Double Blue Banquet and Awards

The 2017 Double Blue will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 6:00pm to 11:00pmin the Henley Room. This is the time of year to celebrate and applaud our achievements as a rowing club.


Tickets are $60 each until November 11. November 11 through 15, each ticket will be $70. Tickets must be purchased by November 15th.
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Nominate a deserving athlete or crew for an award at the Double Blue Banquet and help celebrate our 146th season of rowing success. Nominations can be made of deserving athletes and crews up to Saturday, November 4 and should be sent to

Include the name of the person who is deserving of a Double Blue award, the program they rowed in, the category, and elaborate on reasons they deserve the award based on the 2017 season (results, contributions, demonstrations of club spirit).

Awards will be given to an Oarsman, an Oarswoman, a Crew of Year (Hammond Cup), a Coxswain and the Volunteer of the Year Award. Multiple Golden Fleece awards will be given out to rowing members who are outstanding role models in their programs Juniors, Masters, Para, Recreation, and Seniors. Golden Fleece awards are special for those who make the club better as a result of their strong spirit and by helping others.


On the evening of Saturday, November 18, 2017, members of the Argonaut Rowing Club will gather at the annual Double Blue Banquet to celebrate our collective success and many individual accomplishments of the 2017 rowing season.

Nominations can be made of deserving athletes and crews up to Saturday, November 4 at 12:00 noon and should be sent to

2017 AWARD Categories

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 2017 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.

2016 Winners: Roxanna Dehghan, Robert Blunt

Coxwain of the Year

Presented to a coxswain who successfully coxed crews to notable results at regattas during the 2017 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.

2016 Winner: Eden Cooper-Squires

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 2017 and enhanced the reputation of ARC.

2016 Winners: U17 Men’s 8+ and U17 Women’s 8+ – Eden Cooper-Squires, Danya Assaf, Jackie Blunt, Jessica Code, Elizabeth Fletcher, Alexandra Freeman, Anushka Tintor, Keely O’Brien, Gillian Thompson, Liam Foyle, Ian Grenville, Dane Halkiw, Basil Jancso-Szabo, Marc Macaulay, Joseph Peers, Quinten Schmidt, Sam Zimbel

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.

2016 Winner: Karen Lightheart

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.

2016 Winners: Jennifer Grochochinski, Elliot Hall, Rowan Rockley, Shona Rowan, Amelia Stier, Liam Vukasinovic, Hillary Watt, Helen Weston.


Nominations are encouraged and welcomed from Coaches or any Argonaut members in good standing. Nominations of deserving award winners should be sent by email addressed to by 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 4. To submit a nomination for an Award, please include the following information:

  • Name of person deserving the award
  • Program they rowed in
  • Award category you believe most appropriate
  • Reasons why they deserve the award (e.g. rowing results,
    contributions, comments by etc..)

Nominators may be asked to provide digital photos and more information for the presentation on Saturday, November 18 if the person they nominated is selected for the award.

Prior years award winners