Rideau Canoe Club
|Rideau Canoe Club|
|Purpose/focus||To be a centre of excellence for paddling|
|Location||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Official languages||English, French|
|Head coach||Mike Robinson|
|Former name||Rideau Aquatic Club|
The Rideau Canoe Club (RCC) is a canoe club located on the Rideau River in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The club is located at Mooney's Bay, where the Rideau Canal splits away from the river prior to joining up with the Ottawa River.
The emphasis at RCC is on sprint canoe and kayak racing, that is, long and slender boats intended for flat water racing, but the club is also counts numerous dragon boat teams, marathon canoes, recreational canoers, and surf lifesavers among its users.
The clubhouse was on the canal at Fifth Avenue in the Glebe until the 1940s, when it was destroyed by winter ice. In 1946, the club reorganized as the Rideau Canoe Club and in the following year, relocated to more or less its current location at Mooney's Bay. Club facilities include a clubhouse with five boat bays and a repair shop, and two 'annex' boat storage buildings set somewhat back from the water. The club is directly adjacent to a set of locks on the Rideau Canal. A book on the history of the club has been written by lifetime member Mike Scott.
In June 2009, it was announced that the RCC was to receive funding for an expansion project. The governments of Canada, Ontario and Ottawa each contributed up to $594,000. Additional funding was raised by the Club for a total project cost of more than $2.3 million. The current facility officially opened on September 3, 2010 accommodating more programming for educational and day-camp operations and training for athletes from beginners to Olympians. The facility is also fully accessible to visitors and athletes with disabilities. The new lounge in the club house was named the Mike Scott Lounge after his extensive community service and extraordinary community service record.
Designated a national training centre by Canoe-Kayak Canada, the Rideau Canoe Club hosts athletes in training from around the world.
Traditional events include K-1, K-2, K-4, C-1, C-2, C-4 (Canadian and International) and C-15 (War Canoe), where a K-2 is a 2 person kayak and C-4 is a 4 person canoe, etc. Several programs are offered, encompassing children and teenagers of varying experience and skill levels, high-performance paddlers, and Masters paddlers (age 25 and up). Rideau traditionally hosts a Canada Day regatta, drawing high-performance athletes from across Canada and the United States. Dragon Boat practices are frequently held at the club and the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival is held on the club's course, with visiting teams setting up across the river. The club also offers courses in more conventional recreational canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, and is the venue for the Head of the Rideau rowing regatta, held annually in late September by the Ottawa Rowing Club.
In the winter, club members carry out a variety of exercises in order to stay in shape and prepare for the next summer. Typically, the club puts on a weights program and a swimming program, and many members jog, cross-country ski, or skate.
The club has a long history of excellent performance, having fielded many Olympians and Team Canada members over its lifetime. The club has won the overall Canadian Championship six times: 1924, 1925, 1927, 1973, 1985 and 2002. Former Olympians Sue Holloway and Renn Crichlow trained at RCC, and several high-level Canadian athletes call Rideau their current home club.
- Scott, R. Patrick (2002), The Rideau Canoe Club: A Century of Paddling, 1902 - 2002, Carleton University Graphic Services, ISBN 0-7709-0478-5
- The Rideau Canoe Club
- the Canadian Canoe Association
- Collections Canada images of the Rideau Canoe Club
- Moses Chamberlain Edey Dictionary of Architects in Canada http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1549
- The Rideau Canoe Club: A Century of Paddling, 1902-2002 http://books.google.ca/books/about/The_Rideau_Canoe_Club.html?id=ROgItwAACAAJ
- Recreational Infrastructure Ontario - Success Stories - Ottawa Benefits from Renovations at Rideau Canoe Club http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/708.nsf/eng/00071.html
- Commemorative Naming Proposal – "Mike Scott Lounge" http://ottawa.ca/calendar/ottawa/citycouncil/cpsc/2010/09-16/06%20-%20ACS2010-CMR-CCB-0097%20-%20Mike%20Scott%20Lounge.htm
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