On October 16th SFU Rowing hosted it’s first SFU Rowing Alumni, Friends, and Supporters Day on the home course of Burnaby Lake.
Fortunately the sun was shining for the event, as the SFU Crew and the attendees spent an afternoon enjoying the sport of rowing.
Head Coach Jim Gardiner gave a speech about the rowing program and the goals that SFU Rowing aim for in the future; the dredging of Burnaby Lake playing an important role in the development of the team, with the successful dredging resulting in it being one of the best race courses in Canada.
It was appropriate then to name one of SFU’s boats after the City of Burnaby, as a tribute to the hard work that went into making the lake more accessible.
The name “City of Burnaby” was unveiled by some of the key people involved in the project: Burnaby Counselor Sav Dhaliwal; Burnaby Counselor Nick Volkow; Katy Alkins-Jang of Burnaby Parks and Recreation; and Lambert Chu of the Burnaby Engineering Department.
Coach Jim Gardiner also introduced the Dick McClure Scholarship Fund, which will be presented to an individual that demonstrates good balance of both the academic and the athletic aspects of school. Dick McClure was presented with a memento to honour the occasion. The scholarship will pay for the student-athlete’s rowing dues and cover the cost of school books, and perhaps more as it grows as a fund.
The freshly named boat “City of Burnaby”, nicknamed the “COB” by the SFU Crew, was launched off the dock by some alumni men for a sunny row. The novice men also spent some time on the water.
The turnout was great, and SFU Rowing looks forwards to making this an annual event with more people celebrating rowing!