Paul Thiessen Earns Three Silvers in Mexico

Silver for Canadian Men's 2x, Winnipeg Paul Thiessen second from right.

Silver for Canadian Men’s 2x, Winnipeg Paul Thiessen second from right.

WRC’s Paul Thiessen, rowing for the Canadian, raced his way to three silver medals this past weekend at the Pan American Olympic Festival Regatta in Mexico.  The regatta started for Thiessen in the Men’s 2x with partner Andrew Stewart-Jones  where the duo had a strong race to place second behind a formidable Cuban crew, which includes Angel Fournier Rodriqguez who will be a serious contender in the men’s single scull at the upcoming World Rowing Championships.

Thiessen was then part of the Men’s 4x crew and Men’s 8+ crew that also won silver medals, finishing just behind Cuba in both races.   Thiessen currently lives and trains in Victoria, BC with the Canadian National Rowing Team.

Winnipeg Represents at Canadian Masters Championship

Officials at Canadian Masters Regatta.  Winnipeg Sandi Kirby front, second from left

Officials at Canadian Masters Regatta. Winnipeg Sandi Kirby front, second from left

Six Winnipegers headed west to Burnaby Lake this past weekend to take part in the 2014 RCA Canadian Masters Championships.  Sandra Kirby, an international FISA rowing official, as well as the WRC Masters program coach, was part of the Official’s jury that ran the two day regatta.  Officials from across Canada gathered in Burnaby to ensure the regatta ran smoothly and racing was fair.

WRC rowers Robert Dansereau, Ken Rannard, Dorothea Blandford, Erin Loewen and Barb Miller raced in a number of events.  The five Winnipegers also teamed up with rowers from other club, such as Regina and Calgary, to form some composite crews and came home with two bronze medals in the following events:

Mixed 4x (B) – Rob Dansereau, Barb Miller, Dorothea Blandford, and Calgary’s Tony Toth
Mixed 8+ (D) – Erin Loewen, Barb Miller, Dorothea Blandford, Ken Rannard, and Regina’s Russ Hart, Bryan Hillis, Marc Ell, David Millar, Donna Ell

The two day regatta had over 650 entries from 5o clubs across Canada and the US.  Full regatta results are available here.

WRC to be Named The Riley Boathouse

Winnipeg Rowing Club to be named 
“The Riley Boathouse”

Members, alumni and friends of the WRC are
invited to join us for a special event
more than 112 years in the making!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 5 – 7pm

20 Lyndale Drive
at the  Winnipeg Rowing Club

A Celebration to name “THE RILEY BOATHOUSE”
Light food and refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to:

In May of 1892, Conrad S. Riley joined the Winnipeg Rowing Club. C. S. Riley won countless races for WRC at all levels: Club; Winnipeg and Minnesota Rowing Association (which became NWIRA after the First World War) and Canadian and American Championships.  He rowed inWinnipeg Crews at the Royal Henley, in 1904 (bow – second in Grand Final),  and stroked the winning four that won the Steward’s Cup in 1910 and the eight that narrowly lost to eventual champion, Harvard, for the Grand Challenge Cup in 1914.

He served every office at the club, including Captain and President and was instrumental in establishing and financing the Building Company which built the “old” clubhouse at 144 Lyndale Drive.

C.S.’s son Culver was christened in the Paget Cup, a trophy Winnipeghad won in a four that C.S. Riley had stroked at the Winnipeg & Minnesota regatta earlier that year.  Culver’s first row was at two years old, in his father’s lap in a double.  Rowing is in the Riley blood!

Fast forward to today…
J. Derek (Derry) Riley has continued C.S.’s tradition.  For over six decades, Derry rowed for the Winnipeg Rowing Club as a champion – locally, nationally and internationally.  He represented Canada in the double at Helsinki Olympics and was a Masters Champion into his seventies.

Derry was instrumental in the financing and construction of the “new” boathouse at 20 Lyndale drive, leading by his own generosity, influence and energy.

In between C.S. and Derry, many members of the Riley family rowed in WRC’s red, white and blue, served as volunteers, and provided financial support to allow the Club to maintain its Tradition since 1881.

The Riley Trust funded the Winnipeg Rowing Club Building Company Limited in its current role as a foundation for the Club.  Last year we put on a new roof – thanks to the Riley’s.

It is long overdue to pay tribute to the Riley Family, without whom theWinnipeg Rowing Club could not be what it is today.  So, we are proud to name our boathouse “The Riley Boathouse”.

We ask the honour of your presence to recognize the family’s contributions, so we can all personally thank Derry and many other family members who will be joining us.

Winnipeg Community Papers Feature Local Rowers

Local community newspapers across the city have featured a number of Winnipeg Rowing Club atheltes over the last week.  After a strong showing at the first regatta of the year, the Western Canada Sprints in Regina, SK, the rowing stories showed up in mailboxes across Winnipeg.  Check out the following links to read all about it!

Should He Stay or Should He Row
Local Rowers Glide to Gold at Regatta
Golden Performance by Local Rower
Sinking Competition at Rowing Regatta
Time was on Rowers Side