MPP Jim Bradley Sees the Results of a $110,000 OTF Grant
St. Catharines – On Sunday afternoon, several former Olympians were front and centre at the St. Catharines Rowing Club for a dedication ceremony of seven rowing shells. Six of these shells were purchased with a $110,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Local MPP Jim Bradley joined with Bill Williams, a member of the OTF Grant Review Team, to deliver congratulations.
“Rowing has a rich history in St. Catharines and our local athletes have had much success over the years because of the opportunities afforded to them by the St. Catharines Rowing Club,” said MPP Bradley. “This new equipment will allow our athletes to train and compete at the highest level with other elite athletes from around the world.”
The boats were named for St. Catharines’ Olympians Brian Dick, Andy Van Ruvyen, Buffy Williams and Natalie Mastracci, and for club volunteers Carl MacCulloch and Louise Hastings. Also being honoured was the St. Catharines crew of Robert Brookson, Neil Campbell, Chris Leach and Daryl MacDonald and coach Gerry Lienert who represented Canada at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
The event also recognized contributions from The Henley Island Helpers and the St.Catharines Rowing Alumni Association. “The new boats will ensure that St. Catharines’ athletes have the opportunity to train and compete in equipment that enables them to reach their full potential and to compete locally, nationally and internationally,” said Michelle Kerr, President of the St. Catharines Rowing Club.
The Club’s competitive season is just getting underway. St. Catharines athletes will be competing at regattas which will include the Dominion Day Regatta to be held in Welland this Saturday, The Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia, the Central Ontario Championships, Canada Summer Games, The Ontario Club and Ontario Masters Championships, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta as well as the international Can-Am-Mex Regatta. Information about regattas and Club programs, including the Youth Rowing School and the Adult Recreational League, can be found on the Club’s website at www.stcatharinesrowingclub.org
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca
For more information, please contact:
Louise Hastings, Vice President, Special Projects
St. Catharines Rowing Club