Fort Langley Community Rowing  Club

Our coaches are ready to share their love of rowing with you! Read more about them below.


Chris Gulka

Chris enjoyed a successful competitive rowing career as a junior and university athlete, representing Team BC at several national regattas, including the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Kenora, Ontario.

He has run our summer rowing programs at various times in the last few years, and throughout Covid has been leading all permitted club activities.  

His patience and thoughtfully planned workouts enable all our athletes to improve their technique, their fitness, while continuing to have fun.

Lisa Roman-Samuel

Lisa started rowing with University of the Fraser Valley, here in Fort Langley. She then rowed at Washington State University, joined the National Team, winning Gold at the U-23 World Championships in 2008, and has been a member of the National Rowing Team since. One of the highlights of her rowing career was winning Gold Medal at Toyko Olympics 2020. She has recently returned to Fort Langley to inspire the next generation of athletes, and rebuild the University of the Fraser Valley rowing program, after its near demise during the Covid restrictions.  Lisa is a valuable contributor to many rowing initiatives in Fort Langley, and leads our new program, Community Sport for All, generously funded through Rowing Canada Aviron. 



Laurel Glanfield, RCA Coach in Training
Laurel started rowing in Fort Langley in 2006. She is an NCCP trained Learn to Row coach, a Rowing Canada Level 3 (Chief) umpire, and contributes in many ways across the rowing community.  Her inspiration to develop a full-fledged community rowing club here in Fort Langley was realized in 2010 when the Fort Langley Community Rowing Club was founded.  She loves introducing rowing to “later in life” athletes, empowering people to realize their potential as athletes. Through her own journey of training and competing, she has a broad perspective of the many layers of the opportunities in the rowing world.