Rowing

Rowing at SMUS covers all three terms with two distinct seasons for athletes of all abilities.

In the fall, a larger team, including newcomers to the sport, competes in the lower Vancouver Island high school season. This season features competition in local regattas, including the City Championships.

In the winter and spring, a smaller group of athletes continues to train for the competitive racing season that runs from February to June. This season features regattas across British Columbia with the goal of qualifying to represent SMUS at the national regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Many SMUS rowers have gone on to row at Canadian and American universities at the NCAA Div. I, II and II levels.

SMUS program includes:

  • Coaching from Head of Rowing Susanne Walker Curry (high-level Canadian rower and Rowing Canada Coach Educator; NCCP Level 4 and Chartered Professional Coach), Liz Fenje ’09 (international-level rower for Team Canada, Oxford and Stanford; RCA Coach certified), Martin McElroy (four-time Olympic coach; NCCP Level 4 and Chartered Professional Coach), and Richard Curry (RCA Performance Coach certified).
  • 23 rowing shells owned by SMUS for sculling and sweep rowing, including every category of competitive boat, and six coach boats.
  • Premier facility, with the SMUS Rowing Centre situated on the Gorge waterway.
  • A dryland rowing training centre with rowing ergometers and bicycle ergometers.

Alumni Athletes

  • Liz Fenje '09
  • Mickey Aylard '11
  • Tina Yu '13
  • Matthew Cormie '19
  • Liam Hodgins '20
  • Firinne Rolfe '21