Team  \  Coaches




Kate Gorsline

Kate started rowing as a novice at McGill University in 1998, and started coaching at the Ottawa Rowing ​Club in the spring of 2006. Since then, she has coached with the Ottawa Rowing Club in the Jr. Mens, Jr. Womens, U23/Sr Women's, and Para rowing program, and is currently coaching the U23/Sr. Men's competitive club program, where it has been amongst the most successful club programs at the Royal Canadian Henley.  In addition, she has been the Varsity Men's Coach for the University of Ottawa's team since 2013, and this past fall, the uOttawa Men's program achieved their first OUA Gold. She was thrilled to be recognized as Coach of the Year for the Ottawa Rowing Club in 2014 and to have been nominated for Female Coach of the Year at the Ottawa Sports Awards.

Kate has also been fortunate enough to coach the Women's Sculling program and act as the Rowing team manager for Team Ontario at the Sherbrooke 2013 Canada Summer Games. Past international coaching experiences include an undefeated Men's sweep and sculling team for the CanAmMex program in 2011, and another gold regatta on the women's sweep team at the CanAmMex Regatta in 2012 in Mexico City. More recently, Kate travelled to Poland as a coach for the LW2x at the 2016 FISU World University Rowing Championships.

​Kate in is a firm believer in the value of continuous learning, and finds that her role as a Coach Developer for RowOntario in the Learn-to-Row Instructor and RCA Coach programs has helped her work with coaches across the province to expand her understanding of the sport, while helping them meet their goals.   Kate also is NCCP Certified as an RCA Performance Coach and is currently completing her 2nd year in the Canadian Sport Institutes's Advanced Coaching Diploma program.



Stu McKenzie

Stu started rowing in 1991 for Westdale High School out of the Leander Boat Club. He joined the Brock University varsity team in 1996 while pursuing a Sport Management degree and saw great success in the sport at OUAs and CURCs. During this time, Stu also became involved with coaching as an instructor with the Brock Sculling School and Canadian Rowing Camps. From then, Stu built coaching experience with the Port Moody Rowing and Paddling Centre, Simon Fraser University, and the Brock University Varsity Women.

In 2002, Stu joined the Ottawa Rowing Club and has been involved with the senior women’s program since 2004. He became head coach of the uOttawa Varsity Women's Program in 2005, building both competitive programs to achieve consistent success on the varsity, national, and international level.Today, Stu is a Level III Coach with two ORC Coach of the Year Awards and the 2014 OUA Women's Coach of the Year Achievement. He takes inspiration from coaches Joe Camilo, Mel Laforme, Winston Cook, and Joe Dowd.

“The only pain in rowing, is regret.”

“Sport does not develop character, it reveals it.”

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