Rowing is a special sport with special people. The bond that the Saints Rowers have is as close to unbreakable as you can get. Rowing at Saints will push you and challenge you and you’ll fail at times. Those times though, are the times that strengthen your resilience, work ethic, teamwork, and help you become the best version of yourself.
Saints rowers are not only defined by the dozens of CSSRA (Nationals) Championship medals, and although we’re quite proud of that, our team is also proud of the community we help create around the School and the academic success of our student athletes.
We strive to be many things and they include:
- the most successful student athletes on campus
- positive, hard-working, empathetic contributors to our school community
- the top men’s high school rowing team in the country
- a tight-knit family that supports and pushes each other through our successes and failures
Through the year we have many opportunities for the boys to experience how great our sport is. Those include regattas on the lower mainland and Vancouver Island in addition to trips to the National Championships every year. We also compete in international regattas such as the Head of the Charles (Boston), Stotesbury Cup Regatta (Philadelphia) and Royal Henley Regatta (United Kingdom) to have the opportunity to race at some of the worlds best events for high school student athletes.
We train at one of the best boathouses in Canada. Located on the Fraser River just south of the Vancouver Airport, the John M.S Lecky Boathouse
houses Thunder Rowing Crew, the UBC Men’s and Women’s rowing programs, and St. George’s Rowing.
St. George’s School Rowing also has one of the biggest, and most up to date boat fleets and equipment in Canada. Our fleet of boats consists 1x’s through to 8+’s (USP and SP hulls) from Hudson Boatworks in addition to Concept 2 skinny and ultralight oars. Our equipment is updated frequently as we strive to have all of our varsity boats no more than 5 years old. Our team feels both sculling and sweeping are important and make an athlete the best athlete they can be.
Saints Rowing is also proud to support the team with a great group of passionate, dedicated coaches. Two full-time coaches run the team day to day, while additional coaching is provided by part-time (paid and volunteer) by Old Boys and other community members. Our coaches love coming to help the boys find out how fast they can go and feel part of a great family.
If you’re interested in being a part of our team we’re looking for passionate, hard working individuals. Please email the Head of Rowing, Sean Leyland
if you’re interested in coming to St. George’s for school or rowing with our team. You’ll love the school and the team.
If you’re an alumni please reach out. We’d love to connect with you more and invite you to events we’ll have periodically through the year. Please feel free to contact us at RowingAlumni@stgeorges.bc.ca. This year we are fortunate to be able to christen three new boats. Click below to learn more about them!