Academy Re-Named Ontario NextGen Performance Centre
Announcement/ Nov 6

Academy Re-Named Ontario NextGen Performance Centre


The Ontario Academy of Rowing has a new name as Row Ontario announced on Friday it has been re-named the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre.

In September, Rowing Canada Aviron announced a new partnership with Row Ontario to deliver a complete pathway of NextGen programming and operations at the Ontario Performance Centre. The re-naming as the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre is the next step in the partnership which will see both Provincial and RCA NextGen targeted athletes train at the Centre. Previously the Ontario Academy of Rowing was an entity within the Ontario Performance Centre. Moving forward, the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre will be the only term used for the Centre.

“The re-naming of the Academy to the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre is the next logical step in aligning with RCA’s national strategy and athlete development pathway,” said Andrew Backer, CEO with Row Ontario. “When we launched the Centre in September, we didn’t anticipate how quickly it would become integrated within RCA’s NextGen programming, but we are thrilled with our partnership and to continue to provide a holistic high performance training environment for aspiring Ontario athletes.”

Athletes who train full-time at the centre will continue to be known as ‘centralized athletes’. Other terminology changes include de-centralized athletes, who train part-time at the centre, will now be known as ‘regional athletes’, while athletes who come in and train for a short window or targeted camps will be known as ‘seasonal athletes’. Internally targeted NextGen athletes will be classified as either a ‘provincial NextGen athlete’ or a ‘national NextGen athlete’, depending on the on-water and off-water standards they achieve. All coaches at the centre will now have a title of ‘NextGen Performance Coach’.

“As we continue to build out the RCA NextGen system across the country, it is critically important that our provincial partners are aligned and working towards the same strategic goals,” said RCA Next Gen Program Lead, Chuck McDiarmid. “We applaud Row Ontario for taking this next step forward and we are confident that the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre will provide an optimal training environment for many talented athletes.”

The Ontario NextGen Performance Centre is located in Welland, Ontario and features NextGen programming targeted at developing the next generation of high performance Ontario rowers. The Centre nurtures Ontario’s brightest young athletes’ abilities and puts them on a path to achieve their high performance rowing goals. Athletes training at the Centre receive all the tools they need to be successful both on and off the water.