bring new participation into the sport of rowing, to develop their fitness,
athleticism, and rowing skills,
and to further their interest, involvement and
achievement in rowing.
1976, a small group of interested citizens from the cities of Welland and Port
Colborne in the Region of Niagara embarked on establishing the South Niagara
Rowing Club. The South Niagara Rowing Club was established along the banks of
the Old Welland Canal, which was no longer being used for shipping. The area
had the potential of being a wonderful rowing facility and great race course
due to the high banks, which shelters the waterway from wind.
its beginnings the "Great Dain" Rowing Course has been privileged to
host many regattas, such as the Ontario Rowing Championships, the Canadian
Masters Rowing Championships, as well as the Inaugural Regatta of the Americas.
The South Niagara Rowing Club has also been the site for many Canadian National
Rowing Teams Training Camps and Trials, as well as National Team Crews from
Great Britain, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.
Head Coach, Ron “Swede” Burak, has been working with the many volunteer coaches
to bring excellent programs for all ages to our club. Current programs include:
Youth /Adult Learn to Row, Adult Recreational Rowing , , Youth / U23
Competitive Rowing, Masters Rowing.
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