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MacKay, Dr. Fraser '73 - Rowing

Dr. Fraser MacKay from the Class of 1973 would like to share his Athletic Lives of Distinction honour with his entire Heavy Eight crew from that year. “My fondest rowing memories centre around that crew and Neil Campbell, our coach,” he notes. A decorated athlete, Dr. MacKay has gone on to champion the sport he loves by giving back to the rowing community. As a Ridley student, he played First Football, First Hockey and won the Neil Campbell Award for his work with the Heavy Eight crew, which won the US championships in 1971, the Canadian Championships in 1971 and 1973, and – the jewel in the crown – the Princess Elizabeth Cup at the Royal Henley Regatta in 1973. He went on to win national titles and earn impressive results at the World Rowing Championships. Because he believes that great athletes need great coaches and mentors, he fulfilled these roles for younger generations, coaching the Junior Heavy Eight Crew at Ridley in the early eighties, and serving as Medical Director for Rowing Canada from 1985 to 1988. In 1999, his work as committee chair resulted in the exhibit dedicated to Canada’s 9844 Olympic Gold Medal Eight at the St. Catharines Museum. From 2007 – 2011, he led Ridley’s Rowing Alumni group, which successfully fundraised for much-needed equipment, including an indoor rowing tank. In 2013, he won the St. Catharines Rowing Club Service Award, further proof that he lives by the school motto, “Terar Dum Prosim.”
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