Categories & Eligibility - 2018 


Below are the race categories and eligibility rules for the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships on February 4, 2018 in Toronto.  You may row in any category for which you are eligible.   The minimum age to compete at CIRC is 13 years of age.   Proof of eligibility may be requested on the day of race.  

Women  - 61kg  (134.48 lbs)

Men   - 75kg - (165.34 lbs)       Scales used at CIRC will be in Metric - Kg.

Men and Women
Senior B
Under age 23. Must be 22 or less up to and including December 31, 2018. Must be born in 1996 or later (1997, 1998, etc). If you turn 23 in 2018 you must row Senior. 

Junior A

(18 & under)

Must be 18 or under until December 31, 2018 and enrolled in a High School.  Must be born in 2000 or later (2001, 2002, etc)  If you turn 19 in 2018 you must row Senior B.

Junior B

(16 & under) 

Must be 16 or under until December 31, 2018 and  enrolled in High School.  Must be born in 2002 or later (2003, 2004, etc). If you turn 17 in 2018 you must row Junior A.
Junior High School Novice

Must be age 13, 14 or 15 until December 31, 2018 and enrolled in High School. Must be born in 2003 or later. Must also be in their first year of rowing. This category is for novice athletes and the race for these athletes will be 1000 metres. 

Must be registered in a full-time program at a recognized Canadian or U.S. University or College.



Must be 30 years or older on February 4, 2018.   Use age on Feb 4, 2018

Masters - Age 30-39   - Lightweight or open

Senior Masters - Age 40 - 49 - Lightweight  or open

Veteran Masters


Veterans will race within five-year age categories, and results will be based on raw (un-handicapped) scores. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in both the open and lightweight divisions for all five year age group starting with Age 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69.

Senior Veteran Masters


Senior Veteran  Masters will be all athletes who are 70 and over.  A special medal will be awarded to the fastest male and the fastest female rower in this category based on their adjusted handicapped time.  Silver and bronze will be awarded if there are more than one and two competitors. 


Primarily a coxswain. Racing and training experience limited to role of a coxswain. Must have coxed a rowing race in a sanctioned regatta at least once during the previous regatta season in 2015.  There are no age or weight restrictions for coxswains. Proof of coxswain status from a Coach or official club representative must be provided upon request from the CIRC Head Regatta Official. 

(Note: Distance of Coxswain race is 1000m)


Indoor Rowing classifications are aligned with on the water classifications. Refer to the FISA Para Rowing Classifications used by Rowing Canada Aviron.



Crews Fours are divided into men's and women's divisions. Fours can be made up of four "recreational" or novice rowers or four "competitive" club athletes but all four rowers must be the same gender.

Parent / Offspring


Can be any combination of father/son, mother/son, father/daughter, mother/daughter, or grandparent. Must be legal guardian or biologically related as per combinations listed here. Proof of familial relationship must be provided upon request.

Note:  The category in which you race on February 4, 2018 in Toronto has no bearing on qualifying for the World Championships in Alexandria.  Only, two factors: age on February 17, 2018 and erg score obtained on February 4, 2018 will determine eligibility for winning one of the four airfares to Alexandria to compete at World's.