Alex Walker began rowing as a novice right here at the gorge in 2007. Rowing took him to a successful career as a Uvic lightweight and then on the the U23 and senior national team. After suffering a herniated disc in 2014, he has returned to the gorge to give back to his community as a coach.
His passion as a coach is teaching the fundamentals of power application from a position of posture as well as understanding the relationship between boat and body weight.
In the early 2000s, Lisa Tschannen, a washed-up volleyball player, started rowing in an attempt to get the endorphin fixes she craved after her ankles had vetoed any activity that included running or jumping. About a year into her rowing career, her pushy coach said something like, “You’ve coached before. I need you.” There was no turning her down, and the adventure had begun.
Lisa has spent the time since then translating in her head all the platitudes, metaphors, and clichés she learned in physical therapy school and volleyball coaches’ clinics into platitudes, metaphors, and clichés that work for rowers; and amassing foul weather gear.
Born in Toronto, Peter set out to learn how to kayak, inspired by Canada's Adam van Koeverden. Not knowing there was a difference between rowing and paddling, he signed up for a learn-to-row at the Don Rowing Club and has never looked back (outside of the boat). His competitive rowing experience includes the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, and representing BC at Canada's National Rowing Championships. These days, Peter is pursuing a Master's degree at UVic's School of Exercise Science.
Peter has a special passion for all things erg training and head racing, with a special focus on the use of strength training to improve rowing efficiency. Peter holds dual citizenship with Italy and has fond memories of visiting different rowing clubs during his last trip there.