Double Blue Banquet and Awards
Oarsman and Oarswoman of the Year
Presented to a male and female rower, who achieved notable race results in the double blue colours making finals and winning medals during the 2019 rowing season (April to October). In addition to success in summer and fall races, he and she is distinguished among fellow crew members for leadership as a role model, willing to help others and contributes to the advancement of club programs.
2019 Winners: Mary Law, Basil Jancso-Szabo
Coxswain of the Year
Presented to a coxswain who successfully coxed crews to notable results at regattas during the 2019 rowing season. The deserving coxswain has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to improving the rowing and racing skills of his or her crews during preparation and training sessions as well as developing their own coxswain skills. The coxie of the year has distinguished him/herself by helping others and making a contribution to advance other programs at the club.
2019 Winner: Victoria Muir-Burcea
The Hammond Cup – Crew of the Year
One of the oldest awards of the Club, first given out in 1904 to the crew winning the Argonaut Club regatta. Named after John Hammond, a prominent Toronto banker and rowing member, the award will be presented to crew of athletes (eight, four, double) that exemplify crew values; the sum of the athletes greater than any one individual. A crew winning this award had excellent race results in 2019 and enhanced the reputation of ARC.
2019 Winners: Women’s Sr. Lwt 4- (Alex Meiklejohn, Brianne Bartolini, Jeany Ellis, Rebecca Thomas)
Jim Millar Award – Volunteer of the Year
For many years, during the glory days, Jim Millar was a fixture in the boat bays, in the workshop and did whatever needed doing around the club. He worked very tirelessly to make sure boats were in good shape, and everyone could row to their potential. The award named after Jim Miller is given to an Argonaut who has gone above and beyond in a volunteer capacity at the club for many to enjoy our sport.
2019 Winner: Bob Bubba
Golden Fleece Awards
Individuals who are rowing leaders within their program (Juniors, Masters, Development, Recreation, Senior, Para) by improving their performances over the season while at the same time being a supportive member of a crew or program. From trailer loading to attending club events and projects, cheering crews along, these people are known for demonstrating their strong club spirit, role models and helping others.
2019 Winners: Bill McGuire, Joanne Siu, Alice Jeffers, Ruth Robertson, Karen Lightheart, Bruno Schmidt, Mike Cooper, Gary Pelow, Michael Greig, Jason van Ravenswaay, John Atalick
The Spirit of Martha Coffey Award
The award is given to the one or two junior (U19) athletes who most demonstrated the following characteristics over the previous year:
- Was welcoming to all
- Promoted a sense of camaraderie and club spirit
- Served as a positive influence on the club environment
- Demonstrated a high degree of leadership within and beyond the junior rowing program
- Had commitment to the junior rowing program and to the Club overall
- Participated in the life of the Club beyond the junior program
2019 Winners: Rebecca Randall, Parker Janes/Sean Harker
Prior years award winners