Claude Saunders Sr. was an institution in Ontario and Canadian Rowing. “Sandy” first came to rowing in 1932 at the Leander Boat Club. Over the years he became an Olympic oarsman, a coach, an umpire and an administrator. He was involved in rowing administration at the club, regional, provincial and national levels. In 1958 Sandy became chairman of the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association, a post he held until 1998. He was the first Canadian to hold a FISA Umpires License. Elected to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1984, Sandy was subsequently elected Honorary President of Rowing Canada Aviron and was awarded the Order of Canada in 1992.
Sandy passed in April 2007 at the age of 95, leaving a void in the rowing world.
The Claude Saunders Award is a monetary award to both the recipient and his/her club.
Eligibility: The Claude Saunders Award is presented to a competitive youth member who has exhibited distinguished and exemplary volunteer service to both his/her club and to the sport while achieving a high level of rowing success.
The recipient will have demonstrated:
-High school participation (both within the sport of rowing, and other activities)
-Rowing performance (based on results)
-Fellowship within the club/community
Nominations close November 1, 2017.