After launching the rowing programme with a single racing shell in the spring of 1966, Ridley quickly established itself as a contender. Just two years after the programme hit the water, Ridley claimed its first Calder Cleland trophy as Canadian Schoolboy Champion (Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association (CSSRA) Champion) and placed second in standing with overall points.
Over the past five decades Ridley has continued this tradition of excellence and established one of Canada’s most successful secondary school rowing programmes with:

  • 82 gold medals won at CSSRA Championships
  • 25 victories at Stotesbury Cup Regatta (American Secondary School Championships)
  • Five Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup victories at the Henley Royal Regatta in England — arguably the most prestigious rowing regatta in the world (This is tied for second most among all schools and leads all overseas schools.)
  • Two Thames Challenge Cup victories at the Henley Royal Regatta
Since entering the CSSRA Championships in 1968, Ridley College is third among all secondary schools in gold medals between 1941 and 2015. Ridley continues to host the Ontario Ergometer Championships annually, attracting the best rowers from across the province. To date, 14 Ridley alumni have rowed at Olympic Games.

Visit the Ridley Gradute Boat Club website to review a breakdown of our school's rowing history by decade.
Ridley’s rowing teams participate in a variety of races and tournaments throughout the rowing season, including:

  • Annual Head Races, which includes the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston
  • Weekly competitions in the spring leading to the Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia and the CSSRA championship on our home course in St. Catharines
Qualifying crews may also attend the Henley Royal Regatta in the United Kingdom in July.

Preparation for this level of competition includes four to five on-water sessions, as well as a diverse off-water regimen, which includes time in the Ridley rowing tank, strength training and active recovery. Training and competition are supported by a dedicated coaching staff with Ridley’s athletic therapy and school medical team, a strength and conditioning coach, and other professional instructors.

Away from their oars, rowers are educated by Ridley’s dedicated professional faculty and supported by academic advisors, tutors, and a residential life staff.