TORONTO - January 13, 2016

When Canada's best athletes take centre ice at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga there won't be any hockey sticks or ice skates.  Rowers from age 5 to 85 will be testing their toughness in 2000 metre races that simulate the on the water version.

Indoor rowing has been a winter event in Canada for 30 years which brings together thousands of competitors who typically train at home, in gyms or rowing clubs on Concept 2 rowing machines, called ergometers  or "ergs"

Just over 700 competitors from age 6 to 76 will battle it out on 32 lanes in Mississauga, Ontario.  The event attracts rowers and paddlers from Dragon Boat Clubs to Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.  

This all-day event is part of a series of indoor regattas in Canada - the largest being CIRC, followed by the "Monster Erg" in Victoria, B.C. Monster Erg will have over 400 competitors inside McKinnon Gym at the University of Victoria Rowing day in Canada welcomes those new to rowing. Other indoor events will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan, Montreal, Quebec, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and St. John's, Newfoundland Labrador. 

Free admission.

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No water, no oars.... but lots of sweat, grunting and cheering.  The Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships, now in its 29th year held in Toronto is annual winter event with an enthusiastic following. 

This competition is a prime stop to test winter training progress for rowers getting ready for the next season of on-the-water racing.  The event attracts rowers and paddlers from elementary school athletes to Olympic medallists from Ontario, Quebec, New York and Michigan. 

"One of the unique aspects of this event is the opportunity for younger club-level athletes to row side by side, shoulder to shoulder, testing their stamina against Canada's best Olympians", says Susan Kitchen, Regatta Chair.  "It brings out the best in all and is a fun off-season gathering."

From November to February, temperatures are dropping, but inside arenas, clubhouses, boathouses and gyms across the U.S. and Canada, things are heating up. At races everywhere from Dartmouth to Victoria, Baltimore to Long Beach; thousands of athletes will test their endurance in hopes of winning a medal, achieving a world record or just beating their personal best on Concept2 Indoor Rowers.

The Concept2 Indoor Rowing machine, or ergometer or "erg" is an accepted standard equipment for testing and comparing rowers performances all over the world.  A little company with a big reputation for quality has its factory in Vermont, U.S.A. The company supports and sponsors the racing circuit shipping new ergs everywhere.  CIRC sets up a total of 70 ergs and uses the Concept 2 Race system to host its race.

The indoor rowing regatta season peaks in Boston in mid-February with the mother of all races: the World Indoor Rowing Championships—a.k.a. the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints.

The racing is real as spectators get to see the rowers pull and outpull their competitors in this unique setting. The ergometers are manufactured all the same and allow for side by side racing emulating the on-the-water lane format.  Enhanced computer monitors indicate the rowers progress graphically with little boats moving across a sea of blue as rowers pull their way down the course. 

One of the unique opportunities the side by side racing provides is a chance to see how competitors fare against the current World Records at CIRC.

For more information on indoor rowing racing click here.

Racing will be held starting at 8:30 a.m. and finish up at 4:45 pm at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. The event is free to the public and the media is welcome to cover the event.

Event Groups
8:45 -10:00 am
Masters (age 30 & older)
10:00-11:00 am
Junior B (age 16 & under)
10:30 am Para
10:15 am
11:30 - 12:00 noon
12:00-1:00 pm
Junior A (age 18 & under)
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Senior B (age 22 & under)
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Senior A - Open & National Team
3:00 - 3:15 pm
Parent Offspring Doubles
3:15 - 4:00 pm
Crew Eights and Fours
4:00 - 5:00 pm
 Future Olympians (age 13 and under)


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Montreal - Feb 2, 2009

Une ambiance survoltée à l'Université de Montréal Dabrowski et Morin triomphent sur machine à ramer .... More

Victoria - February 2, 2009

Over 500 rowers compete at Monster Erg ... More



MONTREAL - le 2 février 2009  

Une ambiance survoltée à l'Université de Montréal Dabrowski et Morin triomphent sur machine à ramer 

Christian Dabrowski (Club d'aviron Laval et Université McGill) et l'olympienne Andréanne Morin (Club d'aviron Montréal et Université de Montréal) ont été couronnés champions québécois d'aviron en salle, dimanche, à l'Université de Montréal. Dabrowski a franchi les 2000mètres virtuels en 6:20,4 minutes pour l'emporter chez les hommes tandis que Morin a arrêté le chrono à 7:11,2 minutes pour mériter le titre québécois.  

