Rowing Contacts

The Ottawa New Edinburgh Club (ONEC) is a volunteer-run club, with a Rowing Director sitting on the ONEC Board and a Rowing Consultative Committee responsible for the rowing program and operations, including recreational touring, regattas, safety, membership and equipment.

Richard Vincent
Rowing Director
(613) 724-4816
e-mail

Brigit Knecht
Chair, Rowing Consultative Committee
e-mail

Liane Bell and Joan Robertson
Touring Coordinators
e-mail

Susan Smith
Equipment Co-ordinator
e-mail

Andy Surray, Jonathan Morris, and Richard Vincent
Safety Committee members
e-mail

Gillian Williamson
Distance Event Coordinator
e-mail

Jonathan Morris
Rack Committee Chair
e-mail

Luc Orsali
Rowing Website & Boat Reservation System
e-mail

Sculling Coaches

  • John Boyd – John is ONEC’s LTS (Learn to Scull) Head Coach. See more about him below.
  • Andy Surray – Andy is a Level II coach who offers a variety of clinics for the more advanced sculler. Read more about him below.
  • Norma Strachan – Read more about her below.
  • Other coaches – ONEC is fortunate to have many certified level 1 and/or learn-to-row coaches. These include Richard Vincent, Betty Ward, Karin Germann and Jonathan Morris.

John Boyd

John joined the rowing club at his high school in England at age 14 and got hooked – and still is. In 1978 he committed himself to try for the UK Olympic rowing squad, and racing in Europe in the summer of ’78 was the highlight of his rowing career. The coaching he received during this period has stuck with him and is the basis of the technical style he uses today. John was head coach of Ottawa Rowing Club in the early ’80s, taking a men’s lightweight doubles crew to Europe in 1986. John joined ONEC in the summer of 2000 and has never looked back. He coaches Learn to Scull sessions on weekend mornings and occasional technical clinics for more advanced scullers. He is available for coaching from the bow seat upon request.

Andy Surray

Andy has won Canadian Henley gold medals. He was a long-standing member of the Ottawa Rowing Club before he moved to ONEC. Andy says, ‘I like the section of the River around ONEC, including Kettle Island and the Ducks, better than further upstream.’ He has run several coaching programs at ONEC including ‘Detect and Correct’ as well as ‘Skills and Drills’. He is famous for his acrobatics in a racing single and his ability to get back into a flipped single.

Norma Strachan

Norma represents those people who picked up rowing in mid-life. She brings her physiotherapy background as a basis through which to understand rowing, both on and off the water. She has completed her Level I, Level II and LTR Rowing Coaching Certification and has used this coaching training to develop the Step-2 Program to assist new rowers to make the transition from Learn to Scull programs to more advanced levels.