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MMAAC Rowing News
February 29, 2016

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2016 Programs

First Registration date this Saturday, March 5, 8 AM- 1 PM at the Alderney Farmer’s Market! Please note, there will be other registration dates in April!
 
Cheques or cash are preferred but credit cards will be accepted.
 
Please complete the online RCA Registration prior to coming to registration or making a payment. To register with RCA, go to https://membership.rowingcanada.org/JoinProgram.aspx 
 
PROGRAMS 
Competitive Masters Program, April 1-October 31, 2016
Practice Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 6 PM; Saturdays 6 AM |
 Fee:  $550.00
MicMac offers a Competitive Masters training program on Lake Banook. Athletes must demonstrate a commitment to performance, be highly self-motivated and be able to commit to the demanding schedule of training and competing. As a competitive rower, the club will provide coaching and the equipment necessary to train and compete at a high level.

Recreational Program
Practice Schedule: Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays 6 PM
Summer season: June 1-August 31 | Fee: $375
NEW! Early season option: April 1- May 31 | Fee: $100

Fall season | Fee: $100
SIGN UP FOR ALL 3 SESSIONS FOR $525
This provides three coached sessions per week to rowers who do not
necessarily want to compete. (Additional RCA fees will apply if you wish to compete.) Previous rowing experience is a prerequisite to sign up for the Rec Program.

(Please review Cold Water Rules prior to signing up for the early season session. It is up to the coach’s discretion for on-water sessions.)
 
Masters athletes, just a reminder that all fees must be paid before going on the water.
 
Junior/Senior Competitive Program
The Junior/Senior Competitive Program supports and develops competitive rowers, and offers an environment where athletes can compete and develop with the goal of high performance. The Junior/Senior Program is targeted towards those individuals who wish to represent the club, and/or Province both locally and out of province. If interested please contact MMAAC Rowing for rates and practice times.
 
NEW! Junior Development Summer CAMP Program
The Junior Development program has been updated to a week-long day-camp format for 2016. The camp runs from 9 AM-4 PM daily, with the option for early drop-off and late pick-up from 8 AM-5 PM. Six weekly camps will be offered to youth aged 12-17:
  • Week 1 - July 4-8
  • Week 2 - July 11-15
  • Week 3 - July 18-22
  • Week 4 - July 25-29
  • Week 5 - August 8-12
  • Week 6 - August 15-19
Participants may register for any number of weeks (i.e. just one, or up to all 6). During their first week of camp, participants will complete a Learn to Row curriculum. The Learn to Row option will be available all 6 weeks. Returning participants for weeks 2-6 will be grouped with other returning participants to continue to build their rowing skills. Priority will be given to full-day registrations, however a half-day option for returning participants will be considered if space permits. Camps will be capped at 16 participants.

A typical day at camp will include: 2 rows/day including large and small boats with a combination of sculling and sweeping; and activities and lessons including nutrition, general fitness, cross-training, swimming, outdoor adventures, fun and games, and hands-on opportunities to learn and play with friends!

Camp Fees
  • First week: $280 ($150 program fee + $10 Rowing Canada Fee + $10 Row Nova Scotia Fee + $75 MicMac AAC Membership Fee + $35 MicMac AAC Facility Upgrade Fee)
  • All subsequent weeks: $150 (program fee only)
  • Early-Bird Registration Discount - register by May 1, 2016 and save $20/week
  • Family discount - register more than one child in a family and save 10%
  • 8-9 AM Early Drop-Off $15/week
  • 4-5 PM Late Pick-up $15/week
To help launch this new program, we are challenging all members to help recruit participants. Think about your own children, neighbours, nieces/ nephews, friends of friends, etc. Members that recruit a youth participant into the program will receive a ballot into a draw for a great prize for every week the youth is registered in camp. Please contact Rhonda or Cynthia with any questions or to register!

Support for the Junior Development Summer Camp Program is provided by Rowing Canada Aviron. 

