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Junior and Senior Rowing

The categories of Junior and Senior include youth and young adult participants involved in rowing both for recreation or competitive purposes. There is a wide range of ways in which these individuals could be involved in the sport:

  • Junior = rowers who have not yet graduated from high school, who are training and racing in a club-based program structure.
  • High School = rowers who are specifically training and racing for their school, either short term through a club-based program structure or longterm in a year-long school-specific program.
  • Senior = rowers who have graduated from high school but are not training or racing for a university team and do not yet consider themselves Masters.
  • University = rowers who are training and racing for a recognized university rowing team.

If you are a youth or young adult interested in getting involved in rowing, use this tool to find information about the local rowing organizations in your area and the opportunities they are currently offering.

Additional Support to Junior and Senior Rowers

In addition to what is available through each local rowing organization, Rowing BC offers support to Junior and Senior rowers through Development Camps, the BC NextGen Performance Center, and opportunities to represent Team BC at the BC Summer Games, Canada Summer Games and National Rowing Championships. Find out more about each of these initiatives below.

Rowing BC has created an annual series of Development Camps which are intended to supplement what is available through the athlete’s existing daily training environment. These camps are open to any interested registrants.

Camps are run by experienced coaches, and include additional components such as nutrition sessions, strength and conditioning sessions, and sport psychology sessions as appropriate.

Thank you to the coaches and athletes who participated in the 2023 Development Camps!

Development Camp dates for 2024: 

More information and registration forms will be released in the New Year.  Coaches from the athlete’s home training environment are encouraged to be involved if interested. Mentorship opportunities are available.

Questions about Development Camps can be directed to


*Rowing BC is also able to offer tailor-made development camps for local rowing organizations as requested. Contact to find out more about creating a custom camp for your athletes, bringing in coaches and other experts (physio, strength & conditioning, nutrition, mental performance etc.) for your athletes in their home environment.

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is partnering with Provincial Rowing Associations across Canada to deliver the NextGen portion of the Athlete Development Pathway to meet the needs of up and coming athletes 5-8 years from a potential Olympic or Paralympic podium.

The partnership between RCA and Rowing BC, which is initially slated through 2028, will take the form of the BC NextGen Performance Centre. With extended exposure to an enhanced training environment, NextGen Athletes increase their likelihood of Olympic and Paralympic success. The BC NextGen Performance Centre creates that environment and aims to prepare athletes for the National Training Centre.

Find out more about the BC NextGen Performance Center from both the Athlete and Coach perspectives HERE.

The BC Summer Games is a four-day event that takes place every two years throughout the province of BC, and provides one of the few opportunities for athletes to experience a multi-sport games. Rowing has been a major component to the games since 2010. The rowing events provide athletes the opportunity to represent their zone and compete in multiple competitions that promote physical fitness, individual achievement, and team building. The 2024 BC Summer Games will be hosted by Maple Ridge, with Rowing taking place on Burnaby Lake.

More information for coaches and athletes will be published in early 2024

The Canada Games is a multi-sport and cultural event that brings together the best athletes from each Canadian province and territory. The Games provide the stimulus for Canadian youth to reach their athletic potential, pursue personal excellence and develop socially and culturally within the context of ethical competition.

Find out more about the Canada Summer Games from both the Athlete and Coach perspectives HERE.

High performing athletes will be selected by Rowing BC for the National Rowing Championships each Fall. Selection criteria is sent directly to all eligible athletes. To ensure you are on the list for high performance athlete communications, contact Rowing BC Director of Performance, Terry Paul.

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