Canadian University Rowing Championship

  • Hosted By University of Victoria Rowing Club

The Canadian University Rowing Association is the governing body for post-secondary rowing in Canada. Its purpose is to promote participation in rowing through academic and sporting excellence at Canadian Universities. The Canadian University Rowing Championship (CURC) is hosted annually in early November by one of the member institutions. It is a showcase of top Canadian Under 23 and Senior rowing talent where many of the medalist and finalist athletes have represented or will go on to represent Canada internationally.

 

According to the CURA Playing Regulations, CURC events are the same for Men and Women and points are awarded to participating teams for 1st through 12th place in each event (current points system is displayed here, but points have been adjusted since the competition's founding in 1997):

EVENT PLACE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Lwt 1x   15 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Hwt 1x   15 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Lwt 2x   20 16 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Hwt 2-   20 16 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Lwt 4+   25 20 15 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
Hwt 8+   40 35 30 25 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14

Men's National Championships 

SCHOOL NUMBER OF CHAMPIONSHIPS MOST RECENT
Brock University 5 2012
University of British Columbia 5 2018
University of Victoria 6 2010
University of Western Ontario 6 2015

Women's National Championships 

SCHOOL

NUMBER OF CHAMPIONSHIPS MOST RECENT
Queen's University 1 2007
University of British Columbia 2 2018
University of Victoria 11 2012
University of Western Ontario 8 2017

The Men's and Women's Teams with the most points are crowned "National Champions" and presented with the National Championship Banners following the regatta.

 

National Championships

YEAR SITE HOST INSTITUTION MEN'S CHAMPIONS WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS
2018 Martindale Waterways, St. Catherines, Ont Brock University University of British Columbia University of British Columbia
2017 Lake Burnaby, Burnaby, BC University of British Columbia University of British Columbia University of Western Ontario
2016 Welland, Ont University of Western Ontario & University of Guelph University of British Columbia University of Western Ontario
2015 Lochaber, Antigonish, NS St. Francis Xavier University University of Western Ontario University of Western Ontario
2014 Elk Lake, Victoria, BC University of Victoria University of British Columbia[1] University of Western Ontario[1]
2013 Notre Dame Island, Montreal, Que McGill University University of Western Ontario University of Western Ontario
2012 Lake Burnaby, Burnaby, BC University of British Columbia Brock University University of Victoria
2011 Welland, Ont University of Western Ontario University of Western Ontario University of Victoria
2010 Elk Lake, Victoria, BC University of Victoria University of Victoria University of Victoria
2009 Notre Dame Island, Montreal, Que McGill University University of Victoria University of Western Ontario
2008 Fort Langley, BC University of the Fraser Valley & University of British Columbia University of Western Ontario University of Western Ontario
2007 Welland, Ont Brock University University of Western Ontario Queen's University
2006 Martindale Pond, St. Catharines, Ont Brock University University of Western Ontario University of Western Ontario
2005 Elk Lake, Victoria, BC University of Victoria University of British Columbia University of Victoria
2004 Notre Dame Island, Montreal, Que McGill University Brock University University of British Columbia
2003 Elk Lake, Victoria, BC University of Victoria Brock University University of Victoria
2002 Martindale Pond, St. Catharines, Ont Brock University Brock University University of Victoria
2001 Martindale Pond, St. Catharines, Ont Brock University University of Victoria University of Victoria
2000 Elk Lake, Victoria, BC University of Victoria University of Victoria University of Victoria
1999 Martindale Pond, St. Catharines, Ont Brock University Brock University University of Victoria
1998 Elk Lake, Victoria, BC University of Victoria University of Victoria University of Victoria
1997 Elk Lake, Victoria, BC University of Victoria University of Victoria University of Victoria

Each year following competition, the association presents a number of individual awards. Recipients are determined by a gathering of all head coaches present following the final race and handed out at the awards banquet later in the evening.[2][3]

Female Athlete of the Year

Male Athlete of the Year

Women's Coach of the Year

Men's Coach of the Year

As well as the trophies presented to the overall Men's and Women's teams with the most points, event trophies are presented to the winning crews in the Men's and Women's Eights events.[4][3] All event trophies have been back dated to include previous winners of the event in question.

The Book of Honour: Men's Eight winners are presented with the Book of Honour, in which the names of all members of each year's winning Men's Eight are listed by hand in calligraphy on a new page along with a picture of the crew, winning time, etc. The Book of Honour was the first event award created and first presented before 2012[5] by members of past winning Men's Eights from numerous Canadian universities including Robert Weitemeyer(UBC), Peter McClelland (University of Western Ontario), and Adam Kreek (University of Victoria). The initials of the contributors are on an early page in the book itself.

The Jane Thornton Trophy: Women's Eight winners are presented with the Jane Thornton Trophy, which consists of a decorated wooden oar blade mounted on a beaver-chewed piece of driftwood set on a wooden base, on which a small wooden shield with the winning university's institutional coat of arms is placed. The trophy is named in honour of Jane Thornton, one of the most successful university rowers in the conference's history. The trophy was first presented in 2013.[6] The trophy is constructed of a blade and oarlock from the Fredericton Rowing Club, where Thornton learned to row; similarly, the driftwood was taken from the Saint John River in Fredericton; the base was built by Thornton's father using local wood.