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Peter Nykoluk Rowing Scholarship Recipients Announced

Four athletes from the Winnipeg Rowing Club, Phoenix Nakagawa, Emilie Hoeppner and last year’s recipients, Hanika Nakagawa and Andrej Kao, were selected as c0- recipients of the 2017 Peter Nykoluk Rowing Scholarship. They will share the $15,000 award equally.

The Peter Nykoluk Rowing Scholarship was established in cooperation with the Manitoba Rowing Association (MRA), Winnipeg Rowing Club (WRC), and University of Manitoba Financial Aid and Awards. The Nomination Committee was led by Chairperson Karen Styrchak (first recipient of the scholarship in 1995), with dedicated committee members Jeff Powell and Brandi Smith.

The Peter Nykoluk Rowing Scholarship has been handed out annually since 1995. Each recipient has distinguished themselves with notable accomplishments in and dedication to rowing. They have also met the other essential criteria in terms of educational aspirations, sound personal traits, contributions to the development of the sport, and leadership qualities.

Winnipeg Rowing Club’s Open House
Saturday June 3rd @ 20 Lyndale Drive
Drop in anytime between 12pm and 4pm


Whether you’re interested in exploring a competitive sport, or want to take up recreational rowing, find out more at the open house. You’ll be able to tour the facilities, check out the boats and boathouse, watch rowing demonstrations, and try dockside rowing.


Rowing is a lifelong activity for fitness, for competition, or just for fun. The Adult Learn-to-Row program is designed to get beginners up-to-speed. It’s an entry level program that teaches participants the skills necessary to take up rowing, with the potential to transition into recreational rowing, and eventually, competitive (if that is where you want to end up!).


The Community Rowing Challenge is an eight-week program for businesses, organizations, clubs, groups of friends, or individuals, that gets teams training together in set ‘quads’ (four scullers). The event concludes with a Championship Regatta on Saturday, August 26th where teams put rowing skills to the test in head-to-head races against other CRC teams. Training starts in June!


Coaches for the 2017 rowing season include MRA Head Coach Janine Stephens (who is also the current President of the Winnipeg Rowing Club). Janine is a former member of Canada’s national rowing team, and Olympic Silver Medalist. She got her start at the Winnipeg Rowing Club, and is thrilled to now be working with athletes who are striving (and thriving!) in the sport.

Janine’s focus is working with competitive athletes on Team Manitoba, as well as those identified as potential prospects for Team Canada. Coaching at the elite level along with Janine is former Olympian and World Champion rower Jeff Powell – who also got his start at the Winnipeg Rowing Club.

Coaching for the Winnipeg Rowing Club are Ed Kornachuk (Juniors), Sandra Kirby (Masters coach), and Robert Dansereau (Recreational).