Notre Dame Rowing Club (NDRC)

Founded in the fall of 2009 the Notre Dame Rowing Club enters its fifth year of operation providing community based programming for all.  Located just north of where Thorold Road meets the Recreational Canal the Club is centrally located for easy access to 8 kilometers of flat water.

The Notre Dame Rowing club believes in Long Term Athlete Development and focus on sculling as a means to introduce the sport of rowing and to excel both recreationally and competitively.

Competitive, learn to row and recreational programs are available for youth and adults year round and membership is open to all residents of Welland/Pelham and Niagara.

The Notre Dame Rowing Club offers several innovative programs.

The Notre Dame Rowing Academy© is designed to introduce pre-high school and early high school you to the different forms of rowing, water safety and boat handling and develop the technical skill and fitness to become a great rower.

Our Adult Programming has three tiers providing a variety of choices for interested adults:

1.    Adult recreational: For adults new to rowing or interested in a part time rowing experience

2.    Masters Non-competitive:  For adults who are transitioning to a competitive program or are interested in the training/social benefits of rowing but who do not want to race

3.    Competitive Masters: For adults who are interested in the full competitive experience including more intensive coaching and racing in Ontario and the Northeast United States

Our Youth Competitive is for graduates of the Notre Dame Rowing Academy© and experienced youth rowers running year round and on the water from April to October; open to youth of all ability levels.  The Youth Competitive program has a long and proud history of National and Provincial champions as well as rowing and coaching excellence.

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German senior men’s canoe polo team dedicates gold medal to fallen teammate

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Germany nearly won it all on the water after losing so much off of it. Only a 3-2 loss to Great Britain in the men's under-21 final prevented Germany from sweeping all four divisions at the 2018 International Canoe Federation Canoe Polo World Championships in Welland.


  • The 2013 Junior and U23 champs was the most wonderful experience for us in South Africa. Although our kayak community is relatively small, we are an intense group of loyal supporters. Following the build-up on your website as well as your Facebook and the photos on WIFC Facebook page was the highlight of my day. Not only mine but many of us shared links from early morning. Thanks for the effort and a huge congratulations on your achievement. The live streaming gave many of us goose bumps and the occasional lump in the throat. I checked many comments by parents all over the globe, don`t worry, we are all the same, from Japan, Canada, Africa. Thanks for sharing the wonderful experience. Today I could watch my son`s semi-final on Youtube, tonight we will watch it again and every day I will check Youtube for new uploads.
    Chris Van Den Bergh

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