Categories & Eligibility - 2019


Below are the race categories and eligibility rules for the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships on February 3, 2019 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 

Men   - 75kg      Scales used at CIRC will be in Metric - Kg.


Men and Women

Under age 23. Must be 22 or less up to and including December 31, 2019. Must be born in 1997 or later (1998, 1999, etc). If you turn 23 in 2019 you must row open.


Must be 18 or under until December 31, 2019 and enrolled in a High School.  Must be born in 2001 or later (2002, 2003, etc)  If you turn 19 in 2019 you must row U23 or open.


Must be 16 or under until December 31, 2019 and  enrolled in High School.  Must be born in 2003 or later (2004, 2005, etc). If you turn 17 in 2019 you must row U19.
High School Novice

Must be age 13, 14 or 15 until December 31, 2019 and enrolled in High School. Must be born in 2004 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, 2010   Use age on Feb 3, 2019

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 2018.  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 the FISA Para Adaptive categories used at the FISA World Rowing Championships.



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.