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Rowing BC’s Mission is that All British Columbians are able to discover, pursue and enjoy the sport of rowing. This means our mandate extends beyond the current rowing community and includes everyone here in BC. We want to ensure the door to the rowing community is open, that there is an explicit invitation to get involved, and that if/when someone chooses to give it a try they experience a safe, welcoming and inclusive sport community.

Rowing BC is taking a purposeful and proactive approach to growing and diversifying the rowing community, with the intention of developing a membership which better represents all of BC. This work is taking place at Rowing BC’s 40+ member organizations across the province. We are creating new partnerships to help us reach out to previously under-represented demographics of participants, creating custom-made and innovative program models and opportunities for rowing experiences, and expanding the range of equipment utilized to make sure there really is a place in rowing for all who want to be involved. Rowing BC staff are working hands-on with coaches and volunteers from local rowing organizations to ensure this new initiative is done in a sustainable way that will create lasting impacts for years to come.

This initiative purposefully considers the demographic of the community surrounding each rowing club, in an effort to make rowing clubs better reflect their host communities. In addition, a focus is put on women & girls, persons with disabilities, LGBTQI2S+, BIPOC individuals, local First Nations, low-income families, newcomers to Canada, youth and seniors. The goal is to lower barriers to entry as much as possible. For some of these new participants, fees become a barrier. Your support ensures that new programs and experiences are financially sustainable for the host organization without putting undue pressure on the participants themselves.

The impact so far: 

In 2021 alone, 56 new participants from the Vancouver area were able to access custom-built rowing opportunities through Rowing BC’s grow rowing pilot project in partnership with the False Creek Rowing Club and Rowing Canada Aviron. Participants included autistic youth and their adult support workers, low-income youth and their adult mentors, and BIPOC young adults.  These 56 individuals filled all of the available spots in programs, and every program had a waitlist!

So far, we have had the privilege of working with the following partner organizations to create custom-made programming:

The 2022 Spring and Summer seasons are well underway. There are already seven locations across BC that will likely be involved in this next expansion of programming, working alongside at least nine non-rowing partner organizations to set up opportunities for as many as 400 new participants! We look forward to reporting back to you, our donors, at the end of the year and showcasing the many smiling faces you’ve impacted!

Give the gift of rowing: 

Rowing BC has partnered with the BC Amateur Sport Fund (BCASF) to raise funds to benefit our province-wide initiative to grow rowing. Eligible donations to BCASF to benefit our Grow Rowing project can receive a tax receipt.  Your donation will ensure that funding is not a limiting factor to how many new programs and experiences can be developed in a low-barrier way for previously under-represented groups across the province. By ensuring the real costs of a program like coaching, equipment, facility rental, coach boat gas etc. are taken care of, you are allowing local rowing organizations to get creative in how they run meaningful programming for new participant groups – whether their goal is to overcome a fear of water, try an outdoor sport for the first time, or begin the path to a future Olympics!

Donate today to be part of ensuring all British Columbians can discover, pursue and enjoy the sport of rowing.

Your support will be part of creating an opportunity for someone this coming season who otherwise wouldn’t be benefiting from all our great sport has to offer.


The BC Amateur Sport Fund is the BC chapter of the Canadian Council of Provincial & Territorial Sport Federations, a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association with charitable status (CRA number 88938 6868 RR0001). The BC Amateur Sport Fund is administered by Sport BC to promote participation, competition, and governance in amateur sport across Canada.

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