Learn to Row (LTR) Program
Fee:  $150

This program provides six sessions held over a 2-week period. It is offered for first-time adult rowers and those who want to try rowing before taking out a full membership.  You can choose to attend Tues/Thurs/Sun or Mon/Wed/Sun – whichever works best for you.  You can then continue with Novice Rowing. $100 will be deducted from the Novice fee. Sign up early as it fills up quickly.  Payment reserves your seat.
 
Session A
May 30-June 12
Mondays/Wednesdays 6:30 PM; Sundays 4 PM                                  
                                   
Session B
May 31-June 12                              
Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:30 PM; 6 PM Sunday, June 5; 4 PM Sunday, June 12                     
                                   
Session C
June 13-26                         
Mondays/Wednesdays 6:30 PM; Sundays 4 PM                                  
                                   
Session D
June 14-26                         
Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:30 PM;  6 PM Sunday, June 19; 4 PM Sunday, June 26      
                       
Novice Program
Practice Schedule: Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays 6:30 – 8 PM
Program starts June 14
Fee:  $375  ($100 of the 2016 LTR fee of will be deducted from this cost)

This program, especially designed for first year rowers, is back by popular demand. Once an athlete completes a LTR session, they are encouraged to sign up for the Novice Program for the rest of the summer. You will continue to improve your rowing and boat handling skills which will prepare you for the Recreational Program.
 
If you have any questions please contact us at  rowing@micmacaac.com
 
HELP Required: We'll need volunteers to assist with registrations dates. If interested contact Rhonda or Cynthia!

2016 Regatta Meeting

Hosted by Coaches Tracy, Colm and Cody


WHO: All Competitive (or thinking about being Competitive) Athletes, considering competing in 2016. This includes members that are doing winter training at the club as well as on their own.

WHEN: 7:30 PM Monday, March 7 (immediately following Monday evening practice)

WHERE: MicMac AAC Rowing Boat Bays

WHAT:
Meeting Agenda:
a) Provide information on regattas planned for 2016 (local and away)
b) Provide information on ordering uniforms so that all competitors have them in time for the first regatta
c) Discuss ways to establish a balance of sculling and sweeping in the competitive program
d) Answer questions from prospective new competitors as to what it means to transition from recreational to competitive rowing

The goal is to have a pretty good idea of who is going to compete in which regattas by the end of March so that crews can be established, and they can train together on a regular basis. Ideally in a competitive program, coaches are not spending time at the beginning of practices waiting to see who comes and then putting them in boats. While the program can have some flexibility, the rowing experience is better all around if crews are established. Members can be in multiple crews, with a combination of sweeping and sculling. Come to the meeting for more information!

2015 Row Nova Scotia Award Recipients

Congrats to winners of the Row Nova Scotia Awards from MMAAC Rowing. They include:
  • Sr M2: Cody Bailey and Logan Lefort, Male Crew of the Year
  • Colm Gribbon, Club Coach of the Year 
  • Joe Rowlands, Mileage Award

As well, congrats to all our long-term services members, including:

  • Marilyn MacMullin, 15 years
  • Sue Duann, 15 years
  • Sally Dean, 20 years
  • Chris Williams, 25 years

2016 AIRC Results

Row NS hosted the Atlantic Indoor Rowing Championships on Saturday, February 6. Twelve athletes from MicMac Rowing participated, all from our Master's programs. We had the largest number of participants in years, and a number of personal bests were achieved. For six of these athletes, it was their first rowing race ever! Congratulations to Alex, Claude, Cody, Cynthia, Edge, Léa, Mel, Michelle, Niall, Rhonda, Rick, and Tracy for a great day of racing!First place finishes were achieved by:
  • Cody Bailey for Under 23 Men 2000m (time of 06:11.9)

  • Mel Goodday for Senior Women 2000m (time of 07:31.3)  

  • Mel Goodday, Cody Bailey, Tracy Brown and Claude Leforte for Mixed Club Four Race of 500m with a time of 06:30.5 

