Stu­dent ath­lete re­turns to Trent as row­ing head coach

Jes­sica Reaume will coach the Ex­cal­ibur var­sity, Peter­bor­ough Row­ing Club teams

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - EX­AM­INER STAFF

A for­mer stu­dent ath­lete who spent hours train­ing and rac­ing as a com­pet­i­tive rower on the Oton­abee River is re­turn­ing to Trent Univer­sity to be­come head coach of the Ex­cal­ibur var­sity row­ing teams and Peter­bor­ough Row­ing Club.

That ex­pe­ri­ence made Jes­sica Reaume a nat­u­ral fit for the role, of­fi­cials stated.

“She brings tremen­dous tech­ni­cal strength and has a thor­ough un­der­stand­ing of the bal­ances that are re­quired by our stu­dent-ath­letes,” ath­let­ics di­rec­tor Deb­o­rah Bright-Brun­dle stated.

“Jes­sica is stu­dent-ath­lete fo­cused and per­for­mance driven and I know she will be able to take our stu­dent-ath­letes, and the Ex­cal­ibur var­sity row­ing pro­gram, to the next level.”

A Trent en­vi­ron­men­tal science and bach­e­lor of ed­u­ca­tion grad­u­ate in 2005, Reaume rowed for the univer­sity’s var­sity team from 2001 to 2005.

She is trained as a per­for­mance coach through the Na­tional Coach­ing Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram and started coach­ing for both the Peter­bor­ough row­ing club and the Trent women’s team in 2014.

Reaume also es­tab­lished the long-term ath­lete de­vel­op­ment path­way for ju­nior row­ing at the Peter­bor­ough club.

Reaume’s hire fol­lows a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion by the Peter­bor­ough Row­ing Club and Trent Ath­let­ics for the full time coach salary sup­port pro­gram from the Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion of On­tario Quest for Gold pro­gram. The pro­gram pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion­based sub­si­dies for com­pet­i­tive to high-per­for­mance coaches to en­sure that On­tario’s devel­op­men­tal and high-per­for­mance ath­letes re­ceive the best coach­ing pos­si­ble.

“Trent Row­ing has been a per­for­mance sport at the univer­sity for many years. I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of that tra­di­tion and driv­ing the pro­gram for­ward on the pro­vin­cial and na­tional stage,” Reaume stated.

“We are very pleased to have Jes­sica as our new head coach of the PRC and Trent Univer­sity,” row­ing club pres­i­dent Brian Love stated.

“She brings very strong knowl­edge of the sport to the job and sea­soned skill in pro­gram de­vel­op­ment and de­liv­ery across the full spec­trum of row­ing clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

“Most im­por­tant of all as a for­mer Trent Univer­sity and PRC ath­lete, she un­der­stands the strong com­pet­i­tive na­ture and com­mu­nity spirit of row­ing in Peter­bor­ough.”

Row­ing Canada Av­i­ron named Trent as one of five Nex­tGen Hub univer­sity part­ners se­lected to iden­tify and train high-per­for­mance row­ers to com­pete for Canada at the high­est lev­els of the sport.

Trent’s his­tory of ex­cel­lence in row­ing and its long-stand­ing part­ner­ship with the club were ma­jor fac­tors in the des­ig­na­tion as an RCA Nex­tGen Hub, of­fi­cials stated.

The pro­gram pro­vides op­ti­mal coach-to-ath­lete ra­tios, ex­ten­sive per­for­mance plan­ning and en­hanced tech­ni­cal coach­ing ca­pac­ity.

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