Row Ontario Announces 2019 Award Winners
Row Ontario celebrated an outstanding 2019 season as the association announced the winners of the 2019 Awards during their annual awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Headlining the 2019 award winners were Christian McAlpine and Andrew Barry of the St. Catharines Rowing Club, who were named co-winners of Row Ontario’s Athlete of the Year award. The two teammates formed a dominant team on the water this year, winning the gold medal in the pair at the Junior National Team Small Boat Trials and picking up two gold medals, in the pair and the eight respectively, at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. The two formed an inseparable unit through their training and racing, leading by example at their club while also providing mentorship for younger rowers and earning the respect of fellow club members and coaches through their dedication to the sport.
The St. Catharines Rowing Club picked up some more hardware as Scott Anderson was named Competitive Coach of the Year. Awarded to a coach who provides athletes with guidance and leadership that is essential to the fulfillment of their competitive aspirations, Anderson, who also coaches at the Brock University Rowing Club, earned the award by coaching crews to several top of the podium finishes. His athletes won five gold medals at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, three at the OUA Championships and two at the Canadian University Rowing Championships.
Earning the Learn to Row / Recreational Coach of the Year Award was Nancy Jordan of the St. Lawrence Rowing Club. Jordan, a certified LTR coach, was an outstanding mentor this year to fellow coaches and rowing club members and showed a consistent willingness to help athletes outside scheduled training hours. She went above and beyond her duties as club coach, often accommodating athletes’ busy schedules with additional practices so crews could row together and utilizing a variety of interactive teaching tools while fostering a positive culture of ownership and a team-first mentality among club members.
The Rowing Club of the Year was awarded to the Toronto’s Argonaut Rowing Club for their demonstration of excellence both on and off the water. With over 16 different rowing programs the club excelled at engaging all segments of their membership and hosted the most ‘Come and Try’ days of any Ontario rowing club, with a specific focus on para rowers. The club also pulled together to help rebuild their infrastructure after several devastating floods effected the club’s operations.
Three of Ontario’s most distinguished Umpires were also honoured, as Judy Sutcliffe was named the Female Umpire of the Year, Thomas Blacquiere was named the Male Umpire of the Year and Ken Campbell earned the Umpire Lifetime Achievement Award for his longstanding and significant contributions to Umpiring in Ontario.
Sutcliffe’s accomplishments in 2019 included serving as Chief Umpire at the Row Ontario Championships and Head of Trent regattas, Deputy Chief Umpire at the National Championships, umpiring at the Row Ontario Masters Championships, Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Championships, South Niagara Invite, Dominion Day and Royal Canadian Henley Regattas. In addition to her busy umpiring schedule, Sutcliffe also served as an Umpire clinician, won the Dominion Day Regatta Ken Lane Achievement Award for volunteer involvement and was always a phone call away to provide advice and mentorship for her fellow umpires.
Blacquiere, an experienced Umpire, Clinician, Chief Umpire and FISA Umpire, was all over the province in 2019, performing duties as a Chief Umpire at the Royal Canadian Henley, Muskoka Fall Classic, and Brock University Invite Regattas. He also served as a member of the jury at eight regattas, including the Row Ontario Championships and Row Ontario Masters Championships, while conducting several Level 1 and Level 2 Umpire Clinics, often on short notice with little preparation time. Blacquiere consistently supported and educated his fellow umpires throughout the year and handled tough weather conditions at a number of events with calmness and efficiency.
Campbell has a long career in rowing that began as a member of the rowing team at Governor Simcoe S.S. in 1973. He’s worn several different hats over the years including coach, regatta chair, and club president, but found a passion for umpiring after obtaining his RCA Umpires License in the late 1970’s. Campbell has umpired at countless local, provincial and national events throughout his career and has also made an impact on the international stage. He received his FISA license in 1992 and has since umpired at many major events including the World University Games, World Cup Events, Junior, Senior and Masters World Championships, and three Pan American Games. Campbell has always been an advocate for the advancement of Umpiring and passed on his knowledge to countless new umpires in his role as RCA Clinician from 1993-2017.
