Rowing

Rowing officials get their assignments


rowingThe Golden Horseshoe will have a strong representation of officials for this season’s domestic rowing competitions.

Beginning with the Pan American Games rowing regatta in St. Catharines July 11-15, Mount Hope’s Lisa Rao, Welland’s Tom Blacquiere, and St. Catharines’ Louise Hastings, Carl MacCulloch, and Carol Purcer will serve as National Technical Officials.

For the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, Aug. 4-9, Ken Campbell of St. Catharines will be chief umpire while Blacquiere will act as assistant chief umpire. Serving as part of the supporting jury is Lisa Rao and Port Dover’s Fred Marlow.

When St. Catharines stages the National Rowing Championships Oct. 8-10, Jim Stone will be in the jury pool.

Joining the jury for the Canadian University Rowing Championships in Lochaber, N.S., Oct. 31-Nov. 1 will be Jane Jarvis of St. Catharines.

A prerequisite to officiate in Canada is that all umpires are required to hold a valid Level 2 Rowing Canada Aviron umpire license to be considered for national juries. In a membership survey conducted by Rowing Canada, 55% of active umpires were officiating a minimum of six regattas a season, with some umpires working as many as 20.

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