Oarspeople celebrate centennial

PAN AMERICAN GAMES silver medallist Phil Monckton is one of the many rowers who have contributed to the 100 years of rowing tradition in Canada.
LE MÉDAILLÉ D’ARGENT des Jeux Panaméricains Phil Monckton est l’un des nombreux rameurs qui ont apporté leur contribution au centenaire d’Aviron au Canada.

Organized amateur rowing in Canada is celebrating its one hundredth birthday in 1980. A highlight of the festivities is National Rowing Week which will be held from May 5th to 11th.

It is expected that 2,500 competitive oarspeople from over 40 clubs across Canada will be involved in celebrating National Rowing Week.

“National Rowing Week is an integral part of the centennial celebrations,” says Andy Surray, chairman of the festivities. “Canadian rowing is looking towards its next 100 years and the contribution it expects to make to sport in Canada. We are also taking the opportunity to extend grateful thanks to the competitors, coaches, referees, and the scores of volunteers who, over the course of the century, have worked to make amateur rowing a great national sport.”

Surray invites all sports people to join in the celebrations. He suggests that one way is to take part in the activities of a local club during National Rowing Week. Another way, he says, is to learn more about the history of rowing in Canada. Write to Canadian Rowing History, Canadian Amateur Rowing Association, 333 River Road, Vanier, Ontario K1L 8B9.

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