Ontario NextGen Performance Centre

Ontario NextGen Performance Centre

The Ontario NextGen Performance Centre is located in Welland, Ontario and delivers a complete pathway of NextGen programming and operations in alignment with RCA’s athlete development pathway.

About the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre

Located in Welland, Ont., the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre features programming developed by a panel of leading advisors 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.


To establish a sustainable world class, inclusive, and safe sport compliant Daily Training Environment (DTE) in Ontario for Ontario rowers and coaches successfully progressing on Rowing Canada Aviron’s development pathway.

Who can train at the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre?

The Ontario NextGen Performance Centre is targeted for athletes who are seeking the opportunity to train in an ideal daily training environment in order give them the best opportunity to develop into elite senior athletes capable of success at the international level. Development athletes aged 15-19 years including Ontario provincial team, NextGen and other identified development athletes are the target group for the Centre, but exceptions to those demographics can be made based on where athletes are in their development and their experience in rowing. Transfer athletes from other sports with the desired physiology for rowing will also be considered for the Centre on a case-by-case basis. Athletes have the option to train at the Centre on either a centralized, regional or seasonal basis.

Is the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre for you?

If you are a dedicated athlete with aspirations to row at the national level the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre could be for you. We are looking for athletes who:

  • Aspire to advance to the National Team program
  • Are dedicated to train 18-24 hours per week
  • Are looking for a holistic and comprehensive training program (including Sport Science/Sports Med)
  • Want to train in a high performance environment and train with other high performance athletes
  • Want to train in an athlete centred environment, with the outcome focused on development and long-term performance


All centralized athletes who train at the Centre have access to full-time professional coaching among a myriad of other benefits, including:

  • Low athlete-to-coach ratios. This will ensure a conducive learning environment and a timely progression on the development curve for athletes.
  • A year-long training program including strength and conditioning, 24/7 monitoring through Kinduct, insurance through CAIP, equipment and equipment insurance and video and analysis.
  • Integrated training with the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) and their team of physiologists, nutritionists, bio mechanists, sport psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches.
  • Exclusive training in HUDSON singles, an important initial step in the development stages for athletes with goals of future high performance success.
  • Competitive opportunities at the National Rowing Championships and Row Ontario Small Boat Trials, as well as RCA NextGen opportunities and provincial team programs based on individual performance and progression.
  • Mentorship opportunities for younger athletes working with more established and experienced athletes.
  • Access to train at one of the premiere rowing venues in the country on pristine waterways and excellent dry-land training facilities.

Para-rowing at the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre

The Ontario NextGen Performance Centre is an ideal place for dedicated para athletes who have aspirations to race for Canada at the World Championships and Paralympic Games. In para-rowing there are three classification categories – PR1, PR2 and PR3. The events that are available to athletes in each category include:

PR1: Men’s single sculls, women’s single sculls
PR2: Mixed double sculls, men’s single sculls, women’s single sculls
PR3: Mixed coxed four, mixed double sculls, men’s pair, women’s pair

For more information on classifications in para-rowing, please visit the FISA website.

Para-rowing was welcomed into the Paralympic programme for the 2008 Games in Beijing, China. Canada won its first Paralympic medal at the 2016 Games in Rio in the PR3 Mixed 4+ with coxswain. Most recently, Canadian para athletes have won the world championships in the PR3 Men’s Pair and silver in the PR2 Men’s Single Sculls.

The Ontario NextGen Performance Centre Team

Performance Director – Phil Marshall

Phil Marshall has been involved in high performance rowing for over 30 years and has coached at the club, university, provincial and national levels. Prior to joining Row Ontario as Performance Director, Marshall was head coach of the national U23 lightweight men’s team and after coaching with the Olympic women’s team in 2016, Marshall was hired in a full-time senior coaching role with the women’s national team by Rowing Canada Aviron in 2018. In 2021, Marshall coached the Canadian women’s pair of Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens to a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Provincial Coach / ONGPC Operations Manager – Chris Marshall

With almost 50 years of experience as an athlete, administrator and coach, Chris Marshall brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Row Ontario. Chris is Row Ontario’s Provincial Coach where his primary responsibility is to lead the activities of the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre centralized athlete group. He also manages facility operations of the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre, including the dry land training facility and boathouse.

ONGPC Regional Coach / Performance Coordinator – Will Mulcahy

Coach Mulcahy has a strong background working with the age demographic of the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre’s athletes. He has previously been the Junior Coach with the Kingston Rowing Club, the Head Novice Men’s Coach with Queen’s University and has served as an assistant coach with the Queen’s University Varsity Team, Brockville Rowing Club, and Mercyhurst University.

Land Acknowledgement

We recognize the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre is located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and recognize this land as being home and traditional territory to other Indigenous people since time immemorial.


Check out the testimonials below from some of the current athletes training at Ontario NextGen Performance Centre and see what they have to say about the daily training environment and what they like most about training at the ONGPC!

Isabella Durcak – Stoney Creek, Ont. / Leander Boat Club

Cait Whittard: St. Catharines, Ont. / St. Catharines Rowing Club

Abbey Maillet: Dundas, Ont. / Leander Boat Club and Laurentian University

Lucas Maroney: Welland, Ont. / Notre Dame Rowing Club

Interested in Training at the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre?

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If you have any questions about the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre, please contact Phil Marshall Director, Performance at Row Ontario.