Maple Bay rowers are lucky to be coached by a dedicated, professional coaching staff.
Cheryl was born and raised in Maple Bay. Members of her family were founding members of the rowing club, so she she has been involved in the club all her life. Cheryl started rowing in highschool where she quickly fell in love with the sport and was lucky enough to be a part of an amazing team that competed at the Highschool National Championships in '94 and '95 in St Catherines, ON. She started coaching right out highschool in '95 and has been with the club ever since.
Richard discovered rowing as a Masters rower at the Putney Town Rowing Club on the Thames. He raced internationally for Wales, earning two Commonwealth Games medals in 2003 in the Men’s Lightweight Quad. Since then he has settled in Maple Bay and taken up coaching at the club. Richard’s focus is the Masters program, and, occasionally, Richard still climbs in a boat to race.
Adult Learn to Row
Olivia was born and raised on Vancouver Island. She began rowing at the Nanaimo Rowing Club early in high school, competing in the National Championships in St. Catherines in both a single and double. In University she began coaching novice crews at NRC, and continued to row recreationally. While living in Vancouver she rowed with False Creek Rowing Club. In between school and travel she has taught yoga, skiing, and now works as an Educator.
"If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great."
Sheree signed up for her first learn to row class about 24 years ago after watching her daughter row her first year. She has been rowing steadily ever since. Sheree started volunteering to share her love of the sport and to encourage fitness for life for other adults by offering learn to row classes. Between being on the club executive for the last 23 years, umpiring the sport of rowing for the last 22 years, coaching the last 10-12 years, and rowing when she can fit it in ... Sheree obviously loves the sport.