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Carolyn Thompson - Saturday Masters
A person smiling for the cameraDescription generated with very high confidenceI began rowing in 2004, taking Learn-to-row, then Novice at Vancouver Rowing Club. My passion for racing started in 2005 at local races and I soon graduated to competing at national and international regattas for Masters Rowers.  There were a number of successful Canadian Masters Championships, but my rowing highlights were two gold medals (1x and 2x) at the 2008 US Masters and another 2 gold medals (1x and 2-) at the 2013 World Master Rowing Championships in Torino, Italy.
 
I love rowing and I love competing, and it is with this passion for our sport that moved me to take the RCA coach training in 2015/16 after sustaining an injury.  I have been coaching the Saturday Masters program since 2017.
 

Jessica Lowe – Sunday Masters
Jessica Lowe started her rowing career at Boston University after a friend stated, "you should try it out, you're tall." After university she spent most of her time with her first love - horseback riding. But rowing never left her system and after a 10-year break joined the Pocock Rowing Center's women's masters team. For 10 years, Jessica was part of a W8+ team, as stroke, or 5 seat (yes, bi-sweptual!) that garnered many medals including a bronze in the Head of the Charles W 8+ Club event, gold at the San Diego Crew Classic, multiple medal wins at US Rowing Nationals, NW Regional Champs, Seattle's Opening Day Regatta and Canadian Masters Championships.

Jessica met her husband, Simon Litherland, at a regatta, married him, moved to Vancouver BC, and competed as a sculler for 2 years. Lonely in a 1X, she switched over to coaching in 2015 as Head Coach of Simon Fraser University's club team. In 2017 she became a head coach for the VRC Masters program and shepherded the W4+ 40+ boat to a second-place finish at the 2017 Head of the Charles Regatta. Jessica is passionate about teaching solid technique in sculling or sweep and working with any level rower to help him/her achieve her personal goals. She has RCA Coach and RCA Learn to Row certifications.
 
Richard MacDaniels – Novice Program
Born in Winnipeg but raised in Vancouver, Richard has been a member of VRC since 1976.
Previous to Rowing, Richard was a member of the running (which no longer exists) and Field Hockey sections.
Richard and his wife Barbara met at VRC and Barbara still plays and umpires for the VRC Jokers Field Hockey section.
Richard took Learn to Row in 1984-85 and has been rowing ever since and has been coaching the Novice Program since 1998.
Richard’s passionate about coaching and loves see Novice grads move on and participate in the club both in racing as well as contributing at the executive level.   
 
Angus Dinsdale – Novice Program

 
Tricia Riley – Novice Program
A person smiling for the cameraDescription generated with very high confidenceTricia first started rowing in high school back in the Paris of the Prairies (aka Winnipeg). After a long hiatus, she picked up the sport again in her last year at Queen's University. She then rowed at the Glebe Rowing Club in Australia while undertaking a very serious semester of study abroad. Tricia finally found her home at the Vancouver Rowing Club in the fall of 2011. She went on to compete with VRC in regattas along the west coast, all the way to down to San Diego, and made a trek out to Italy to compete with the crew.

Tricia started coaching the Novice Program in 2017.
 
Annette O’Shea – Recreation Program
 
Corey Chan – Recreation Program
 
A person posing for the cameraDescription generated with very high confidenceCorey has been a rower for many years and started in the Learn to Row program at the Vancouver Rowing Club. He now competes in rowing competitions around Canada and the US and has won several medals for his accomplishments. Corey coaches the Learn to Row program and the Recreational program at Vancouver Rowing Club and strives to create a fun and educational experience for his participants. He has also started to develop his coaching skills around Para Rowing helping people with disabilities learn how to row. Corey's coaching style focuses on developing good rowing techniques early on while adapting to the unique needs of the rower. Corey enjoys working with participants of all ages in order to spread the joys of rowing.
 

Viktor Djurasic – Juniors Program

Mary Rusak – Juniors Program
Mary started rowing in Ontario at the Muskoka Rowing Club in 2009. After rowing there and instructing learn to row for a number of years, she moved to Vancouver. She joined VRC in May 2017 to instruct learn to row and coach with the junior program.