Row Ontario’s High School Bursary Awards went to Jennifer Aswald of St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. and Stephen Harris of John F. Ross CVI respectively. Aswald, a member of the UWO Boat Club, earned the bursary thanks to a successful season that saw her win medals at multiple local, provincial and national events, while working hard in the classroom and maintaining a high academic standard. Harris, who rows out of Brock University Rowing Club, competed for Canada this year at the World Rowing Junior Championships while successfully balancing his academic and volunteer commitments. Harris also has his sights set on competing for Ontario at the Canada Summer Games in 2021.
The Adventure Distance Rowing Awards were presented to Norma Strachan (Female) and Homam Michael (Male) respectively. Strachan, of the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club (ONEC), enjoys row touring on the Ottawa River and also oversees the learn-to-scull program at ONEC. Durham Rowing Club member Homam is an inexhaustible distance sculler and has rowed in many FISA World Tour Events over his career and participated in every provincial tour event except one in 2019. Both of the winners rowed almost 250 km on provincial tours including the 42km Canadian Sculling Marathon and rowed with the Ontario Adventure Rowing Association throughout Ontario, western Quebec, Florida, the Canal du Midi in France, and the Spree River in Berlin.
Rounding out the award winners was St. Catharines World Rowing who won the coveted President’s Award in recognition of being awarded the 2024 World Rowing Championships. The host organization submitted an impressive bid to FISA and won St. Catharines the right to host the world championships for the first time since 1999. The successful bid creates a great opportunity to improve the infrastructure of rowing in both Ontario and Canada and grow the sport by introducing it to new audiences.
2019 Row Ontario Award Winners
Athlete of the Year – Christian McAlpine & Andrew Barry, St. Catharines Rowing Club
Competitive Coach of the Year – Scott Anderson, St. Catharines Rowing Club
Learn to Row Coach of the Year – Nancy Jordan, St. Lawrence Rowing Club
Rowing Club of the Year – Argonaut Rowing Club
Umpire of the Year, Female – Judy Sutcliffe
Umpire of the Year, Male – Thomas Blacquiere
Umpire Lifetime Achievement Award – Ken Campbell
High School Bursary Winner, Female – Jennifer Aswald, UWO Boat Club / St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.
High School Bursary Winner, Male – Stephen Harris, Brock University Rowing Club / John F. Ross CVI
Adventure Distance Rowing Award, Female – Norma Strachan
Adventure Distance Rowing Award, Male – Homam Michael
President’s Award – St. Catharines World Rowing
2019 Trillium Chase Winners
Under 17 Female Winner – Kristina Harris (Guelph Rowing Club)
Under 30 Male Winner – Matthew Dmytrenko (Leander Boat Club)
30-35 Male Winner – Javier Cappella (Muskoka Rowing Club)
36-40 Male Winner – Aubrey Oldham (Leander Boat Club)
41-45 Female Winner – Jane Thornton (UWO Boat Club)
51-55 Female Winner – Nancy Love (St. Catharines Rowing Club)
56-60 Male Winner – James Madronich (South Niagara Rowing Club)
61-65 Male Winner – Chris Blackwood (St. Catharines Rowing Club)
Overall Trillium Chase Winners – Jane Thornton & Aubrey Oldham
Long Service Awards
Given to registered participants of a member club/association, or Row Ontario, who has volunteered in the Ontario rowing community for 15 years or more.
Ron ‘Swede’ Burak
Club Volunteer Certificates
Presented by Member Clubs to their hard-working volunteers who have invested countless time and energy into the sport of rowing.
Argonaut Rowing Club
Cambridge Rowing Club
Don Rowing Club
Guelph Rowing Club
Island Lake Rowing Club
Lasalle Rowing Club
Niagara Falls Rowing Club
Orillia Rowing Club
Ottawa New Edinburgh Club
Ottawa Rowing Club
Peterborough Rowing Club
South Niagara Rowing Club
St. Catharines Rowing Club
UWO Boat Club