Mission Statement: "The Maple Bay Rowing Club, through a community based and volunteer driven approach, inspires a love of rowing, recreational and competitive, in people of all ages through coaching and mutual support with an emphasis on safety and enjoyment in a sheltered natural setting."
Since 1975 Maple Bay Rowing Club has worked to develop the sport of rowing in Maple Bay near Duncan, BC on Vancouver Island. Our members come from the mid Vancouver Island area to enjoy Rowing’s many health, fitness and social benefits. Club activities and programs focus on Junior and Master Rowers. Rowing education is a major focus of our club. We’ve designed the program so that rowers receive individual attention to progress quickly from beginner to rowing independently on the water.
MBRC is administered by an 11 member volunteer board of directors that meets monthly. These meetings and the recorded minutes are open to all club members.
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Seven Master rowers from Maple Bay Rowing Club recently returned from The World Master Games in Torino, Italy. Judy Baker, Pat Durose, Linda Milne, Regina Montag, Ruth Rutledge, Dave Symonds, and Ric Tull competed in all the sculling events at this challenging event. The high temperatures of Italy in August added a further component to the challenge.
Realizing that competition would be stiff at the WMG, the Maple Bay Masters started training in earnest a full year in advance. By early November 2012, indoor training on the ergs was in full swing with the Monster Erg at UVic being the immediate focus. Members augmented their winter erg sessions with various other forms of crosstraining like weight regimes, core strength classes, hiking and spin classes. By March, the light had returned sufficiently to hit the water with a vengeance with some members attending the RBC sponsored Master’s Tune-up held at Shawnigan Lake School in mid March. By April, training had increased to six days/week with one day off for some much needed rest and recovery.
By the time we boarded our flights in August, we knew we were fit, strong and ready for the competition ahead. It was a great feeling to have and we would need it! Competing at an International event has many challenges, with boat rental being one of the largest sources of stress. Although sometimes we had to scramble, we all worked together, often with other Canadian rowers, to make each race. One of the highlights of the World Master Games was the opportunity/necessity of forming composite crews and rowing with rowers from other Canadian clubs. No longer was it “us” against “them”, but now we were pulling together – it was grand!
While not advancing to the podium in many of our events, most of us experienced personal racing “bests” and some of us discovered valuable insights into ourselves. To elaborate – if you train effectively and are strong, fit and ready for the challenge, you can attain far more than you ever thought you could – even far more than your body is telling you!
Some of us came home with some hard, earned rewards:
Ruth Rutledge with crew from Vancouver Rowing Club............ Bronze, Women 4X
Ruth Rutledge with Diana Morris (Gorge Rowing)....................Bronze, Women 2X
Ruth Rutledge, Judy Baker, RIc Tull, Willie Perez (Deep Cove)..Bronze, Mixed 4X
We are happy to welcome the newest edition to our fleet, a brand new Stern coxed quad! This new purchase comes with a hefty price tag and could not be bought without the efforts of the club members and the community support around us. On that note we have recognized one of these local supporters to which we has named the boat after "The Brigantine". This local Pub (one of our close neighbors) owners Brian and Anne Leckey have been very generous over the past years in donating all their empty beer and liquor bottle to us which has covered a big chuck of the purchase. They have always been very supportive of the club and help us out where possible whether it be lending tables coolers etc... for regattas or functions we have to allowing us to sell fundraising items in the pub and liquor store and Brian is a huge pusher when it come to selling raffle tickets! And to the patrons as well who also contribute as they all watch the rowers as they are out training and are always curious of the going ons of the club. We are lucky to have such great local support in the area!
Current fundraiser: We Are selling E.J. Hughes 2014 Calendar $22 each can be purchased from me during rowing times at the club or be purchased at the Brigantine Pub in Maple Bay
Many thanks to Richard Appleby of Appleby Electric, club sponser, for the installation of the new heaters in the Club House!
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