Our History:

The St. John’s Rowing Club (SJRC) is a member club of Rowing Canada Aviron and Rowing Newfoundland. The SJRC has been offering slide-seat rowing to St. John’s and the surrounding areas for over 35 years. Situated on Quidi Vidi Lake, the SJRC is immersed in the rich rowing history of Newfoundland and Labrador. SJRC offers a variety of programs for beginners, intermediate and competitive rowers from ages 12 and up, consisting of on-water training on Quidi Vidi Lake and ergometer training at our erg room facility at Max Fitness on New Cove Road. SJRC is the main training location for the Newfoundland Rowing Team. We also welcome fixed seat rowers year-round who would like to cross-train or stay on the pond after the Regatta.

Our Vision:

To build and sustain a slide-seat rowing community of inclusivity, opportunity, and personal excellence through a shared love of the sport.

Our Mission:

The St. John’s Rowing Club provides all levels of athletes, coaches, and volunteers with opportunities to learn, adapt and strive for improvement through the sport of slide-seat rowing.

Our Values:

  • Equity and Inclusion: Rowing is a sport for everybody and SJRC is a place where all are welcome, respected, and supported. We aim for inclusion and accommodation while working within capacity constraints, with a goal to reduce constraints and barriers to participation.
  • Heart and Determination: With passion for the sport of rowing, our people and their growth, we help mould individuals into lifelong athletes and community leaders.
  • Commitment and Cooperation: The profile of SJRC is the sum of all of who contribute – rowers, coaches, and volunteers – as one team. Teamwork and partnerships are the key to moving our goals forward.
  • Respect and Responsibility: We treat others, in words and actions, as we wish to be treated. We celebrate success with humility and challenges with grace. We create safe channels for open communication and are accountable for our words and actions.

Land Acknowledgement:

We respectfully acknowledge the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, of which the city of St. John’s is the capital city, as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk. Today, these lands are home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We would also like to acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Mi’kmaq, Innu, Inuit and Southern Inuit of this province.