2008 NWIRA Championship Regatta

The Winnipeg Rowing Club traveled to Kenora this weekend for two days of rowing competition at the 105th NorthWest International Rowing Association Regatta. The WRC sent 52 athletes this year and captured 14 Gold Medals:

Sr B Women’s Single – Claudia Blandford
Open Women’s Single – Claudia Blandford
Lightweight Men’s Single – Curtis Oleschuk
Lightweight Women’s Dash Single – Nicole Nakatsu
Junior Women’s Pair – Tecla Scatliff / Sydney Gilchrist
Junior Women’s Double – Nia Perron / Francisca Strange
Open Men’s Pair – Darren Barber / Kevin Kowalyk
Open Men’s Double – Darren Barber / Kevin Kowalyk
Open Men’s Four – Darren Barber / Kevin Kowalyk / Curtis Oleschuk / Kirk Vilks
Open Men’s Quad – Darren Barber / Kevin Kowalyk / Jeff Powell / Curtis Oleschuk
Junior Women’s Quad – Tecla Scatliff / Nia Perron / Francisca Strange / Clarey Funk
Open Women’s Eight – Claudia Blandford / Annie Eastwood / Nicole Nakatsu / Clarey Funk / Nia Perron / Francisca Strange / Sydney Gilchrist / Tecla Scatliff / Coxswain Juliana Vipond
Open Men’s Eight – Darren Barber / Andrew Lamont / Jeff Powell / Curtis Oleschuk / Kevin Kowalyk / Mark Stobart / Mark Zwaagstra / Kirk Vilks / Coxswain Juliana Vipond
Open Men’s Dash Eight – Darren Barber / Andrew Lamont / Jeff Powell / Curtis Oleschuk / Kevin Kowalyk / Mark Stobart / Mark Zwaagstra / Kirk Vilks / Coxswain Juliana Vipond

WINNIPEG CAPTURES EFFICIENCY TROPHY!

WRC was awarded the “Efficiency Trophy” at the NWIRA Regatta. The Efficiency Trophy was initiated in 1995 to recognize and reward that club that has been “most efficient” in its overall entries throughout the regatta. The award was based on the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta’s Efficiency Trophy, which was implemented in the 1970’s. The idea behind this is to provide incentive to smaller clubs that cannot compete for the grand aggregate Lipton Cup because larger clubs, by virtue of their sheer numbers, will consistently win it. Possible Points are calculated as the maximum points the club could earn – efficiency is then calculated as the percentage of Total Actual Points divided by Total Possible Points.

ABOUT THE NWIRA REGATTA

The 105th NWIRA Championship Regatta took place on Rabbit Lake in Sunset Country, Kenora, Ontario. Eleven rowing clubs participated (Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Rochester, Pinawa, Minneapolis, Thunder Bay, Twin City Youth Rowing, St. Paul, Kenora, Duluth) with 297 rowers participating in 114 races (many of which were cancelled due to high winds). The grand aggregate trophy – the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup – is up for grabs annually, and was won this year by Minneapolis.

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