Chez les poids légers, Jonathan Rinaldi (6:37,0 min.) et CatherineBouchard-Pilote (7:37,4 min.) ont été les meilleurs. Dans le cas de Morin, mentionnons que prendre plus de sept minutes pourfranchir la distance est peu habituelle, mais reflète son manque d'entraînement depuis les Jeux de Pékin.

D'ailleurs, après la course amicale de 500 mètres, qu'elle a remporté en 1:42 minute, Morin a eu ce commentaire cocasse : C'est fou :j'ai maintenu sur 500 mètres un rythme inférieur à mon rythme sur 2000 mètres quand je suis en forme ! Quatrième en huit aux Jeux de Pékin, la Montréalaise met la priorité sur ses études cette année et ne reprendra le véritable entraînement qu'en vue de la saison estivale 2010. 

Un total de 167 participants a pris part aux courses individuelles. À ces athlètes, il faut ajouter celles et ceux qui ont participé aux courses en équipe et aux courses pour enfants. Le Championnat québécois d'aviron en salle était organisé par les membres du club d'aviron de l'Université de Montréal a aura été une réussite sur toute la ligne. Les encouragements et clameurs des spectateurs et participants étaient parfois assourdissants. Les résultats complets sont en pièce jointe. 


Source : Daniel Aucoin 514-516-1750

VICTORIA - February 2, 2009

Over 500 rowers compete at Monster Erg

Over 500 competitors strapped themselves into an ergometer at McKinnon Gym on Sunday, taking part in the 24th annual Monster Erg Canadian Indoor Rowing Championship.

Terry McKall was the big winner, covering a two-kilometer distance in a time of 6:17 to capture the Senior A Lightweight title and earn an invitation to the Indoor Rowing World Championships in Boston. He edged out former Vikes Tim Myers and other National Training Centre entries in satellite races across Canada.

Doug Csima also won, and wound up sharing the Senior A national title with Western's Peter McCleeland, who was racing out of Toronto. Csima finished with a time of 6:03.

The Vikes swept the Under 23 races with four first place finishes. On the women's side Lara Kemp took top honours after posting a time of 7:23, while her counterpart on the men's side, Josh Morris, finished with a first place time of 6:12. In the Under 23 lightweight, Trish Mara's time of 7:47 was just good enough to edge out teammate Leanne Fells. The men's Under 23 lightweiht also witnessed a 1-2 finish with Tom Watson taking first in 6:33, followed by Liam Fisher.

There was also several novice and intramural races on the day. Complete results can be viewed online by clicking here

The Vikes will take to the water in two weeks time, competing at the Hungerford and Shawnigan regattas on February 14-15.


Source: Michael Tucker, Public Relations Coordinator
University of Victoria

P 250.721.8725


TORONTO - Sunday February 3, 2008

National Team Rowers Dominate Senior Women's Event at Canadian Indoors

National Team rower Anna-Marie de Zwager of Victoria, B.C. won the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships (CIRC) Senior Women's event today in Toronto.  

"Today was a bit of a surprise," said de Zwager, who was a member of the 2007 women's quad that qualified for next summer's Olympic Games. "I've been so focused on August (the Olympics in Beijing), but I'm very pleased and it's nice to know I'm on track with training." Rowers use the ergometer (rowing machine) as a major part of their off-water training.

De Zwager won this event last year, as well as winning the 2007 Crash-B Sprints in Boston - also known as the World Indoor Rowing Championships.

De Zwager's time today was 6:41.5 – beating her personal best by .1 of a second – and she was followed by fellow National Team rowers, Romina Stefancic of Victoria, B.C. in 6:43.6 and Sabrina Kolker of West Vancouver, B.C. in 6:45.9.

The Senior women's event was a highlight of the 24th Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships at the Rexall Centre at York University.

Other highlights included National Junior team member and World Junior silver medalist (men’s pair) Conlin McCabe of the Brockville Rowing Club winning the Junior A men’s event in 6:09.4, and 77-year-old Alex Wilson of Vineland, Ont., qualifying for the World Indoor Rowing Championships, which he won last year. Seven athletes from the Toronto event had times good enough to qualify for the World Indoors.

Indoor events were also held today in Victoria, Saskatoon, Montreal and Dartmouth.

National Team men and lightweights did not participate in the Canadian Indoors due to out-of-country training camps.

