Rules and Guidelines
It’s a team effort!
The following age categories are are per Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) Rules of racing, revised January 27, 2013:
1. Under 17 (Junior B) – A rower or coxswain shall be classified as an Under 17 competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which he or she reaches the age of 16. After that date, the rower shall be classified as a Junior rower.
2. Under 19 (Junior) – A rower or coxswain who is no longer an Under 17 competitor shall be classified as a Junior competitor until the 31st of December of the year in which he or she reaches the age of 18. After that date the rower shall be classified as an Under 23 rower.
3. Under 23 – A rower or coxswain who is no longer a Junior shall be classified as Under 23 until the 31st of December of the year in which he or she reaches the age of 22. After that date, the rower shall be classified as Senior.
4. Senior – A rower or coxswain who is 23 years or older during the calendar year in which he or she is competing.
5. Master – A rower may compete as a Master from the beginning of the year during which he or she attains the age of 21. Master’s Age Classifications:
- AA age: 21-26 years
- A age: 27-35 years
- B age: 36-42 years
- C age: 43-49 years
- D age: 50-54
- E age: 55-59
- F age: 60-64
- G age: 65-69
- H age: 70-74
- I age: 75-79
- J age: 80 and over
- Please arrive 15 minutes before practice. Being on time will ensure each participant gets a seat in a boat. Late arrivals may not be able to participate.
- Please report all broken or damaged equipment to your Coach.
- Please wear snug fitting and weather appropriate clothing, as the MMAAC Rowing programs run ‘rain or shine’!
- Socks must be worn while rowing. This is an important measure to ensure proper hygiene in the rowing shoes.
- Follow the course rules of the lake. If you are unsure, ask your Coach.
- Conduct yourself in a mature and responsible manner and treat other club members and club equipment with respect at all times.
- Members, family, and friends are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of the club, including all social events! Members are required to volunteer with the club including fundraising, boat bay maintenance and assisting with regattas.
- Competitive athletes must attend all scheduled practices unless otherwise arranged with the Coach.
- Competitive athletes are required to commit to and follow the prescribed training program, complete testing, and participate in selection as required.
Pending approval by the Equipment Sub-Committee, MMAAC members may store personal boats and other equipment at the club for an annual fee. All individuals storing equipment on the premises must be registered in a Rowing Program.
All coaches at Mic Mac AAC Rowing are in-training, trained, or certified by Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) as either Learn to Row Instructors, RCA Coaches, and/or RCA Performance Coaches. Each are experienced rowers, have completed Emergency First Aid / CPR, obtained their Pleasure Craft Operators Card, and have been approved through the Criminal Records check with HRM Police.
Tracy Brown, Sport Director / Coach (Junior / U23 / Senior Competitive, Private Lessons)
Tracy started rowing in 1990 and represented Team Nova Scotia at the 1993 Canada Games. After a break from the sport, she returned as a Master’s Rower at Mic Mac AAC in 2011. Since then she has continued to row and has become increasingly involved in various areas. In 2013 she joined the Row NS Board and also volunteered as Manager for Team Nova Scotia Rowing at the 2013 Canada Games. In 2015 she began training to become a Learn to Row Instructor and RCA Coach and achieved certification in both in 2016. She was recently selected as one of two Women-In-Coaching Apprentice Coaches, and will be part of the Coaching Staff for the 2017 Canada Games. Tracy is energetic and passionate about rowing, and also about providing opportunities for others to feel the same way.
Angela Hersey, Coach (Adult Competitive Program)
Angela started rowing as a Junior in 1998, right here at Mic Mac AAC. In 2001 she rowed with team Nova Scotia at the Canada Games, competing in the W8+. Soon after, she was recruited by Halifax Rowing Club to cox their master’s women’s 8+ crew that went on to compete at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. In 2006 Angela taught Learn-to-Row at the Vancouver Rowing Club, sharing her knowledge and love for the sport to the eager new athletes. After a few years hiatus from rowing she came back to rowing in NS, and rowed for several years at Halifax Rowing Club and Mic Mac AAC. After successfully leading the Adult Novice and Adult Pre-Competitive programs in 2016, and being an integral part of the Winter Training program, she is excited to take the lead on the Adult Competitive Program for 2017!
Catherine Ozon, Coach (Adult Novice Program, Junior Summer Camps)
Mic Mac AAC Rowing is pleased to welcome Catherine Ozon to the coaching staff for our summer 2017 programs. Catherine first registered for a Learn to Row program at Mic Mac AAC in the summer of 2015. She had been wanting to try rowing for awhile, and instantly fell in love with it before the first practice was even over. After a year living abroad she moved back to Dartmouth and began rowing again in 2016 in the Adult Pre-Competitive program and was racing in her first regatta by October. Now a Senior Competitive rower, Catherine is excited to begin coaching at Mic Mac and further her involvement with a sport and community she is so passionate about.
