Kenora Row­ing Club in­tro­duces Rae Bath at an­nual meet­ing.

Kenora Row­ing Club to raise prices for first time in over 10 years

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - FRONT PAGE - SHERI LAMB SLamb@post­media.com

Like the waves at Rab­bit Lake on a windy day the cost of go­ing for a row this sum­mer are ris­ing.

The Kenora Row­ing Club an­nounced at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, Wed­nes­day, Feb. 7 it will be in­creas­ing the costs of its adult/ju­nior sea­son passes and punch cards for the up­com­ing sea­son. It’s the first in­crease any­one on the cur­rent board re­calls go­ing back at least 10 years.

Jennifer Find­lay, KRC pres­i­dent, ex­plained the rea­son for the in­crease is that the costs of op­er­at­ing the club have been on the rise in the last cou­ple of years.

The new prices the club has set will see adult/ju­nior full sea­son passes go from $375 to $550 (new prices in­clude HST) and the price of a punch card for six rows go from $150 to $200 and the all sub­se­quent punch cards pur­chased will go from $80 to $100. A new source of in­come for the club is the high school pro­gram which is priced at $250.

There are 56 mem­bers at the club while 86 new row­ers were in­tro­duced to the sport last year in sev­eral Learn To Row ses­sions. Find­lay said the next or­der of busi­ness is to try to spark the stag­nant mem­ber­ship and get new row­ers to join on a per­ma­nent ba­sis in or­der to sus­tain the long-term future of the club.

The main cul­prit for the new pric­ing is the pop­u­lar­ity of row­ing in re­cent years - peo­ple are go­ing out more of­ten and the club’s an­nual in­come has in­creased to the point that they were re­quired pay HST.

In 2016 the provin­cial gov­ern­ment re­assessed the club’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion and de­cided they owed $30,000 in HST from 2014 and 2015.

In 2016 the KRC had an in­come of more than $13,000 mainly due to host­ing three re­gat­tas - Man­tario, Tops and Bot­toms and the bian­nual North West In­ter­na­tional Row­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (NWIRA). In 2017 only the Tops and Bot­toms was hosted in Kenora, re­sult­ing in a $6,000 loss though the club still has an in­come of about $9,000.

Good news is 2018 will be an­other three re­gatta sea­son.

New coach

After two years coach­ing the com­pet­i­tive row­ers in Kenora Ashleigh Mi­lani has ac­cepted a po­si­tion in New Brunswick. KRC didn’t have to look far to find its new coach though as Rae Bath will as­sume the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Bath ar­rived in Kenora about 20 years ago from Regina for a sum­mer job as the com­pet­i­tive row­ing coach, met her hus­band and de­cided to make the city her per­ma­nent home.

2018-19 board

The board of the Kenora Row­ing club for the 2018-19 sea­son is made up as fol­lows:

• Three-year terms - Tom

Mosindy, Jes­sica Williams and Patty Boucha;

• Two-year terms - Jennifer Find­lay, Tim Wehner, Erin McCuaig;

• One-year terms - Mark

Be­langer, Jenn Cano, and new mem­ber Ericka An­der­son.

SHERI LAMB/DAILY MINER AND NEWS

Ath­letes, coaches and of­fi­cials vis­it­ing the 2017 Canada Sum­mer Games row­ing re­gatta were sur­prised at how 'perfect' Rab­bit Lake is for com­pe­ti­tion and the great fa­cil­ity at the Kenora Row­ing Club.

SHERI LAMB/DAILY MINER AND NEWS

Rae Bath is the new com­pet­i­tive coach at the Kenora Row­ing Club for the 2018-19 sea­son.

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