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Tourism Kingston Press Release on Tuesday, June 4th 2019:

Kingston Introduces New Sport Discipline: Coastal Rowing

Kingston Rowing Club (KRC) announces the arrival of two new boats and invites the community to try coastal rowing – a discipline of rowing new to Kingston.

A partnership between five rowing clubs in the Kingston area has led to the development of the sport and the acquisition of two coastal rowing shells. Kingstonians are invited to test the single and double shells over two Try-It Days this month. 

The first Try-It Day will take place on Sunday, June 9th and the second on Saturday, June 15th at KRC. Both events will be open to the public from 9am to 12pm. Residents can learn how to coastal row with Samuel Lavoie, Canadian Coastal Rowing Champion and Kingston resident (below).

PHOTO: Samuel Lavoie in a single shell at 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships (Victoria, B.C.). Kingston’s first coastal rowing shells arrived at KRC last week.

PHOTO: Samuel Lavoie in a single shell at 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships (Victoria, B.C.). Kingston’s first coastal rowing shells arrived at KRC last week.

KRC President, Michael Vandenburg, is enthusiastic about the new equipment and opportunities for the club. “Kingston Rowing Club is excited to introduce coastal rowing to our community,” states Vandenburg. “Coastal rowing’s wider and more stable boats are also ideal for introducing new rowers to sport. We hope you’ll come and give this new sport a try and experience all the beauty and adventure our waterways have to offer!” 

The new shells are designed for high waves and rough chop. Coastal rowing will allow people to get out on the water in a wide variety of conditions on Lake Ontario. 

Megan Knott, Executive Director of Tourism Kingston, is looking forward to future hosting opportunities for the city. “We are pleased to work alongside KRC as they develop this new sport product for Kingston” Knott says. “With these new boats, rowers will be able to train for coastal regattas and represent Kingston while providing future sport hosting opportunities such as the World Rowing Coastal Championships”. 

Coastal rowing is supported by Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) and International Rowing Federation (FISA). 
For information about coastal rowing please visit http://www.worldrowing.com/coastal/.

About Tourism Kingston 
Kingston’s Destination Marketing Organization exists to increase the economic impact of tourism through destination marketing and development. We support our stakeholders in developing programs that attract visitors to the city and encourage business growth and employment. 

About Kingston Rowing Club
The mission of the Kingston Rowing Club is to promote and develop rowing at all levels in Kingston and area, focusing on excellence in recreation, competition and coaching, and fostering community involvement in the sport.

Brooke Lenser
Sport Tourism Development Manager
Tourism Kingston
613.548.4415 x 7240

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New coaches at helm of rowing program for KRC/Queen's

Two accomplished rowing professionals will lead the Queen’s Rowing Team into the 2018-19 season. Rami Maassarani will take on the head coach position in a volunteer capacity, while Katie Bruggeling will be the team’s full-time assistant coach.

“Athletics & Recreation is thrilled to have these two talented coaches on board at what is a very exciting time for our Rowing program,” says Sean Scott, Director, High Performance Sport Operations. “We look forward to welcoming Rami and Katie and to having them take our team to the next level.”

Maassarani was a Gaels rower from 2008-2013, and has assumed a coaching role with the team since graduating as a student-athlete.  He has helped coach crews to several top three finishes at both the OUA and Canadian University Rowing championships.

“I have been a part of the Queen’s Rowing Team in various roles over the past 10 years and am lucky to have been influenced by an extremely talented group of athletes and coaches that have made the program what it is today,” says Maassarani. “I am excited to build on the tradition of excellence that has been established over the program’s rich history.”

Bruggeling brings to the program 18 years of experience at the junior, senior and intercollegiate levels. A former NCAA Division 1 varsity coxswain at Clemson University, she was most recently the assistant rowing coach at the University of Oklahoma.

“Working within Queen's environment of academic and athletic excellence is an amazing opportunity,” says Bruggeling. “I am committed to the continued success of these programs and am excited to get started.”

Queen's and the Kingston Rowing Club (KRC) are excited to continue their partnership for these positions that will see Maassarani and Bruggeling provide leadership and support to both Queen's and KRC's programs and athletes.

 “In his time at both the KRC and Queen’s, Rami has brought a great deal of skill and dedication to the sport of rowing in Kingston, coaching our athletes to the highest levels of performance and success,” says Michael Vandenburg, Kingston Rowing Club. “In addition, Katie has an impressive record of success as an athlete and coach in both university and club rowing, and we look forward to the extensive knowledge and passion for the sport that she will bring to competitive rowing in Kingston.”

The new coaches will begin working with the team immediately. The Rowing season kicks off in Peterborough on Sept. 29 with the Head of the Trent regatta.

From the Past

Juniors send off Jenny, Ellen and coach Brad to the world U23's

World Cup 2015: Congratulations to Rob Gibson, Will Crothers and Nick Pratt on two bronze medal finishes in the M4- and M4x.



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