Brian Love’s career began as the wave of Ridley rowing was growing. A multisport champion and Male Athlete of the Year Award winner at Ridley, Brian played football at York University before leaving land behind for the water for good. Through what is now a four-decade career in rowing, he can list as his greatest sport memory, walking into both the Opening Ceremonies at the 1975 Pan Am Games in Mexico and the 1976 the Montreal Olympics representing and competing for Canada. Those transformational experiences are now at the heart of the work he does and has done for almost 40 years in senior leadership roles with the Peterborough Rowing Club, and as Chair of Canada’s largest head race on the Trent Severn waterway.
“The pursuit of athletic excellence particularly in team sports is often a socio-economic ‘leveler’, as it has the ability to connect people from widely different backgrounds as teammates and even as competitors. The connection frequently helps to enhance understanding and mutual respect between groups that might otherwise have little contact.”