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      Katie manages the VCRC introductory programs for youth and adults, including the Adult Introduction to Club Rowing and Community and Corporate Challenge programs. Please contact Katie if you have questions about the pathway and programs for learning to row. 

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      Originally from St. Catherine’s, Ont., Patrick Newman was introduced to rowing at an early age by brothers who were already successful coxswains. Newman began coxing in high school and in 1987 was named to the Canadian national rowing team, going on to cox at two Olympic Games. In 1993 Newman won the World Rowing Championships in the lightweight men’s eight.

      While training for the 1996 Olympics in Victoria, B.C., Newman received his level four coaching certificate and went on to coach full time at the Gorge Rowing Centre that same year. At the 2000 Olympic Games Newman coached Canadian single sculler Derek Porter and since then, has coached seasonally for Rowing Canada with his crews winning medals at U-23 and Senior World Rowing Championships as well as medals at the Pan American Games.

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      VCRC would like to welcome Isolda Penney, the new Director of Adult Rowing. Isolda oversees all the Adult member programs, coaches the Competitive group ,the Open/Active for Life sessions and works with the coach of the Club group. Please contact Isolda for information on any of the Adult member programs.

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  • Boatman

    Clive Wright
      Contact: 250-658-5321
  • VCRC Board of Directors 2017-2018

    President                        Greg Sedun

    Vice President               

    Treasurer                        Andrew Kmetic

    Secretary                       Liz Keay

    Director at Large           David Antrobus

    Director at Large           Hamar Foster           

    Director at Large           Hilary Girard  

    Director at Large           York Langerfeld

    Director at Large           Ray McKall

    Director at Large           Katherine McCulloch

    (Jr Liaison)

    Director at Large           Kim Rosche

    Past President              Anne Linton


About Us
  • VCRC High Performance Training Group
    VCRC is creating training opportunities for high performance/elite rowers training towards National Team selection and racing in international regattas. Please contact Isolda Penney ( for more information.
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