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.

Susan Smith
Rowing Director
(613) 724-4816

Liane Bell
Chair, Rowing Consultative Committee

Liane Bell and Joan Robertson
Touring Coordinators

John Moore
Safety Committee chair

Distance Event Coordinator

Betty Ward
Rack Committee Chair

Norma Strachan
Coach Development Officer

Luc Orsali
Rowing Website & Boat Reservation System

Sculling Coaches

  1. John Boyd – John is ONEC’s LTS (Learn to Scull) Head Coach. See more about him below.
  2. Andy Surray – Andy is a Level II coach who offers a variety of clinics for the more advanced sculler. Read more about him below.
  3. Norma Strachan – Read more about her below.
  4. Other coaches – ONEC is fortunate to have many other trained learn-to-row coaches. These include Richard Vincent, Betty Ward, Susan Smith, and Karin Germann and Jonathan Morris.
  5. All coaches listed are authorized to give permission for rowing members to take out recreational boats upon an on-water orientation and assessment, usually after Learn-to-Scull Step 2. Once the sculler has completed the orientation and assessment, the coach will notify the ONEC Boat Reservation System Administrator and the Rowing Director.
  6. The first four coaches are authorized to give permission for rowing members to take out all boats including performance boats. They must notify the ONEC Boat Reservation System Administrator and the Rowing Director.

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 occasionally gives expert instruction for more advanced scullers.

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. Norma is our Coach Development Officer.