Carmen Raiche-Marsden, Coach (Adult Indoor Rowing, Adult Recreational Rowing Programs, Junior Summer Camps)
Carmen first started rowing in May 2016 through Mic Mac AAC’s Learn to Row program. Although Carmen has found love in many sports, to her nothing compares to her love for rowing. Within one season, she went from tipping her mom in a double to competing and even winning a few novice races. With 8 years of competitive swim coaching experience she decided to take on the challenge of becoming a rowing coach. She started by volunteering with the Junior Camps in 2016 and is now in the process of becoming a certified Learn to Row coach. It is Carmen’s coaching and rowing dream that people will find love in rowing just as she has.
Hannah Meeson, Summer Student Coach (Junior Summer Camps)
Hannah was born and raised across the harbour in Halifax. She was introduced to rowing in 2014 when a group from Halifax Rowing Club (HRC) came to her school for a workshop. Hannah’s always loved being outdoors on the water, hanging out at the beach, hiking, swimming or canoeing, so rowing felt like a natural fit. Hannah signed up for a learn to row class at HRC that summer and started racing competitively for HRC in the fall. From the moment Hannah stepped in her first rowing shell she knew that rowing was going to be her sport and has been working hard at it ever since. In 2016, Hannah competed in the Royal Canadian Henley in St Catherines Ont. as well as National Rowing Championships held in Barnaby, BC. She is currently training with the Provincial Team out of Mic Mac, aiming to attended the Canada Summer Games held in Winnipeg this summer. In the fall Hannah will be going into her first year at the University of Victory, studying sciences. This is Hannah’s second summer coaching at Mic Mac and she is super thrilled to be back on the wonderful Lake Banook!
Ben Walls, Summer Student Coach (Junior Summer Camps)
Ben started rowing in 2015. He learned to row at Halifax Rowing Club and hasn’t looked back! He has attended major regattas like Royal Canadian Henley 2016. At the National Rowing Championship in 2016, he won a Bronze medal in the Junior Men’s Pair. Recently Ben has been training to go to the 2017 Canada Games. He is excited to be coaching with Mic Mac this summer! Ben has lead intramurals at his school and helped coach his school running club. He can’t wait to share his passion for the sport with others. His favourite part about rowing is the friendships and camaraderie that develops as people learn together. He hopes to see you down at the boat club this summer!
Gabby Kachan, Summer Student Coach (Junior Summer Camps)
Gabby began her rowing with Learn to Row in the summer of 2015 and has since fallen in love with the sport. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Provincial Training Team and has participated in a number of regattas including Nova Scotia Sprints and Really Chilly Regattas on Lake Banook, and The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, ON where she competed against rowers from around the world. Gabby is currently training to go to the 2017 Canada Games as part of the rowing team alongside her co-workers, Ben and Hannah! When she is not on the water balancing her boat, Gabby is a member of The Halifax Dance YoCo, a pre-professional modern dance company and dances as one of the leads in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker. Gabby is very excited to be working and training on the lake this summer!
A committed group of volunteers serves as the Steering Committee for the MMAAC Rowing Club. They manage all aspects of club operations including membership, programming, staffing, finances, equipment, and facilities.
Steering Committee Members for 2016-17:
- Devon Cassidy
- Angela Hersey
- Vance Hiscock
- Karen Kavanaugh
- Siobhan Wiggans
- Rhonda Wilson
- Leah Wood
Rowing Representatives on the Mic Mac AAC Board of Directors
- Niall Burke
- Kevin Pallard
- Michelle Raiche-Marsden
- Linda Young
MMAAC Rowing is organized and managed almost exclusively by volunteers.
“It takes a village” to maintain and grow the club, and provide a positive experience for program participants. MMAAC Rowing encourages its members to become involved in the clubs operation. Volunteering is a great way to make friends and to become part of the rowing community.
There are various ways you can help out at the club!
- Volunteer at regattas as a timer or safety boat operator. Consider becoming certified to serve as an Official.
- Be on a Committee
- Volunteer specific skills, services, or materials
- Fundraising activities
Our goal is to share the work, make new friends and have fun!
Parents – you are already supporting our athletes by engaging them in an activity that allows them to be active and outside, learning life skills such as teamwork and communication. Thank you for the many drives back and forth to their practices; for ensuring they are well fed, hydrated, and rested; and that they can pursue their rowing dreams of success!
Coaches – Most coaches work many hours beyond what they are paid for. They attend various training sessions to ensure they are providing a safe environment for their athletes to perform their very best. Ask your Coach what you can do to help… simple acts of assistance help the Coach focus on what is most important.
Fans – Come cheer us on! Whether at a local or international regatta, Novice or high performance, all athletes deserve a cheering section. See our calendar for a list of upcoming events.
Fundraising – there is a cost associated with providing suitable equipment, environment, programs, and coaching to athletes, The best fundraising strategy is to build our membership. Please consider any of the following financial contributions:
- Refer a friend to join one of our programs
- Support a young athlete by sponsoring their registration fees, uniform purchase, etc
- Attend or support one of our many annual fundraisers
- Contact our Steering Committee regarding a large contribution. We are open to various forms of recognition, to be discussed with the donor.