RowOntario’s annual conference was held this past weekend and the ORC and our members received amazing recognition during the awards lunch. The Ottawa Rowing Club was selected as RowOntario’s 2016 Club of the Year! Congratulations to all of our members, volunteers, officials, staff and partners who made this win happen for the ORC. The ORC last won Club of the Year in 2014.
ORC also gives huge applause and congratulations to the following ORC members, volunteers and officials for their award wins:
Wes Kuran – RowOntario President’s Award winner
Melanie Bryce – RowOntario Female Umpire of the Year winner
Hayley Watt – RowOntario High School Bursary winner
And the following ORC members and volunteers were recipients of RowOntario Award of Merit certificates:
Kate Gorsline (ORC coach)
Jamie Bell (ORC coach)
Lana Burpee (ORC President)
Chris Waddell (ORC VP Administration)
Jennifer Shortall (ORC VP Recreation)
Philip Baker (ORC Coach)
Greg Brown (ORC Coach and Registrar)
Finally, congratulations to the ORC’s Chris Waddell who was voted in as the new President of RowOntario. Chris has been a tireless volunteer of the ORC for many years and we extend our endless support and thanks to him for all he has done and continues to do for rowing.
It’s great to see ORC members training hard at the YMCA this winter. Just a friendly reminder to please clean up after yourself when using the ORC’s erg room at the Taggart Family YMCA or any other space at the Y. Please remember to:
remove your water bottles, clothing and personal items from the erg room
put ergs and other equipment neatly back where it belongs
put any garbage in the bins provided
clean ergs after using them with the cleaning solution and towels provided.
The Ottawa Rowing Club celebrated a successful 2016 season at the November 19th ORC President’s Banquet at the Delta City Centre. ORC enjoyed a year end party that included a talk given by the inspiring ORC rower and Paralympian bronze medalist in Rio, Andrew Todd. Andrew shared his road to Rio, his reflections on the journey and the Olympic experience that led him to a bronze medal. Thank you, Andrew!
Many ORC members and crews were recognized during the evening with awards including:
Coach of the Year: Philip Baker (Masters Women’s Coach) and Cliff Brimmell (Junior Women’s Coach)
Volunteer Appreciation: Steve Mihorean
Service Award: Robert Tang
Male Sweep Crew of the Year: Matthew Fournier, Sam Garber, Charles Li-Benard, Mac Bruce-Fuoco, Alex Bernst, Graham Connell, Robert Park, Christopher Clarke, Gabrielle Takaoka
Female Sweep Crew of the Year: Hayley Watt and Gillian Cross
Male Sculling Crew of the Year: Alex Bernst and Sam Garber
Female Sculling Crew of the Year: Alanna Fogerty and Anna Currie
Junior Crew of the Year: Nia Byway, Mataes Winter, Margaret Hemphill, Lea Papillon, Nicholas Lee, Christopher McIntyre-Gacia, Oliver Mihorean, Isabelle Barlow-Jeffrey, Katie Clarke
Female Junior Crew of the Year: Katie Clarke, Nia Byway, Margaret Hemphill, Yasmine Frojmovic, Lea Papillon
Male Novice Rower of the Year: Matthew Lazurek
Female Novice Rower of the Year: Christina Fernandez
Coxie of the Year: Jeremy Courtney
Recreational Rower of the Year: Lutz Sukstorf
Female Masters Crew of the Year: Jeremy Courtney, Anna van der Kamp, Rachel Inch, Isabelle Teolis, Amy Moen, Pamela Peacock, Melissa McKenzie, Marcela Tendilla, Julia Fournier
Male Masters Rower of the Year: Robert Park
Sportsmanship Award: Aaron King
The following 14 ORC members who raced internationally in 2016 were also recognized by ORC member and Rowing Canada President Mike Walker during the evening:
The ORC has an exciting new initiative designed to help us raise funds for specific projects, such as promoting rowing in high schools through encouraging winter rowing machine activities to promote healthy and active lifestyles, support to send our coaches to training programs to enhance their coaching skills and providing financial support to help young rowers whose families may find the costs of rowing prohibitive.
The donations are held by True Sport in an ORC account for the exclusive use of the ORC. When we have a project that is aligned with True Sport’s principles, we apply to TSF for the money we need to purchase equipment, pay education and training or whatever else it may cost to support the specific project. The funds come from our account and we deliver the program as we describe.
We are confident this will enhance our ability to expand the rowing community in Ottawa and develop new ways of introducing people to our sport.
The ORC’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
The AGM will be held at the Hintonburg Community Centre (in the Wellington Room), 1064 Wellington Street W. from 7pm to 9pm.
All ORC members are encouraged to attend, with sign-in starting at 6:30pm. More information, including AGM agenda, written reports and call for nominations for Executive positions, will be posted on the ORC website soon.