Coaching Job Call

Mic Mac AAC Rowing is recruiting full-time and part-time coaches for its spring and summer rowing programs. Coaches are responsible for developing and leading the Learn to Row, Novice, Recreational, and Competitive programs for adults, and the Junior Summer Camp Programs. Coaches will also have responsibilities related to program promotion, and equipment and facility maintenance. Candidates must have current Emergency First Aid, CPR and Pleasure Craft Operators Card, as well as excellent interpersonal skills, organizational, communication, and leadership skills. Preference will be given to individuals actively engaged in NCCP training and certification, including Learn to Row Instructor, RCA Coach, RCA Performance Coach, or equivalent. 

Applicants are requested to send a cover letter and CV by Friday, March 11 to micmacaacrowing@gmail.com. Please include details of your rowing, coaching, and other leadership experience.

Wine & Beer Tasting & Silent Auction
Fundraiser April 9

Our major annual fundraiser will be held this year on April 9 at MicMac AAC. The Wine & Beer Tasting will be hosted by Bishop's cellar from 7 - 9 PM followed by a cash bar and silent auction that will go until 10:30 PM. We are asking for support from all our members by purchasing and selling  tickets and supplying Auction items. Tickets are $30. This event is vital for assisting with the purchase and maintenance of equipment that is required by all our programs.

We will be distributing this letter to our active members but we need everyone's help. If you aren't currently training you can purchase tickets by contacting Jane VanHorne or Tracy Brown or by contacting anyone you know who is presently training.

Come and have fun while supporting a great cause!

Complete an erging marathon!

Details for Row Nova Scotia's Provincial Ergo Marathon are now available available online here. The deadline for $25 Early-Bird registration is Monday, February 29 (after that the price goes up to $40 after that date). Coach Tracy Brown will be submitting entries, so if interested talk to her at practice sometime this week.

Looking for "free" weights/gym gear!

A variety of equipment is needed to support the rowing programs - and not just ergs, boats, and oars! A "wish list" has been developed to support our off-water training programs and the upcoming youth summer camps. It was suggested that before proceeding with fundraising and purchasing, that we poll our members to see if anyone has access to items for donation to the club. Many of these are stashed unused for years in your homes. Please consider donating them to the rowing program as you do your spring cleaning this year!
  • Outdoor play gear: skipping ropes, frisbees, hula hoops, water guns, balls (tennis, soccer, volleyball, beach)
  • Basic weight training: free weights, barbells, dumbbells, a rack, kettle bells, medicine balls
  • Body weight training: stable steps (for step-ups / lunges), stable wooden boxes (for box jumps), TRX straps and handles
  • Resistance training and support: large stretchy rubber bands
  • Mobility tools  - foam rollers and lacrosse balls
Please contact Tracy at 11.tracybrown@gmail.com or 902-220-0240 to discuss what you have and arrange for pick-up / delivery. Have something that you think might be useful but don't see it on the list? Let us know! 

Save the date! Docks going in April 2

More information will be sent out closer to the date, but it looks like the docks will be going in April 2. The 2016 summer season is near. Hurrah!

News from the MMAAC Rowing Committee

Members of the MMAAC Rowing Committee include:
  • Siobhan Wiggans, Chair
  • Karen Kavenaugh, Representative, MMAAC Board of Directors
  • Steve Horsewill, Representative, MMAAC Board of Directors
  • Cynthia Hoskins, Registrar
  • Rhonda Wilson, Registrar
  • Linda Young
  • Julie Caines
JK Keeping tracks finances for the group. An equipment committee also supports the steering committee with equipment and facilities. Members include Tracy Brown,  Joe Rowlands, Rick Proulx and Sue Duann.

The MMAAC Rowing Committee would love to have a few new members to assist with the workflow. If this piques your interest please contact Siobhan at siobhan.wiggans@gmail.com.
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