Our coaches are ready to share their love of rowing with you! Read more about them below.
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.
Rainer Straka, RCA Coach in Training
Rainer began rowing in the summer of 2000, with previous experience in bicycling, running and weight training. Since taking up the sport, he rows recreationally year round and competes primarily in Open Water events using the rowing shell he built. He has been coaching adult rowers at the Nicomekl Rowing Club since 2005, and at Fort Langley Community Rowing Club since 2013. His coaching aims include ensuring proper boat set-up, developing effective rowing technique, and training appropriately to avoid injury, with an overall goal of encouraging life-long participant enjoyment and involvement in rowing. Rainer enjoys introducing people to the activity, and helping existing rowers gain new skill levels.
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.