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Rowing team posing.

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Women's Eligibility Certificate (PDF)

Men's Eligibility Certificate (PDF)

The University of Ottawa Rowing team has grown substantially over the last few years, both in size and in strength. This competitive club is self-sufficient and completely student-run by an elected executive.

With Stu McKenzie and Kate Gorsline as the head coaches, the uOttawa Rowing team has continuously improved their standing at university rowing competitions. Our focus on athlete and team development has produced elite rowers, members of the national rowing team, and world champions.

In 2011, the team had its best ever season in terms of medal count, winning four at the Canadian University Rowing Championships (CURC), and five at Ontario University Association (OUA) Rowing Championships. This included the team’s first gold medal in the lightweight women’s double. In 2012, the team came fourth overall at the OUA Rowing Championships and the 2013 season saw three additional OUA medals and a bronze medal at CURC. 2014 was yet another successful year for uOttawa Rowing, as four medals were won at the OUA Rowing Championships and a silver medal for the lightweight women’s single was attained at CURC.

In 2015, the team won six medals at Ontario University Association and one at the Canadian University Rowing Championships.

These accomplishments won the team Male or Female Athlete of the Year for uOttawa Competitive Clubs for fifth years in a row, from 2011 to 2015.

The University of Ottawa Rowing team offers two different levels of rowing:

  • Novice (for those with little or no rowing experience)
    Novice training camp will take place from September 9 – 13, 2018
  • Varsity (for experienced rowers)
    Varsity training camp will take place from August 25 – September 1, 2018

The on-water rowing season begins in September and continues until the beginning of November. Practices take place in the morning, Monday to Saturday at the Ottawa Rowing Club. Throughout the winter, rowers follow structured training programs in the gym and on the rowing machines.


The University of Ottawa rowing team will participate in the following regattas over the season:

  • PD Ross, Ottawa; September 15, 2018
  • Head of Rideau, Ottawa; September 23, 2018
  • Head of the Trent, Peterborough; September 29, 2018
  • Brock Invitational, St. Catharines; October 13, 2018
  • Head of the Charles, Boston, MA (Varsity only); October 20-21, 2018
  • OUA Championships, St. Catharines; October 26-28, 2018
  • Canadian University Rowing Championships, Welland, ON (Varsity only); November 3-4, 2018


For novice inquiries, please contact:

Dawn Curran, Vice President External Affairs

For varsity inquiries, please contact:

Stu McKenzie, Women’s Head Coach

Kate Gorsline, Men’s Head Coach