Row Ontario to Launch Hall of Fame During 50th Anniversary Year
Announcement/ Apr 15

Row Ontario to Launch Hall of Fame During 50th Anniversary Year


In its 50th year as the provincial governing body for the sport of rowing in Ontario, Row Ontario will be launching a Hall of Fame to recognize and honour the outstanding contributions and individual achievements in the sport of rowing in Ontario.

The Row Ontario Hall of Fame will feature induction categories of Athlete (including Crews), Coach, Umpire and Builder. A builder can include variety of functions in the sport of rowing including administrator, regatta director, patron, media (journalist/broadcaster), sports medicine, and volunteer.

“We have had the idea of creating a Row Ontario Hall of Fame for a while now and we thought the most appropriate time to launch it would be during our 50th year,” said Andrew Backer, Row Ontario Executive Director. “There have been so many amazing contributors to the sport of rowing in Ontario and the Hall of Fame will allow us to celebrate their achievements and honour their years of commitment to the sport. Our Hall of Fame will serve as a celebration of the best and the brightest in our sport in Ontario and we are excited to see it launched in 2020.”

The launching of the Hall of Fame is just one part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for Row Ontario. Throughout the course of the year, Row Ontario will be producing a series of articles on the history of the Ontario rowing community and features on some of the most influential figures in rowing throughout Ontario.

The inaugural Row Ontario Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is tentatively planned to take place during the Ontario Rowing Conference on Nov. 28-29 but will be dependent on the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our goal remains to host the Hall of Fame induction ceremony during the Ontario Rowing Conference weekend, which is a great opportunity to bring together the Ontario rowing community,” said Backer. “But being sensitive to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic we will wait until there’s more clarity before making a decision on how to proceed with the overall conference and induction ceremony. The health and safety of the Ontario rowing community is of the utmost importance to us and we will do what makes the most sense in terms of health and wellness.”

An important step in the Hall of Fame process is to establish a selection panel to review submitted nomination forms. In preparation for a 2020 induction process, an expression of interest to join the Hall of Fame Selection Panel will be sent out to the Ontario rowing community soon. A call for nominations for Hall of Fame inductions will be sent out at a later date. The Hall of Fame Selection Policy can be found at the below link:

Row Ontario Hall of Fame Selection Policy

Any questions regarding the Row Ontario Hall of Fame can be directed to Communications and Community Engagement Manager Frank Christie at frank@rowontario.ca.