Junior Rowing

Grand Rapids Rowing Club Juniors

A sport they will love!

Grand Rapids Junior Rowing is the Grand Rapids Rowing Club’s youth program and is open to 8th – 12th grade students in the Grand Rapids area. Junior rowing develops self-confidence, promotes physical fitness, and builds teamwork.

Our team practices at the same time and travels together, but is split into two levels for training and racing, based on experience:

The novice squad is for athletes in their first year of rowing (including those who are new to the sport). The novice program focuses on developing rowing skills and preparing for races against other novice crews at local and regional regattas.

The varsity squad is for athletes with a year or more of experience and focuses on training for local, regional, and, occasionally, national level regattas.

Meet the coaches

Rebecca Kelly

Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from GVSU and rowed all four years in college as well as high school. She served as her team’s wellness director and historian.

Jasper Lee

Jasper is a finance and statistics major, current member of the GVSU varsity rowing team and alumnus of the GRRC Junior program where he was captain of the Varsity team.

2023 Fall Season

Our coaches work with athletes on conditioning and technique on the water.

Practice Schedule: 

Varsity begins August 21
Full team begins August 28
End: November 3
Monday through Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm


All practices take place at the Grand Rapids Boathouse at 291 North Park Street NW (the entrance is shared with Greenleaf Landscaping).


Sept 30th – Grand Rapids Fall Classic, Home
Oct 7th – TBD, possible overnight
Oct 21st – Charity Chase, Northville
Oct 28th – Blake Haxton Fall Regatta, Columbus OH, overnight


$275 for training program-coaching costs

$225 for early registration


Registration is now available. Payment can be made online or dropped off at the boathouse. 

Regatta fees and team gear are not included in the registration fee.