More info to be posted at  -
Jackie Skender - Rowing Canada Aviron


Canadian National Team member Anna-Marie de Zwager won the women's open race today in Boston at the World Indoor Rowing Championships 6 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher Jenny Van Dobben de Bruin of the Netherlands. Winning today adds another gold medal to her collection from the indoor circuit this winter.  Earlier, on February 4, she won the women's event at the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships in Toronto edging out many of her national team mates and qualifying for the airline ticket to Boston from Concept 2.

Anna-Marie de Zwager completed her 2000 metre race in 6:43.3 (average split 1:40.9) finishing at the top spot of 279 competitors rom all over the world. The World Indoor Rowing Championships were held in an ice hockey arena at Boston University, bringing out the best indoor racers from Europe, the U.S. and the U.K. - 1500 competitors in total. 

"She blew away the competion controlling the race all the way in a strong international field" explained an excited Joe Vince by cell phone this evening.  Joe Vince, Technical Director at CIRC and Barbara Schneider, Entries Chair, were both in Boston volunteering their behind the scenes technical expertise to the World Indoor Race organizing team. 

Alex Wilson, of Fonthill Ontario also won his event in the 75-79 Heavyweight Men's age group.  Alex was also a winner at CIRC in Toronto and won the airfare to compete in Boston.  He just narrowly missed beating the world record by .4 seconds finishing with a time of 7.22.6 ahead of Tor Ahlsand of Oslo, Norway.  The world record is 7.22.3. 

Michelle Prince, another 2007 Toronto race qualifier narrrowly missed the medals in Boston finishing fourth in the Open Lightweight Women's event.  Michelle is from St. Catharines and rows for Ridley Graduate B.C.  Her time was 7:12.1 just ahead of Julia Sidone-Wolff of Team Germany.

As well in Boston in the Junior Lightweight Women category, Jenna Burke and Amy Rappotini of E.L. Crossley High School in Fonthill finished 5th and 7th respectively.  At CIRC on February 4, Jenna won the Jr Lwt Women's event and Amy took the silver.  For full World Championship results including race analysis for individuals click here....


TORONTO - Feb 4, 2007 - Heavyweight Women Make a Show of Strength at Canadian Indoors...
Jackie Skender, Rowing Canada Aviron

The women from Rowing Canada's London Training Centre came out in force on Sunday to race at the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships in Toronto. In one of the most hotly contested races of the day, Anna-Marie de Zwager of the London Centre won the heavyweight women's category in 06:41.6 - a personal best time on the erg (or indoor rowing machine)."I did better than expected. I didn't know whether I'd have the legs to go for it at this time of year," said de Zwager, a Victoria, B.C. native.   More...


TORONTO - Feb 3, 2007 - National team rowers rev up training months before returning to water

Neil Stevens, Canadian Press

(CP) - The big regattas are months away, but that doesn't mean Canada's rowers are taking the winter off.

Au contraire. "We're training as hard as we would in the summer," says world champion Jane Rumball. Most of the work is on rowing machines, and this is a big weekend for it as rowers congregate in Toronto, Victoria, Regina, St-Hyacinthe, Que., and Dartmouth, N.S., for Rowing Canada's annual indoor championships.

"It'll be intense," Rumball predicts. More....


TORONTO - Feb 2, 2007 -  Canadian Indoor Regattas Feature Top Rowing Talent This Sunday

Jackie Skender, Rowing Canada Aviron

This Sunday promises to be the Super Bowl of indoor rowing! The Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships in Toronto and the Monster Erg in Victoria - Canada's top indoor rowing events - are gearing up for some great racing on February 4.  They will be joined by events across the country including the Prairie Rowing Championships (Regina, Sask.), the Quebec Indoors (Championnat Québécois d'aviron en salle - St-Hyacinthe, Que.) and the Atlantic Indoor Championships (Dartmouth, N.S.), which are all held on the same day.   More....


TORONTO - Feb 1 , 2007 - Indoor Regatta Season: On The “Row” to the CRASH-B Sprints

Bill Patton, Concept2 in Vermont, U.S.A.

From November to February, temperatures are dropping, but inside arenas, clubhouses, boathouses and gyms across the U.S. and Canada, things are really heating up. At races everywhere from Baltimore to Long Beach, thousands of athletes will test their endurance in hopes of winning a medal, achieving a world record or just beating their personal best on Concept2 Indoor Rowers. The indoor rowing regatta season starts in November and peaks in Boston in mid-February with the mother of all races: the World Indoor Rowing Championships—a.k.a. the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints. More ...