator and Evaluator)
- John Wetzstein (Rowing Canada Aviron, RCA Coach Facilitator and Evaluator)
- Jill Würflinger (NCCP Level 4 Coach, RCA Coach Facilitator and Evaluator)
Mentorship and Site Visits by Provincial Coach
Interested in coach development for your club?
Mentorship for either individual coaches or recommendations for your club as a whole can be facilitated.
This is a great opportunity to plug into Rob’s knowledge and enthusiasm for our sport. Make sure you connect with Rob well in advance to make arrangements, as availability is limited.
Mentorship for Female Coaches
Rowing BC actively supports the training and development of female coaches in our community.
If you are a female coach and would like to discuss either a mentorship opportunity or plan, and would specifically enjoy working with a female Mentor coach, please contact Lisa Tschannen, to discuss your goals.
Mentorship for specific events
Coaches chosen to represent the Zone Teams for the BC Summer Games, or the Provincial Team for the Canada Summer Games will be provided with mentorship opportunities specific to the preparation for these multi-sport games. Find out more about upcoming coaching opportunities here.
Coaches working in the Learn to Train LTAD stage (LTR)
Mentorship is offered in following topics:
- Foundations of technique – application in the LTR context
- Basic rigging – focusing on comfort, and accommodating varying body shapes and abilities
- Adult learners
- Youth learners
- Athletes with a physical disability
Coaches working in the Train to Train and early Learn to Compete LTAD stages (RCA Coach)
Mentorship is offered in the following topics:
- Technique analysis
- Intermediate rigging with focus on matching rigging for a crew, rigging for level of athletes in race situations, rigging for training load.
- Season planning
- Race prep
- Selection principles
- Strength training for youth
For more information on the Coach Mentorship Program and to find out more about mentorship opportunities, contact Lisa Tschannen.