As the holiday season comes upon us, I want to express my personal greetings to all for a safe and merry Christmas season and a Happy New Year.
This has been a very busy year for Canadian Rowing, with a very active and successful year on the competitive front, continued development domestically, and ongoing change and improvement in the business affairs and governance of the association.
Our Canadian Teams participated in an impressive number of international regattas this year, having multiple medalists at every international regatta Canada entered. All athletes who wore the Canadian uniform this year are to be congratulated for their efforts on behalf of Canadian Rowing.
We also had a banner year at home, with the largest ever Canadian Masters Championship hosted by the Burnaby Lake Rowing Club, a highly successful Royal Canadian Henley Regatta had the second highest number of entries in its history and finally, in November Elk Lake was the venue for back-to-back regattas with the University of Victoria hosting the Canadian University Rowing Championships followed a short four days later by the Victoria City Rowing Club hosting the National Rowing Championships, where we saw the best level of competition ever for this event. And around all these were an increasing array of club, regional and provincial events, from tours and marathons, to provincial championships.
This is all to say that Canadian Rowers often have little time to take a break from their passion, but the year-end is the season to do so for many. So I hope our thousands of participants, volunteers and supporters will get the opportunity over the holidays to spend time with family and friends, reflect on the year past and create new challenges for themselves and their crews in the New Year.
All the best in the holiday season. Be happy, stay safe, and I look forward to seeing you in 2015.
President, Rowing Canada Aviron