Row Ontario Updates Remaining 2020 Schedule
Row Ontario announced on Wednesday a number of updates regarding the remaining events on the 2020 Ontario rowing calendar.
The 2020 Row Ontario Masters Championship and the Row Ontario Championships, which were originally scheduled to take place this month, have been cancelled. In April, Row Ontario announced that both events were postponed amidst the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Row Ontario Small Boat Trials remain postponed until further notice, as Row Ontario is currently investigating the possibility of a Fall competition schedule pending COVID-19 restrictions.
In addition, the 2020 RowOn Coaching and Training Conference has also been cancelled. The conference, which was going to be the first in a partnership between Row Ontario and AMP Rowing, was scheduled to take place on Nov. 28-29.
“It’s never fun making decisions on cancelling events that we were excited about bringing to the Ontario rowing community, but we know that this is the right decision,” said Andrew Backer, Executive Director of Row Ontario. “We consulted with key stakeholders on ways these events could be held successfully and safely but given the uncertainty of how the COVID-19 virus will progress in the coming months we knew that it was in the best interests of everyone to hold off hosting these events until 2021. We look forward to hosting the Row Ontario Championships and Row Ontario Masters Championships next year and working with AMP Rowing to bring the Ontario rowing community an outstanding in-person conference in 2021.”
Row Ontario is currently working with AMP on a virtual coach education opportunity as a substitute for the 2020 conference. More details will be shared at a later date.
The Ontario Rowing Association Annual General Meeting and the inaugural Row Ontario Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony were both scheduled to take place at the 2020 RowOn Coaching and Training Conference. With the cancellation of the conference, the AGM will be held virtually for the first time. The AGM will take place on November 28 at 10am. More details on the AGM will be sent out to clubs at a later date.
The Hall of Fame nomination process, which was launched in early June, will continue on as planned. Following the nomination process, which will conclude on Friday, July 31, the Hall of Fame Selection Panel will determine the inaugural inductees in the first ever Row Ontario Hall of Fame Class. Row Ontario will announce the inductees once they are determined, and an in-person Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held to honour their tremendous accomplishments in 2021.
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For the latest updates on the COVID-19 crisis, please visit the Row Ontario website.