Double Blue Banquet and Awards
The 2018 Double Blue took place on Saturday, November 17th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm in the Henley Room. It is the time of year to celebrate and applaud our achievements as a rowing club.
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 2018 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.
2018 Winners: Alexandra Filan, William Simpson
Coxwain of the Year
Presented to a coxswain who successfully coxed crews to notable results at regattas during the 2018 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.
2018 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 2018 and enhanced the reputation of ARC.
2018 Winners: Junior mens pair (Sam Zimble and Basil Jancso-Szabo)
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.
2018 Winner: Odette Ziezold
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.
2018 Winners: Bob Bubba, Alexander Paul Burton, Bill McGuire, Katie de Klerk, Pippa Goodleaf, Alex Pejovic, Francis Shein, Laurier Summers, Michael Cooper.
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
2018 Winners: Mary Law, Sam Zimbel
Prior years award winners