The 2012 Rowing Canada Awards Banquet on Saturday Jan. 28 at the Atlantis Pavilion at Ontario Place in Toronto had a distinct Vikes flavour to it.
One of the top honours of the evening went to Vikes men’s rowing head coach Howie Campbell who received the Coaching Recognition Award for his contributions to the sport in his 30 plus years of involvement.
Campbell was recognized as one of the three founders of the Canadian University Rowing Championships and having won six of those titles. Along with a long list of domestic successes, he was also honoured for his hand in starting up the highly successful Victoria high school rowing league and his numerous national team coaching stints.
Sharing the night’s coaching honours was Vikes assistant coach Scott Feddery who was named male coach of the year (coaching women’s crews) for his successes coaching the Vikes lightweight women to five gold medals this past summer at the Canadian Henley as well as a two-year domination of the lightweight events at the Canadian University Rowing Championships.
On the athlete side, recent alumni Richard Herlinveaux and Eddie Vaughan were named male sweep crew of the year for their double gold at Canadian Henley while current Vikes Leanne Fells and Alex Meiklejohn were named female sweep crew of the year for five golds – three at Henley and two at the Canadian University Rowing Championship.